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The right to abstain

(02/18/11 1:11pm)

After attempting to abstain from voting on the referendum on the Feb. 15 ballot for Young Trustee, a simple e-mail I sent to the Board of Elections about what I thought was a simple online glitch turned into a 24-hour whirlwind of appeals, injunctions and testimonies to the Judiciary. With a ruling early yesterday in favor of DSG, I understand Judiciary’s rational: that the literal letter of the law that rules both DSG and the Board of Elections does not explicitly protect a vote to abstain. And while—in recent past—all elections have allowed students to abstain from portions of the ballot if they wish, this is not a right guaranteed by their bylaws.


Roger Dubay

(12/02/09 10:00am)

It’s 8:52 a.m. in the Sanford School of Public Policy and that overplayed Lady Gaga song (you know the one) on Sanford Deli’s radio easily drowns out the conversations of the two or three people sitting nearby. Roger Dubay, manager of the deli, has been awake for nearly three hours, but the deli has not yet seen its first rush of the day. It’s that 6 a.m. wake-up call that’s the worst part of the job, he confides in me, as I remember the first time I met Dubay.




Pankaj Agarwal

(03/03/09 9:00am)

Most undergrads only suffer through pre-reqs to complete their graduation requirements. But one student is voluntarily taking these courses: in fact, he is excited to do so. When they cost too much, he goes to lecture, completes problem sets and homework assignments-even takes the exams-for absolutely no credit.