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Victories tainted by
Less than 300 votes keep
S4M in power; MPP fails to
meet early expectations
By Dave Mekelburg
Daily Staff Reporter
In the most hotly contested Michigan Student
Assembly election in recent memory, the long-
dominant Students 4 Michigan held off attackers
MSA PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS
from both sides.
Nicole Stallings and Justin
Paul, running on the S4M
ticket for president and vice
president, garnered 2,774 vot-
ers, narrowly edging out the
Michigan Progressive Party
by 287 votes and the Student
Conservative Party by 1,522
For a complete
list of MSA and
see page 3.
votes. The Defend
Nicole Stallings, Michigan Student Assembly president-elect, speaks at an assembly
on March 7. Stallings and running mate Justin Paul edged out three other parties in t
Students 4 Michigan, also won a commanding number of representative seats. Electe
at next week's meeting Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Affirmative Action Party got 402 votes.
S4M also dominated the MSA representative
elections, winning 10 seats, seven more than DAAP
and MPP, which were the next closest with three
seats apiece. SCP won two.
Perhaps because of the influx of new parties,
8,519 voters came out to the polls - substantially
more than usual.
When the results were announced, representa-
tives from three of the four parties were present
AARON SWICK/Daily at MSA chambers for a hearing regarding S4M's
meeting in MSA chambers alleged election code violations. After the hearing,
he election. Their party, official election results were released in the form
Dd members will take office of a printout handed to the respective parties. The
See STALLINGS, page 7
S4M keeps grip
MSA REPRESENTATIVE SEATS WON
S4M admits to
trying to crash MPP's
website as polls opened
By Dave Mekelburg
Daily Staff Reporter
The results of this year's fierce Michi-
gan Student Assembly election almost
weren't released last night.
The Michigan Progressive Party,
clearly the loser by the vote count,
accused Students 4 Michigan of violat-
ing the election code.
People affiliated with S4M attempted
to overload and shut down MPP's website
Monday night as the polls opened.:That
night, a computer program downloaded a
single file from MPP's website more than
200,000 times in an attempt to crash the
website at a crucial time.
S4M admitted involvement.
The names of the perpetrators were not
released by the MSA Elections Board.
S4M struck a deal with MPP, accept-
ing responsibility for the incident in return
for a timely release of election results.
The deal requires S4M to admit guilt
in the form of an MPP-approved letter to
the editor in The Michigan Daily. The
letter must be ready by noon Sunday.
The other provision of the settlement
See SCANDALS, page 7
Slott and Benson
take 61 percent of vote;
S4M takes 8 of 9 seats
By Neil Tambe
When Justin Benson received the
phone call last night from current LSA
Student Government President Andrew
Yahkind telling him he would be the next
vice president of LSA-SG, he was both
relieved and excited.
Benson and president-elect Joanna
Slott, who ran on the Students 4 Michi-
gan ticket, were the victors in the race for
LSA-SG's two highest offices, soundly
beating Michigan Progressive Party
presidential candidate Joe Golden and
running mate Dan Ray.
Slott and Benson netted 1957 votes,
capturing 61.5 percent. Golden and Ray
In total, 3,183 votes were cast in this
year's LSA-SG elections, represent-
ing just under 20 percent of the 15,965
students enrolled in LSA. Voter turnout
was high compared to previous elections.
There were 2,153 votes cast two years
ago in the LSA-SG election and 1,367
votes in last year's election.
Slott could not be reached for corn-
See LSA-SG, page 7
Last fall's election
PR ESIDENTIA L VOTER TUNUT
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uted the increase to the Greek exclusivity
component of the IFC's new Social Envi-
ronment Management Policy as well as
more aggressive methods of promotion.
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check in my head that I went under the
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