Omid. Forge. Basu Roy. Forge. Basu Roy. Omid.
These names have been entrenched in our minds, printed in The Gazette and uttered on other campus media hundreds of times over the past 11 days. As you likely know, Omid Salari, David Basu Roy and Andrew Forgione are vying for the chance to become YOUR student council president for the 2011-2012 academic year. Much of the attention is deserved, as the USC President is an important student leader – they represent students in various capacities and set the direction of the organization that you pay over $100 in student fees towards every year.
But despite all of the clamor, the USC President is not the only student leader to be elected on February 16. Every faculty must elect their faculty president, USC representatives (councillors) and student senators. Furthermore, the student body at-large must elect additional student senators and a representative to sit on UWO’s Board of Governors (BOG).
What do all these people actually do and what the hell is Senate and BOG? Continue reading
Having been assailed on all sides by an overly ambitious selection of courses, it was only this Friday that I encountered Andrew Forgione’s USC election campaign video, via The Gazette‘s “Blog the Vote“.
My initial impression of it was a decidedly negative one, though I couldn’t quite make out why. Underneath its expensive veneer was lurking an unsettling undercurrent. It was only later that I discovered the reason for my aversion, when a friend raised an important counter-argument: at least the video was creative, they said.
Actually, I rebut, it isn’t. Ostensibly so, its pretensions to creativity dissolve readily when its constituent elements are analysed in isolation. Continue reading
This started as an email to Arden Zwelling but turned into the kind of thing I figured some other people would want to read too, at which point it occurred to me that I had my own publication.
Zwelling, for those who have actively stayed out of the know, is the incredible force of nature behind the Gazette’s “Blog the Vote“. I have no idea how big his readership is, but as the editor of a campus publication that gets zero feedback, I totally respect how much work he’s putting into original content that’s keeping people interested and engaged. This post is something of an homage.
The USC presidential candidates came to the MITSC’s weekly meeting Tuesday night to give our faculty their pitches and answer some questions. Although I’ve been following the campaigns closely, it was the first time I’d met the three of them in person and it really changed my perspective. Apparently there’s only so much you can learn about a person from a video, a poster, and a rabid, dogmatic campaign team. It’s a shame the majority of voters (who are, incidentally, the minority of students), will never actually talk to the candidates themselves. Continue reading