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Elections Get Messy For CCSC 2017

2017 CCSC class council

2017 CCSC class council

CCSC’s been involved in some shady stuff lately. Last night, following other CCSC happenings, we received an anonymous (and dramatic) tip alleging that Anuj Sharma, CCSC 2017’s “successful” president, has kept his decision not to seek re-election secret, hoping to discourage other parties and individuals from running and open up the race to his VP, Chris Allison.

A member of student government confirmed the information in the tip, noting that Anuj hasn’t attended any candidate mixers—which aren’t required, however. This source continued that he/she had recently overheard a student who was tapped by the “mainly-incumbent” CCSC 2017 party “tell someone else to not spread the true information” about Anuj not running, “because they think releasing will bring challengers for their seats.”

Anuj Sharma, the current CCSC 2017 class council president, will not be seeking reelection. However, he and his current party, which includes Vice President Chris Allison, are keeping this “under raps” until right before parties are announced. Anuj is viewed as having been a “successful” president, and as such leaves himself in a strong position to fend off potential challengers, and in fact, this has led to many people even dismissing the idea of running against. If word were to leak that Allison was running instead of Anuj for the presidency (which is the plan), many more students would enter the race because the intimidating incumbency which would be advantageous to Anuj would not exist as much for Allison. As such, the two (and the entire 2017 class council) are essentially usurping CCSC democracy- which is already far too opaque- by purposefully misleading voters and potential challengers until they have no chance to stop them. It is wrong, it is a perversion of democracy, and it should be public knowledge.

According to elections rules, candidates for class president and VP must run together, whereas the E-Board runs as a unified party. Class council parties can be incomplete, meaning they have fewer than five council members.

Candidate and party registration for CCSC elections is tentatively scheduled for March 23, nearly five weeks away. There’s another mixer scheduled for February 28, and an information session on March 7. If you weren’t going to run for CCSC 2017 class council because you were worried about losing to Anuj Sharma, maybe you should reconsider.

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30 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous who gives a shit

  • Not sure this is a big deal says:

    @Not sure this is a big deal Not sure this is really news – isn’t him not going to whatever those mixers are signaling that he’s not running? What else would he have done, emailed his entire class? I’m sure if people asked him, he’d tell them he wasn’t running, but he didn’t need to broadcast it to the world.

  • Bill de Blasio says:

    @Bill de Blasio “There’s no story here. I was just making inquiries.”

    1. Tish James says:

      @Tish James “I defer to the Mayor of the City of New York.”

  • Scandal says:

    @Scandal where’s my Olivia Pope to handle the situation goddamit

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “under raps”
    raps…

  • Bob says:

    @Bob Incumbents, other than seniors, were told not to attend the last mixer by Jeremy Meyers. Anuj had a class conflict for the first mixer. Just saying. This sounds like a load of shit, anyway.

    1. bzs2104 says:

      @bzs2104 I don’t know who this is, but it’s not me. Is anonymity not enough anymore? Are we impersonating others now?

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous this is typical of Bob Sun that he would assume that someone using the name Bob is impersonating him

      2. CCSC Member says:

        @CCSC Member Bob, I can’t wait for you to graduate.

  • hey bob says:

    @hey bob gtfo

  • Al Sharpton says:

    @Al Sharpton “If the mayor says there isn’t a story, there isn’t a story.”

  • Hey n00bs says:

    @Hey n00bs Just because James K. Polk decided to announce that he wouldn’t run for re-election, not all elected officials are obligated or required to do so. Get your shit together bwog…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous A piece of actual news: this article is a waste of space.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous > somebody takes the time to complaint that something isn’t newsworthy
      > it probably is

  • Class of 2017 says:

    @Class of 2017 Wait who is Anuj? Lol

  • Chris says:

    @Chris I’ve been telling people for like a week now

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You kidding me? This is actual news. It was confirmed he is actually trying to prevent people from running! CCSC must be scrambling with all of these things.

  • bwog dumb says:

    @bwog dumb all candidates declare their candidacy on march 23rd, which gives everyone an even playing ground. bwog, you are being used by some thirsty freshman to create a bunch of fake drama for the freshmen who are already on council. get it together. if someone really wants to run for a position, they shouldnt worry about who else is running. people who are concerned about that just want to put the position on their resume. if you think you can do the best job then run run run. duhhhhhhhhhhhhh. i cant believe this is even getting coverage.

  • Come On says:

    @Come On guys, there’s a bio midterm tmrw STUDY!

    jk y’all all freshman doe

    us real ppl have lives

  • Kings College 1754 says:

    @Kings College 1754 Believe it or not student council is a secret agency alliance committed to taking over Columbia while abusing our unlimited power and money for our own personal gain. We eventually plan to take over the planet with Lee Bollinger as Ruler. We have so many secrets it is absurd how many secrets we have. Holy shit we have our own stock pile of fucking nukes just waiting to blow you up.

    Can’t wait for some genius on Bwog to take this seriously.

    Good day.

  • Why... says:

    @Why... …do people in student government think they matter?

  • i have never says:

    @i have never heard of any of these people and i doubt this will ever affect me in a meaningful way

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Scandalous. This is news to be sure because they’re pieces of shit for doing so, but on the other hand, I don’t know a single person who cares about student government in the slightest. Take the money they use to budget, buy each class year 100 30-racks, and let’s tie a bow on this bitch.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Wait why does everyone hate Bob Sun? This is kinda legit hilarious

    1. CCSC Member says:

      @CCSC Member They’re jealous of Bob Sun’s incredible intellect.

  • Lol says:

    @Lol Bwog, please favorite this!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Long Live Anuj Sharma

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I have never heard something so dramatic before in my life. This is an absolute outrage! Somebody exercising his own right to free wil! In a democracy! How outrageous!

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