SG Election Seems Over Already

Well, the university-wide portion of it, anyway. I’ll deal with the governorships in due course.

There were initially three tickets for the top spots, but two were declared academically ineligible. Peeps have to run with Veeps, in our system: a presidential candidate runs with a vice-presidential candidate. And if one or the other is ineligible, well, the ticket’s nullified. Who’s to blame — the silly rule, or the candidates who couldn’t work out their eligibility between them? Whoops.

What about write-ins, you ask? That’s a no-go, unless somebody wants to creatively reinterpret statute. 310.100 states that “Write-in Candidates may only fill seats that would otherwise go vacant.” Since there’s one eligible duo left, they’ll automatically win.

And who (will have) won? Boca Governor Tiffany Weimar’s your new President Pre-Elect. And Collene O’Reilly, who runs Black Student Union & Multicultural Programs, is your Soon-to-be-VP. (Full disclosure: She’s also a student of mine.)

I spoke with them immediately after the mandatory candidates’ meeting this evening to get their reactions. They were both grinning as I approached them.

“I want the challenge,” O’Reilly said, playfully plaintive. “I wanted to see what happened. I’m kinda — I’m excited, but kinda stumped.”

“Competition is healthy,” Weimar added. “I think with it you really get to see everyone’s true colors.”

I asked what they would do with the campaign period, which officially began after that meeting. Weimar said she wants to campaign anyway to raise recognition.

“Students should be able to stop you and say, you know, I have an issue or I have a concern. So I think it’s very important  to be accessible,” says Weimar.

You can listen to audio of their reactions and their plans so far here. (Sorry for the background noise.)

More to come on this in print in the next couple weeks, though there might be more tidbits here too. But there’s something pretty interesting going on…


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