Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Voting Questions

We've received many questions about voting. A few are worth answering publicly:

What's the Ubyssey Publication Society Board of Directors?
The Ubyssey paper is published by editors. Those editors report to the Board, which has very low-grade oversight of the paper's operations. The Directors pretty much just handle business-y type stuff, and eschew editorial interference.

Who are the candidates?

I have no friggin' clue. I go to school with a couple of them (Jeff and Jeremy) and they're nice guys, so you should vote for them. The Ubyssey takes the AMS to task for not communicating with students, but doesn't see fit to mention the elections for its own Board. Which are student-wide. Go figure.

What's the Student Legal Fund Board of Directors?

Besides a playground for law school resume-padders? A very important fund that supports student-interested court challenges. When students take on serious court cases, they can turn to the SLFS for support. The Directors administer the funds and decide which cases to take on.

I have no idea what's up with them. Their formerly functional website is no longer operational, so your guess is as good as mine.

What's with the joke VFM entries?

We actually like the joke entries. If they're bringing an actual perspective to the race, and trying to add some value, then we're happy they're involved. But there are probably people doing this because there's "free" money. Putting in no effort and expecting remuneration. We'll leave it to voters to determine which media outlets are attempting to engage with the election, and who are screwing around with an otherwise interesting experiment.

However, some are coming from AMS Directors. If you wonder why people see the AMS as a joke, look no further.