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Editors Note: With yesterday’s GUSA election, The Hoya looks back at the student body election of 30 years ago.

By Tom Sheeran Hoya Staff Writer

Wielding a mandate from less than 12 percent of the student body, Roger Cochetti (SFS ’72} and Nancy Kent (CAS ’72) will lead the undergraduate Student Government for the next 12 months. Six incumbents and 24 new members will make up the new Student Senate when it convenes.

Sixty-eight candidates vied for the 27 contested seats. Cochetti was elected president and Miss Kent vice president in balloting onday that saw a turn- out of less than 41 percent. The Cochetti-Kent ticket out-polled seven other pairs of candidates dates, decisively beating runner-up Neil Scotti (CAS ’73), 479 votes to Scotti’s 312.

After ballots from all schools but but the College had been tallied, Cochetti had built up an insurmountable lead of almost 100 votes. The trend continued as an expected run of Scotti or Ken Johnson (CAS ’72) votes failed to materialize.

O’Donnell (CAS ’72), placed third with 221 votes, but managed to hold on to his at large seat in the Student Senate. Running fourth and fifth were

Russ Moon (SFS ’72), who ran on a platform to help him get accepted to Harvard Law School and Mark Sitley (SFS ’72), polling 196 and IS6 votes respectively, Greg Suchan (SFS ’72) received 101 ballots to place sixth, Both Gary Peck (SFS ’72) and B.J, Rama (COL ’73) polled less than the number of “no votes” – 70.

The elections took place in the wake of a constitutional tight to have the student referendum of Feb. 17-19 validated. That referendum had sought to reduce the membership of the Student Senate from the present 40 members to 16 senators. Although an overwhelming majority of those voting had

wanted to reduce the she of the senate body, the referendum had failed to attract the 40 percent of the student body necessary to make the constitutional change valid,

The student constitutional court Saturday night refused a petition by Joseph Combs (CAS ’71) which sought to delay the elections.

Combs had charged that more recent enrollment figures than those used would have demonstrated that 40 percent of the undergraduate student body had voted. After the final returns Cochetti expressed his displeasure at the makeup of the new senate, noting that many of his supporters had lost their senate races.

Miss Kent said that Cochetti and she hoped to meet with the senate informally and discuss their program. She expressed the hope that the senate would take it up immediately. As vice president, iss Kent will serve as, presiding officer of the senate.

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