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May 16, 2002

Senate election produces tie for VP

Economics professor James H. Cassing has been re-elected to a second one-year term as president of the University Senate.

Josephine E. Olson of the Katz Graduate School of Business has been elected as the group's new secretary.

Their terms begin July 1.

Voting for the Senate's vice president resulted in a tie between incumbent Thomas A. Metzger, of mathematics, and the medical school's Nicholas G. Bircher. A runoff election will be held early in the fall term.

Not only was that tie unprecedented, but this year's Faculty Assembly election also produced a tie for one Assembly slot — prompting professors at last week's Assembly meeting to joke about "Florida-type" election results. ("I voted for Pat Buchanan by mistake," quipped psychology professor James Holland.) However, Senate elections committee chairperson Herbert Chesler pointed out that there was nothing questionable about the Senate's vote count, in contrast to the Florida tally that helped to send George W. Bush to the White House.

This year's Senate voting "just happened to produce two ties," the economics professor said.

Elected to Faculty Assembly for 2002-2005 were: Madeleine J. Carlin of the Katz Graduate School of Business; John J. Baker, dental medicine; Marilyn L. Ross, education; James T. Cain, engineering; Clark S. Muenzer and Alexander Orbach of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) humanities division; Gregory Constantine, FAS natural sciences; Lisa Nelson, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; Walt Alan Stoy, health and rehabilitation sciences; Patricia Friedman, Health Sciences Library System; Paul Munro, information sciences; Darryll K. Jones, law; Carey D. Balaban, medicine; Mary M. Cothran, nursing; Karen L. Steinmetz, pharmacy, and Joseph P. Constantino, public health.

In voting for representatives of the FAS social sciences, Herbert A. Chesler won outright but there was a tie between Kathleen A. Allen and Lisa D. Brush for the second slot. A runoff election will be held early next fall.

Members' terms begin July 1. New members serve the first year of their three-year terms on Faculty Assembly. During their second and third years, they serve on both the faculty-only Assembly and on Senate Council, which includes faculty, staff, students and administrators.

–Bruce Steele

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