The Cavalier Daily Editorial Board has endorsed a total of 24 candidates for this spring’s student elections. Comprised of the executive editor, editor-in-chief and three members-at-large, the Editorial Board offers commentary on local and national issues as they relate to the University community. In line with its mission, the board conducted endorsement interviews for candidates seeking election to Student Council, the Honor Committee and the University Judiciary Committee. To qualify for an endorsement, candidates were required to be running in a contested election. In addition, candidates were required to commit to a campaign spending cap as part of a signed by the Editorial Board and several other student organizations.
The board will be withholding its endorsement for Student Council President and Vice President for Administration until after the Cavalier Daily’s Student Council presidential candidates forum on Monday, Feb. 19.
A total of 13 candidates from contested Honor Committee elections came to The Cavalier Daily Editorial Board seeking endorsements for the 2018 student election cycle. Out of these candidates, eight were from the College of Arts and Sciences, three were from the Engineering School and two were from the McIntire School of Commerce. From this pool of candidates, the board elected to endorse Levi Moneyhun, Derrick Wang, Stearns Swetnam, Mariana Brazao and Ankita Satpathy from the College, Jesse Alloy and Julia Batts from the Engineering School and William Donnell and Caitlin Knowles from McIntire. The board was impressed by these candidates’ depth of knowledge with the issues pertaining to Honor and their ability to project a concrete plan for the future of the organization.
From the College, Moneyhun elaborated to the board his vision for recontextualizing Honor beyond “lying, cheating, and stealing,” hoping to embrace a higher bar of moral conduct and community standards. Wang pressed the importance of educating international students on Honor. As Honor’s first international education advisor, he highlighted the gaps in serving this important community on Grounds, pointing to the lack of translated materials available for international students. Swetnam gave an honest appraisal of Honor, critiquing the organization’s current lack of community buy-in. Brazao emphasized her competency in marketing Honor’s relevance and importance to the student body. Having served as a support officer since her first year, she spearheaded Honor’s public relations initiative and hopes to continue revamping Honor’s arm of community relations. Lastly, Satpathy supported the development of multiple multi-sanction options for Honor. Satpathy holds three years’ worth of experience as a support officer, and promotes policies of better demographic data collection and implicit bias training for faculty.
From the Engineering School, Alloy pushed for demographic data collection, proposing research on spotlight reporting and its connection to minority communities as a component of his platform. Alloy was counsel to multiple cases that went to trial, and hopes to bridge cultural miscommunication that impacts the international student community. Securing the other endorsement for the Engineering School, Batts pressed the Engineering School’s underrepresentation in regards to representatives per student, with Engineering School ratio greatly imbalanced. Batts underscored that her number one priority was engaging Honor’s connection with student wellbeing and providing students with the necessary resources during the Honor process.
Having both served as support officers, Donnell and Knowles demonstrated a clear understanding of their goals for Honor. Knowles plans to combat student apathy toward Honor by bolstering education and outreach efforts. Donnell also stressed the importance of boosting Honor’s education efforts. He suggested an Honor component in the April orientation to McIntire, where students would receive an in-person presentation from a representative.
Correction: This article previously misstated that Jesse Alloy had conducted research on spotlight reporting. Alloy actually proposed the research as a component of his platform.
Correction: This article previously named Caitlin Knowles as "Caitlyn Knowles." The article has been corrected to reflect her correct name.