Opinion

Elections fizzle

Voting for senate elections closed Wednesday night after what appeared to be a less-than-stellar turnout by the student body. However, while the hurricanes may have led to a shorter time for candidates to campaign, this doesn’t really explain the minimal interest in Student Government shown by students this week.

Each semester we are given the opportunity to vote for people that will be representing us and our needs. The winners of these elections are the people to call if there’s a problem, suggestion or issue you want brought up. Yet very few students, at least from looking at the sparsely populated computers in the Breezeway this week, took the time to stop by the University Center to log in, click and vote. It couldn’t be made much easier, so convenience and ease can’t be used as an excuse.

Ruling out laziness or ignorance, which probably accounts for some, but not all, students, we are forced to turn to the issue of candidates. Could it be that people just aren’t being given good enough candidate choices?

Out of the 22 seats available this election, five had no candidates. Apparently nobody from Pearson Residential College, the apartment area, the senior class or fraternity row felt the need or the desire to represent their interests. In effect, the number of senators that run for reelection is minimal, so whether incumbent senators find the job boring or just wanted to fill a line on their r

September 30, 2005

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

It sure sounds like redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry is going to get his first career start at 8 Thurs ...

If he hasn’t made it already, Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt has a defining decision to ponder in ...

They were way below the radar coming into the 1983 season. And after their 28-3 opening-game loss to ...

In the opening eight minutes on Saturday — and the final seven minutes — FIU looked like a team that ...

The N’Kosi Perry era is here. Whether it’s here to stay is yet to be seen. The fans got what they wa ...

Get Out The Vote, a nonpartisan initiative headed by the Division of Student Affairs and the Butler ...

University of Miami Libraries commemorates Banned Books Week with a special event and display. ...

A year after UPup’s founding father met his match, the service club is realizing its goal of becomin ...

UM students, faculty and staff commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Donna E. Shalala Studen ...

Miami’s Turnover Chain inspires copycats, but the U’s turnover prop has a ‘cool factor.’ ...

The Miami Hurricanes were one of the biggest risers in both major polls released Sunday, jumping to ...

Estela Perez-Somarriba of the Miami women's tennis team earned one of the most prestigious coll ...

The University of Miami volleyball program defeated Duke, 3-1, winning its fourth straight match and ...

N'Kosi Perry and a dominant Miami defense led the Hurricanes to a 31-17 victory over the Panthe ...

The season-opening, three-day Miami Fall Invite wrapped up Sunday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center a ...

TMH Twitter
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.