Christmas has come early for people generally upset with student governments and their absurd policies: The University of Windsor’s entire student government board has been ousted following a campus-wide election in which “None of the Above” defeated 12 different candidates for 12 different positions.
Elections for the governing board of the UW Students’ Alliance were held last week. Each of the 12 candidates for office were theoretically unopposed.
This perturbed many students who thought the nomination process was flawed if it permitted wholly uncontested elections. In protest, these students launched a social media campaign encouraging their peers to vote “None of the Above,” in each race. (RELATED: Student forced to apologize for emailing pic of Obama kicking a door, because RACISM)
After the ballots were counted, “None of the Above,” indeed came out on top in every single election.
Current student government members were saddened and shocked.
I’m still in shock,” said UWSA president Rob Crawford in a statement to The Windsor Star. “Especially from a position of corporate law, I don’t know what this means for the organization.”
Another election can’t be held until the fall, meaning that the board will consist entirely of vacant chairs all summer. (RELATED: University addresses racism by having a racially segregated group discussion)
The current board will meet Monday to plot its next course of action.
In addition to its nomination process, UWSA has been criticized for the manner in which it handled a public referendum condemning the state of Israel.
The office of UWSA president is a salaried position: the student who holds it is paid $20,000 per year.
For now, “None of the Above” will be cashing that check.
The Daily Caller has chronicled numerous irksome happenings at Canadian universities in the last year. (RELATED: Student council at Canadian university fails hilariously in effort to ban Olympics)
In November, the health and education editor of the The McGill Daily advised the world that Movember — a month-long pledge by men to grow hair above the upper lip to support men’s health awareness – is “sexist, racist, transphobic, and misinformed.” (RELATED: Movember declared ‘sexist, racist, transphobic’ at Canada’s sorry imitation of Harvard)
Last March, protesters including a man dressed as a giant vagina successfully terminated a speech by an anti-abortion member of Canada’s House of Commons at the University of Waterloo. (RELATED: A guy dressed as a giant vagina shouts down Canadian lawmaker over abortion)
And last January, a seventh-year undergraduate student at Carleton University wrecked an on-campus “Free Speech Wall” because, he explained, “inclusive, safe spaces are not places where you can have unregulated free speech.” (RELATED: Canadian student who tore down ‘free speech wall’ defends his actions, views)