Not too long ago UNH held it's annual student body elections. Rob Wilson was the victorious candidate for the position as the new Student Body President for the next school year. Sadly, it appears that Mr. Wilson has been anything but the graceful winner. You know the old saying "act like you've been there before"? Due to recent actions, this can not be said for Wilson.
Following his victory Wilson refused to do an interview with TNH because they had written an editorial supporting another candidate. Real mature Mr. Wilson. I don't know what your future plans are, but politicians have to deal with critics everyday of their lives. Unless, of course, you don't plan on being a politician and you just wanted to be elected to pad your resume. Which would be totally acceptable because the student body president (and entire senate) is basically a sugar pill provided by the administration so that they can say that we have a voice. Let's face it, the student senate would never get anything done that the administration wasn't okay with.
Anyways, to get back on track. Wilson finally did agree to an interview with TNH, but only if it was with a reporter he knew. Because, of course, rejecting an interview with the one publication that most students read is the true sign of a leader. Along with that article, TNH also published a second editorial saying:
But what was especially
noteworthy from my short conversation with Wilson was his continued
exaggeration and illusion of what he had accomplished at student senate.
He still maintains that he has more experience than his counterparts,
which is true if you don’t discount the semesters and meetings that he
did not participate in.
As 2010-2011 president Richard
Peyser said of Wilson one year ago in this newspaper, “Wilson seemingly
held his participation in the billiards club to be more pressing than
representing his constituents; he frequently left and failed to show up
at student senate meetings to attend his billiards club. That, however,
is not the core concern I have. I take great offense to his statement
that he has been working on medical amnesty since ‘it’s inception,’ when
in fact he has not contributed to that pilot program in any capacity whatsoever.”
Clearly Wilson has tried to take credit for other students work, lied about his past, and blown off interviews and meetings. Actually, he sounds more and more like a real politician the more I think of it.
I wasn't planning on getting involved with this issue (because the student body president position is absolutely meaningless) but I was leaked more information about Wilson today that only continues to show his poor decision making and egotistical personality.
Apparently Wilson changed the door code to the Student Body President, locking out current President AJ Coukos who should have the office for the remainder of the semester. Reports say that Coukos "looked pissed" upon noticing he was locked out. Coukos' name was also removed from the door. Is Mr. Wilson looking to move in early? Renovate it? Or am I simply making nothing out of something because it's raining out and I don't feel like working on my final paper right now?
All I know is that this (meaningless) victory for Mr. Wilson has clearly gotten to his head and he has only furthered to strain his relations with his own student body and student senate.
Stay classy, not UMassy.