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Liveblog: WSA President/VP Debate

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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.

Wesleying Exclusive: Group Interview with WSA Pres and VP Candidates

It was last week, I believe, when one (VP) Sam Ebb ’13 lumbered over to me and requested to be interviewed by Wesleying. A boyish-looking ragamuffin with the beady, ever-searching eyes of a raccoon, Ebb revealed himself to be one of the WSA VP candidates in the upcoming elections cycle. He was running with one (P) Arya Alizadeh ’13 on the Presidential ticket—the rather large, animalistic-looking man often seen with a hat and an American flag. Their respective candidacies were news to me—unsurprisingly, actually, as I really didn’t care all that much. Further exacerbating my lack of care was the fact that Ebb approached me in the backyards of Fountain on a Thursday night. It was misty, cold, and miserable, and having just submitted my senior thesis earlier that afternoon, I was drunk, headachy, and struggling to maintain verticality. Needless to say, I was grumpy.

But for some reason I agreed, and because of Wesleying’s policy not to take sides in WSA elections (except where Giant Joint is concerned), I agreed to drag the other two candidates into the interview.

And so when I woke up this wet, rainy Saturday morning—this time hungover and dehydrated, and still grumpy like a mofo—I wondered of my purpose for going through with this. I am, after all, graduating in a few brief weeks. What do these people have that would in any way interest me?  (Also, didn’t the Argus already do some stupid interview with all the candidates?)

I pondered this as I sat in Usdan 136, waiting to start the interview, listening to Arya and Sam banter  about constitutional reviews and other important-sounding shit and watching the other candidates—(P) Zach Malter ’13, the straight-laced Presidential incumbent, and (VP) Mari Jarris ’14, his gummi-bear lookalike running mate—tinker with their iPhones.

And then I remembered what dear leader Zach instructed me to do going into it: “The challenge will be striking a balance between serious conversation about campus issues (don’t hold back) and total irreverence.” Alright, boss. I’ll try my best.

Click on to read the group interview, guest starring A-Batte, where we talk about chalking, tuition fees, campaigning, and horndoggery (oh wait, we cut that out?). It’s a little long, so watch out.