The 2012 Debates: A Comprehensive guide to the USG Elections
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 01:04
He then criticizes the current USG’s events, which he claims were failures, such as “the rave party, club connect or even that bias award ceremony you guys call the bernies.”
After further slashing at Ramneet’s inquiry, he ends his comment, “I feel a good USG focuses more on generating excitement on events the student body would actually want to see happen rather than some ‘crazy party.’ I just want to end on a constructive note for better Baruch, "it is time for the student government candidates to get serious and get their message across, because party names, shirts and stickers won't matter this year." Suit up!!!”
The comment was later removed from the Suit Up account, though Ortiz posted it again under his own login, standing by his commentary, saying in a later comment explaining the shift, “I asked to be removed because I don’t want my opinions to interfere with the tasteful campaign Suit Up Baruch stands for.”
Vice presidential candidate Sara Dowd emailed The Ticker officially denouncing what she calls “the great Facebook controversy of 2012.”
“Facebook is such a social phenomenon that it ends up playing a huge part in student government elections. While we invite Baruchians to use our page, to ask questions and communicate with us, we've also seen the page used as a very public way to attack our team. Although the commenter is not a candidate on any team, the individuals that ‘liked’ her statement as well as her affiliations made it obvious that the point of her post was to berate Suit Up for the benefit of another team.”
Dowd went on to explain, “We have a lot of passionate candidates as well as enthused supporters who are not running with us. One of these supporters was temporarily made an administrator on our page and responded with his personal opinions from our group page,” referring to the Will Ortiz Comment.
“Suit Up does not support Internet squabbling and will only respond to comments posted on our page that are relevant to the issues in order to the properly represent our ideas,” she concluded.
This and many other heated comment strings can be found by scrolling through the public Facebook pages for the three parties, A Better Baruch, Connect with Baruch, and Suit Up Baruch.
As the parties prepare for the next episode of The Debates, hosted this Thursday during club hours by The Ticker, WBMB, and Lexicon in VC 3-150 at 12:45, students can visit The Ticker’s website or Facebook page to hear the audio of the first debate.
Students can be sure that there will be plenty of continued discourse that will make following the campaigns closely absolutely worth it.
For the full audio of the first debate visit: http://editor5014.podomatic.com/entry/2012-04-17T17_08_59-07_00