ESC to elect itself, again
Written by Bwog Staff
CCSC elections aren’t the only democratic contest going on this month–starting at 11:00 PM on Monday, anyone who wants to run for Engineering Student Council executive board positions can nominate themselves by e-mail. But don’t start practicing your flesh pressing and baby kissing: all you have to do is appeal to a small fraction of the SEAS student body, because Councilmembers are the only ones whose votes count. Again.
There are two ways to change ESC elections procedures. You can put them on the ballot as a referendum, which requires 150 signatures and the approval of 2/3 of the Council, or you can propose a constitutional amendment, which requires the approval of 2/3 of the council. Last year, an attempt to change the system of internal elections failed rather pathetically when, although 67% of students voted against them in a referendum, the results of the vote were nullified because of low turnout. Last week, a similar constitutional amendment went before the Council, and “unfortunately” failed yet again to recieve the necessary support, according to ESC President Dan Okin (who called internal elections, by which he was voted into office, “a bad system”).
So you can’t vote for your president, and you can’t vote on whether you can vote for your president, and even if you are allowed to, your vote isn’t counted. And when Bwog tried to find out the percentage of those voting against the most recent attempt to bring democracy to SEAS, we learned that that information is secret and the vote was closed to the student body. At least you don’t have to look people in the eye while they screw you?