CMU Elections

So yeah, I lost all faith in our student government earlier this year when they implemented a program that made Tartan bikes available to everyone… unlocked… on campus. Something like $15,000 was spent on this project.
Lo and behold, guess what? Within a week, there were probably about 2 left. They were gone in another few days.
What. The. Hell.
Grab a bike, get to class

So then there were student government elections. Or rather, there were supposed to be (the following links yoiked from jgraftor):
First there weren’t enough applicants, and can you really blame them given how little our government actually does (or even has the power to do), and the stuff they do is largely idiotic (see bike program above) or of little impact on campus?
Searching for Senators: CMU elections delayed

Then the students weren’t even informed there were elections coming up:
Students uninformed about upcoming elections

Then the election software froze, causing elections to be postponed again:
Technical difficulties: Elections freeze up on students

And today, the results are inaccessable because someone changed the encryption key:
Election results inaccessible

I mean seriously, WTF?
It is *not* that hard to do elections correctly. It’s not that hard to write election software that works. Correctly. I could probably write something (that looks better than what they have, as well) in something like 30 minutes.

In other news, the weather has been nice, so I have lots of piccars.

In other other news, life is completely awesome and happy.
My project for webapps (CMU Adventures) was chosen as a “best project” and I’ll get to demo it tomorrow during class.
Also, other non-academic things are also going well.

4 thoughts on “CMU Elections

  1. What the heck? It isn’t so hard to buy locks and check them out to fees-paying students for a few hours while they’re on campus. That’s what my school does. And a lot of others.

    And electronic elections == bad. Call me old-fashioned.

  2. So I don’t have a problem with the bike thing; I actually think it’s a really good idea with a few implementation problems. There are still a couple bikes around; one better thing would be to have a bike repair station in the UC or put some effort into getting more indestructible bikes, since a lot of the missing bikes disappeared due to chains falling off. I also feel it’s a much nicer waste of money than, say, the pole.

    The elections snafu I agree with you on.

  3. Not true! I saw a bike the other day.

    It was by the elevator in the lowest level of the parking garage under the Collaborative Innovation Center.


  4. :-D You take nice pictures.

    In response to a previous comment: Yes, I definitely agree that wasting $15,000 on bikes is better than wasting 15 cents on the pole — at least the bike money went to a little local shop in Oakland — but it’s still $15,000 wasted. And it’s not so much a few implementation problems as it’s that there’s no organized implementation at all…

    As I recall, the Tartan article said that there exist other schools that have bike programs, so the *idea* must be workable. We just messed it up here :-)

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