Apr

6

You Can’t Do That: CCSC Edition

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Yesterday, Bwog received a tip that some first year students received emails from the Columbia Elections Board in regards to a rules violation on behalf of the CCSC 2017 winners. This email is a response to candidates sending out unsolicited emails to fellow students asking for their vote. Addressed on page 2 of the CCSC Elections Packet, “sending unsolicited mass emails to students not known by the candidate is prohibited.” Continued on page 3, “unsolicited mass emails are prohibited.  A message is unsolicited if the recipient did not initiate the communication.”

The Columbia Elections Board is further looking into whether or not the emails sent by the CCSC 2017 winners were unsolicited; if so, they would have clearly violated the rules. Here is a copy of the email sent by Columbia Elections Board to select students:

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We were also curious what the rules are in regards to Facebook messaging. One Bwogger said that he had received about 50 messages from candidates asking him to vote. According to a source, there are not nearly as many restrictions regarding what candidates can do via social media, so the Facebook messages were probably legal.

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12 Comments

  1. stfu  

    this is a stupid piece of shit rule i like boysss

  2. Anonymous  

    i don't understand why candidates can't email you but they can knock on your door while you're trying to do homework to give you a fifteen minute long speech begging for your vote

    • knocked on doors  

      Just wondering why you take such great offense to people knocking on your door during campaign season. As someone who has done this, I'm pretty sure (certain about myself but pretty sure this sentiment is shared among candidates who go door to door) that candidates who go door to door try not to take up that much time and are cognizant of the fact that people are trying to study/do work/be busy/go about their lives, and usually only ask for time if you are willing to give it.
      i.e., pretty sure you ALWAYS have the option to say no if you're trying to do homework or busy

      Second, (and again this could be a generalization but it's definitely true for myself) people who go door to door aren't simply asking you to vote for them but also genuinely care about making the school better and particularly making student council better. Tons of my friends don't feel the effects of what student council does / don't think that student council has any effect on their lives here and given that student council has lots of money and works with administrators if there's some way that student council members can make the lives of students/peers easier that's the reason why people run.
      i.e., if you have a problem with something the school or administration does the councils can't work to fix it if they don't know the problem and they can't know the problem without talking to their constituents

      it's pretty sad/discouraging when people complain about how the councils do nothing and then complain when the councils try to do something good for the students or complain that the councils don't know what students want or ____ insert complaint here ____

  3. Anonymous

    It's really too bad that the elections board couldn't take the time to investigate all the other rule violations like why even bother have rules if you're going to selectively enforce them

  4. Really Frosh?

    Things devaluing my Columbia degree right now: bitter freshmen having the time to make pretty stupid (albeit amusing) videos about "election corruption" at this point in the semester.
    Get. a. real. problem

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