This week’s elections for President and Vice President come at a strange and controversial time for the Wesleyan Student Assembly. After a February meeting about a resolution for low-income and first generation students (proposed by Aidan Martinez ’17, himself a candidate) ended in tears, low-income and first generation students opened the debate about whether the current institutional structure of the WSA is viable, effective, or even helpful. Martinez’s “Shut. It. Down.” campaign called for the complete dissolution of the WSA’s constitution in order to rebuild it completely.
Today’s debate features Kate Cullen ’16 and Aidan Martinez ’17 on one side and Madison Moore ’16 and Victoria Hammitt ’17 on the other.
Martinez and Cullen are running the RefreshWes campaign, designed to turn the WSA and its institutional structure inside-out. Cullen has been a member of the WSA for two years, while Martinez was on the WSA from 2013-14. Moore and Hammitt are running to “make all associated institutions responsible to students.” [EDIT: Moore is a two-year member of the WSA while Hammit has never been on the assembly.] More information about all four candidates can be found here, on the WSA website. Elections are open until Friday, April 17.
Can’t make it to the debate but have questions you wish you could ask the candidates? We can be your proxies. Email them to staff[at]wesleying[dot]org or tweet them to @wesleying.
From Kate Cullen ’16:
Open meeting for anyone and everyone interested in discussing a new WSA structure!
Come for as long or short as you can to give your personal experiences, opinions and suggestions for a new inclusive, representative and accountable WSA. We want to hear from everyone–those who have felt silenced and excluded, those who have left the WSA, those who are currently on it, and those who may love it.
We’ll share what we have in the works so far and what a big change could conceivably look like.
~~~~We will have desseeeerts!~~~~
Don’t worry, if you can’t make it we’ll have another discussion next week!
Feel free to email/message/stop on the street
President Candiate: Kate Cullen (saltemuscull@wes)
VP Candidate: Aidan Martinez (ajmartinez@wes)
Time: [EDITED] 6:30 PM
Place: UOC 190 High Street
Today is the last day to vote in the Wesleyan Student Assembly Fall 2013 elections. Voting closes at midnight, at which time the results will be available on the voting site.
Good Saturday, folks! Just checking in this afternoon to wrap up a plot-line that’s been developing here on Wesleying for about a week now: it would seem that, as of 12AM this morning, presidential incumbent Zach Malter ’13 has succeeded in his efforts for reelection with a whopping 654 votes. A hearty congratulations to you, Mr. Malter.
In addition, Mari Jarris ’14, Malter’s running mate, secured vice presidency with (also whopping, perhaps even more whopperific) 702 votes. Which is curious, of course, given that it’s almost 50 votes more than the president. One of our in-house analysts suspects that this cultivates ripe conditions for a Machiavellian-style altercation at some point in the future. Hearty congratulations to you as well, Ms. Jarris.
Arya Alizadeh ’13 and his running mate Sam Ebb ’13, the only other organized duo, came in second place with 355 and 310 votes respectively.
Dark horse write-in candidate Anwar “Cornelius” Batte ’13 came in third by bagging 138 votes in the presidential bracket, firmly establishing his brand as Wesleyan’s equivalent of a green party/socialist candidate. Batte ran a notable campaign in that he didn’t run it at all; in fact, he actively sought to neuter it. Congratulations on your non-efforts, Mr. Batte.
More information about the election results (the full data of which can be found here), as well as about fan-favorite Giant Joint ’54, after the jump.
Earlier this week, we posted a WSA presidential candidate statement that we received in support of Anwar Batte ’13, the apparent dark horse candidate of the election season. We also put out an open call for campaign submissions. Here’s what we’ve received from challenging party Arya Alizadeh ’13 and Sam Ebb ’13. Spoiler warning: scroll to the end if you just want Arya’s number.
For slightly more obnoxious election coverage, don’t miss our group interview with the candidates and liveblog coverage of the presidential debate.
Dreaming of a Better Wes? Arya and Sam. We’ll Take You There
We’ve heard your complaints about the WSA and about Wesleyan. We want to fix them and we’re ready to take the WSA in a better direction than it’s been going.
Does anyone actually know what the WSA does? Does anyone know who the WSA is?……hmm?…didn’t think so. That’s a problem we want to fix.
How? Vote for us and we will:
While one might think that this post would require no further content beyond its title, I will elaborate: If you are one of the ~20 freshmen or ~4 upperclassmen running for WSA this week, please send your blurbs, photos, and/or other propaganda devices over to staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. We will compile these into a post like this fun one from April 2010. Try to respect the same approximate rule as for your blurbs, capping at 150 words or so. Please try to submit before midday Sunday – the earlier we can post, the earlier you get publicity.
If you’re a curious upstanding citizen, elections will be opening soon at http://wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting/.
There are many things on campus that need to be improved. The WSA needs to evolve, but a one level evolution isn’t enough. We need an final stage Pokemon. We need Wigglytuff.
Howdy there, readers. Though the winners of the WSA Spring 2010 elections have just been posted
, I’m sure most of you know, as I do, that those “results” are totally a part of the SYSTEM, man. Instead of letting the CONFORMISTS herd us around like NOT-VERY-INDIE SHEEP, Wesleying once again
gives you a roundup of the underground candidates who are gonna FIGHT THE MAN: the write-ins.
The real results are after the jump; we can’t let the freakin’ mainstreamers see the truth. They can’t handle it.
Class of 2013
Zachary Malter 234
Arya Alizadeh Votes: 209
Nandita Vijayaraghavan Votes: 136
Grace Zimmerman Votes: 120
Melody Oliphant Votes: 107
Adam Rashkoff Votes: 95
Alexander Hoyle Votes: 87
Elita Irving Votes: 87
Corey Guilmette Votes: 84
Reiss Clauson-Wolf Votes: 75
Evan Weber Votes: 70
Lucas San Juan Votes: 42
Caitlyn Grudzinski Votes: 35
Class of 2012
Josh Levine: 104
Phil Ross: 96
Meherazade Sumariwalla: 91
Class of 2011
Andrew Huynh: 79
Lucas Voelk: 63
Teddy Newmyer: 62
*Please note that it is required that write-in candidates receive at least 25 votes to receive a seat on the Assembly.
Full results are available at: http://wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting/
EDIT, 5/1, 6:30 PM: Due to an error on the voting website, the correct number of votes for a write-in candidate is 10, not 25. Beginning next academic year, the number will increase to 25. This means that, should they choose to accept the seats, Matt Alexander ’12, David Sedgwick ’12, and Sami Pop ’11 have won spots on the WSA.