[eDebate] Meeting/Participation Concerns

Sarah Snider sjsnider
Sun Apr 1 16:35:24 CDT 2007

Why on earth would student elections for CEDA positions be held at the NDT?

On 3/31/07, Adam Farra <adamhfar at umich.edu> wrote:
> I think Candice's attempts are noble and in good-faith, but I would have
> to say that I'm not too sure about the "post-election" reforms as really
> solving the problem that Gabe et. al. have cited.
> Most importantly, I think that when Gabe talks about the lack of student
> representation he is talking about a pretty specific problem with *this *year's
> elections: that the elections only represented 15-20 students in an activity
> where, at the NDT alone, there are over 170 (pretty sure).
> I want to be clear on this: I don't know Candice very well, and from what
> I've read she seems like a noble candidate, so this is not a criticism of
> her, but of the skewed system of elections. The question of student
> participation is one that must be addressed first with student elections -
> indeed, the inclusion of MORE students (or at least a population that is
> somewhat representative of the population) in the election of the student
> representative is a pre-requisite to the general reforms of the "structures"
> that allow student participation in the topic process, the community's
> rules, etc.
> Is there some way to do another election? Maybe at the NDT? Maybe online?
> Maybe...through e-mail ballots?? This would probably dramatically increase
> the amount of students voting - and it even lets students who could not go
> to CEDA (like me for school reasons) be more invested in their community
> general through participating in the election process.
> And, seriously, I don't think Candice is a bad person - I think everything
> she's said is intelligent, but I really do think that 15-20 students voting
> for a population of 300 or some is just...well...it's BS, frankly.
> Adam
> On Mar 31, 2007, at 1:11 PM, candice moore wrote:
> I am very sorry that some of the students who wanted to attend the Student
> Rep Meeting and the Elections were not able to go due to travel issues or
> any other issue hindering them from attending both of these very important
> meetings. I will make sure in the future that we post the times and rooms
> reserved for these meetings more than they were this year as well as having
> the National Student Rep post as well. I understand that there was some
> confusion as to where the first meeting was held and that the time of the
> second meeting should of been held later than I already did that evening. I
> would have also delayed the meetings if I knew that more than three schools
> at the time of registration had notified someone from CEDA of their travel
> issues. I also tried to prolong these meeting as much as I could so maybe
> that some people could still attend. Because of those reasons I thought
> having a blog would be a great idea so that the students who could not
> represent themselves in person could write about their ideas or opinions and
> discuss it. I think that what Gabe had to say about the 15-20 persons
> representing the students not being adequate to the size of the community is
> a BIG example as to how we need to start getting out into the community and
> having more participation. I wouldn't blame travel issues to the only reason
> we have a lack of students participation but also take into consideration
> that the students that I heard speak out at the Student Meeting said that
> they didn't have a lot of information about any of the roles we are elected
> for. That is why I am in the process of making a handbook on the duties or
> roles that a Student Rep., National Student Rep., and a Topic Comm. Rep.
> will perform during their terms. I am making sure that we do not have these
> problems or issues anymore. I am also trying to do more with the roles we
> are elected into and really show the community that a students voice does
> matter. I think a big question we should be asking ourselves is how do we
> get more participation with an activity we all love and respect? How do we
> show the community we care about their ideas and opinions no matter what
> they are? The only thing I can say is start talking to everyone about what
> should happen and then act on it and make sure you have a Student Rep.
> elected in your area. Also start using the blog as a non-biased forum to
> express your opinions. Again I am sorry that some students couldn't attend
> the meetings and will make sure that the National Student Rep. next year
> will take the extra step to make sure all our voices are heard.
> Thanks for the responses and ideas for a better future,
> Candice Moore
> National Student Rep. 2006-2007 <javascript:void(0)>
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