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Friday, December 09, 2005

making sense of it all

After last night's landslide victory, students across campus have been emailing, calling and text messaging me, as well as knocking on my door in the middle of the night to ask: how do we make sense of this? What does it all mean? It was, without a doubt, the most bizarre race in recent history filled with twists and turns, non-endorsement emails and revoked endorsements, controversies and flip flops. A brief rundown of what happened, ticket by ticket...

Haddock/Riley. Two good people who worked their butts off, were likeable candidates and had an incredible staff. While they had a confused message on social programming, it came back to reality toward the end of the race. In the end, they, more than the other candidates had the drive, enthusiasm and ability to win student group endorsements that got them where they are now. (more in expanded post)

Grimeland/Hadfield. Two smart guys who won a lot of fans, but whose ideas crossed the line between "bold" and "completely ridiculous" and were therefore never able to get much traction outside of their friends and the HRC. Their second place finish is nice, but has more to do with the Voith/Gadgil collapse than some invented Grimeland/Hadfield surge. Look out for Tom next year, if he can get himself on the Council next fall and put together a platform that makes a little more sense.

Voith/Gadgil. The "frontrunners" who ran a disastrous campaign, were never able to get traction on their message and issues, and had to play defense on their records and social club experience more than either of them preferred. They got caught pandering and didn't control their staff on multiple occasions and had to pay the price.

I hope that quick rundown answers your questions, non-existent students begging for my opinion... Any thoughts?

7 Comments:

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Neeraj "Richie" Banerji said...

Lots of people have actually been asking TZ about why Haddock/Riley won. And the Team has decided to put it down to destiny.

www.TeamZebra.org

 
At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, what a shameless self-promoter. If you guys actually wrote anything of value I could understand it, but TZ is worthless, so leave the people who actually write things of substance alone.

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger andrew golis said...

Whoa, chill dude. Richie may be a shameless self-promoter, but Cambridge Common and Team Zebra are friends, so watch yo self. Also, Richie has written some good stuff, substance and not!

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't we all just love each other? why do we gotta hate freedom?

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger Neeraj "Richie" Banerji said...

As I would say on TZ to someone like you, anonymous #1, someone as spineless so as to take pot-shots behind anonymity unlike all of the Team (we will slag you and you know where it came from), grow some balls and show your face so we can pop a cap in your ass.

www.TeamZebra.org

Also, Golis, thanks for the backup - it's been a good time. Until Team Zebra rides again, adios!

 
At 8:11 PM, Blogger Ben said...

What a race it'll be in Eliot for UC next fall if Tom tries to get on. Elsa, Amadi, and Sopen are the incumbents and presumably will try for re-election. Even more of a bloodbath if there's only two seats to be had...

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Greg Schmidt said...

In the words of the Dude, "you're not wrong, Richie, you're just an asshole."

Let's play nice. Zebra are generally fun-loving creatures, who seek to exist in amicable harmony with all.

 

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