Though freshmen Evan Wong and Nicole Russack seem to have made a genuine effort to create a platform that is in touch with the concerns of the student body, their ideas are underdeveloped and lack concrete solutions.
For example, the pair proposes a revised cell phone policy. Unlike other tickets, they could name a specific location where students are invited to use their cellphones, explaining that the half floor would be a calm place for students to take a break.
While their proposal to eliminate the need for parents to pick up confiscated phones from the school may be popular with the student body, it is unclear what the duo plans to specifically replace the current cell phone return policy with.
The pair also plans to organize more bake sales in an effort to relieve student anxiety and draw in money for the Student Union (SU). However, they do not acknowledge the Department of Education (DOE) rules that make organizing bake sales difficult. This lack of knowledge about basic DOE rules indicates that these candidates did not research the plausibility of their platform.
Their platform also demonstrates a lack of awareness with issues that former caucuses and the SU have attempted to resolve. Evan and Nicole’s platform promises to reinforce the homework policy, though they have no clear plan for implementation. They recognize that there are flaws in the way that this problem is being addressed by the SU, but do not propose a solution.
In addition, they are unaware of past SU efforts to let students come in early during lunch and could not articulate what they would do differently than former caucus presidents who failed to achieve this goal.
During The Spectator’s interview with this ticket, the two seemed disjointed in their policy plans, with the two candidates often expressing different ideas and having to clarify with one another what their actual plan is. Russack seemed more knowledgeable about their platform than her running mate, which created an unsettling dynamic, since she is running for vice president. While discussing their physical education uniform policy, for instance, Wong asserted that students would not need to change. Russack interjected, saying they wanted to do away with uniforms, but still force students to change, and then apologized on Wong’s behalf.
While The Spectator appreciates Wong and Russack’s awareness of the student body’s desires, their platform is missing the thought-out plans that caucus candidates need in order to achieve real change and does not warrant an endorsement.