There were mixed reactions and emotions from Florida A&M University students as the results for the 2009 campus elections were announced early Wednesday morning.
Students waited in the chilly night air from 10 o’clock p.m. until the final results were handed down just before 1:30 a.m.
A run-off between Quinton Strother and Travis Roberts (749 votes to 668), as well as for Queen of Orange and Green, Taylar Barrington and Domonique Crawford (1030 votes to 719) was announced for the position of King of Orange and Green.
Before the election, Roberts, a 22-year-old Biology pre-dentistry student from Ft. Lauderdale, said he was trying to keep a cool head amidst all the excitement. “Everybody’s been asking me ‘are you nervous (about the election)?’ and I tell them I’m not, I’m not cocky but I’m confident, but you can’t be too confident. It’s a great sight to see the student body come out at this time of night to see the results of the election and I’m excited to have been a part of it.”
Strother, a 22-year-old broadcast journalism student from Chicago, Il., expressed that his election experience was hectic but he was excited to see the outcome, “I’m ecstatic to see the results after weeks of preparation and I hope for the best for whoever wins.”
After the run-off was announced, Roberts said, “I’m excited about the runoff. [Quinton and I] are actually friends, so it’s not like a competition, it’s just fun to us.”
Domonique Crawford said, “I’m excited about the run-off, it’s an opportunity for my campaign to work twice as hard.”