It’s a great day for the Progressive Party (if you can call it that). Adam Hughes will be in charge of setting the tone and moderating the debate in the Senate, which is great. We’ll also have him to participate and report on executive board happenings. Personally, there are two operational reforms I think the Senate needs. First, in debate there should not be any “neutral” speakers allowed. In my time testifying before the Senate, I witnessed a number of senators take unfair advantage of the rule that speakers for, neutral, and against all receive equal speaking time in turn. Senators against a proposal in principle spoke as “neutral” and used negative language to destroy the proposal in question. Secondly, there should not be closed-doors executive board meetings. Of all the Student Union meetings held, the ones with only the executive board are often the most important, and the student body needs to be informed of their discussion.
By my count, the Progressive Party holds five of the nine Senate seats currently occupied. We have Noam as Senator-at-Large, Paul as Senator for the Class of 2010, Alex and Lev for the Class of 2011, and Kamerin for Racial Minority Students. Add Adam to that and I’d say we’re doing pretty well! Also, I can’t go without mentioning Jason Gray. He’s with the progressive agenda, but unlike some of our other candidates who unfortunately caused greater divides in their campaigns, Jason is a real consensus President.
A good Progressive is always looking ahead. Even though we can celebrate Adam’s victory tonight, we must remember that the regularly-scheduled fall elections are still to come, and that those seats will determine control of the Senate.