This article reflects my opinions on the current student government and the upcoming ASSU election.
I’m pulling the Brett Favre clause and coming out of retirement on writing about the ASSU.
Why? Because, at a certain point, misconduct and misrepresentation become so blatant that something must be done. The current ASSU Vice President should not be reelected. Period. Freshmen: this is for context. Upperclassmen: for the love of God and Stanford, please vote.
This is the man who brought you forty page life plans. The man whose laundry list of goals included bringing the most entrepreneurial animal to campus. Whose student government claimed the title of “world’s most effective and innovative student government” before the school year had begun. Whose campaign of “transparency” produced emails that were cut off due to exceeding Gmail length limitations.
Those things were harmless and mostly just lame. But recent discoveries have surpassed the realm of the pathetic and entered that which is morally dubious and downright reprehensible.
Consider the following:
- He has spent over $2,000 on ODesk services including “Get 1,000 views for my YouTube video” and “Make my resume look great.” (Account information from these two service requests matches that of one specifically referencing his Tumblr account.)
- Until it was modified, this campaign video used an intro from Stanford’s own advertisements. This made it look like Stanford was endorsing him, which is highly unethical given Stanford’s strict trademark policy.
- There have been a large number of likes and shares on his status updates by people who are not Stanford students (check StanfordWho if you don’t believe me) and possibly not even real people. The photo at right has been going viral on Facebook.
- His number of 65,455 Twitter “followers” exceed four times Stanford’s student population… graduate plus undergraduate.
If the ASSU President serves as the face of the Stanford student body, is this the face we want?
In the words of philosopher George Santayana, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” We will all live with the consequences of this year’s election for a year to come. Make your voice heard and VOTE on April 12 at ballot.stanford.edu.
To use your own words, Stewart: #BOOM.