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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Fallout

Well, the shouting's over for another year, and from where I'm sitting, it looks like not a lot got solved.

Yes folks, the 2008 UWSA election is in the history books, and for longtime council watchers like myself it would appear more questions than answers are left dangling. Let's take em one by one.

President: While the home team is calling Tiffany Gooch's win over current VPUA Zach Cranny a surprise, are we really that surprised, Windsor? Cranny'd lose to a tire iron if it got its name on the ballot.

VP Finance: A total clusterfuck as elected winner Tosin Bello gets disqualified for accruing too many demerit points, a result of a new system that the old Electoral Monitoring Committee hated, and one of the reasons they walked out en masse a couple weeks ago. Bello contends the complaints brought against him were from his opponent, Avneil Yashpal, 'with malicious intent.'

The referendum no one knew about: So Spencer Hills, a perennial UWSA hanger-on decided this year that The Lance needed an overseeing body above and beyond the already established editorial board. He decided this, as far as I know, without ever setting foot in the offices before he informed the staff of his intentions. So he went out and got some signatures and got a referendum question put on the ballot asking if students felt The Lance needed "An oversight board for the Lance which would be responsible for financial, operational, and all other matters excluding the editorial content of the paper."

Ignoring the vagueness of the question for now [What financial matters? Doing the accounting or selling the adverts?] the disgusting reality is simply the fact that students knew next to nothing about the issue, a fact admitted by Hills: "I think that more students should have been informed that they had to make a choice on this matter before it was presented to them."

Said one student, "I know why it passed, no one read it."

To his credit, Hills said he is willing to put the question to students again in the fall by-elections, should sufficient students feel the issue was unclear.

I mean my God, is it any wonder that student Kirsten Francescone has the sort of growing cynicism she documents in her editorial of this week?

How will history judge the presidency of William Ma? No one can say. No one can remember what happened last week, let alone first semester, and finals are fast approaching.

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