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Highlights from the WSA Write-Ins

First, a disclaimer. The results from this year’s WSA Winter At-Large Election are not nearly as exciting as those from last year, when, in addition to Giant Joint’s victory, Wesleying’s A-Batte unexpectedly won a spot on the Assembly as a write-in candidate (he took his seat and served honorably before resigning at the close of the semester). Nor is it as scandalous as 2009, when longtime write-in champion Giant Joint ‘420 came within centimeters of garnering 420 votes but was not permitted to serve.

Nonetheless, you voted early, you voted often, democracy prevailed, and the results are viewable here (you’ll have to log in and click “View Results of This Election”). In order of votes received, the winning WSA representatives-elect are Aobo “Austin” Dong ’15, Christian Hosam ’15, Bruno Machiavelo ’16, Chase Knowles ’16, deer whisperer Samuel Usdan ’15, Glenn Cantave ’15Angus McLean ’16, and Kara Linn ’15. Congrats—hope you guys weren’t too attached to Sunday nights or anything.

As usual, though, I’m more interested in the vast, colorful array of write-in votes (and not just because I received two of them). In the land before Wes Compliments, WSA write-in votes offered the best, fuzziest glimpse into Wesleyan’s well-wishing subconscious. This year Giant Joint received a disappointing 68 votes, A-Batte scored 20 (excluding the countless variations on his name), and Ron Paul received three. The rest of the write-in votes ranged from President Roth to serial killers to major U.S. cities to Mytheos Holt ’10 to—

Okay, my favorite write-in choices are listed after the jump. 

Joint Beats Batte

In a battle of the ages, Giant Joint beat Anwar Batte ’13 in a neck-to-neck write-in race for 2013 Rep.  After a week-long election, it was Joint that smoked Batte with 38 votes to his 37.

There were only two actual candidates vying for six 2013 class-rep seats, Jesse Ross-Silverman ’13 (Votes: 108) and Arya Alizadeh ’13 (Votes: 76).  Ross-Silverman and and Alizadeh understandably garnered more votes by being on the ballot.  A WSA election requires a minimum of twenty-five votes to be elected, which both Joint and Batte met.

This star-reporter reached out to the candidates, but received no comment from Joint.  Meanwhile, Batte had this to say:

I couldn’t be happier about Giant Joint’s victory. Giant Joint, as a raceless, genderless, and potentially classless object, shines a critical light on the intersecting oppressions that still exist today by transcending them all. Any attempt to prevent Giant Joint from serving hir full term on the WSA next semester is an attempt to prevent social justice.

Joint’s election will be invalidated because ze is not an enrolled member of the Class of 2013.

Congratulations to all winners of all races.  A complete list of the newly elected representatives is available after the jump.