About 400 participate in first day of voting

Elections for AS and SMU began today and will continue Tuesday until 7 p.m. Students can vote at a booth set up by Fluor Fountain. Winners are expected to be announced at 10 p.m.

Kathryn Watson, Writer

Students used red Scantrons not as test forms, but as ballots at Fluor Fountain on Monday.

About 400 students had cast their ballots for AS and SMU elections as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to Kyle Shanebeck, AS and SMU office manager. Voting began 10 a.m. Monday and will continue Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students must show their student ID card to vote. Victors will be announced by Tuesday night at around 10 p.m.

Over the weekend, candidates continued campaigning, which ended Sunday night at midnight in accordance to a new rule set in place this year. Both AS presidential candidates have made Facebook pages and blog sites to keep voters up to speed.

Dustin Arnold and Cynthia Pimentel are going up against Lizzie Neely and John Drebinger for AS presidential seats, and Ian Mayta and Luke Payton Luke are vying for the SMU presidential spot.

Many students felt less than informed.

Sophomore Jamie Lampert said she voted last year, but as of Monday afternoon hadn’t yet made an effort for this week’s elections.

“I’ve heard a lot about Neely,” she said.

Lampert admitted that she hadn’t paid much attention to the election.

“This year I think I’ve been more concentrated on studies,” she said.

Sophomore Amanda Biederman hadn’t voted yet either and had made no definite plans to vote. She said she didn’t know where the polling place was. While Biederman said she had heard of the Neely and Drebinger ticket, she didn’t know who they were running against.

Freshman Abby Schoettler hadn’t voted yet either but was familiar with the Neely / Drebinger ticket.

“I am not informed at all on the candidates,” she said. “I know the names Neely and Drebinger because of the shirts that you see all over campus, but I do not know the platforms.”

Lampert was impressed with the efforts of Hannah Mason, the only candidate for the senator seat in Hope North, her dorm. Mason brought residents freshly made cookies, Lampert said.

Freshman Kris Johnson said AS could have done a better job at presenting the candidates.

“I am somewhat informed on this election,” he said. “I know who the candidates are, but not really what they stand for.”

Arnold and Pimental’s campaign centers around the slogan “TEAM,” which stands for transparency, empowerment, advancement and ministry. Neely and Drebinger’s platform is based on the idea of “Biola responding together,” their site says.

The Chimes Online will announce the winners as soon as possible Tuesday night.

— Courtney Wallis contributed to this report

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