It’s officially that time of year again. Tonight, to a crowd of about six—including their own campaign teams, the Gazette and BPC—four candidates officially announced they are running for USC president.
Two guys and two girls, each with different backgrounds and levels of involvement with the USC, should make for an interesting campaign race. Here’s a quick breakdown of the candidates at first glance:
Continuing the trend started by Omid last year, the USC’s speaker is throwing his hat in the ring this year. Holding a more visible role on council (i.e., sitting at the front of the room every council meeting) could be an advantage, although history shows it’s not enough alone to win an election. But this kid already has a presidential line: his previous positions have included president of the Huron University Students’ Council. His quiet, gentle demeanor betrays that this candidate is a force to be reckoned with.
Beaming from the weekly galleries of Premier Life, you may already recognize this vivacious bundle of energy. A Twitter aficionado, with over 3,000 tweets under her belt, McArthur obviously has a lot to say. It will be interesting to watch how her social media campaign shakes down—expect fun videos and outrageous tweets. But she has a serious side too, she’s also an active social science soph eager to make the leap to the head of the pack.
A third-year science student and current science soph, Ross doesn’t have a huge presence on campus or a ton of experience under her belt. She may seem like the underdog with her quiet presence, but often these types of candidates can surprise us early—or late—in the race and suddenly surge to the top. I wish I had more to write about Ross, but unfortunately there’s not much else to say. Somehow I expect that to change very soon.
As student representative for the Board of Governors—a two-year tenure—Silver regularly rubs elbows with university elites, including the big C, Amit Chakma, and his worship Joe Fontana. This should mean he’s comfortable working with and representing students with higher-ups. He’s outgoing and well-dressed, with a Forgione-esque way of making you feel like you’ve been friends for years, which as we’ve seen before can be powerful tools in an election where many of the voters have never heard of any of their candidates before they saw their photo in the Gazette.