The four-year cycling of some issues at colleges and universities is pretty damn annoying sometimes.
Right now, for example, we’re voting again here at Swarthmore about whether to have a mascot or not. We just did the same thing a few years back, and 58% percent voted against having any mascot, if I recall correctly.
Last time around, we even had some more inspired choices to stack up against “none of the above”: the Earthworm, for example (an anagram for Swarthmore). Manticore? Phoenix? Gorilla? Gryphon? Come on. How about Bookworm? Hermit? Sourpuss? Scold? Abstraction? Consensus? Save-the-Worlder? or my favorite suggestion from the last time, the Swarthmore Other.
I know that new populations of students may want a chance to decide issues that were decided before they got here, but really, there should be at least a decade-long moratorium on elections like this one so that it doesn’t feel like the fix is in, that someone is going to keep pushing something until they get their way. I wouldn’t want to ascribe to conspiracy what could be explained by disorganization. However, it was somewhat notable that this time around, “None of the above” was not only initially omitted from the ballot, but also that many students who signed the petition in favor of the vote weren’t aware that omitting “none of the above” was seen as one of the goals of the petition. It’s been added back on, and people can redo their votes, so we’ll see if the result is different this time than last.