**Please note, the following post should NOT serve as an endorsement of any kind. Thank you. -Carrie
For those of us who walked around the Massell Quad on Tuesday, it was hard to miss the words written on the walkways with masking tape – “Vote Narayan.” A creative use of Union materials, no doubt, that could arguably be the reason he pulled up one extra vote over Savannah Pearlman which led him into the final round against Nipun Marwaha.
Narayan is a curious creature among the Massell Quad candidates as his fliers and facebook group do not dictate a platform. In fact, when speaking with him last night, he was open in admitting that he had no platform to his candidacy. While I would imagine this fact may deter others from voting for him, I find this stance to be oddly refreshing and a welcomed change of pace. Granted, specified platforms are the only items that stand in the way of turning Student Union elections into popularity contests. Still I cannot resist a qwirky, irrelevent poster which brings a sense of playfulness to the baseless tension and drama that these elections cause.
Once the other three candidates expressed their campaign promises, I found myself objecting to something in each of their platforms. However, Narayan made no promises; he simply introduced himself as a member of the Brandeis community. I would rather have a senator who would support endowment transparency – someone who would help to ensure that the entire campus is notified when a police officer draws his gun. I am not looking for a senator who wants to “increase Sherman hours” and “fix the Renfield dryers” (which, the dryers are funcioning perfectly, by the way…).
So, thank you, Narayan, for not handing out the same, old, washed-up campaign promises that will likely never be kept. Thank you for leaving the Renfield dryers alone. Thank you for not taking this process too seriously.