The UBC AMS election has come and gone and it’s a big congratulations to Johannes Rebane (Yay), Tim Chu, Crystal Hon, Tom Dvorak, Bijan Ahmadian, Michael Duncan and the Student Legal Fund Society and Voter-funded Media winners.
Now you may be wondering why Blake Frederick, the new President-elect who won by 43 votes, is not included in my congrats list. Turns out, HE HAS BEEN DISQUALIFIED (sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) by the Elections Committee for “slating”.
So what happens now UBC? Are we left without a president? Well Blake has a 48 hours or so to appeal the decision and take the case to the Student Court where an appointed Justice will hear from both parties’ and their representatives. To quote RadicalBeer, “The burden of proof is now on Blake to demonstrate that there were errors in the judgment. This is notable as the candidate must do more than create a reasonable doubt, but explain why the actions of the [Elections Committee] were in error.” Oh hearings and pseudo legal systems, how I love thee.
On a side note, my election predictions on the VP/President positions were 80% correct, yay. Crystal Hon surprised everyone with an awesome campaign and beat the get-Tristan-Markle-reelected groupies.
It’s currently 4 in the morning (don’t ask why I’m up heh…) so I can’t be bothered to absorb the election code… but if Blake gets thrown out is there a chance that runner-up Alex Monegro would become president? If so, then EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of International Business Club’s endorsees would have been voted into office. Either someone is good at calling the shots or we’ve got one hell of a new source of political influence on campus (the answer, fyi, is both). Next year’s candidates take note. No wonder the non-endorsees were complaining.
P.S. – Gateman’s “date night” (translation: econ midterm) was a massacre. I don’t think this relationship is working out…
P.P.S. – I was registering for an orientation interview today and the lady who checked my name paused and said, “Phoebe Yu… of UBC blog fame?” Thank you for making my day.
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Zomg. Sauder is taking over. All hail the CUS.
what does slating mean
“A slate shall mean a group of candidates who run for elected office (including but not limited to Executive positions and positions in the Senate and on the Board of Governors) on a similar platform for mutual advantage.”
So people who campaign for different positions together. What an unfortunate way to be disqualified.
re: your P.P.S. – yay! What did you interview for? ML?
I think I signed up to be a Squad Leader, followed by Gala, followed by Mug Leader.
I had my MUG “interview” — if you can call it one — today. It was fuuuuuun!
I liked the lego part the best 😀
so did the person he slated with also get disqualified? or did they person not even win.
at usc, all the presidents and vice-presidents run together. i guess it’s the american thing
Omg the lego part was awesome! Show and tell was a bit random… I made up some stuff about how Irving K. Barber (Chapman Learning Commons) looks like Hogwarts.
The other people Blake slated with didn’t get elected, so you’re right it didn’t affect them. UBC had slates (or parties, which sound better) until 2004, when the student society banned them to make elections more inclusive to independents. It must be pretty fierce down in USC with parties eh? Haha I guess that’s like a mini version of the White House election. I bet at Berkeley all the hippy parties always win =X
LOL OMG IN MY CLASS ON THE SIXTIES WE WATCHED A DOCUMENTARY CALLED “BERKELEY IN THE SIXTIES” AND IT TALKED ABOUT HOW BECAUSE OF ALL THE DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROTESTS, EVERYONE THOUGHT BERKELEY WAS ALL HIPPIES AND PARTY PEOPLE AND STUFF LOL
It’s really not fair to quote the IBC and its endorsees. I have a feeling that the endorsement was more political than based on each individual candidate’s merit. Not so?