Whatever happens, the Student Association is great and so are all of you. Last week, the Thresher deemed my Facebook post announcing my decision to write-in to the Student Association presidential election “breaking news.” I have never been breaking news before and I highly doubt I will be again.
As a rather tumultuous election period is wrapping up, I want to clarify what caused the constitutional errors that resulted in the exclusion of part-time students from our initial ballot and how we have responded over the past week.
When I first heard about the proposal to lower the number of distribution classes required, my gut reaction was somewhere along the lines of a primal scream.
During this campaign, I’ve focused on the issues. It’s no secret there has been a spirited debate regarding the candidates’ proposals to make Rice a better place. However, over the past day that debate has extended into unfounded vitriol directed at me from both Justin Onwenu’s allies and his own campaign, including an op-ed by a Student Association senator claiming I was failing to stand up for Title IX complainants, and Justin’s condescending remarks that “leadership is hard” and “using buzzwords to rile up students for votes is easy.” Instead of resorting to personal attacks against Justin, I’d like to have a frank discussion about his policies. Justin, simply discussing sexual assault prevention isn’t bold enough.
Over the past week, we have seen policy points in the Student Association presidential election criticized because they cannot be unilaterally executed by the SA president.
The fact that the burden of Student Judicial Programs fines falls unevenly on students of differing socioeconomic statuses is not up for debate.