Cyrus Assesses His Student Body Presidency

Whether or not you agreed with his campaign, or question what he’s achieved throughout his year as president, there is no doubt that there has been negative — sometimes lighthearted, sometimes serious — rhetoric in regard to Cyrus J.’s work as Student Body President this year.

Some look back on the campaign and describe it as overly aggressive, feeling that with all the statements he made to attack StuCo while running, he just hasn’t followed through on enough of his promises. In light of this, I asked Cyrus to respond.

“A lot of people have tried to convince me that my Presidency has been a failure. The candidates were one thing; some of the jabs were lighthearted, and even those that weren’t I was able to laugh about.”

“The campaigns are all about trying to win, and I respected the candidates efforts to improve on the current system rather than promise a performing arts center. I hold absolutely nothing against them,” says Cyrus.

“The faculty members — albeit, very few of them — are another story. Look, I get that I proposed lots of changes and reforms to StuCo (Student Council) and then wasn’t as involved as I had hoped to be this year. Contrary to popular belief, those ideas did truly come from a place of passion for the school, not just in an attempt to get elected.”

“That being said,” he continues, “I feel as though some faculty members have been a bit ruder towards me than what is befitting of what should be professional positions. For a school that so stresses the idea that we need to understand power differentials, I’ve honestly been disappointed that that consciousness has not always been demonstrated.”

“In fact, just the other day, I found out that I will not be giving out the Student Body Award. Unbeknownst to me, that role was always done by the Student Body President.”

“Now, upon trying to understand why this was done, I was told by the faculty member that I was talking to that it was not their decision, and that me getting involved was impossible as ‘that ship had already sailed.’”

The Student Body Award will instead be given out by Student Council chairs Nathan C and Regina L.

“The other candidates have found leadership roles that fit them all well and I do think the role of president has fit me well. I set myself up for the criticism I received with the campaign I ran, but I’m glad I ran that campaign. It set a precedent of running meaningful campaigns.”

“By this, I mean that my campaign was about trying to bring attention to solutions for things that Student Council could do better. It was proposing ideas rather than explaining who I was, and I think I saw that a lot more this year than in previous years. That’s how presidential elections should be. It eliminates the popularity aspect of it, and allows for the best candidate to rise to the top.”

“If you look at many of the candidates this year and their positions, you’d see that they had real platforms and advocated for what they believed the role the president should have. Absurd promises and platforms based on nothing but ‘I do sports and like the school’ were markedly absent.”

“I don’t take credit for that change, but I do think that many of the speeches and debate answers had hints of the campaign I ran, only, somewhat ironically, much of the criticism was not targeted towards policy board, but at me.”

“A year later,” he said, “I still think I was the best candidate for the job.”


8 thoughts on “Cyrus Assesses His Student Body Presidency

  1. I’ve refrained from publicly criticizing Cyrus in his role as the president, because I’ve never felt that it’s in the best interest of StuCo or the Student Body. But I feel I need to say something now. It is entirely unfair to portray the situation with the Student Body Award as unfair or as a jab at you, Cyrus. Nowhere in the constitution does it specify that the President is to give the award – traditionally the award has been given by the President because the President has traditionally organized the selection of the Student Body Award. Cyrus was asked by our faculty advisors to begin organizing the Student Body Award weeks ago. He was nowhere to be found. Nathan and I sent the forms, made the announcements, ran the selection meetings. I am not upset that many of the responsibilities that the President have traditionally taken care of (such as the senior prank, this award, etc) have fallen on Nathan and I this year. But I do take issue with vilifying the faculty for things that were a result of your actions. If you want to do the public speaking roles, the credited roles, do the work.

      • I’ve been nothing but positive all year about this. I’m only responding to, in my opinion, falsely grounded negativity from Cyrus towards our teachers.

    • I think that the problem is not just Cyrus’s initiative but also that he hasn’t received cooperation and support from the board. Coming in as an outsider can be hard especially when there were preconceived biases coming into office. I know that policy board and to some extent community board wasn’t too friendly to Cyrus becoming president due to his platform which criticized what policy board did. As a result, since Cyrus took the office, the image and the responsibilities of the president has been diminished more than any other president. This began from day one, where during the bell tower ceremony, he was presented with both of the board heads, something that I haven’t observed in my seven years here at OES. Now this action alone would be fine, but it has been clear to me that policy board has been hostile to Cyrus in a way that no other president has experienced. So while Cyrus may not have contributed, you may want to ask why he didn’t contribute, and not lay the blame solely on his unwillingness to contribute.

  2. Frankly I can’t see any value in this comment. It is confrontational and disrespectful to not only Cyrus, but all the people that voted for him. I myself supported his candidacy for reasons beyond friendship and to be blunt, he won the election. You might hate him for winning or for some other fickle reason, but he was the elected president of our school and his position, if anything, should be respected. You can argue against his policies but attacking the person is a low blow that only serves to devolve the conversation. This is not how criticism should be delivered.

    • I said absolutely nothing about him winning. I haven’t said anything all year for exactly that reason. I am confident that everyone who voted for him were thoughtful and meaningful in their decision. I don’t know where you got this idea that I “hate” him… I commented because I deeply respect our teachers and didn’t appreciate that he made them a scapegoat for his actions.

  3. I think that after a trying year we should all stand together as a student body instead of criticizing each other. Can we just end in peace please? Positive vibes dawgs.

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