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Will the Real Council Please Stand Up?

As of now, the Class of 2004 is without a functioning governing body. In an e-mail sent out earlier this week to the class, an appeal was made for candidates to fill several vacancies. Alvin M. Lin and Nikhil S. Gidwani, the former class president and vice-president, resigned in May. The secretary, Rachana D. Oza, decided to graduate early, leaving her position in the lurch, and Social Chair Nadjia M. Yousif has resigned to pursue the presidency. Like the California government, the 2004 class council is without competent leadership (or membership) and in dire need of repair. Also like California, this power vacuum is an opportunity for aspiring leaders to make a quick grab.

But this council is responsible for more than ice cream socials, though (hopefully) less than $38 billion debts. Important tasks lay ahead sooner than is convenient. The Career Fair is less than a month away, and the Senior Class Council is largely involved in its organization. Many members of the class will be dependent on the event for their post-academic prosperity. The Career Fair is not entirely the domain of the senior class -- the Graduate Student Council and Society of Women Engineers are the other major partners -- but it stands to reason that the group that stands to benefit most should also be most responsible. And the senior ball, the culminating formal event of an undergraduate’s career, is entirely dependent on the efforts of the council to function.

So unlike all quick judgement against most student government, this council has some hard work ahead of it. Candidates who want to run for the positions must be prepared for that.

But the Class of 2004 must also take this to heart: the election of weak candidates will seriously compromise its interests.

The class Web site gives the interests of the senior class as “Jobs, Refreshments and Having Fun together.” While the middle requirement is somewhat trite, the outer two are fully representative of the serious responsibility that candidates for the position, and the Class of 2004, share in the near future. Voter apathy will be deadly for this class, as will incompetent leadership. Get out there and make a difference.

Ken Nesmith has recused himself from this editorial.