AUS Elections: The Shot Heard Round Buchanan

To clear things up, I’m not really going to be posting on the blog during the campaign, except to keep people up to date with some of the council stuff thats coming down to pipeline (committee reform, ACF Debt repayment, massive and foolish changes to tuition policy, and such and such). I am personally not allowed to endorse others, but I bet most of you could bet how I’m voting.

The Uncontested Races

I am incredibly concerned when candidates don’t run for elections. I think it’s the mark of a stagnant society. If you take a look at the three biggest undergraduate societies (Arts, Science, Engineering), you’ll find that there are only NINE contested races compared to the TWENTY FOUR acclamations and THREE uncontested. Admittedly, I dont really know why everything in the arts side of things really needs to be elected, but c’est la vie. People actually shouldn’t be so concerned about the uncontested – Publications in SUS is largely dead, and should be purged from the Code. If SUS wan’ts a newspaper, you should hire someone to do it, start using interfaculty publications office again, and change the focus – the internet robs us of our need for funny papers. As for Arts, SoCo and PromoO in the AUS are positions that are probably better filled by appointment anyway.

However, the general lack of competition for major executive elections is troubling. We should be out in the community more actually making people understand that they can run and influence the direction of their student society. I do wonder if there is not something to be said for the fact that Arts has just a crap-load of positions to run for – at Seventeen, it is by far the highest number of one of the undergrad societies. I would expect that there was some coordination beforehand to make sure that people who wantedto work together weren’t going to run against each other.

There are three reasons why people get involved in student politics:

  1. They like what the AUS is doing, and want to be a part of it.
  2. They are outraged by what the AUS is doing, and want it to change.
  3. They were actively solicited by the AUS to get involved, and will make up their decision later.

I’ve used ‘AUS’ as a stand in for Student Politics in general here, but the problem is more specifically with the AUS. Promotions and outreach are lacking in our societies, and because the AUS hasn’t been able to operationally do too much this year (Thanks Chris Diplock!), there is a lower amount of candidates. We should continue to make sure that we are not only doing things for studnets, but making sure that students know what we are doing.

The Contested Races

I’ll probably leave these to Alex, in the event that he has time, but I have to say that of the two contested executive races, both of the candidates in both of the races seem great to me. I know who I’m probably voting for, but if I lose, I won’t be disappointed.

The AMS Representatives

Aside from the fact that I don’t really like calling the positions “Reps”, it is shorter tha councilor, and is what everone is saying. Nevertheless, I’m pretty pleased with the new system of electing only five reps, compared to the original seven. Looking at the candidates, there are a number of people who I would be dellighted to vote for and eager to work with. It could very well be a very active year for Arts Caucus.

I wish Arts had been more of a force this year. While there was certainly some movement and action on things, the series of resignations and dissapearances that rocked our caucus left us twisting in the wind. However, the ACF pledge was a caucus inititiave, and its looking like it worked – we are going to get ACF debt repaid.

The debate (and subsequent liveblogging thereof) is a favorite thing of mine in the AUS elections. Come out and check it out – Monday the 30th, at 3:00 PM in MASS.

I was going to put my platform in this post, but I’ve been typing too long, so I’ll do that tomorrow or later today. For a preview, visit my facebook group here or check out this intro post over at the Spectators, in which Sasa hit it pretty close to the money.

Coming up in the next 40 hours or so:

  1. The Naylor Platform – AMS Councilor
  2. Council Meetings, and why everyone should vote against everything
  3. The Patron Saint of Beer

Coming up later:

  1. Committee Reform
  2. Ghosts of Melody Ma – The Great Campus Washout

5 Responses to “AUS Elections: The Shot Heard Round Buchanan”

  1. March 23, 2009 at 8:09 am

    If I was not comatose during the last SUS council meeting, I’d like to clarify that the SUS Code and Policy committee’s document of changes (which effectively re-allocated the Director of Publications’ duties to the appointed Publications’ Manager position, among other things) was passed with no objections. Keep up with the times! Good luck on your campaign.

  2. 2 Joey S
    March 23, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    My thoughts – The President election looks very interesting. Young v. Old?! The Finance race looks like it’ll be either a landslide or a close one (nothing in between). As for AMS, I think all 6 of the candidates are strong. Keeping to my RBT pledge of support, I’ll vote Naylor and Keg

  3. 3 Kommander Keg
    March 24, 2009 at 2:07 am

    The Kommander appreciates your support Joey.


  4. 4 Billy Bob
    March 25, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Guillaume for President, Kristian for FInance, Keg/Naylor/Kyle for AMS!

  5. 5 Rory
    March 25, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Another sausage fest or and ams arts caucus i see.

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