To my friends and supporters,
We ran on the strength of our ideas. We have nothing to apologize for.
We overturned a bogus ruling on the part of the ASCMC elections committee that banned all campaigning on the internet, and allowed the Claremont Currents to cover the election in detail, and we made a campaign that we could be proud of. I'm sorry that we'll never get a chance to implement the ideas so many of you believed in, but we've set out a strong platform -- one which others could run on.
Fourteen percent is a strong showing for a candidacy based upon ideas and not on something as fickle as "love." (Kind of reminds me of another candidacy based upon "hope," and look how that's turned out.) We promised responsibility, fiscal control, and integrity -- all and all, good things to run on.
Another campaign, a long time ago, got 13.4% of the vote and that was the kind of campaign we ran. He promised, as I promised, that if he won the race, he would demand a recount and we got a solid 93 or so votes in our favor.
It would have been nice for our opponents to debate us in the open public, or to respond to questionnaires from campus publications, or for our opponent's supporters not to tell everyone going to the polls bogus things, but that's not how politics works. Politics is messy and at times, far, far from fair. But nothing worth doing ever is.
I'm reminded of what Winston Churchill said when he was thrown out of power to his wife Clemmie. After his defeat, his wife Clemmie told him, "It may well be a blessing in disguise." Churchill replied, "At the moment it seems quite effectively disguised."
But this is most certainly a blessing.
On the other side, given that our opposition had so little of substance, at least we won't be disappointed.
But I will be putting up a box on the top corner of this screen with the number of days it's been since we get our network and since Tammy promised a resolution to our parking problem. I suspect that we won't get either thing.
Going forward, we're going to have a drinking game. For every time our new ASCMC president says how much she loves the school, we'll take a shot. Try not to die of alcohol poisoning. I leave you with this, which is who my opponent reminded me of,
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
To my friends and supporters,
Warner Bros. exec vp Dave Hettler dies
Oversaw worldwide finance, information technology
March 3, 2010, 06:38 PM ET
Hettler joined Warner Bros. in 1993 after spending 11 years with accounting firm Ernst & Young. His responsibilities at the studio included oversight of financial activities for international theaters, theme parks, retail stores and consumer products businesses.
Additionally, he served as a member of the management team overseeing the implementation of Warner Bros.' SAP finance and procurement system worldwide.
Execs at Warners called him an extraordinary executive, respected leader and friend.
Hettler is survived by his wife, Sheri, and their two children, Shane, 16 and Shelby, 12.
A memorial service and reception will be held at noon on Saturday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Hettler's memory to UCLA's Art of the Brain Neuro-Oncology Program or to the David Hettler Memorial Scholarship Fund at Claremont McKenna College.
First off, I want to apologize to everyone for the length. I should have written that speech with a bit more humor and a whole lot less substance! (I was told that the speeches would go later.)
|Look, boys, if you really don't wanna have ginger kids, marry an Asian woman. Asians don't carry the recessive gene. [looks right and left] I know a guy who's marrying a Japanese woman very soon for just that reason. [closes the door on them and they turn around]|