A nameless mascot and the unresolved issue

FAU sent out a university-wide e-mail on Feb. 21 to remind students to vote during the 2011 Student Government elections.

As part of the ballot, students also had to vote on two questions: the name of the mascot and whether marijuana should be penalized in the same way as alcohol.

But almost 24 hours after this e-mail, Student Body President Ayden Maher sent out another e-mail saying that “Student Government believes that students should be given greater opportunity to discuss and learn about the proposed student polls that were originally scheduled to be part of this spring’s SG Election Polls.”

What happened was that, according to chapter 312.210 of the Elections Statutes, the information about the poll should have been publicized at least four weeks before the election—yet nobody bothered to check this, until the last day.

“In my opinion I felt we advertised it quite well, we sent out university-wide e-mails and made the announcement in speeches,” said Maher, who wasn’t very happy about the decision to take the questions off the ballot.

“If they want to play by protocol and say that we have to have 30 days until the questions, [that] we have to have public input and then have a hearing or a university-wide e-mail exactly one month before, then that’s what we’ll do.”

The decision to remove the questions was made by Elections Chair Thomas Levy, Associate Dean Terry Mena, SG Director Heather Bishara and Maher himself.

Current Boca campus Governor and presidential candidate Allison Gentry said she found out about the questions during the presidential debate on Feb. 15.

She not only believes that the questions were not well advertised but also that Maher tried to push the questions forward for this election to use them as part of his political platform.

“I don’t even know if students knew there was a poll. It wasn’t talked about until the last second,” Gentry said. “He might have tried to do it in the last minute to connect it back to himself. Why not wait until the fall and put it on there?”

Christopher Puchferran, the other candidate running for student body president and who will actually face Maher in a run-off election sometime next week, didn’t mind the e-mail, but rather the sender.

“I think that’s fine that they took it off, what I thought was a little sketchy was the fact that Ayden sent out an e-mail reminding everyone that that was taken off the ballot,” Puchferran said.

“I don’t know if that should have necessarily come from him when he’s on the ballot.”

But SG Director Heather Bishara said Maher felt it was part of his duties as president.

“As a student body president, he’s technically in charge of student government elections, he’s the supervisor for the elections chair and of the process,” Bishara said.

In his e-mail, Maher didn’t specify when students are going to be able to vote on these questions in the future.

Dear readers,

I apologize for not updating the blog as often as I would like. The reason for the delay is not because I’m too lazy to do it, but rather because I’ve been too busy covering the elections, editing and writing stories.

If you picked up an issue of the UP in the last two weeks, or visited our website, you would know what I’m talking about.

If you don’t,  here are some of the things I’ve been doing in case you haven’t read about them:

I wrote the 5-page story on the candidates, http://www.upressonline.com/elect-your-leader-1.2468311

Interviewed the presidential candidates for OWL TV, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yTC8wFaQCo&feature=player_embedded

Co-moderated the debates, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Clm7iwGKc&feature=player_embedded

But if you are too lazy to watch the videos, you can read the highlights about the debates, which I wrote, http://www.upressonline.com/did-you-see-the-debate-1.2476121

Maybe you want to know what happened to Green Mann on Tuesday, http://www.upressonline.com/green-mann-banned-from-campus-1.2479637

Or find out the results of the presidential and governor elections for every campus, http://www.upressonline.com/runoff-elections-1.2481222

You won’t want to miss the next blog post, I’ll be exposing all the dirt that went behind the elections (menacing e-mails, insulting Facebook posts, defamation, and more.)

Sergio N. Candido



7 Responses to “A nameless mascot and the unresolved issue”

  1. Guy LaDouche Says:

    first of all dont call or even suggest that the people who are here giving you the time of day are lazy. thats the best way to lose an audience, by insulting them.

    second, i dont give a flying fark if you wrote every story in the last 2 issues while standing on your head with your eyes closed, you made a commitment with your “New management” post so stick with it and stop making excuses. This “I was too busy doing XYZ” attitude of yours is nothing but excuses that your trying to use to validate your lack of work ethic on this blog. It wont cut it in a real world news cycle ran by deadlines and It obviously wont cut it here. Brandon made this blog a great resource for students who want to know about whats going on in SG from an outside perspective, dont disgrace him and all his hard work by neglecting to keep us informed, or by turning this blog into a tabloid (“You won’t want to miss the next blog post, I’ll be exposing all the dirt that went behind the elections (menacing e-mails, insulting Facebook posts, defamation, and more.)”.

    Start a new blog if u want to lower the credibility and professionalism of the UP’s student government watch, but dont ruin something a good reporter created just because your not nearly as skilled or dedicated to live up to the expectations he created. I would rather see owlwatch die than turn into a tabloid.

  2. You got alot to learn about being Brandon Ballenger bro

  3. Guys,

    I appreciate the support, but I also hope you’ll give Sergio a chance. I can see how his wording came across poorly, but I also know he’s still developing a voice for the blog — I don’t think he meant to insult anyone, and from my conversations with him, he doesn’t intend the blog to become tabloid-style. If anything, he thought some of my writing had been too far in that direction.

    He’s definitely a hard-working guy, and I hope he’ll be able to turn some of that energy toward the blog soon. I’m sorry there’s been a gap in coverage — I just don’t have time to handle the blog along with my professional commitments and thesis.


  4. FAU CORRUPT Says:

    “As a student body president, he’s technically in charge of student government elections, he’s the supervisor for the elections chair and of the process,” Bishara said.

    304.320 No member of the Elections Board may hold or be a candidate for an elected or appointed position elsewhere within Student Government during their term on the Elections Board.

  5. except hes not on the elections board..

  6. It makes me cringe when the DIRECTOR of Student Government gets things wrong. The email should have been sent out by Thomas Levy–who’s that guy, you ask?–the friggin’ Election Chair!


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