Bell-Pugh Ticket Wins U.G.B.C. Elections

Winners to work for racial harmony, downsized student government

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Juniors Dean Bell and Kristin Pugh, veteran student politicians who used a World Wide Web site to push their campaign for racial harmony and downsized student government, scored a convincing victory in last week's Undergraduate Government at Boston College election.

The Bell-Pugh ticket received 1,308 votes, versus 985 for the slate of Brendan Kennealey '98 and Chris Boscia '98.

With three months of planning and campaigning over, Bell and Pugh now have their work cut out for them: They have pledged to knock on every door in the University residence halls and personally introduce themselves to 6,500 students between now and September.

"Kristin and I want to make sure the students know we are here for them," said Bell, an accounting major in the Carroll School of Management.
Junior Dean Bell is the Undergraduate Government of Boston College president-elect. (Photo by Gary Gilbert)

Bell said the door-to-door tour will be aimed at sparking student interest in their campus government. Although UGBC's budget is derived from student fees, he noted, only 26 percent of eligible undergraduates voted in the final election.

"We feel no one knows or cares about UGBC," Bell said. "Kristin and I want to make sure people know about UGBC. It's their money and they should know how it's being spent."

The Bell-Pugh slate, which will assume office on April 15, has proposed establishing a cabinet position devoted to hearing complaints of discrimination or harassment, and leading a campus-wide campaign against racial intolerance.

"I believe in diversity of opinion. I do not believe in any kind of discrimination or hate," said Bell.

The team's platform also includes proposals to consolidate the student government cabinet, reducing it from 65 to 45 members while requiring cabinet members to effectively serve as constituent aides to students seeking assistance. Bell and Pugh also plan to institute a recycling program at the Modular Apartments, introduce a campus television news program, and install ashtrays outside campus buildings to curb litter.

Bell, a native of Greenwich, Conn., is an experienced cabinet officer who is serving this year as UGBC executive director of University issues. Last year he was vice president of liaisons and executive director of student life.

Pugh, a communications major from Anchorage, Alaska, also is versed in student government, having served as UGBC vice president of student issues, public relations manager for the O'Connell House student union and director of the mentor leadership program.

The Bell-Pugh web page, touted as the first by a UGBC presidential ticket, can be found at http://www2.bc.edu/~bellde/start.html.

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