Co-presidents Forsgren and Baughman assert goals after thin margin of victory

As election fever hit Ames High; an immense sense of polarization arose in the student body with regards to key issues such as which candidates might provide the highest level of bathroom sanitation and which ones could keep students better entertained at the seemingly endless collection of assemblies and pep rallies. After the paper thin margin of victory (only 22 votes) in the student body presidential elections held Wednesday, May 6, Ames High entered a period of political turmoil. Issues rose with respect to the much anticipated administration change, and many politically charged rumors circulated the hallways of Ames High, including one regarding the potential staging of a Napoleon-esque military coup. However, in the face of this recent political turbulence, newly elected student body co-presidents, Seth Forsgren and Cory Baughman, have a reassuring message for the students of Ames High. "We want to let everyone know that any student with a problem can come to us for help," Baughman said. But as the new presidents take the students of Ames High under their proverbial wing for the next year, what can be expected of the new admin? "We have a few basic premises that we want to start with," Forsgren said, "First, we want to make sure all the doors to the courtyard and media center stay open for students. We also want to add some color and art to the hallways along with changing some of the old pictures that are still up. We want to put up a calendar in the back lobby with all club and sporting events included, and restart the Stall Street Journal. A giant checker board in the courtyard might be in the works as well." On top of all these grandiose plans, the new presidents believe that better organization could be a key faucet to future success. "We’re already trying to make improvements to the student council e-mail system so we can bring more members to the meetings and spread awareness of the issues at hand," Baughman said. Forsgren added that "the Mackey-Lee administration had a lot of energy and good ideas, but we hope to improve on the organizational side of things." Despite the business-like attitude towards getting things done, the new presidents have a softer side as well. "If there are any scared freshman or just students having a bad day, I’m open for hugs." Baughman said. When asked if he was up on this offer too, Forsgren turned ghostly pale and swiftly replied, "No." Ultimately, the new administration is hoping to mix the work ethic of James Brown with the cuddly, homemade comfort of Oprah. As Baughman put it, "We just don’t want to be the presidents that say we’re going to do everything and not do anything."