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Boston-area campus news round-up, week of April 9: Interested in student elections

Posted by Alex Pearlman  April 13, 2012 01:34 PM

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Although perhaps not as cutthroat as the upcoming national elections, student government elections have been and will be taking place at Boston-area schools in the recent and upcoming weeks. The overall student body’s interest in these elections varies, but for those who are paying attention, student journalists are covering the campaigning process and the election results.

“Be United’s identity, existence called into question by students” (Chris Lisinski, April 9) -- The Daily Free Press
Be United, a write-in slate in this year’s Student Union elections at BU, might not actually exist. Although the group is campaigning on Twitter and Facebook, Lisinski writes, their names do not appear in the school’s student directory, and the candidates have never appeared at an in-person campaign event. “If it is a prank I don’t personally think that it’s a very funny one,” current Union president Howard Male told Lisinski. “I don’t think that individuals who are campaigning or are genuinely interested in bettering the Boston University community think it’s very funny.”

“Three tickets talk student issues in the UA debate” (Anne Cai, April 10) -- The Tech
Last Sunday, three sets of of potential MIT Undergraduate Association presidents and vice presidents squared off in a debate. Cai gives a full rundown of each group’s positions on various issues, writing that one ticket “said that their top three priorities were communication, advising reform, and dining,” while another “emphasized a changing student perception of the UA and building a foundation for MIT’s and the UA’s future.” The third pair “[listed] communication, transparency in the UA, and ‘changing the UA’s organizational inertia’ as their priorities,” Cai writes.

“SGA elects 2012-2013 executive board officers” (Melissa Werthmann, April 12) -- The Huntington News
Northeastern’s Student Government Association met this week to elect various positions for next year’s executive board. Two of those elected, Julia Patten and Maya Quijada, stressed their plans to get students more involved with and interested in their school’s student government. “Elections need to better engage the student body,” elections chair-to-be Patten told Werthmann. Quijada, next year’s comptroller, added that she hoped to “educate people” about the student government’s finance board.

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