Xavier Board of Elections to host upcoming events

By: Lydia Rogers~Staff Writer~

The 2014 Spring Executive Election is approaching and the Board of Elections has come up with a number of events that will help the student body become more familiar with this year’s candidates.

The public campaign period will begin Feb. 2. The Board of Elections will be hosting its first event from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

“This will be a fun night where the candidates will get to sing karaoke in the GSC (Gallagher Student Center) Atrium,” Board of Elections Chair Jayson Lerman said.

The next event will take place Feb. 7 during the campout for the Providence game during 1831 Week. From 6 to 8 p.m. the candidates will be handing out hot chocolate and socializing with the students waiting in line.

The final event will be a debate from 6-8 p.m on Feb. 11. and will take place in the GSC Atrium. These events will be optional for the candidates.

The Board of Elections has also made an alteration to the campaign process for this year’s election. There have been no changes made to the official Election Code. However, using the McCorran Clause, which allows the Board to make changes not provided for in the Code, the Board voted 5-0 to prohibit the use of any music during outdoor campaigning time this year.

“This was done as a courtesy to the community because we have four candidates, and four different sets of music playing loudly would be very disturbing during class hours,” Lerman said. “It also forces the candidates to be more creative in how they garner support and get their messages out to students.”

The Spring 2014 Executive Election will take place February 12-14. The polls will close at 4 p.m. Students will be able to place their votes on the MyXU Portal.