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SG constitutional referendum fails to pass

More than 80 percent of voters favored a change in Student Government’s constitution in Wednesday’s election, but the referendum did not pass due to low voter turnout. A little more than 2,000 students voted to pass the revised constitution, which would have created a bicameral legislature for graduate and undergraduate students. But at least 10 percent of the student body­ — or 2,510 voters — had to vote in the election for a change to occur, according to SG codes. Only 2,447 did. This means graduate student advocates are back to the beginning, and the SG chamber will stay the same. “I’m disappointed it failed by such a slim margin,” said Ben Bullock, president of the Graduate Student Association. “But it will not hurt our association’s relationship with SG.” The proposed constitutional change passed after months of debate on the Senate floor last spring. It eventually passed overwhelmingly.

Delta Zeta blood drive draws many donors

Students eagerly lined up outside of the Russell House Ballroom Wednesday to help support Delta Zeta’s Sweet Caroline Bone Marrow and Blood Donation Drive. The ladies of Delta Zeta — all uniformly wearing gray T-shirts to show support of their cause — cheerfully helped the crowds get to their correct locations. The drive was held from noon to 6 p.m., and by 12:07 p.m. there was already an hourlong wait to donate blood. Delta Zeta has hosted the drive every spring since 2005 in memory of member Caroline Terry. The drive started after Terry was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in 2004. AML is a fast-acting cancer that hinders bone marrow’s role in developing new white blood cells. Delta Zeta President Sara Leary led the drive with hopes of a turnout that mirrored those of the past. Leary said that when the first drive was held in 2005, Delta Zeta had the largest donation organization for bone marrow on campus. According to Leary, over 1,500 names have been added to the donor list since the first drive. Although the ballroom was packed with students, faculty and community members who were eager to give, Leary explained that the group did not have a specific goal for the event. “We mainly want to improve awareness,” Leary said, adding that all of the Delta Zeta members had added their names to the donor list. One Delta Zeta member was actually a lifesaving match for one man, as a result of one of the past drives. The guest of honor at the drive was clearly that of Terry’s mother, Rebecca Skinner-Fulmer. Skinner-Fulmer sat at a table near the front of the ballroom, looking delighted at the event that was being held in honor of her daughter. Skinner-Fulmer said that she can remember Terry being in remission at the hospital and saying that she only wanted two things. The first was to finish her undergraduate career at USC, and the second was to take a year off to travel and tell people about her experience and the importance of the registry. Her mother said, “If she were here, she would be elated.” When Terry was still fighting her battle with leukemia, she was actually able to witness some of the benefits of the Delta Zeta drive. At least two people were matched from the drive while Caroline was still living, and her mother remembers her being “so excited.” Skinner-Fulmer said that she is touched that the girls of Delta Zeta continue to organize the drive, despite the fact that they have never met her daughter. The bone marrow donation process at the drive was quick and simple for the donors. Volunteers just had to fill out some paperwork and do a quick cheek swab to be entered into the registry. Everyone who participated was rewarded with free food that included hoagies from Jimmy John’s and many other snacks. Skinner-Fulmer was able to see the drive work in direct conjunction to her family when her husband, who participated in the first drive, was the match for a man who had a 3-percent chance of survival. Meeting for the first time on Saturday, she said “It was overwhelming to meet a man who was alive because Delta Zeta had a bone marrow drive because my daughter was sick.” Coming from the viewpoint of the mother, Skinner-Fulmer said it feels good to know her daughter left her mark.

Supil wins 100 percent in unopposed treasurer's race

Emily Supil expected to win. She didn’t expect to win unanimously, however. “I was not [expecting 100 percent of the votes] at all,” Supil said. Supil, who ran unopposed for treasurer, received every vote of the election. She will serve with Vice President-elect Katie Thompson -- a prospect that had her extremely excited Wednesday night. Supil said she voted for Thompson and has a “good repore” with the soon-to-be President of the Student Senate. “I’m really excited to be working with Katie,” Supil said. Despite not having a candidate to run against, Supil said she was glad the campaign process has come to a close. “It feels awesome,” she said. It feels good that everything’s over. It’s been a long process. I’m so excited [to work] with Katie.”

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 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.