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March 31, 2005

A Whiny and Wishy-washy Elections Committee Serves BC Poorly

Patrick A. Forcelli

      For those of you that haven't yet read the "Letter to the Editor" in February 28th's edition of the Heights from the Elections Committee, I urge you to do so. Their self-righteous indignation was enough to make me slightly nauseous - although it could have been the Chinese from Chef Choy's house…

      "We have been frustrated and disappointed as countless numbers of complaints have flooded our e-mail inbox in recent days, with students making us aware of private e-mail exchanges between candidates and students being made public using listservs . . . From what we know, none of these complaints involve the direct influence of any particular team, as these Boston College students acted on their own, but we are disappointed by how the final days of campaigning and voting are panning out."

      According to the elections code, Section 4, Rule 8: "Campaign emails are not permitted with the exception of e-mails to campaign staff only."

      On February 24th, 2005 at 7:41:18, much to my surprise, I received an email from Luke Howe. I have never met Luke, spoken to Luke, or corresponded via email to Luke - the email was sent to the Dorsett-Keating listserv. Now, I'm pretty sure that an email directed to a listserv, addressing a topic related to a campaign (in this case "Character Attacks") counts as a campaign email. But, what do I know? I'm only literate. This was not the only example of rule-bending that the Committee "overlooked," nor were Luke and Ben the only team to violate regulations.

      So, to the Elections Committee: If you are going to write rules, how about enforcing them? The election would have been better off being run by kindergarteners - at least they stick to whatever rules they make up. Shame on you. Shame on you.

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