Yousra El Nemr
Students elected five of the seven students running for the university’s Student Judicial Board (SJB) elections on Thursday Nov. 18 after a long day of campaigning.
Habiba Bakir, Ramy El Shabrawy, Assem Arafa, Tarek Akmal, Mohamed Badran are the newly elected SJB members and are expected to form the new board lasting for a year.
Five weeks before the end of the fall semester, SJB elections are held to choose the new board for the coming academic year.
The Student Judicial Board is responsible for enforcing the abidance of the university’s constitution among the AUC community. They are expected to implement the code of social behavior on members of the student body, and to act as a judge during conflicts between two or more parties.
While the campaigning period for this election was somewhat shorter than previous years, campaigners started the day early publicizing for specific candidates. Flyers all over campus publicized for the only two teams or candidates running for the elections, unlike last year’s elections where at least three teams were running.
Unlike previous campaigns, this year’s elections featured campaigners that emphasized on the background and experience of their candidates to gain more votes. Many even encouraged students to go vote for anyone in order to be more active in these democratic decisions.
Habiba Bakir is to be appointed chair of the board automatically since she received the highest score on the constitutional exam, which all students must take before running to demonstrate proficient knowledge of the AUC student constitution.
Ideally, an SJB candidate should have a strong code of ethics in order to enforce the university laws justly, which is what the exam aims to test.
“I supported the white team because they deserve it. They are very honest, they worked in many activities and had positions in such activities which means they are reliable and responsible,” said a member of the white team’s campaigners.
“We were trying to encourage people to vote and sometimes we succeeded, but many times people did not really care. However, I found that freshmen students were the ones most interested because they never voted before,” she added.
However, some freshmen students found that the way the campaigners were approaching students was not really helpful, since it was their first year and they did not know any of the candidates.
“I did not vote. This is still my first semester in the university and I am not aware enough of what the SJB is and its role. Also, I do not know any of the candidates to go and vote for them; they were not able to reach a lot of students especially those who are freshman,” said freshman Ahmed Hassan.
“Campaigners were a lot, so it was difficult to listen to everyone of them especially that we are in an intensive period of midterms, projects and assignments. Besides that the candidates themselves did not reach us; I was not able to know them in order to vote for them,” said student Basant Osama.
She added that she rarely sees actual actions for the SJB on campus; it was never clear enough as she explained.