Brian Eisner & Spencer Slovic–Tess recently went to the state track and field championships for the second year in a row, so we had her answer some questions about track and other random stuff.
The Aardvark Dig appreciates the verve and energy put into the elections for Student Body President. We would like to use these controversial times to clarify our involvement with the student body regarding outside submissions. In the event that we are unable to verify contained assertions in the submissions, those submissions will not be posted. As a staff committed to truthful and constructive commentary, we must prioritize our integrity whenever we publish work. As for this election specifically, we apologize to those whose much-appreciated remarks will not be published, and wish good luck to all of the candidates.
Janine Kritschgau–The following is a response written by Senior Austin Goldsmith, the Midwinter Madness Representative for Student Council, to previous Dig commentary. But first, here’s a little letter from the editor.
These have certainly been an interesting past few days. I live for times like these. Although fraught with challenge, we must recognize that they are also brimming with hope. In this case, the hope is that students can have a healthy discussion regarding flaws in the election process in order to ensure smoother elections in the future.
The Dig also asks the Student Body to consider what a difficult situation this is for all students, especially those students who ran for President. We admire their willingness to step up!
As for continuing this discussion, please feel free to use the comment feature on our website to respectfully post your thoughts. And of course, we hope to see you at the ShinDig tomorrow from 3-6pm.
Spencer Slovic–In the wake of all the recent election controversy, heated meetings with Jordon Elliott, and failed write-in campaigns, there’s one thing the OES community should know: StuCo saw this coming. The part of the constitution in question, the part that limits a run-off to two candidates, in fact was discussed by Student Council while reworking and amending the constitution this year—and they failed to do anything about it. Making an amendment to the constitution takes a two month waiting period, a written proposal, and “marketing” to the student body. Out of the three amendments Student Council chose to propose this year—that anyone can run for president, the mission groups, and the preferential voting system—they chose to do two of them. And the third came back to bite them.
Patrick McVee–For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to mess with people’s hair and post it on the Aardvark Dig.
Victim #1: Zach Levis.
Brian Eisner–So as you are all surely aware of by now, the clock in the Great Hall has mysteriously disappeared! While it was maybe 10 minutes slow before it went missing, couldn’t that have simply been fixed by moving the hands, well, by hand (you have to laugh at that, come on)? Meanwhile, students are constantly late to class because they don’t know when class starts, and gatherings always run long. So why has it disappeared, and why has no replacement been obtained? Ah, the mystery…
When are too many good candidates a bad thing?
When all those candidates throw an election, constitution and administration into chaos.
Since ballots were cast in the election for Student Body President on Friday, the race has devolved further and further into mayhem, with conflicting information and murky rules making it impossible to hold a runoff election today at lunch, because, well, you can’t have a runoff election where you don’t know who’s running.
There’s no end in sight. A total lack of transparency and overall communication from the people running the election – fairly or not – makes it seem like the people running the election are making up the rules as they go.
In the school constitution, it says that a run-off will be contested by the top two candidates. In this case, however, it is unlikely that the top two candidates make up 50% percent of the vote, meaning that a minority of people would have their choice in the role.
Because vote totals were not released we don’t know exactly what happened in the first election, and it seems like candidates are arbitrarily being dropped in and out of the race.
The situation will be resolved in the coming days. It’s important to stay calm, and at the same time know that this is what screwing up looks like.
We’ll have updates throughout the day and week.