Campaign posters are out of control


Ah, spring is in the air. As I look above me, the sky is blue. The temperature is a breezy 63 degrees, and I’m struck with the sense that life really isn’t so bad. I enjoyed that feeling until-riiiip!

Behind my study desk, a brigade of green-clad campaigners has set up shop to plaster the walls of the math center with litter. Yes, that’s right, it’s that time of year again. Posting day is upon us and soon we’ll be dazzled as our campus buildings are transformed into oversized corkboards strewn with flecks of green and yellow.

There is a purpose, though, to this systematic defacement of the campus. We, the students, are to be informed of our potential leaders. For instance, as I look ahead I see that Jacob Kirkham and Toby Collett are running for president and vice president respectively.

In fact, I’m reminded of their candidacy when I turn to my left and my right and behind myself, as well.

I’m beginning to wonder though, do I really want to vote for a candidate who thinks so little of my intellect that they’ve deemed it necessary to plaster four posters within a 10-foot radius of my desk to get my attention? I saw the first one. The other three have won them my anger, not my vote.

Let me drop the sarcasm and jump to the point. Posting for elections here at the U is out of control. Candidates are not exercising any judgment regarding distribution of their posters. I happen to be surrounded by green posters at the moment, but through the course of the day I’ve also been surrounded by yellow.

This is my fourth year of exposure to this wasteful excess. I’m tired of it. I consider it inconsiderate for campaigners to maraud through study areas during a school day and disrupt an otherwise quiet environment.

This year my vote will go to the candidate that can convince me they remember the university grounds’ first purpose is to support academic accomplishment, not to support the stakes of their oversized signs.

Benjamin Richards?Senior, Mathematics