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Kazi, Wright enter runoff for SG president

Student body president results came in an hour later than expected due to a computer malfunction. For those wanting a final answer, the wait will last another week. In a four-way race for student body president, Joe Wright and Rohail Kazi garnered the most votes and will face each other in a runoff next week. Wright came in first with 953 votes, or 29.4 percent of the vote. Kazi finished with 880 votes, or 27.1 percent. Steve Vereen and James Strickland were eliminated from the race. “I won the first round, but now it’s time to kick it in high gear,” Wright said. “Tonight’s for celebration. But after that, we’re not stopping.” Kazi said the results were “a testament to the hard work [his] campaign has put in.” Only 3,245 voted in this year’s election — a drop of almost 1,000 voters from 2010. SG Elections Commissioner Laurel Parker attributed the low turnout to a clean race. “It was very respectable, and it’s sad, but a lot of students want scandal,” Parker said. “That drives more people to vote.” Vereen and Strickland took different approaches to the loss. Vereen shook his head and incredulously stared at the results for almost a minute. “Wow. I’m shocked,” Vereen said. “I thought I was going to win the damn thing.” Vereen said he wouldn’t be running for another office. He lost a bid for vice president in 2010. “What else is there to run for?” he asked. Strickland said he hopes to work with the next student body president and serve on SG’s cabinet. Students will vote again on VIP Tuesday and Wednesday. Wright and Kazi can spend an additional $500 in the runoff, and the results will be announced next Wednesday night in the Russell House third-floor lobby.


Go vote!

Students can log onto VIP to vote in the Student Government elections until 5 p.m. today. Write-in ballots are available in the Campus Life Center (RH 227)


Ticket Return down Sunday Night

USC officials said student tickets for Friday’s baseball season opener went up online a little before midnight Tuesday. Tickets were supposed to be online Sunday for the game, but a technical glitch caused a problem in the website, said Anna Edwards, USC’s director of student services. The tickets will be available first-come, first-served basis for the opener. Tickets for both Saturday and Sunday’s game are now available as well. Games will follow the normal ticketing procedure for the rest of the season, Edwards said. The person primarily responsible for student ticketing left the university a few weeks ago for another job, Edwards said. The reigning national champions will play Santa Clara in a three-game series. First pitch is at 3 p.m. Friday.  


Go and vote

Students can log onto VIP to vote in the Student Government elections today through 5 p.m. Wednesday. Students can also fill out write-in ballots in the Campus Life Center in the Russell House between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and Wednesday. President, vice president, treasurer and senator positions are up for grabs. Also, a referendum that would amend the current Student Body Constitution to combine the Graduate Student Association and SG is up for a vote. Each student may only vote once. Check out dailygamecock.com to read candidate profiles and endorsements.


Jesus for SG president?

A mock Student Government campaign poster advertising Jesus Christ’s run for student body president appeared on Greene Street alongside legitimate banners over the weekend. The sign depicted Jesus walking on water and reaching out to Cocky, and the text included a sexual innuendo. It was torn down before 11 a.m. Monday. Past SG campaigns have seen their fair share of joke posters and candidacies.


IT’S ANYBODY’S ELECTION

Student Government elections are almost here, and in today’s edition we give you in-depth looks at each candidate for executive office and their platforms. Our editorial board also spent time with each candidate, and our choices for office are inside on the Viewpoints page. Voter turnout in these elections is historically low. In fact, only 20 percent of students take time to vote some years. But these student body officers control hundreds of thousands of dollars, represent the student body at hundreds of events and are the primary catalysts for new student initiatives on campus. It’s easy to vote. Voting for student body executives and student senate opens on VIP at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 and ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 16. The Student Government Elections ballot can be found underneath the “Personal” tab on VIP. Write-in ballots may be cast in room 227 in the Russell House. In addition to SG officers, you will also be able to vote on a new SG constitution. This proposed amendment to the SG Constitution will merge the Graduate Student Association and Student Government and create a “stronger voice for graduate students, who are woefully underrepresented in our current government system” said GSA President Ben Bullock. Should it pass, SG will become a bicameral legislature with both a graduate and undergraduate branch. Both would have vice presidents with equal power in the organization.


OH CLOWNEY DAY!

Jadeveon Clowney, the top-ranked football recruit in the nation, will announce his college decision today at 10:15 at South Point High in Rock Hill. Clowney will choose between USC, Clemson and Alabama. He is expected to choose the Gamecocks. See tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Gamecock for full coverage.