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  •  It has begun. (5+ / 0-)

    Student elections are upon us at UCLA.  This week, you shall see the campus become divided as never it will be during the school year, where friendships are tested and sometimes broken, insults get hurled all over, ugly savage attacks are waged, backstabbing is frequent, and skullduggery of the highest order that would make Obama and Romney blush.

    Yes, it's elections for student government at a university.

    This year, the two "slates" (i.e., political parties) are Bruins United and Let's Act!.  But this year, there's a third party Bruin Alliance that's also running, but only for two out of the 13 positions.

    I thought this could make for an interesting thought experiment.  Visit the two websites, listen to what they have to say, and I'd like to hear what Kossacks think about the two slates, and if they prefer one over another.  There is no left-right spectrum here; it's... different.


    FYI, a HUGE deal over the years has been club endorsements.  Many clubs on campus endorse a slate, but Bruin Democrats endorses individually by position.  And this year, Bruin Democrats actually endorsed... the chairman of Bruin Republicans to win his race for student government, because frankly, he's just a damn good and qualified candidate.  (He's also from the sane wing of the GOP, one of the few left.  I'll vouch for him too; he's a good guy.)

    So yeah, the left-right spectrum we're accustomed to does not apply here.

    Oh, and one of the board members of Bruin Democrats is also working as the campaign manager for one of the people running for office.  Despite that, the club did NOT endorse that candidate.  BD takes its endorsement process very seriously.  Candidates must prove themselves to be qualified and worthy of an endorsement.


    And to show how crazy and ugly things can get, here's a video one of the slates put out.  It quickly became controversial, and was attacked by the other slate.

    See if you can figure out the reason why.  And no, it's not what you think.

    •  I'm not a UCLA student (1+ / 0-)
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      BruinKid

      but judging from the respective parties' websites, I think I'd vote for Let's Act!  purely based on the video of the adorable kid "president" on their website.  He's hilarious!  Seriously though, Bruins United seems like the more establishment-type party.  I liked LA!'s emphasis on affordability and diversity, but the safety app being advocated by Bruins United seems like a great idea.  Who do you support, BruinKid?

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