So, right now it's about 10:00am. Normally, I'd be asleep for another two hours, as I was up until about 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. But I am not asleep, and it's all UWEC Student Senate President Aaron Olson's, king of the jackasses, fault.
See, I'm not asleep because at 9:15am I got a call from Erika, pissed off as all get-out. Erika is currently the UWEC delegation leader to the United Council of the University of Wisconsin. But not if Mr. Olson has his way, as he sent her this e-mail attempting to remove her:
This email is to follow up my phone call on July 29th regarding United Council. De Anna [the VP of Student Senate] and myself will be holding interviews for the United Council Delegation Leader when classes resume. Until then, we will designate someone yet to be determined to be the interim leader. If you have any questions call my cell at (phonenumber deleted) or reply to this address.
Now, regardless that he actually can't do that within his powers as Student Senate President, as the senate is out of session and a committee is required, his primary complaint is that she's not doing enough. Yeah, that's right, not doing enough. Y'know, besides the fact that it's FRIGGIN' JULY, Erika has been working her ass off towards helping put together the Women's Leadership conference. Or the fact that Erika's been recruiting for the delegation. Or the fact that before she got there, our representation in UC was almost nonexistant.
This is just another example of a power hungry, little man overstepping his bounds yet again. He fails to recognize that he is merely the biggest kid in the sandbox, and that reality will crush him once he steps out. It's like dealing with a child. But I'm so pissed off now that I can't fall back asleep, so I'm here, typing this. I know most of you who read this don't care about UWEC Student Politics (and really, why should anyone?), but this just pushed far too many buttons.
To me, student politics invariably descends into being one big, sodding popularity contest. People vote for their friends and don't actually think about who they should be voting for.
Maybe it's different over there and Student Council's actually DO stuff. But seriously, Aaron Olson sounds like a total ****head, kind of person I would just really not like. Eventually the real world will hopefully destroy him.
Since someone I knew at Uni (who I detested and she detested me, so at least we had symmetry) was running, I kept getting stick from friends of mine to vote for her. Even though she was one of those people you shouldn't EVER give power to. I voted with my heart (and voted for other people) and she didn't get in, maybe the system works...Maybe no-one really gives a toss about student politics anymore.
You've got my vote, Erika...as much good as it helps.
"To me, student politics invariably descends into being one big, sodding popularity contest."
True. But then, "real" politics aren't much different. I suspect Kerry lost the U.S. presidential race because he seemd like he wouldn't be nearly as much fun to party with as Bush.
The odd thing, Niles (or is it Miles? I'm bad with names) is that Aaron is a pretty tolerable guy on a social level. I've always seen his sociopathic behavior in Student Senate as a forgiveable personal hangup. I might think otherwise were I one of his fellow senators, I'll grantcha.
---David (determined at this point to post something that doesn't get deleted on principle)