The Minnesota Student Association voted nearly unanimously on a resolution to continue its democracy.
The resolution’s author, Nikki Kubista, said every person will continue holding a vote on all future resolutions.
President Nikki Kubista said she was pleased with the vote.
“I can understand the attraction to authoritative command,” Kubista said. “But I think we should keep pushing toward democracy like all the students around the world. Democracy is a good thing.”
As the resolution states, each time a resolution is brought to the forum, each member can have equal say in either passing the resolution or voting it down.
Before the final ballots were counted, several forum members suggested alternative forms of government. Several MSA officials proposed naming Kubista a dictator.
Kubista said she had aspirations of becoming a dictator when she was a little girl, but if the people want democracy, she does too.
Patrick Peterson, the Student Life Committee co-chairman and an opponent of democracy, said he would have liked see Kubista’s childhood dreams come true. He called a dictatorship led by Kubista a “socialist paradise.” However, opponents to this resolution are disgruntled with the decision.
Some said democracy is the wrong choice. But by a vote of 50-2, they were outnumbered. Instead, Peterson will be leading a committee with democracy supporters. He said he intends to lead his committee with an iron fist.
“They will be dealt with,” Peterson said. “All of them will pay.”
Peterson said he is skeptical that the democracy will succeed.
“Everyone knows it is just a matter of time before the proletariat comes in and kicks some ass,” Peterson said.
Peterson suggested forming a MSA brotherhood/sisterhood so that the democratic insurgents could be “dealt with.”
The student association has held a democratic government since it’s inception, but Kubista said they will have to wait and see what the effects of this resolution will be. Kubista does have confidence in her government and will put as much effort forth to make it work.
“We are constituent based now,” Kubista said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”