First-Year Reps: Bystanders’ Perspective: Fun, Friendly…”Fakes”?
By Iugene Ma, Staff Writer
The heavily advertised first-year representatives race may seem reminiscent of high school student council elections for many observers. Following a wave of Business Week promotions, bystanders are now being inundated by information about the election for two first-year reps. COMM 101 lectures have been the focus of recruiting leaders for candidate positions, but how have potential voters been targeted? Mainly, the CUS has simplified the voting process in a way that allows first years to spend just a few minutes casting their votes on Vista.
As soon as nomination forms were distributed after the initial informational meeting on September 13th, flocks of first years were courted by campaigning peers. As The Cavalier peeked in on the first years’ takeover of the lounge on a less-crowded Friday, the atmospheric din consisted of both creative pitches and well-worn slogans. Most of the clusters in Henry Angus were concerned with a question repeated by the 16 candidates: “would you like to endorse me?”
The majority of bystanders responded with nods and handshakes when campaigning individuals sought support; however, many mentioned that the extroverted personalities on display could be interpreted as “fake” and “repetitive about trying to make first year fun.” Others suggested that candidates “advertised that they’re in the same boat as peers” – in terms of not only the first-year workload, but also their understanding of how Sauder and the CUS actually function. According to one first year, these alleged fakers “don’t know their way around either; I’m better off trying to figure things out myself.”
Sure, the campaigns make for friendly conversation fodder, but it’s uncertain whether or not past first-year reps on the bottom rung of the Board of Directors have been able to actively communicate CUS news to the people who elected them. Some objective observers asserted that “only the popular ever get elected.” Nevertheless, a few candidates agreed that they’ve been able to connect with peers by likening “themselves to someone” they have met. This recognition could be instrumental in avoiding the catastrophe of previous election posts that were annulled because the names of those who ran had never registered in most of the student body’s mind.