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BEVERLY HIGH The Beveriy High Page is created by and ,:,r BHHS sKdenls, if you ha',e a stoy idea. or wou!d iiKB tO co.,-mbu',e a,'- ancle fc.r the page, contact:Margaret Boyie 3!0688 6764 margarei@bhweek!y corn Simon Shin to Preside as New ASB President By Margaret Boyle At the conclusion to a strongly contest- ed electoral battle, junior Simon Shin will take the position of President of the Ass,cizted Student Body at Beverly Hills High school. Juniors dominate the top offices this year, taking the positions of ASB President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. ASB Vice President is Cherie ttwang. ASB Secretary is Noga Firstenberg, and ASB Treasurer is Ashley Kim. Senior Gabe Halimi will continue in the year-long position as Student Board of FAucation Representative. "Tile top offices this year were highly contested," ASB advisor Susan Kelleher said. "As always, there were a lot of qual- ified leaders who did not make office... It's alway. sad to see good candidates not win because the voting population misses out on that." Candidates for ASB President and Vice President were given the opportunity to campaign to the school Wednesday, Jan 19. Elections were held Jan. 20, with run- offs Jan 24. Senior Maziar Yafeh, junior Sari Eitches. sophomore Adam Gerber and freshman Phil Movagar will take office of President over their respective class. The office of class Vice President went to senior Esther Chang, junior Alia Aljunied, sophomore Jennifer Park, and freshman Daniel Kim, respectively. "We will have a lot of new people on ASB this semester," Kelleher said. "I hope the more experienced members will take the new ones under their wings and give them the skills to become just as active." Senior Eiian Nassi, junior Adam Hcffman, sophomore Debbie Soroudi, freshman Koorosh Elihu will represent each class as Student Body Treasurer. The Senior Class Representatives are Shawna Kim and Erica Sorosky. Alice Ahn and Shahbaz Farnad are the Representatives of the Junior Class. Saba Harouni and Dov Mamann are the Sophomore Class Representatives. and Max Goldberg is Freshman Class Representative. Kelleher said, "The school will have a group of talented leaders representing them." Simon Shin & Q 10111101QQ QOIeOIIOIIOIOIIOIIIQQQOIOOIIOOIQOIQIIIIQIO ASB Elections: How Stupid Can We Get?. A random sampling of the various devices used: refer- ences to popular songs (I do... cherish this ASB position; I'm your genie in a bottle, baby), some of which com- pletely escaped my understanding of the correlation between pop songs and candidate qualifications. Secondly, there was the actual performing of the song (the current theme song of Jack in the Box by the Meaty Cheesy Boys), which once again, didn't make any sense. Thirdly, there was the all-popular comedy sketch, spoof- ing off of a character from MAD TV. I'm not criticizing these acts because I didn't like them (I actually found most of them highly amusing), but it seems to me that By Mao Shiokura Elections shotlld be about the integrity of the candi- dates. It should ble " about willingness to serve the sehool and about making this hellish time of our lives a little less horrible. Most of all, the candidates should exemplify that they are qualified tO do the job. Hence, their speech- es at the ASB Elections assembly should reflect what great leaders they are, and will be. Reality check: it seems that this year, the only way to force the audience to pay attention for more than five seconds (the average teenager's attention span is about 2.5 seconds) was to make an absolute fool out of one's self. teenagers these days won't understand anything unless it's rapped to them. So we've come back to the disparity between the pur- pose of election speeches and the actual speeches. Because the slaker cannot resort to "gcd ol' politics," election become a comedy sideshow after which the funniest person gains the most popularity; thus, elections have successfully evolved into a popularity contest. It's not that I don't believe that the candidates are qualified for their positions, but the fact that they must stoop to such a level to appeal to the student body makes me won- der: How stupid can we get? I I II I I THE PRINCETON REVIEW PSAT. SAT I , SAT 11 , ACT Better Scores, Better Schools (800) 2-REVIEW (310) 473-3423 O www.revtew.com I I January 27-February 2, 2000 ,, 13