has elected an openly gay student as its student body
president. Tim Andreadis was the dark horse in the
conservative Ivy League school's contest for
student body president, a write-in candidate who
championed reduced student government spending while his
opponents offered the popular plank of preserving the Greek system.
Andreadis did not make his sexual orientation an
issue in the campaign, though he said students were
aware of it because he has served as president of the
school's gay-straight alliance. "People knew me as
out," he said. "And that was fine."
More important, he and others said, was
aggressive door-to-door campaigning and e-mailing;
coalition-building among campus groups, particularly
minority student groups; and a platform that addressed
campus issues. In fact, students seemed surprised when asked
last week how Andreadis's sexual orientation factored
into the race.
Andreadis took more than half the votes cast in
the four-way race. (Sirius OutQ News)