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AS elections to end May 3: Sustainable energy measure on ballot

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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:48 am

The Associated Students elections open on April 29. The elections will continue until 2 p.m. May 3. Students have the opportunity to vote for candidates and initiatives like the Student Technology Fee and the Real Food Campus Commitment either online via MyWestern, or at a booth in Red Square.

The ballot has 20 candidates in total running for office, with three running for AS president. The Student Technology Fee, which has routinely passed since its inception in 1996, offers the recently added Microsoft Software Advantage program, which gives students access to free Microsoft software and increases in wireless network capabilities on campus. 

Other ballot measures include a proposal to move away from Western’s investments in companies involved in fossil fuel production in favor of sustainable energy. 

Additionally, the Real Food Campus Commitment would annually increase the use of “real-food,” defined as ecologically sound food as determined by the Real Food Calculator, to 30 percent by 2020. The plan would also increase the responsibility of staff and students to maintain that percentage through establishing a reporting system with an annual progress report. 

Students can vote on these measures from April 29 to May 3 in Red Square, or online through MyWestern.

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