The Chronicle Accepts Endorsements in DSG Presidential Election
The Chronicle will publish letters of endorsement for the Duke Student Government’s 2022 presidential election from Saturday, February 26 through Wednesday, March 2 at 11:59 p.m. The executive vice presidential candidates have agreed not to seek sponsorship this year. No mention will be published on the days of the election. The final deadline for endorsements is Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
This year’s presidential candidates are juniors Drew Flanagan and Lana Gesinsky. The election will take place online on March 3 and 4.
We will accept letters from any student organization, as long as the group adheres to the rules stated below. We will not accept personal endorsements from individuals.
1. Organizations must offer to meet with all candidates for any approved position, and candidates must be given at least 24 hours to respond. If a candidate voluntarily refuses to meet, the approval meeting may proceed as scheduled and the candidate’s absence should be noted in the approval letter.
2. In the approval process, organizations must allow equal speaking and questioning time to each candidate for each position. No candidate can receive more time than another.
3. Members of organizations who decide they want to participate in endorsements for a position must remain in the room for each candidate’s appearance. Members cannot leave and return, or arrive late. If they do, they cannot participate in any part of the approval process for that position, including deliberations and voting.
4. To avoid even the appearance of impropriety, The Chronicle expects members of organizations with significant personal or professional ties or associations with applicants to withdraw from the approval process for this job. This includes public or substantive campaign involvement by a particular individual. Any conflict of interest that would compromise an impartial evaluation and consideration of a candidate should result in recusal. If a member of an organization recuses themselves due to conflicts of interest with a candidate for a position, that member may not participate in the approval process for that position at all. This includes asking questions during meetings with applicants and drafting the endorsement. Members of organizations who recuse themselves should be credited as having done so in the text of the endorsement letter.
5. If any of the candidates is currently or was previously president or officer of an organization, that organization is not authorized to issue an endorsement for that position.
6. If an organization wishes to publish an endorsement letter, the President of the organization should email Editor-in-Chief Leah Boyd ([email protected]) and Editor-in-Chief Margot Armbruster (margot. [email protected]). All candidates who apply for each approved position must also be copied by email. The email should include an attached endorsement letter and the following statement: “I, the President of [organization name], certifies that all Chronicle approval rules have been followed in the wording of this letter. I understand that failure to follow the rules compromises the electoral process, as well as the integrity of my organization and The Chronicle.
7. Letters of endorsement must be signed by the head of the student organization and include their full name, school, and year of graduation. Endorsement letters should include a list of all members of the organization who have recused themselves, if any.
8. If a candidate wishes to dispute an endorsement letter on the grounds that any of the above rules have been violated, he or she may submit a formal dispute by email to the editor outlining their claims. The President of the organization must be CC’ed and can respond to the challenge. This challenge must be received within three hours of the approval letter email sent under Rule 6. The Chronicle retains the final and exclusive right to adjudicate on the merits of any such challenge.
9. There is no guarantee that endorsement letters will be published. The letters most likely to get published are the ones that come first and are concise. Letters should not exceed 325 words. Organizations submitting endorsement letters are encouraged to register their endorsements through DSG and receive more information about the DSG President and Executive Vice President position.
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10. If The Chronicle determines that any of the above rules have been violated in forming an endorsement letter, that letter will not be published.
Margot Armbruster is editor-in-chief of Trinity and Volume 117 Opinion. Leah Boyd is a junior Pratt and editor of volume 117.
Margot Armbruster is Trinity’s senior and opinion editor of the 117th volume of The Chronicle.
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Leah Boyd is a Pratt junior and editor of the 117th volume of The Chronicle.