A lot of times, I have to wonder why The…

A lot of times, I have to wonder why The Technician stays around: they print a lot of samey, perennial articles (see: iPods robbing us of social skills), but I have to applaud them for waking up and doing some legitimate investigative journalism.

Almost the entire above-the-fold front page of today’s issue is taken up by an article and sidebar on the Talley renovation referendum. The article is also on the website. Essentially what it says is that the referendum ballot was specifically written a certain way.

See, there were really three questions about the Talley Renovations. They were

  1. Should students pay for the renovations starting next year?
  2. Should the renovations be done at all?
  3. If money weren’t an issue, rank all of the fee increases on the ballot in order of preference.

So, the Student Senate president is saying that, although a majority of voters said “no” to question 1, a majority said “yes” to question 2, and overall Talley was ranked as second of six fees in the third question. So because people said they wanted it in two questions, and only said they didn’t want it in one question, the Student Senate is justified in voting to charge students. Think I’m joking? From the article:

“That’s how the questions were on the referenda. That’s the three ways we were assessing support on the fee,”[Student Senate President Kelli] Rogers said. “If they read the whole referenda, then they knew there were three questions.”

“Haha, gotcha!”

What regrettably isn’t reproduced on the website is the sidebar with comments from 15 of the student senators who voted in favor of ignoring the referendum. Four responded, the other eleven “declined to comment”.

The responses from the senators?

  • “This is our chance to leave a legacy at our University for future generations to enjoy.”
  • “I feel that I acted in the best interests of my constituents.”
  • “The Senate voted to pass the Rally4Talley fee after all the data was evaluated and two out of the three criteria [i.e. the three questions] were met.”
  • “Regardless of how the Senate voted, the student’s opinion was seen and will be heavily considered . . .”

Well done, Technician. This is the kind of reporting we keep you around for.