As promised in Monday’s liveblog, here’s the Insider‘s full recap of the debate and some final thoughts on the election as voting begins at 8 AM today.
Earlier this morning, the Sun released its endorsement in the election for Student Trustee. Writing off the other two candidates I saw as serious contenders in Monday’s debate, Kat Balram ’13 and even their very own Assistant Sports Editor, Lauren Ritter ’13, the Sun sees it as a race between Alex Bores ’13 and Nate Rosen ’13. They’re probably right. What was frightening, however, was how much their endorsement of Bores actually painted a far worse picture of the ILR sophomore than one would gather from the rest of the campaign, no matter their political affiliation.
On paper, Bores and Rosen aren’t very different. Both are Greek sophomores; Bores in DU and Rosen in TEP. Both are very articulate and seem as well versed in the issues of higher education as is to be expected from a candidate for Student Trustee. Both have run campaigns with the same general theme; so similar that, at Monday’s debate, Bores seemed to preempt Rosen on his signature idea, the “Big Red Binder” of student ideas and concerns, all while Rosen was waiting with said binder in hand. And both, unfortunately for the seriousness of future campus campaigns (even mayoral candidate Svante Myrick ’09 is heading down this absurd road), have made cringe-worthy music videos.
There are, however, some major differences. For one, authenticity. While both are clearly ambitious, Bores is almost too polished for his own good. This comment, posted on the Facebook page set up by the organizers of Monday’s debate, really nails Bores to a T:
More after the jump . . .