Staff Editorial: GM Week 2012: Celebrate, stay informed, vote

Grand Marshal Week 2012 starts this Friday, and as usual, it’ll be filled with fun activities like a restaurant showcase, a mini-carnival, and Dancing with the RPI Stars. Amid the festivities, however, don’t forget the event that actually matters: the elections.

Before you vote in the primary on Monday and the general election on Friday, take some time to get to know the candidates. Each has submitted a platform, which is available online at http://elections.union.rpi.edu/offices. We encourage you to take the time out of your busy schedule to read through the platforms and find a candidate you can support. Try to attend the mock debate next Wednesday at 7 pm in the McNeil Room, where the candidates for GM and President of the Union will answer questions about their positions. This is a great chance to learn more about the candidates and their stances on important issues from the candidates themselves.

And please, when the time comes, actually vote. You can cast your ballot either in the Darrin Communications Center or at Commons anytime from 9 am until 7 pm on Monday (for the primary) and Friday (for the general election). Vote for not only your free mug, but also to show your support for your candidate of choice.

If you don’t see any candidates that strike your fancy, it’s not too late to join the race yourself. The Student Senate’s Rules and Elections Committee still has three candidate information sessions remaining: this Wednesday at 7 pm in Rensselaer Union 3511, Thursday at 4 pm in the Patroon Room, and Friday at 4 pm in Union 3511. If you’re interested in running, we encourage you to attend one of the sessions and start campaigning for the change you want to see at RPI.