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Election '00 - Will's Log
SC Student's Council / SC-E Student's Council Executive / SC-R Student's Council Representatives / V Valedictorian / GC Graduating Class Executive
See the candidates for Valedictorian. (V)
See the candidates for Graduating Class Executive. (GC)
See the candidates for Student's Council Grade 11 & 12 Representatives. (SC-R)
See the winners of Student's Council Executive. (SC-E)
See the candidates for Student's Council Executive. (SC-E)
See the Election '00 campaign dates. (SC)

Yes, this is the unofficial unbiased log-book of CPA Election '00!! This is where we have this HUGE popularity con- uh....., democratic election of  representatives (and other kinds of people...) to our Student's Council and Class of '00 Executive / Valedictorian! The campaign started on Tuesday, April 24th, 2000! This is your best source for up to the minute information and results as the campaign cranks on and on and on and on 'till we're all bored with the bloody thing and we don't give a damn who wins. So we hope you'll stay with us here at A View from the Solarium! I have a good feeling about this years' Council election... the candidates will be a bunch of little squirts I've never heard of, for example.

Thursday, May 18th, 2000 - DAY WHO GIVES A SHIT
        Well, it seems that I have been... busy, for quite some time. Having two films on the go might have something to do with it. Here's a piece of advice: Never make films at your high school.
        The Valedictory and Graduating Class Executive presentations were yesterday, and I got to miss math class. (I'd talk about the grade rep elections here too, but I never got to find out who those candidates were, and furthermore, nobody cares about them... which is the sad truth.)
        The only problem with most Valedictorians, as I see it, are that they almost always end up making horridly boring speeches. Take Graham Little's speech last year, for instance. A teacher... a teacher told me that his speech could have been used for any high school anywhere in the world. I agree, and not just because I ran against him and I'm still bitter about it. =)
        That said, I believe the only people among the truckload of candidates presented remotely capable of giving the graduates an entertaining speech are Connor MacKenzie, Jennifer Hefler and Jonathan Saunders, Adrienne Junek, and of course the all-around funny guy Christopher Reynolds, and Shannon Quillan.
        However, I am by no means suggesting that people restrict their vote to the funny people. (It's too late now anyway, most people have voted already, and anyone reading this would be at home after school.) In fact, deciding who to vote for should have been a stressing task for most people. For instance, Sarah Ready and Brooke Barnard, although not known for their humor, are both really nice people who deserve the job as much as anyone else.
        Anyhow, enough of this discussion. The candidates are (or, rather, were):

        Brooke Barnard
        Peter Beitz
        Brad Bodnarchuk
        Shauna Brown
        Manuela Dannbauer
        Chantal Gray and Connor MacKenzie
        Jennifer Hefler and Jonathan Saunders
        Mark Joudrey and Meghan Woof-Mansfield
        Adrienne Junek
        Paul Murphy and Sarah Ready
        Shannon Quillan
        Christopher Reynolds

        Michael Fox

        Lisa Adshade
        Maureen Carter-Johnson
        Shannon Quillan

        Donna Safatli
                - As you might see, Mike and Donna automatically win. This is called acclamation.

Friday, May 5th, 2000 - DAY NINE
        I'm not even going to mention last night's hockey game except to say that you can read about it
here (and later here), and that it kept me up until bloody 3:30am this morning.
        Ouch. How about poor Hurst Gannon losing by a mere seven votes? I never found out by how much I lost to Colin MacDonald back a long long time ago when I ran for Vice, and I don't think I really want to know. Anyhow, onto happier things.
        How about that dance last night? I'm asking you because I spent damn near the entire evening behind the soda table. Ah, I don't care, I still had one hell of a time, and I'd do it again in a blink.
        There is one big problem though, as I see it. I'm about to get on the bad side of the security guards. I'm giving Mike and Paul Fox a ride home last night, right? Anyway, so Mike is like "pull into MacDonald's", so we do, and Oh my God, the entire teenage population of Halifax is standing around in a restaurant that doesn't even take debit cards! Man, being in there had to be one of the finest moments in my life... mostly because I was really wired and saying how much MacDonald's sucks royally and everything... so to continue, the security guards start giving me the "eat or leave" stuff, and since I had no intention of ordering any food, we didn't stay any longer than like 10 or 15 minutes. =) Anyway, after me being so delinquent, I imagine the guy who's in charge of security at our dances is quite disenchanted with me.
        Now let's see who's running for grade rep:

For Grade 11 Rep:

For Grade 12 Rep:

Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - DAY EIGHT
        Who won?

For President:
    Ben Taylor

For Vice-President:
    Mike Ronaldson

For Secretary:
    Sarah Ritcey

For Treasurer:
    Mark Wolf

        Grade rep elections should be coming along soon. Now I'd like to say something about Mike Ronaldson. Despite my previous ranting about him, I actually voted for him. A friend of mine told me the story about how Calum Southwell actually wrote the stuff... well, suffice it to say that now I'm apoligizing to him here online, and I voted for him to make up for what I've been saying about him.
        I will say more about the newly-elected executive tomorrow. In the meantime, I have a school bus to catch. Later!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000 - DAY SEVEN
        The second day of voting. I voted. Our shoot went great.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - DAY SIX
        The first day of voting. Okay, now back to my film. =) Slow day, but we got some stuff done.

Monday, May 1st, 2000 - DAY FIVE
        Both the speeches (which I could barely hear, so they're not even worth talking about... except that I will say that Mark Wolf's was the best because it was so nice and short) and the film shoot went well. The euphoria I experienced watching the first scene getting set up and the actresses saying lines out of a script that I wrote myself... it was incredible.

Friday, April 28th, 2000 - DAY FOUR
        You may have heard about this before, but I'll tell you again - I'm producing a film. I also wrote the sixty-four page thing, and Mike Fox is my director. I thought today was going to be crazy, what with me having to find teachers to supervise our filming nights, and getting a bunch of actresses to do some secondary roles, but it all worked out quite nicely. I'll keep our cast a secret for now, but I would like to take this moment to thank the supervisors that have signed on so far. Let's hear it for Ms. Campbell, Ms. Okihiuro, Ms. Reid, Mr. Savage, Mr. B. Hamilton, Ms. Starrit, and Mr. Law! =) (And for *their* protection, I'm also keeping secret which nights they're supervising us!)

Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - DAY THREE
        Well, everyone's got their report cards now, and Parent-Teacher Interviews are on tonight. I really feel bad about the kids that totally aren't looking forward to them; the kids that will find themselves grounded indefinitely once their mean 'ol parents get home. Then there's the kids I know that already got themselves chained to a post in the yard; they didn't have an 80 average. I think it's completely pathetic. Getting punished like that over academic preformance should have went out with the whips in our classrooms of old.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2000 - DAY TWO
        Posters, posters, posters. Most of them are pretty good in my opinion, but a few candidates went the extra mile and created really neat stuff. Ben Taylor's posters are hilarious, for example, and Matt Webber's "Deep Blue Sea" take-off is pretty cool, plus he recycled on of his old 'BLASTO!' stands by crossing out "Grade 11 Rep" and instead writing "President". I hope Hurst Gannon prints off the PowerPoint cell of himself carrying Yoda through the swamps of Dagobah, because not quite enough people watch the monitors. But the man should be applauded for his sportsmanship because he made up PowerPoint bits for his opponents on their request as well.
        What else happened today? Well, Mr. Savage wanted to go to a protest, and Matt Langille didn't show up anyway, so today's filming of Calum McLeod's "Life After Y2K" didn't happen. Oh well, we only have one more shot to do anyway.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - DAY ONE
        We're a little bit late coming out of the starting gate this year, but we're back and we're gonna kick some butt! First, without further adeau, here are your candidates for Student's Council Executive:

For President:
    Roy DeYoung (incumbent, and Hewlett-Packard for life!)
    Hurst Gannon (the coolest person in the universe, second only to Catherine Lutz!!)
    Meredith Hand (another hard worker!)
    Ben Taylor (not related to Jamie... trust me, I asked.)
    Jamie Taylor (incumbent, a cutie)
    Matt Webber (remember 'BLASTO!' last year?)

For Vice-President:
    Destiny Hickey (a ditz who hates my guts for some reason)
    Leslie Ribeiro (with opponents like hers, how could you lose?)
    Mike Ronaldson (incumbent, never was a creep)

For Treasurer:
    Ian Ebbett (he seems to be the wild card... is he or isn't he going to run?)
    Lisa McCloskey (she got argued about in my first guestbook a couple of times, take a look)
    Aimee Semel (she's here to kick some ass!)
    Mark Wolf (incumbent, super cool)

For Secretary:
    Vanessa Cranston (put your last name on your posters, Vanessa, I didn't know who you were! hehe)
    Jennifer Lewandowski (It doesn't matter what the spelling of your last name is!)
    Sarah Ritcey (It scares me that I may live to see a second generation of Ritceys take Secretary. I've been here too long.)

... and some campaign dates:
    Monday, May 1st, 2000 - Speeches for the poor suckers running for Executive. Last day of the Executive campaign.
    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 & Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000 - The polls are open! This year, if you want to vote, you must get yourself to a ballot box! (Locations to be announced)
    Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Results are announced.
    Friday, May 5th, 2000 - Grade Rep campaigns begin. People who lost running for Executive can jump back into the elections.
    Friday, May 12th, 2000 - Grade Rep campaigns end. We'll all be sick of Student's Council by then anyway.
    Monday, May 15th, 2000 & Tuesday, May 16th, 2000 - The polls open again! Vote for your favorite Grade Rep!
    Wednesday, May 17th, 2000 - The crying day. Everyone finds out who made the cut.

        Today was the day the transformation took place. That first step into the Main Stairwell is a *killer*! The walls of C.P. Allen turned from pointless posters about Student's Council-sponsored activities into pointless posters saying "Vote for- !". =) On tomorrow's update, we'll take a look at some posters I actually liked.

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