Unopposed 2007 BUS candidates still have to work for positions

Amadeus Smith

Although candidates are running unopposed for various positions on the 2007 Black United Students executive board, there is a chance some may not be elected.

Sasha Parker, BUS president and current candidate for next year’s president, said the organization uses a yes/no voting method where voters can actually vote against a single candidate.

D’Onna Stubblefield, candidate for BUS secretary, said she would rather have the system than a guaranteed spot on the board.

“If someone thinks we’re not good enough for the job, they can vote ‘no,'” she said.

Michele Sanders, BUS member and senior integrated health studies major, said the quality of the board members trumps the amount of members involved. She explained that recently, BUS has been caught up in numbers, focusing on the amount of members rather than the quality of the organization’s work.

“It’s more important to do the work of 10 with two (hard-working members) than to have more people who aren’t going to do work,” Sanders said.

Ashley Tolliver, candidate for BUS programmer, said the lack of participation and leadership in the group is a product of fear.

Tolliver agreed that although candidates are running unopposed, it is fair for BUS members to have a voice in determining board members.

“I wish we could do that with the U.S. president,” Tolliver said.

The candidates said they do not know when the election results will be announced.

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