Student Union debates draw negligible interest

For the 20 or so people present, things got serious in room 276 of the Danforth University Center Monday night, even as music and laughs could be heard from the “Frozen” movie screening down below. The event was a debate between Connection Slate and Elevate! Slate, the two contesting slates for this year’s Student Union executive board election.

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The absurd secession crisis

On Nov. 7, hours after Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the United States, an unidentified man from Slidell, La., going by “Michael E” created a petition on the White House website asking the federal government to allow the state of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States and form its own country.

Administration should care more about voting issues

There is no question that there were many issues with voting for students at Wash. U. this year.

Megan Casebolt | Graduate Student

Sustainability Fund fails to get block funding after rushed process

[media-credit id=3223 align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit] In last week’s Senate elections, Campus Y, Emergency Support Team (EST) and Uncle Joe’s received block funding for their budget proposals, while the Student Sustainability Fund (SSF) did not. In a 1,082-574 vote, the SSF failed to receive the two-thirds majority necessary to secure block funding.

Outside spending isn’t going anywhere

It would be nice to think that now that the 2012 election is over, super PACs will retreat from the public sphere for two—or, it might be hoped, four—years.

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Senate seat reduction yields mixed results one year later

A year after Student Union Senate voted to shrink its body from 28 to 22, its races range from competitive to uncontested or even nonexistent. While five students are running for two Engineering School seats, only one Business student is running for the school’s one open seat, five are running for six typically competitive Arts & Sciences seats and no one is running for one open Art School seat.

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Post-poll party offers food, sense of community

Hungry students filled College Hall last night for 2012’s post-poll party. The party, co-sponsored by Congress of the South 40 and Student Union, opened with a panel of three students speaking about the significance voting had to them.

Manvitha Marni | Contributing Reporter

Paper ballot shortages mean lengthy lines, disillusioned voters

A significant and widespread shortage of paper ballots meant many students waited more than two hours to cast their votes Tuesday. Some chose simply to walk away from the voting booths and not come back. “I [have] a lot of work and one of my friends was telling me earlier the wait was over two hours.

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Obama’s victory destroys tea party

President Barack Obama proved victorious in 2012. In what was almost a repeat of 2008, he won every swing state of consequence: Virginia and Ohio. The pundits will laud his campaign, CNN will hotly debate the what ifs and Mitt Romney will gracefully, if disappointedly (although, if he was optimistic enough to hope for a victory, can we really be sympathetic?

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Many South 40 student voters say they weren’t listed in system

Around 23 percent of students who turned out to vote on the South 40 were told that their registration was not on the books and were given provisional ballots, students say they were told by election authorities.

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