Just confirmed with the Senate Secretariat that Mr. Geoff Costeloe, of Terry fame, was elected to the position of Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Senate this Wednesday.

This is the first time a student has been elected to the position since its creation in 1916. No one formally asked for the tally, but I’m told it was “close”.

The role of the Vice-Chair is to be speaker of the Vancouver Senate in the absence of the Chair, Prof. Stephen Toope.

The last election of the Vice-Chair, student senator Mr. Blake Frederick lost to incumbent Vice-Chair Dr. Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe in a close tally of 36:23.

This would mean in the occasional absence of the President, a student reigns over the most powerful academic body at UBC Vancouver. The vote indicates a strong show of support and trust in the student body by the faculty, alumni and administration, and a progressive vision for the current Senate.


4 Comments so far

  1. Blake Frederick on October 16, 2009 11:48 am


  2. Kyle Warwick on October 16, 2009 12:25 pm

    Cool, what a great way to show that students actually are considered in academics at this school.

  3. Geoff Costeloe on October 19, 2009 4:14 pm

    Now if only they knew what Senate was…

  4. Alex Lougheed on October 19, 2009 4:17 pm

    Priority one should be making sure all positions are contested. Egg on our face for last round, unfortunately, but we’re still doing better than the faculty members.

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