AUSTIN, TEXAS – It’s that time of year again when the movers and shakers of UT’s student government make their pitches to become the next elected campus leaders. This year, certain candidates are running on strictly one platform point: their political party.
Usually, student candidates will write speeches and Facebook posts about the negligence of the school administration, or the lack of campus resources. But its all different for Andre Casanova and Lee LeBlois, or more popularly known as Casanova LeBlois 2018 and Dmirtri Bloom and Shane Tullman, cleverly referred to as Blooman.
Casanova, a junior communications student, claims there’s not really a lot to prepare for running for student body elections.
“If you’re a Democrat, like me, or really like everybody else on this campus, it’s simple: don’t focus on the issues, focus on how this school needs a democrat student body president,” said Casanova. “Like, your party affiliation literally doesn’t even matter in student government, but for some reason, people think it does.”
Bloom and Tullman, who are considered the “communist” candidates, actually agree with Casanova, claiming their ticket is strictly all about their title.
“A lot of people are introduced to communism in college, and we’re actually trying to capitalize on that. It’s actually kind of funny, because we can’t even think of one communist policy that could even be applicable to this large public school,” said Bloom.
“Students actually think we plan on making social change at this already highly liberal, progressive leaning university. We’ve thought about it, but for now all we’re saying is that we’re Democrat and you should vote for us. We’ll figure out the rest when we’re elected,” added LeBlois.
With a campaign slogan like, “Vote for Changing Change,” the Casanova-LeBlois ticket seems to get more and more appealing to students seeking a student administration that will blatantly and unabashedly play identity politics. And Bloom and Tullman seem to agree with this strategy.
When asked if there was anything else they wanted the students to know, Casanova and Bloom replied in unison, “Nope.”
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