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Release: March 7, 2001

Klenske, Rossi are elected UISG president, vice president

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa juniors Nick Klenske and Dan Rossi were elected Tuesday as UI Student Government (UISG) president and vice president, respectively, capturing 32 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. Klenske and Rossi will be inaugurated as the 2001-02 student government leaders at a 1 p.m. ceremony Saturday, March 31 in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

UI students also elected juniors Lia Carman, Thomas Kroeger, Lindsey Marshek, and Chris Ward as members of the UISG Senate. Graduate students Kristen Gast and Brandon Hayes were elected to the Senate to represent the UI's graduate population.

A reception for all of the newly elected will be held immediately following the inauguration ceremonies in the North Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The unofficial results show the Klenske/Rossi ticket edged out challengers Megan Adams/Sara Stephenson, who received 27 percent or 1,140 votes; Chris Carlson/Chris Loftus, 27 percent or 1,007 votes; and Zachary Paulsen/Joe Lyons, who received 16 percent or 688 votes.

Klenske is an English and political science (Education) major from Dubuque, Iowa. Rossi is a business management major from Peoria, Ill. The two campaigned to create a "proactive UISG empowered by and for the students." Among other promises, the duo pledged to promote the UI's recycling program, protect students' right to free speech, and promote alternative forms of transportation.

During the two days of online polling, the number of students participating nearly doubled this year to 4,198 up from 2,705 last year. For the second consecutive year, students voted using the UI's ISIS on the Web system, an online site that also serves as a course registration system, a system allowing students to view their student records, as well as serving several other student-oriented functions.

Klenske and Rossi replace juniors Andy Stoll, UISG president, and Chris Linn, vice president as legislative leaders of the approximately 26,000 UI students.