O Giant Joint, where art thou?
Someone actually voted for Lil B this year, so I don’t feel bad using this image again.
Our long, national nightmare is over. Following an interview by schmox that rivals the University’s Reaccreditation Self-Study for length, the results of the WSA elections are in: Nicole Updegrove ’14 and Andrew Trexler ’14 will be taking seat as president and vice-president, respectively. (For anyone keeping score at home, this makes Updegrove the first female president of the WSA since Emily Polak ’05 served during the 2004-2005 academic year.) Write-in champion Giant Joint made an especially meager showing this year, receiving only 25 votes for president and 29 votes for vice-president (unless you count those three votes for “big blunt”) after a briefly resurrected social media presence:
As is pretty much traditional at this point, here are some of the most noteworthy write-in votes from the election. You can peruse the full results for yourself here.
Check out this insider coverage of what will surely go down in the history books as Wesleyan’s Rush on Pizza. Today at approximately 4:20 PM, Texts.com (started by the esteemed Peter Frank ’12) distributed 60 pies (30 of which were vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free). We have video evidence of the stampede that followed.
What better way to celebrate 4/20 than by spending four hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Amy Bello of the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty sends in a modest proposal:
The Wasch Center is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, April 20th. Student tickets are $35 each, available at the Wesleyan box office beginning Friday, March 29th. Bus departs Wyllys Ave at 8:00am, disembarking at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bus re-embarks behind St Patrick’s Cathedral at 5:00pm for its return to campus. For more information email abello(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: “The Big Apple”
Cost: $35 for a ticket, plus whatever the Halal Guys are charging these days, I guess
Two years, 94 debates, one drunk/high/sober liveblog, and endless polls later, we’ve finally arrived. Two candidates entered (well, technically a lot more), one will survive. Who will it be? Tonight wesleying will be continuing (and thank God, finishing) our election coverage with a liveblog of the results as they roll in tonight. There are a couple of locations on campus where we’ll be station (and where you can follow along):
- Usdan has a big projector screen by the staircase showing MSNBC, so plenty of people will be watching there.
- The American Studies Majors’ Committee and the Government Majors’ Committee are hosting an event at the Woodhead Lounge (location here).
- In your comfort and safety of your own dorm! Just go to here to watch CNN!
Stay tuned, and get ready to celebrate when Obama (most likely) wins. (If he doesn’t, Nate Silver is totally fucked.) Hopefully it’ll look something like this:
Oh, and Middletown’s polls are open for another 100 minutes. Hurry up and get on line. The liveblog will still appear past the jump once you get back.
You’re on my camera, too, but contact us if you want a specific photo removed.
Happy 4/20, y’all—the hills are alive with the sound of P-Safe officers stomping out joints left and right. For the first time since Tour De Franzia last spring, P-Safe officers brought out the video cameras and pushed sternly through the crowd, filming your stoned faces like Michael Bay crossed with your mom. Anyone know where this footage is going? Michael Roth? Admissions information sessions? The Wesleyan Parents’ Listserv?
Special shout-out to the horse head, the carnival tent, the mariachi band, and the MINDS members giving out baked goods for Facebook likes. For previous 4/20s on the hill, click here, here, here, here, or here.
Roll on for a full gallery, brah.
Good lord, what a hazy day democracy has seen. In addition to the stunning A-Batte write-in victory, wieb$ points out that Giant Joint, noted social justice trailblazer, also smoked his rivals and landed a seat as write-in WSA at-large representative with a respectable 99 votes:
Perhaps voters finally want to hit their representatives with the fact that they need to be able to hash out the issues and weed out the bad proposals. Hopefully, Giant Joint will be able to roll with the punches and prove ze isn’t simply a drag on the agenda.
Not too shabby, considering that’s only 18 less votes than legit winning candidate Jacob Musinsky ’15, and, as always, the number of alternate iterations of GJ’s name practically exceeds votes for the candidate hirself.
This week we put out an open call for WSA candidate statements. Thus far, we’ve received two. That’s, like, less than a fifth of the beard submissions we’ve received. (Post forthcoming, I swear.) What’s going on? It’s not too late: if you’re running for WSA, feel free to send us a candidate statement at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
Here’s what we’ve received so far, in alphabetical order. As is our policy, Wesleyan will compile the candidate statements we receive, but will not endorse any particular candidate, with the possible exception of Giant Joint, who is out and about in the Twittersphere, partying like it’s 1969, with no vicious attack ads in sight. GJ’s been lying pretty low since hir 2009 election upset, we’re optimistic about a comeback.
Winter Elections and the Winter Survey are now open over at the WSA polling site. Dubble U. Essay ’99 writes in reminding you to vote early, vote often, and vote for GJ:
The Winter Elections and Winter Survey are now open here. Your feedback is very important for all of us students here at Wesleyan to make our university what we all want it to be. As always, your thoughts, complaints, comments, concerns, etc. are welcome at wsa(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or talk to any of your representatives.
Cheers and best of luck going into our last days of Fall semester!
If you’re a WSA candidate, feel free to send us a brief candidate statement and any other campaign materials at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. Put “WSA STATEMENT” in the subject line. We’ll post what we receive.
If you’re a giant stick of marijuana, keep on keeping on.
[This image courtesy of The ‘Cac, a new(ish) blog about life in the NESCAC. Seriously—check it out. I especially recommend Stuff NESCAC Students Like. So much so, I think I’m just gonna repost it after the jump. Keep reading . . . ]
Hello, and greetings from Wesleying vacation. For those inclined to care, results from the WSA At-Large election can be viewed over at the WSA voting page. The top five vote-getters, who will receive year-long terms, are Syed Ali ’13, Evan Weber ’13, Adam Fishman ’12, Rohan Singh ’11, and Jake Schneider ’14, while the next five vote-getters, who will receive half-year terms, are Dylan Keegan ’14, Aubrey Hamilton ’12, Nicole Okai ’14, Giant Joint(!!), and Rachel Warren ’14. I’m impressed with the strong showing on the part of 2014 (four out of ten ain’t bad, frosh), but I’m especially impressed with Giant Joint’s election for the second year in a row, despite not actually being a Wes student. Good going, GJ—smoke a fat one for me.
Meanwhile, as always, the results page includes an exhaustive write-in vote roundup for you to scroll through, ranging from “the dark lord voldemort” to “the gza” and probably everything in between. Jigglypuff finished with a respectable 34 votes, while Wigglytuff and Huge Spliff grabbed a solid 14 and 13, respectively. For the hell of it, here are some highlights from the write-in pile.