Student Life – SG Elections

One more rapid-fire post here, once again, that has nothing to do with the two previous ones.

Yesterday and today have been the elections for Student Government. Now, SG is generally thought of with hostility around here because of mini-scandals that the Alligator, the independent student newspaper, likes to highlight. A particularly notorious one was when a couple years ago SG blew nearly $500 in student fees on chocolate alligators for a social event.

Athletes every now and then get involved. Last Fall, there was a mini-scandal about one party listing Chris Leak as its treasurer because that way all of its signs had his name at the bottom in the who-paid-for-this disclosure. Since he wasn’t actually the treasurer, though he was affiliated with the party, they had to take his name off. Last Spring, there was a failed mostly-athlete party that actually was going to have Tim Tebow run for student senate for a while, and Brandon Siler ran (unsuccessfully) for student body vice president on the runner-up ticket.

Most parties take on unimaginitive names, like Ignite, Impact, Gator, Access, and this semester the Swamp Party and Action Party, but every now and then then there’s a joke party that riles things up. Two years ago it was the Keg Party; slogan: win or lose we booze. It actually had the best platform of the three parties and managed to force some run-offs, but in the end the two Greek-dominated parties won out. As usual.

This semester, we get the Pants Party. They say that they are lying about everything, so they’ll promise anything anyone wants. I’m still a little hazy on the details of their platform, but part of it includes a “puppy exchange program.” Who knows if they’ll do well enough to make an impact, but they get cool points for the name.

Pants Party. Brilliant.


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