I have a lot of sympathy for the Ubyssey’s call for holding a new election. This one is too compromised in too many ways, unfortunately. What a shitshow.
A second student, Roshak Momtahen, has now come forward and spoken on the record.
One question I have, and it will depend on what information comes forward in the next day or two, is what happens to the candidates on Bijan’s promotional materials. Figuring out who will run for what position is one thing, as I’ve said before; privately printing off 10,000 flyers and 7,200 mints (?!) is another.
The problem, as I see it right now, is two-fold:
- There are no hard and fast rules around third-party advertising
- Some candidates may have had nothing to do with this, and don’t deserve to be punished
I know this for certain: some of the candidates on Bijan’s flyers were happy to be on there, and some weren’t. I’ve talked to at least three who are really pissed off at having been caught up in this. But as the Ubyssey editorial said, they didn’t step forward publicly with these complaints—and that is going to hurt them. I can sympathize with not wanting to discourage any support you’re getting, but with all the sordid details coming out, the candidates on those flyers are going to regret having stayed silent.
I don’t know enough about the slating rules to know what the ruling on them will be. The idea that you can be an “unintentional slate” is problematic, to say the least. I expect I’ll be learning more about these rules in the next couple days than I’ve ever cared to know.
For the most part, I’m just furious at Bijan for creating this goddamn mess. I must focus to keep myself from falling into Bijan Derangement Syndrome.