Wednesday, February 03, 2010

SBA Election Challenge: Candidates Can (Should?) Advertise Here

Hello all,

First, I wanted to apologize for the lack of updates recently. I've been working on a few "projects" - hopefully things that you will see up here. But in the mean time I hope you all can sit tight and not stop believing.

Second, during my bi-weekly perusal of the events email, I noticed that it is time for SBA executive board elections. As many of you remember, I ran last year for SBA President and lost in a close race (blowout). I ran on a platform of opposing tuition increases while students were in school, some key enhancements to the OGI process, more equitable system for funding summer public interest work, free coffee (it's still a good idea!), and, of course, no more special parking spots for SBA members (but I would give them special bike spots instead).

Anyway, the people spoke, and the democratic process selected someone else (who is doing a good job, I think). In any event, one thing that I noticed was that it was extremely difficult to reach people - even using this (at the time fledgling) blog to get my ideas out there. At the time, the rules of the SBA on campaigning were very restrictive: we were basically only allowed to put a small flier in one location and were otherwise limited to the most expensive, wasteful, and pointless form of paper advertising possible: mailbox stuffings. Even worse, the "debate" was a one-off affair where the candidates for VP had to respond to such bombshell questions as "What is your favorite thing about UVA Law?" (there was free pizza, though). All and all, it was a bit frustrating . . .

We want to help: this blog has grown and now gets around 600 hits per day. Sure, we'll never reach the heights of Above the Law or even TJ's Double Play (RIP), but their are still at least some people in this community who are reading. To that end, we make this offer to candidates running for an SBA executive board position: Write out a coherent platform about how you would solve the challenges facing the school / would make the school a better place, and we'll post it here. We don't want to hear about what you've accomplished as the chair of XYZ committee, we want to hear about what you're going to do when you're elected. There are real challenges and real opportunities in the months ahead - what are you going to do about it?

We'll do this for any number of qualifying candidates, free of charge. But we'll also be giving our comments, and allowing readers to leave their own (as always, vulgar / needlessly insulting comments will be deleted). We'll let you respond to questions and comments, too. And, if we like what you have to say enough, then we may even give you our critical endorsement.

We think this is a way for dedicated candidates to share their vision for the future and engage with many of their potential constituents. Filings are due this week (right?) . . . so game on.

Related:
Reflections on the SBA Election [Law Weekly]

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

tl, dr

Anonymous said...

Just wondering: what was the voter turnout like last year? Guessing maybe 20% of students voted, tops? I had no idea there was an election. Most of the "platform" issues like coffee and parking spaces seem more equivalent to a 6th Grade student council election ("Free soda on Fridays!") than anything worth caring about.

Anonymous said...

Who's more popular -- ngsl folks or SBA people? I'm a 1L and want to know which one i should join in order to maximize my popularity. can i join both?

Anonymous said...

tcr is lambda

Anonymous said...

grammar mistakes everywhere. C-.

Anonymous said...

i am a genius of unspeakable evil and i want to be your SBA rep

Anonymous said...

@ 1:01 PM - LOL u devilishly sarcastic devil LOL

J. Crew Model said...

Moar columns by people other than Rule 12(f) plz.

Anonymous said...

rule 12(f) is a virgin

Anonymous said...

2:23 is mature.

uva3lotdlofwngsl said...

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Anonymous said...

What's an SBA election?