September 23rd, 2002

krazy kat

Student Elections

AUS Student Council Elections! Yesterday! Reserve your seat now!

My boss corralled me into doing vote counting for the Student Council elections last night. Guh. 5 hours of sitting in front of a computer, listening to names being called out and clicking a little button to display the tally up on a big screen.

"Ahmed."
Click.

"Ahmed."
Click.

"Ahmed."
Click.

"Ahmed."
Click.

"Ahmed."
Click.

"Mohammad."
Click.

"Mohammad."
Click.

"Mohammad."
Click.

"Ahmed."
Click.


FIVE HOURS. Ok, in addition to the 2 hours I was in the office earlier, I spent SEVEN FUCKING HOURS with my boss yesterday. Seven hours with Ezz fucking Taha is not something I would deign to influct on my worst enemy. My brain won't recover for a week, I'm convinced.


But when all is said and done, said student council elections are a pretty pathetic affair altogether. I mean, maybe I might be convinced to care if the student council was anything other than utterly impotent. Unfortunately, the concept of students actually having any say in the way their lives are run is in fundamental conflict with the local philosophy on life (for lack of a better term).

As a result, the student council is completely irrelevent to anything. Even officially, they don't really have much power. Technically they have the power to appeal any decisions made, however this is ultimately pointless, as not only are they just appealing back to the same people who made the decision in the first place, but any decisions of consequence around here are made by the Sheikh anyway, and no-one has the authority to question those, student or otherwise. They also have the ability to consult with the administration on a topic of their choosing, which -- when it happens at all -- results in a 2-hour meeting where they are smilingly tolerated, then promptly forgotten.

So it's actually pretty funny, in its own sad little way. AUS wants a Student Council because, as with everything else, "that's the way they do it in America." However they have grave problems actually incorporating this concept into their Modus Operandi, resulting in a Student Council that is entirely for show, and has less actual power than the student council in my elementary school had.


Not to mention the fact that the candidates have such little experience with democracy and elections and whatnot, that they have no idea how to actually campaign, and have no-one to go to to teach them. If it even mattered. Which it doesn't. I should scan one of the campaign posters or leaflets. They're so pathetic. The candidates' entire campaign is a slogan.

And that's it.

Every single one of them bases their campaign around some pictures of themself and a slogan that they seem to assume will garner them votes if repeated often enough and loudly enough. And unfortunately, I'm coming to realize that they're right.




But still. FIVE HOURS to count the votes.

And the guy I voted for didn't even win.








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