ASUWT write-in candidates
Published: Monday, May 14, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012 18:05
It is no secret that ASUWT events and elections have little participation, but maybe if some of this year’s election write-ins had more support, these events would have become more interesting.
Barack Obama, write-in for president, knows how to hold office, but, based on recent, national, healthcare related events, it seems that he has trouble operating under a pre-established constitution; one year too late, wishful voter.
Maybe, though, with Queen Elizabeth as his VP, he could spend more time doing presidential things, while leaving the entire ceremonial, open public forum holding, up to her. She could sit on a throne and listen to students’ problems, freeing Obama up to do whatever it is that the ASUWT president does… In fact, since the queen is on her last leg as it is, we may have our zombie VP yet!
Disappointingly, we were only 177 votes away from having the perfect senate: Stephen Colbert, Tom Cruise, Billy Bob Thornton, Kenny Rogers, Tom Hanks, Johnny Knoxville, and of course, the campus squirrels. Not surprisingly, however, the campus birds and rabbit were outraged at their lack of representation.
The above write-ins may be hilarious, but they connote a much deeper problem, with what little seriousness we treat our student government. ASUWT members get paid, what is rumored to be a significant amount of your money, to decide on what to do with even more of your money.
I don’t believe that this lack of participation could be apathy; not many people are apathetic about money right now. It may be less a lack of interest, than a lack of knowledge.
It seems as if the problem starts at registration. I don’t know about you, but when I was offered the option to vote in elections I had no idea what ASUWT was, or did; the peer advisers on hand to help weren’t entirely sure either, and couldn’t tell me. Not wanting to be signed up for something with no idea what it meant, I opted out of voting.
Whether it is their fault for not telling us what they do, or our fault for not asking, some things need to change when voters begin believing that the campus wildlife will be more productive.