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GM Week 2010… Short Form.

April 26th, 2010

Are you confused about this year’s election?  Do you wish you could just read a shortened version of what happened so you too can be “surprisingly well informed”?  Well look no further!

April 12, 2010

Primary Elections are held.  In the GM Race: Zwack, Hunt, Neidhardt, Shah.  In the PU Race: Dicker, Askew, Mahonchak, and Spitz.

By a 3-1 Vote, the Rules and Elections Committee (RNE) announces Violation 11, which removes Ben Hunt’s campaign privileges.  Ben Hunt files for an injunction, which is granted by the Judicial Board.  The injunction allows Hunt to campaign and instructs RNE to withhold the election results pending a Judicial Board hearing.

April 13, 2010

Judicial Board unanimously overrules RNE Violation 11 in J-Board Decision 3, stating that Ben Hunt was not in violation of the Honor Code and instructing RNE to withhold election results for the GM race on April 12, 2010.

April 14, 2010

The Rules and Elections Committee issues Decision 7, which states that the April 15 election will be the Final Election with Zwack, Hunt, and Neidhardt on the ballot.  There will be no primary.

Decision 7 is appealed, and in Decision 8, RNE rules that the April 15 election will be a primary for GM candidates, with the final election to be held on April 22.

April 15, 2010

The final elections for all candidates except GM takes place.  The GM race on the ballot is a primary election.

April 17, 2010

The Rules and Elections Committee releases Decision 9, which announced that Zwack and Hunt win the GM Primary, and Spitz wins PU.

April 22, 2010

The final race for GM is held with Zwack and Hunt on the ballot.

April 23, 2010

Before the results are announced, the Rules and Elections Committee releases Decision 12, which nullifies the April 22 election and announces that the final race for GM will be held on May 4, 2010.

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  1. Chris Weil
    April 26th, 2010 at 14:39 | #1

    May 4, 2010

    Seven votes are received from jaded RPI students in the final final race for GM – two for Zwack, two for Hunt, and three for Arthur Galpin. RPI enters a new era of the finest ’student’ governance this school has ever seen.

  2. April 26th, 2010 at 18:26 | #2

    I would like to briefly comment on this situation as it is clear that my reputation has been scathed by RNE. From an outside perspective, Decision 12 makes me look like a mindless candidate that wantonly ignores rules. This could not be farther from the truth.

    On election day, 4/22, and through the end of the day at my campaign rally, I had not been violation of any rules as far as I was concerned. RNE’s decision 12 is swiss cheese; all 5 of the “violations” are blatantly false and I have proved them false in my Jboard appeal letter and will prove them false in the Jboard case this week.

    I agree that rules are rules, however I broke no rules here. You all must understand how this all worked. The Vector Party complained to RNE making claims about my campaign, RNE then decided, WITHOUT acquiring my side of the story, a final decision. Of course to make things worse, this all was decided AFTER ballots were counted. Decision 12 has many flaws as it was devoid of due process that would have garnered a fair decision.

    If you have the time, read my Jboard appeal. In 7 pages, I discuss why each of the 5 parts of Decision 12 are false. Decide for yourself, separate from RNE’s jaded decision process and attempt to label me as a miscreant, if I am I in fact broke any rules.


  3. Ryan
    April 28th, 2010 at 09:20 | #3

    I heard there was discussion in the STS department about offering a course next semester pertaining to student government elections, STSH-2290 Navigating the Election Scene at RPI. An added bonus – it will be communication intensive!

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