By Ryan Semerad
The official election day for Minerva councils across campus was last Wednesday, Feb. 16. However, Green House held its council elections from Feb. 6-9 using an online e-mail vote.
The Concordiensis received a complaint that insisted foul play was involved within Green House’s recent elections and that this should be brought to attention.
After conducting an extensive and intensive investigation, it is the conclusion of this reporter that Green House did not in fact commit any offensive acts to its members, the student body or to the general campus. Furthermore, each Minerva House is allowed to hold elections for its positions in any manner it desires. This system is a reflection of the “laissez-faire” stance that the Minerva Office Administration wishes to maintain so that students learn to solve problems and make compromises without external intervention.
According to current Green House Council Chair Brian Scarlett ‘11 and current Green House Vice President Danielle Steinmetz ‘12, Green House has always run this nontraditional type of election.
The Green House election process requires that House members e-mail their votes to an out-going senior because it is assumed that the senior member has no biased interest in who sits on the following year’s council.
“[This is] the same way it’s worked every single year,” said Steinmetz. This year Scarlett was chosen as the outgoing senior to count the votes.
“I have all faith that Brian [did] the right thing,” said Steinmetz. Green House’s Student Representative to the Minerva Council Aria Walfrand ‘11 emphasized that there is nothing secretive about her house’s methods. “This is how we do it—we’re not hiding anything,” said Walfrand.
“Last year, as the Wold House Communications Chair, I ran an e-mail election where students had to respond to an e-mail. I counted the votes and the count confirmed by our council chair,” said Glosser.
While Glosser did mention that he would not be in favor of running his house’s election before the official election day, he did not explicitly call it wrong.
“I would prefer that didn’t happen, but I don’t think it’s an issue,” he said. When asked about Green House’s apparent lack of external confirmation, Glosser expressed only mild concern. “Lack of transparency is different than corruption. More transparency is better, but I can’t imagine that Brian [Scarlett] would be doing anything dishonest,” said Glosser.
“Green House’s newly-elected Council Chair Steve Scoglio ‘12 discussed the protocol to be elected. “I nominated myself and declared my candidacy to Ben [Foster],” said Scoglio.
Sarrantonio considered running for the Council Chair position, but decided not to run because of a lack of time to fulfill the duties of the job and also because she felt Green House was in good hands with Scoglio at the helm.
“Once I knew who was running I was not concerned [about running for Council Chair] because I know he will do an exceptional job,” said Sarrantonio.