In light of the recent scandal at Marist College, I am posting these photos in protest. By now, many of you have read the article on the front page of today's Circle, which can also be found headlining their website here. Despite being the favored candidates for student body President and Vice President, James Napoli and Myriah Anderson were cruelly denied judicial review and disqualified from the race. The offense? Turning in a form 6 minutes late. Their opponent also broke a rule about advertising too early, but since his disqualification would also implicate the son of an administrator, it was overlooked. Instead of inspiring qualified and talented students to run for student government and act as positive roll models for their peers, Marist College administration is showing just what kind of corruption is involved in back-room politics. For a university that touts an Ethics Week every semester, this is inexcusable. Because of the current system, no other student is able to run; the application process is closed. In a blow to democracy and the student voice on campus, a single candidate will run unopposed in nearly every major position, including student body President.
There will be a petition circling campus over the next couple of days to allow other students to run. I encourage you to read it and sign it. We cannot let the corruption within the administration go unfettered any longer.
Curious to see who your President and Vice President would have been? We took these photos a few days before the election was set to start.
James and Myriah have been involved in SGA and many other organizations on campus. Chances are that you know them, have met them, or are friends with them. You see them out at local watering holes, parties, and know they are deeply involved with Marist socially.
James is bilingual (English, Spanish) and is currently working on his third language, French. Myriah may seem familiar; she is known around campus and in the local news media as 'that girl who was in Egypt'. Myriah was studying abroad in Cairo during the riots and has spoken extensively about her experiences there. She too is bilingual, speaking English and Arabic. She hopes to return to Jordan for the summer to continue her studies on the Gilman Scholarship she received, which is the undergrad version of a Fulbright.
Protest. Let your voice be heard. Share this with you friends, post it to your walls. Sign the petition. Ask James or Myriah for one of their VOTE shirts, which they had made to promote greater student involvement in elections. Even though the administration may not value free student speech, we do.