Huge congratulations to the hardworking GDI's of the Progress Party. You won 11 seats, maybe/probably more! This iis so huge and you should be feeling like true champions. Also congratulations to Mr. Reynolds - the first Asian Student Body Treasurer .. oh no wait.... that was Dennis Ngin (for that post you actually get directly voted for), Mr. Reynolds got the ages old veep spot where the Machine places members of minority communities to guarantee every vote will be of benefit to their (real) candidate (the SBP).
Also...who can forget Mike Bowen slandering me in a Senate meeting six years ago -- and the Alligator giving him the forum to further his cause of screaming to the heavens that the Voice Party did not represent graduate interests.
TODAY... seeing Progress take 9 of 10 grad seats -- makes me totally ecstatic. You have won an entire voter bloc, but instead of moving to the next one... ensure to represent them (as you would all students) aggressively.
The residents of the IFC/PC houses are forced to vote, they are intimidated, and many are pledges being hazed daily, where voting and handing over a sticker's proof is an easy day. They (the Machine) have been fighting online voting since day 1 --- then there will be intimidation and there will be no proof - voter boards will be done away with and people that vote (that actually want to vote) will cast their ballots w/ some privacy.
In a fair election -- one side does not win all but four races in over a century. This "indepndent" newspaper (apparently) couldn't see. Regimes - where a select few rule over the masses - have been crushed in Egypt, Tunisia, and are now being confronted in Bahrain and elsewhere...but alas ... the little dictators at UF-SG continue winning election after election .... corralling fresh new recruits each term, for a variety of purposes -- one of which includes mass voting for parties they don't know about, candidates they can't count on, and a system they have even less influence over than the GDI's with their 11 seats.
The people whose voices REALLY don't count... are the residents of those house. When I went to Vice President Kate Honey and asked to get involved (as a 2x Ignite House Leader), I was ignored for over three weeks. My applications went nowhere, my calls never returned, and my suggestions never addressed. I was the person that got her elected and delivered dozens of votes, but I wasn't from ATO or Sig Ep, I was from Fiji.
The point is ... congratulations to the Progress Party -- they are the real winners in this election. The Unite Party, the Alligator, and others ... you are responsible for allowing the machine yet again to dominate a democratic institution through strong-arm tactics and downright cheap campaigning. The good ole boy system just keeps on goin.
When shall we start the 4 interviews? GDI calendars don't end with the election --- that's only when the crooks stop working. I'd like to start with Dave if possible -- ending with Justin.