COGS shoots down all-campus election proposal

The student government will keep its internal election system for next year.leadership.

by Molly Michaletz

The Council of Graduate Students voted Wednesday to keep its internal election process.

The University had advised COGS to hold ballot elections to elect next year’s president and vice president. But the general assembly voted against the proposal, saying it would make it more difficult for the group to effectively achieve its goals.

The Office for Student Affairs had suggested that a student body election, similar to other student governments, would legitimatize the leadership.

But some COGS members said getting enough graduate students to vote would be difficult because many are uninterested in what the group is trying to accomplish.

“We have to work harder on student engagement, and tonight we saw that an all-campus election isn’t the way to do that,” COGS President Andrew McNally said.