It’s been a while, huh? Sorry about that. The semester is slipping away like egg white through my fingers. Guess you can tell where my mind has been.
As graduation approaches (So fast! So soon! Not soon enough?) I’ve been trying frantically to find a job, finish my thesis, keep up with my Arabic homework, etc. etc. I’ve hardly had time to look around. Which I guess explains how it’s already March. But today I picked up the rare copy of the Daily Texan, and I want to bring your attention to its cover story.
Anyone who paid any attention to this election has probably already noticed that there were some irregularities. But the disclosures that the Election Supervisory Board chair was campaigning for Liam and Shara (who ultimately won), not abiding by election rules, and soliciting the assistance of the student body president are seriously disturbing. It’s unclear how much the University administration knew about what was going on, but regardless, I think it’s obvious that the elections process here needs to be seriously revamped.
I know this post is a bit of a downer, but I’m going to end on an “up” note. The election irregularities give the student body a chance to have an open discussion about what democracy means on this campus, what we need our government to achieve, and how we can structure that in an efficient, effective way. To me, that’s going to mean undertaking a comparative review of student government structures at a representative sample of other universities, analogous to what the Commission of 125 tried to do. I want a student government that will deal with issues like hazing, sexism, racism and homophobia; that will work to be a voice for students against overdevelopment and rising rents in North and West Campus; that will address the spate of violent crimes around our University; that will strive to keep this university diverse, affordable and academically outstanding. What do you want your student government to do?