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April 30, 2009

SGA election results announced

by Katie Sint, Online Managing Editor
After Blazers completed casting their votes for Student Government Association (SGA) positions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the new officers for the 2009-2010 school year were announced today during second period.

Election results for the SGA presidential race between juniors Alex Bae, Sibyl Brown and Andrew Hyder and the vice presidential race for the class of 2010 between juniors Karre Lawson and Olayinka Oladiran have been withheld due to ongoing disputes over misconduct.

The results of the election were petitioned because some candidates allegedly violated election rules by offering "incentives" to voters. The candidates contested the petition because they allegedly did not receive a copy of the election rules and were unaware of policies banning this practice. According to Bae, a reelection for the two positions will be held sometime in the next three weeks.

The election results are as follows, according to current SGA president junior Sibyl Brown:

Executive level:
Vice President: Mady Nadje, junior
Secretary: To be appointed
Treasurer: Naimisha Mahesh, junior

Class of 2010:
President: Tamara Taylor

Class of 2011:
President: Christina Stiles
Vice President: Hannah Ho

Class of 2012:
President: Nebiyu Fitta
Vice President: Bruce Yuen

Silver Chips Online is still compiling information and a more complete story will be posted soon.



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  • Editorialize on April 30, 2009 at 10:28 PM
    The presidential election stuff is a blower. I'm hoping for Alex. Some people just can't take a loss. Honestly, the SGA was completely incompetent this year. Did ANYONE do the last Spirit Week?
  • Socialist on May 1, 2009 at 2:34 AM
    Does anyone think it's ridiculous that the results are presented by one of the competitors (SGA President Sybil Brown)? Corrupt much? It's at least unethical. So I guess that makes the whole thing equal.
    • blazer on May 1, 2009 at 9:10 PM
      she just presented it, its not like she made the votes stupid
    • informed on May 1, 2009 at 9:32 PM
      are you joking? of course sibyl would announce the results, she's the president, it's not like she put in the votes
      • my point exactly on May 4, 2009 at 7:56 AM
        Actually, I'm pretty sure Andrew's supposed to have won.
    • anon on May 2, 2009 at 7:40 PM
      you're real dumb
  • bae hater 09 on May 1, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    hyder's votes should go to sibyl so alex bae can cry in a corner
    • 2011 on May 1, 2009 at 12:29 PM
      How mature.
    • anon on May 3, 2009 at 3:42 PM
      yea man grow up
    • sophomore on May 4, 2009 at 2:42 PM
      as a student who knows neither candidate personally, i'd have to say that sibyl seems to have been an utterly incompetent and disorganized president. i hope alex bae wins the election and can do better.
  • dontworryaboutmyname on May 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Can someone please explain to me why they have to do a recount?
    YOU LOST SO GET OVER IT!!!
    i voted for alex the first time and im going to do it again
    i didnt even take his candy and he still got my vote
    what did sybil do this year to deserve a second year? pep rallies were dry, same goes for the spirit weeks and every other event.
    • HEY! on May 2, 2009 at 8:36 PM
      Alex bae clearly broke the rules when he offered candy to voters. That's called bribing voters... if anything, they were doing him a favor by holding a reelection. He should have been disqualified. how dumb do you have to be to not know that bribing voters is against the rules??
      • Eli Barnett on May 3, 2009 at 12:04 AM
        Because SGA elections are more than just a popularity contest in the first place, right? All he was doing was making himself more popular.
      • 2010 on May 3, 2009 at 9:30 PM
        Right, because real elections sooooo don't involve bribing voters
      • blazer on May 3, 2009 at 9:32 PM
        I wouldn't consider the offer of candy to be a bribe at all. a bribe means you are promising to give something to voters if they agree to vote for you. I don't think there was any implied or unspoken agreement that those who received candy would vote for alex. My friends and I spoke to him briefly at lunch, and he was giving out the candy to everyone, regardless of whether they agreed to vote for him or not. that seems more like an advertisement with a little added attention-getting device. is that against the rules?
    • notimportant on May 3, 2009 at 8:26 PM
      you do not understand the amout of work that sga puts into the school and nobody thanks them
      sibyl was at school almost everyday until at least 7 hard at work for her school
      • reason on May 5, 2009 at 7:37 PM
        Alright, I highly doubt that Sibyl was at school until 7 everyday, and if she was, it shows how incompetent she is, spending so much time for so little improvement
    • wow on May 6, 2009 at 9:02 AM
      Um Sibyl i does EVERYTHING. I dont think people realize this. Sibyl organizes every event, she makes sure we get the pep rallys and she organizes them and she got us a carnival this year. I do agree that this really wasnt a big deal and that she might be being alittle bit selfish because she was president this year, but dont say she doesnt do anything because behind the scenes she does ALOT.
  • Michael Powas on May 1, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    If anyone has talked to Alex Bae for more than 2 minutes you'd realize he is the most self-aggrandizing, sanctimonious people to ever grace this school. Sybil Brown is not much better, but at least she will learn from her (several) mistakes and not be a pretentious, asinine excuse for a leader.
    Please, pick the lesser of two evils.
    • anon on May 3, 2009 at 3:44 PM
      that's cuz he's korean jk
  • whattt on May 1, 2009 at 3:43 PM
    hold on.
    sibyl does try really hard to make events as great as possible, and the student body should try harder to involve themselves in these events. why do you think pep rallies are so dry? because no one cares enough.
    and obviously sibyl's gonna give the results, because she was there when they were counted. she didn't even lose by that many. people need to stop talking about sibyl. if you really think SGA does that bad of a job, why dont you try joining and improving it?
    and alex bae's an idiot. who "doesn't know" that you can't give out candy during an election?
  • This is CrAzY! on May 1, 2009 at 5:01 PM
    Just because you don't like Sibyl, doesn't mean you can pretend that she didn't work EXTREMELY hard. She tried her best to make all of the events fun, and it's our fault if we don't participate in spirit days. So what if you don't like Sibyl as a person. She was a good president.
    • 09 - ALMOST OUT on May 2, 2009 at 12:00 AM
      1. who was responsible for senior shirts this year? they are butt ugly

      2. this last spirit week? a bunch of people had no idea it was happening.
      • Senior Shirts?!? Spirit Weeks ?!? The bigger idea on May 2, 2009 at 3:23 PM
        I think the shirt problem is senior class president's problem, not Sibyl's. Sorry. Maybe if you paid attention to InfoFlow, you would also know about the last spirit week. I think Sybil works hard. Alex Bae's promise of letting the people decide rather than him or having his position more "open" seems to mean that he's not going to take any responsibility for being President but keep the title. He doesn't seem to have a concrete platform at all, except that he will keep an SGA blog that will probably dissolve into obscurity. Yeah, why can't we have Sebastian Johnson-like students run. ("Real" leadership)
      • Laura Moya (View Email) on May 5, 2009 at 7:13 PM
        The senior class, the senior class officers, and the senior t-shirt designers are responsible for the tshirts.

        We did our part by asking seniors to send in their designs. We gave about a two months notice before the deadline. We only received about 4 designs and from there we choose what was best. If you don't like it you then you should have done your part by sending a design in the beginning of the year. For now, you can either make your own or decide to not purchase a shirt. and as a little side note, the profit goes towards prom


        We had announcements during Info Flow, so as a blair student it's your responsibility to stay informed. All you have to do is listen. Nothing too hard.


        and In my opinion, this years SGA did a fantastic job. After being here four years I've seen more student involvement then previous years. I think the issue here is that people bash what SGA has done on silver chips instead of channeling that frustration into constructive actions. Be involved in your community to see the change you want to see.
        (btw, the senior office & sga work on their own)



        and last thing. SENIORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!


        WHOOOOO! We got 10 more days left & then DEUCE


        oh. prom tickets on sale now. $55 for singles. financial office. no doubles. no dates over 21. thats disgusting.
        • Yours trully on May 28, 2009 at 5:37 PM
          "We had announcements during Info Flow, so as a blair student it's your responsibility to stay informed. All you have to do is listen. Nothing too hard."

          Honestly, this statement is kind of ignorant. I have the same class every morning and the television doesn't not function in the class room. Not only that, but my fellow classmates aren't respectable enough to be quiet during announcements. So please don't say its too hard, or imply that we don't listen, because I know I do and I had no idea there was a spirit week, in fact I didn't even know it happened.
  • lol on May 1, 2009 at 6:53 PM
    haha, did no one run for secretary?
  • haha on May 2, 2009 at 1:55 AM
    blair hasnt had good sga president since sebatian johnson with was like 6 yrs ago haha
    • balh on May 3, 2009 at 3:46 PM
      wut did he do that was so great
  • Re: haha on May 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM
    I dunno. I kinda liked Eric Hysen a lot he was BEAST.

    I don't really like either candidates............. but I'll have to say Sybil is probably better than Alex. Alex... ugh... he is so pompous and arrogant - just spend a couple minutes with the guy! At least sybil has the personality (and looks :]) and the ability to fake it alex is just straight up obnoxious.

    RE-ELECT SYBIL BROWN 2009!!!
    • blind??? on May 3, 2009 at 1:57 PM
      sybil??? looks???? you have to be kidding.
      bae is the best
    • ha on May 3, 2009 at 8:00 PM
      sybil. is a good person? is a good president? has a good personality?!

      you. have. got. to. be. kidding. me!

      she sugar coats everything she does so that you will like her. she doesn't listen to what you have to say, pretends to work hard so you think she's doing something, and only cares about herself. honestly, if anyone in this school is smart they'll vote for alex.

      i think it's true that the students are to blame for pep rallies and spirit weeks, at least mostly but to be honest the days weren't so great this year, because they don't want to support sga. although it sucks that everyone has to suffer for the president's incompetency.
  • pshh on May 2, 2009 at 1:46 PM
    the SGA does a great job organizing events (the carnival was a hit this year, along with many other events) if the events are "dry," its because people CHOOSE not to participate. Same goes for spirit days...what is the SGA supposed to do? COME TO YOUR HOUSE AND MAKE YOU WEAR THINGS?!? the sga isnt to blame for people not following the spirit days. so dont blame your lack of school spirit on the SGA.
    And lets be real, this sga had a lot of things to deal with in such a tumultous year and i think they did so in a great way. VOTE SIBYL!
  • Jon Cariba Phoenix on May 2, 2009 at 2:26 PM
    Eric Hysen was really good. I think that was because he was willing to actually try and ORGANIZE the students into an effective counterweight against idiotic school administration decisions. Like he helped organize a protest outside the high school in Sept 2006 when the school administration tried to start an idiotic lockout policy. And that was also the year we had those horrible multcolor ID's (as if the regular ID's weren't stupid and pointless enough). By the end of the year half the school wasn't even bothering to wear one (and FYI ~ any school administrators reading this ~ the school did not collapse into anarchy).

    And mind you, Hysen only did a little bit of organizing. The results came from years of pent up frustration at a school system more designed to treat students like test-score producing machines than human beings. Imaging what he could have done with some even more intense organizing?

    If anyone reading this wants to improve their school, learn about the resource-mobilization theory of social movements from a reputable sociology source. Because anger and frustration always exists. The question is, how can that anger be organized?

    And the nice thing is, the people in Blair's SDS chapter, and in SDS chapters across the country seem to know this. Nice Job ;)
  • Eli Barnett on May 2, 2009 at 3:18 PM
    Vote for Alex

    SGA was a failure this year. We had to pester them for a month to get them to schedule the activity fair. Unacceptable.
    • hello? on May 2, 2009 at 7:39 PM
      thats because the SGA needs to plan things people care about, and newsflash: nobody cares about the activity fair.
      that is, no one but eli barnett (who attends how many fun school sponsored functions???)

      sibyl for prez!
      • Eli Barnett on May 3, 2009 at 12:02 AM
        Many people care about the activity fair. Ask anyone on the robotics team, it's one of our main methods of getting new members. Just because *you* don't care about it does not mean no one cares about it.

        Your opinion is not fact. Take that into account before you make another comment.

        But by all means, if you want to continue making a fool of yourself with your terribly typed comments and (incorrect) blanket statements, go right ahead. Your choice.
        • Jessica Arce on May 3, 2009 at 9:27 AM
          Eli -

          We understand your concern about the activity fair. However, these types of in-school events are a collaboration between SGA, the administration, and the staff. It is very difficult to organize an event like this in the beginning of the year because teachers don't appreciate losing a lot of class time, which I completely understand. In the beginning of the year there are a lot of 4-day weeks, freshmen assemblies, etc. and it is unfair for SGA to take class learning time without considering the teachers.

          However, we were not a failure and I really do not appreciate that comment. Next time please approach the SGA face to face and we will work with you to make things better.

          Thank You.
          • hhahahaha on May 3, 2009 at 3:51 PM
            PWNTTTTTTT
          • Eli Barnett on May 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM
            Considering every other SGA while I have been at this school has been able to handle the activity fair without a hitch, I'm advocating using the democratic process (funny how that works, eh?) to improve the current situation. When you are dissatisfied with your leadership, you vote to change it.

            The point of said comment was not to be appreciated, it was to demonstrate a specific failure of this year's SGA such as to dissuade people from voting to reelect said SGA president.

            Seeing as the activity fair is one of the only SGA-organized activities I really care about, I'm not going to vote for the leadership that did not handle it particularly well this year.
            • Wowwww on May 3, 2009 at 9:01 PM
              Eli, you are a painnnnn where it counts

              Even from the way you type your attitudes are snobby, elitist and your diction makes you sound like you think your better than everyone else.

              Get off your high horse.

              And your litmus test for SGA success is whether the activity was well planned or not? That's like saying you chose to vote for a presidential candidate by whether their inauguration parade was well planned during their previous term.
              • Wowwww on May 3, 2009 at 9:32 PM
                *activity fair, not "activity"

                and yes I wrote "your" by accident instead of "you're"
              • 2010 on May 3, 2009 at 9:37 PM
                Isn't it funny how people think that just because someone can use good grammar and type properly that they're elitist? By the way, Wowwww, it's "you're better," not "your better."

                And please don't call me elitist for liking the English language.
                • Wowwww on May 3, 2009 at 10:52 PM
                  You're missing the point.
                  It's not because he is typing with proper grammar, it is the manner in which he states his points and his stuck-up word choice.

                  "The point of said comment was not to be appreciated, it was to demonstrate a specific failure of this year's SGA such as to dissuade people from voting to reelect said SGA president."

                  Just read that a few times and you should be able to understand.

                  Liking the English language doesn't make you elitist, it's how you use it.
                  • Eli Barnett on May 4, 2009 at 7:46 AM
                    "Just read that a few times and you should be able to understand." Right, so instead of actually making an argument, you leave it up to your reader to make one for you. Brilliant.

                    There was absolutely nothing wrong with that statement (other than the less-than-optimal use of "such as"), unless you're reading at a third grade level.

                    As for sounding snobby, I'm sorry if I don't include enough humbling (and completely superfluous) "I think"s and "In my opinion"s for your taste.
                    • Jessica Arce on May 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM
                      My point is that you never approached us to work out the situation. You cannot complain if you haven't touched all bases. I have never heard of anyone complaining about the activity fair. In the beginning, I know it was difficult because of the later times but this SGA is entirely new: new sponsors, new cabinet. The activity fair was one of our first events, AND see my point about us needing to work with the teachers. If you were so dissatisfied with the SGA this year why did you not ever come and approach us?
                      • Eli Barnett on May 4, 2009 at 2:57 PM
                        While I personally did not approach the SGA, we (the robotics team) complained quite a bit, and in the end had to schedule our own display during lunch because the SGA couldn't manage to schedule theirs. We were dissatisfied, we made that clear and asked many times for a definite date on the activity fair. We were never given one. Every other SGA as long as I have been at this school has managed to do the activity fair just fine, complaining that it's too hard and this SGA was "new" is no excuse.

                        My response is to improve the SGA through the democratic process by not reelecting the SGA president who did not do a particularly good job this year.
                    • Wowwww on May 4, 2009 at 3:20 PM
                      Saying things like "said comment" or "said SGA president" doesn't make you sound smarter. It makes you sound like a snob. Saying "I think" and "In my opinion" is not what I'm getting at, it is the aggressive and higher-than-thou approach you take when responding to anything.

                      You can express your grievances, but do it in a more constructive manner that doesn't create a chasm between you and the person you are trying to negotiate with. This does not mean ignoring a problem, it simply means approaching it in a way that makes people feel receptive and thus willing to accommodate you.
                      • Eli Barnett on May 4, 2009 at 7:46 PM
                        So the word "said" when used to refer to something that was said earlier in the comment is now snobby? It's not supposed to sound smarter, it's supposed to convey ideas. That is, after all, the point of language, is it not? I'm sorry if my diction isn't exactly what you would use, but it's hardly snobby to use the word "said" as a demonstrative.

                        You're the one missing the point now. My point was not to negotiate with the current SGA. My point was to influence people to vote against the current SGA. I really couldn't care less if there's a "chasm" (fancy word choice, you must be a snob!) between me and the SGA. Aggressive writing, in this situation, is effective writing. My target audience is not members of the current SGA.

                        It's a bit hypocritical that in decrying my
                        "higher-than-thou approach," you yourself are attempting to elevate yourself above my "snobby" diction. No, obviously using a word such as "said" is below you, you would *never* to stoop to such a level!
  • Jessica Arce (View Email) on May 3, 2009 at 9:24 AM
    SGA did a lot of hard work this year which many people fail to realize. And people claim that all our SGA events are so "dry" and no one knows about them. My voice is CONSTANTLY on the morning announcements and our events are always on InfoFlow. We ALWAYS make advisory slips, put up posters, spread the word in House of Reps, etc.

    What else can we do if no one tries to even listen? Try spending EVERY DAY IN SGA UNTIL 8PM AT NIGHT! And try to organize an event that attracts 3000 students and then maybe your claims that SGA does NO work will be valid.

    If you have complaints, please come to Room 161 during your lunch. We are always there. We always see complaints on Silver Chips yet NO ONE ever approaches us face to face.
  • again on May 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    I still do not understand why everyone is badmouthing Sibyl. Not everyone on here, but a lot of people still are. She has worked really hard this year, and she deserves to be president next year. She has experience, and Alex, obviously doesn't. And I cannot believe people are defending him giving out candy. I'm sure he knows it's bribery, and he's just using "not knowing" as an excuse to make himself look good. I don't think he would make a good president.
    As far as I'm concerned, I think the SGA probably wouldn't want him as a president either way.
    Vote Sibyl!
    • 2010 on May 6, 2009 at 10:45 PM
      Do you even know Alex? You obviously don't. He might not be in the SGA specifically but he has leadership qualities. He went to the Youth and Government convention. I'm sure he's done more stuff than that so he is more qualified than Sibyl. By the way, what experiences did Sibyl had before she came into office? I was in the House of Rep for two years and never did i see her at any of those meetings or even participated in SGA before this year.
      How are you supposed to know that giving candy is bribery? Are there any rules that were given out? It was Sibyl's duty, as the president, to inform all of the candidates of the rules and she did no such thing! If she really cared about the school or running an clean campaign, why didn't she tell Alex to put away the candy instead of telling him that it's a "bad" idea. She was obviously using that as her back up plan and she got what she wanted. If she was going to win, she never would've even cared about the stupid candy that Alex gave out to everyone or whatever. She's only complaining because she lost and will stop at nothing to get what SHE wants.
      The SGA doesn't want him? WHO CARES! It's not only the SGA voting for him. This election is for US, the student body. It doesn't matter if the SGA wants him or not, WE DO.
  • anonymous on May 3, 2009 at 1:41 PM
    Vote for Sibyl, I think Alex is only a resume padder.
  • Bae Lover on May 3, 2009 at 8:35 PM
    ALEX BAE is MUCH MORE qualified and responsible. I truly believe he will be able to organize awesome events and do everything right...Sibyl just wants this because of popularity...

    and..Alex is not just a resume padder!!
    how could u make a comment like that when you don't even know him? Just because he does well in school (unlike the other candidates) doesn't mean he should be stereotyped into a resume padder

    ALEX BAE FOR PRESIDENT
    • woot woot on May 4, 2009 at 12:45 PM
      "unlike the other candidates"
      DAYUM!!
    • Jessica Arce on May 5, 2009 at 1:02 AM
      How do you know the other candidates do not do well in school? You don't, but I do.

      I agree with the comment that Alex should not be called a resume padder, but you can't assume the other candidates don't do well in school or it's just for popularity. No evidence to back up your opinion.
  • No alex bae. just no. on May 3, 2009 at 9:50 PM
    NO. honestly alex is just really obnoxious and he's really only doing this for his own benefit. He doesn't really connect with people only because he just thinks he's so much better than you.

    This dude's obviously a resume padder - while sibyl actually cares about the SGA. I mean come on, Alex, if you're gonna say the SGA was bad at least say you tried to change it or took the initiative to do SOMETHING. You can't just come in and say it sucks then try to take it over.

    It's because he's a resume padder - he's been concentrating too much in school and his own academics to care about the SGA or any other activities - but all of a sudden he wants to run for SGA president? If that doesn't smell like a resume padder then I don't know what is.
    • huh? on May 3, 2009 at 10:31 PM
      youre using the fact that he does well in school against him? that makes no sense...again..just because he is smart doesnt meant he isn't well rounded....
    • Huck Finn on May 4, 2009 at 7:58 AM
      No, I completely understand. Concentrating on your education and other activities that you care about is the definition for a resume padder. How is the fact that he cares about his education any different than the fact that Sibyl cares about the school. And Alex has stated that he is willing to give up other activities to make time for SGA including club swimming which he's been doing for years.

      For people who think that Alex is an arrogant, pompous jerk, I can see why you think that. I've known him since freshman year and I thought that too but he's changed a lot. I didn't like him at all until this year and the fact that I'm supporting him so strongly now means a lot to him and it should to people who care about electing a competent leader. Sibyl had her chance and the fact that she managed to make a lot of people hate her as much as they do after trying to help the school shows that she needs to step down and give someone else a chance.
  • Da TRUTH on May 4, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    You haters are just mad 'cause this Alex dude's getting into Harvard.
  • i love alex on May 4, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    alex bae is very responsible, but i am gonna vote for sibyl
  • lah dee da (View Email) on May 4, 2009 at 5:52 PM
    hahahaha..andrew hyder all the way.
    lol he deserves it more than the both of them.
    if anything, he is the resume padder. that boy just does not give up, huh? If he won, he'd probably overthrow principal williams and become a freakin SGA tryant (if that is even possible). Am I the only one who gets that vibe from him?

    As for the Brown v. Bae situation, I honestly think both candidates are great and I am stuck on who deserves it more. As a result, I chose not to vote for SGA president because that is how conflicted I was on the sitch-ee-ation. My gut feeling is telling me that Bae got this though.
    • AlexBaeCryInCorner (View Email) on May 5, 2009 at 11:34 AM
      YEAH SON!!!
  • Abraham on May 4, 2009 at 8:43 PM
    You all need to stop playing and vote for Alex. Now log off this dumbness and do your homework before you're back here next year arguing about who to vote for.
  • strawberry (View Email) on May 4, 2009 at 8:55 PM
    ok now I'm confused about who to vote for!!
    haha
    I voted for Sibyl last time
    but if she's making everyone re-vote cuz candy is "bribery"
    then I dunno
    but I've never really talked to either of them soo
    I guess it more comes down to; which one will be more of an asset to blair
    although I still want someone nice as president
  • SGAlover on May 4, 2009 at 10:16 PM
    Most Blair students are lazy and they whine a lot, they also don't participate in spirit weeks, don't get excited for pep rallies, and don't care much about anything except getting out of class and who they can blame if something isn't exactly how they want it to be.

    My advice, quit complaining and do something about it. If to you that means voting for your favorite candidate, have a blast. Both Sibyl and Alex are extremely dedicated, hardworking individuals and either one will do a great job leading our SGA.

    Sadly, it's up to the majority of Blair's students (consisting of immature, self-absorbed children) to start giving a damn and change their attitudes from annoying bickering and complaints to constructively working towards a solution. And sorry boys and girls, but voting isn't a solution. At best it's a first step.

    If you have a problem get involved with SGA, give constructive feedback, actively attend the events you supposedly want. Maybe once you've done that your complaints might hold some water, until then please stop bothering SGA because no one wants to read any more of whatever is going on in this article response.
  • Anonymous 10 on May 4, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    I really don't like Alex. Ask anyone, they'll tell you how much I despise him. However, at least he is competent. I honestly don't care how hard Sibyl worked this year, SGA was a failure.
    Oh and I heard that Sibyl was the one who gave Alex the rules of conduct way too late. She was in charge of making sure that Alex knew the rules. Honestly, Alex didn't win because he passed out candy. He probably won because he looks (is) smarter than Sibyl.
  • David Meyer on May 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    Yea Jessica!

    For those of you who keep bashing this year's SGA, recall last month's carnival. It was one of the best student events I've attended at Blair in my four years here. Same goes for the events around a few football games this year, specifically against Northwood.

    Also, Alex Bae is neither a resume padder or condescending/conceited. He's genuinely nice guy who would be a great SGA president. Plus, I'm not sure there's anyone who runs for elected office who doesn't at least partially want power or to boost their resume. That's not saying elected officials are bad people, but it's only natural that they would want power, control, love, etc. Nothing wrong with that, if they do a good job.
  • Alex Bae (View Email) on May 5, 2009 at 6:39 PM
    I've read all of the previous comments (some of them many times) and I'd have to say I'm quite touched by a lot of these. I don't know who you are, Huck Finn, but it's comments like yours that help me get through my day. I must agree that throughout 9th and 10th grade I was disgustingly obnoxious and arrogant. The dislike I'm receiving right now (or at least most of it) I'm sure is well deserved. But the fact that at least one person has noticed that I no longer want to be like that, that I am making an honest effort to distance myself from that past, is possibly one of the greatest and most touching things to happen to me. No jokes.

    I've also read a lot of comments that aren't very merciful to my character. Yes, I was an idiot for giving out candy, but "blazer" summed up my flawed thought process nicely. I believed that I was "giving out the candy to everyone, regardless of whether they agreed to vote for [me] or not," and that because of this, I was in the clear. I wasn't. And I regret it. I'm sorry that my mistake caused undue stress to the administration, the SGA, the candidates, and the voters. I have now received the rules and assure you that I have read them. Many times. Haha

    Accusations of resume padding are warranted, but untrue. I know I might seem like that kind of guy (I do fit the stereotype) but honestly, that just isn't true. In fact, because of this election, I've already had to drop/postpone so many of my activities, like swim practices and several piano competitions. My coaches, teachers, and mother are very unhappy with me. And I'll be honest. At first, I didn't really want to run for president. I thought I had no chance, that I'd get no votes, that my unpopularity would only increase from my effort. If I really wanted to pad my resume, wouldn't I have chosen something that I had better chances in? The fact that I even had supporters was truly humbling. I honestly didn't expect it.

    Others have said that I have no platform, that I plan on shirking my responsibilities if elected. But I can't agree with that. I wrote my platform and speech the way I did for two reasons: 1) I did not want to overly criticize the current administration. I do know how hard they have worked and I was reluctant to run on a platform of "improvement," which would imply that they were doing a bad job. 2) I honestly believe in what I'm running on. This isn't just a bunch of rhetoric. I actually was a part of the sophomore class council two years ago. And these were ideas that I've held in my heart since then. I know for a fact that I didn't get much done when I was in the SGA back then. But I do believe that we can make some true progress now.

    I know even recently, I've said some things, in anger, that I now truly regret. Facebook is quite dangerous in that way. I think a quote by Evan Esar (that happens to be on my iGoogle page today) sums this up nicely: "Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind." I apologize for any offense. It wasn't intended.

    Anyways, I don't want to be a negligent president OR an "SGA tryant". Honestly, I'm just kinda bummed out at how many more people despise me because of this election. It seems that I'll have much work to do regardless of whether I win this or not. I only have one more year to make friends, after all.

    Another note to my awesome and amazing supporters:
    Thank you for existing! As I said before, this is still a bit of a surprise to me.
    But I would like if you could tone down the comments a little bit? Some of the things that were said up there are kinda... inflammatory. I think the nicer people are, the happier everyone is :D

    So regardless of how I feel, what I say, or what happens at the end of all this, there's one thing that still stands. I DO want to make this school a better place, and I think that together, we could totally do it.

    - Alex Bae
    • GetANewHaircut on May 5, 2009 at 8:20 PM
      Protip: You only need a small paragraph to say you're a pretentious wannabe.

      I haven't read so much BS in one sitting since our first advisory class.

      If you actually believe what you just said and made yourself out to be a victim, then I weep for future students of this school.

      I am not a supporter Sybil Brown and I would totally vote for you, but wholly moley save it for Miss America. Between you and Sybil.... Hyder FTW.

      • HypocriteMuch on May 6, 2009 at 2:41 PM
        if you already decided that alex is a pretentious wannabe, nothing he says will be able to change your mind. your just stuck in your ways.

        i think his comment was a honest response to the comments bashing him

        and pretentious much? you gotta be kidding. giving protips and then calling someone else pretentious? if youre not a hypocrite i dont know who is.
    • la on May 6, 2009 at 3:34 PM
      Hey,I was just wondering,
      Do you blame Sibyl for not getting to rules across to you clearly? Because everyone keeps saying that's the main reason this reelection's occuring.

      [And just so everyone knows, I'm not blaming her.]
      • Alex Bae on May 6, 2009 at 9:10 PM
        No. Of course not. It wasn't her job to do so and it's not her fault.

        I guess everyone was in the dark when it came to that policy. I mean, I gave candy out to plenty of people in the SGA and nobody seemed to know that it was against the rules. I don't blame anyone. It was just a stupid little mishap.
    • Eli Barnett on May 7, 2009 at 6:11 PM
      Ouch.

      Painful wall of text is painful.

      Really, line breaks between paragraphs (even if formatting does not allow for indentation) makes your comments a *lot* more readable.

      I can't bring myself to read that.

      A bit of advice:
      You don't do yourself any credit by posting something like that on silverchips. There are much better ways to get a point across than online commenting. The internet is not a very good place to defend your image, you can't win and you may just end up making yourself look really, really bad.
      • la on May 7, 2009 at 7:42 PM
        Wow, that was rude.
        Let him defend himself all he wants.
        He should be able to say whatever he wants, and he can format his writing however he wants. Why should he have it written the way you want it?
        And actually, a lot of students have been reading this specific article because they want to see what people have to say. Even though Hyder and Sibyl haven't posted on here, I'm sure they would if they felt necessary.
        It seems like every single comment you post is self-centered. Talking about the robotics club, about how you prefer to read certain things.
        It probably took him a lot of effort to come on here and speak his mind. He should be applauded for that.
        You really need to calm down.

        Other than that, Alex, it's good to hear that you don't blame Sibyl for the candy situation, because all I've heard from your supporters is that it's all her fault. Good luck in the re-election!

        Lastly, I think that Sibyl is just as qualified as any candidate, and I'm proud to say that I voted for her, and I will again.
        • Eli Barnett on May 7, 2009 at 10:00 PM
          I never said he had to do it my way. I said that posting gigantic walls of text in response to derogatory comments on the internet is not a very good way to improve your image.





          He can say whatever he wants, but you can't win in an argument on the internet against opponents who have nothing to lose (anonymity is a pain, isn't it?). All you end up doing is hurting yourself. Internet is srs bsnss.





          Though, the wall of text may not be his fault, it looks like there's a formatting bug getting rid of all the line breaks (it did it to my post as well).
      • Jennifer Wang (View Email) on May 8, 2009 at 7:45 AM
        Apologies. Our system automatically deletes the line breaks of really long comments. We never expected a serious comment of this length. His comments are now in their original format.

        - Jennifer Wang, Silver Chips Technical Staff
  • Theresa on May 5, 2009 at 7:03 PM
    This is a clothespin vote if I ever saw one.
  • Guitar Hero on May 5, 2009 at 7:46 PM
    Whoa whoa so much bashng going on here. heres my two cents...
    for all you people hating on sybil, every year, it doesn't rly matter whos pres because in the end the same amount of stuff gets done. the only reason why sybil looked so bad this yr is cuz she LOOKED like she didnt know what she wuz doing

    as for alex bae i think everything said so far good and bad is true.. he's arrogant but he knows enough (this year) to hide it
    so the only difference u get is that alex is gonna look like he knows what he's doing next year even if he does no better of a job than sybil. and if anyone actually thinks dramatic changes are gonna happn (with any candidate), they're being lied to

    so it comes down to who you want to represent blair - white girl who looks like she doesn't kno what shes doing (and rly means no harm) or "nice" asian boy with rock star hair who just found his ticket to harverd and can make you feel good with words

    u ask me - i'm abstaining lol
  • wisdomman on May 5, 2009 at 7:49 PM
    for those of you who are voting for who's nicer
    keep in mind that ppl generally seem nicer when u don't kno them :)
  • Junior on May 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM
    Judging on the past comments, I think that a person like Alex Bae should be given the chance to be the leader of our SGA. He obviously has the integrity to come out and face the comments on this wall, unlike Sibyl, who probably is one of the people throwing around insults anonymously. Though I've never met either candidate in person, I think just by looking at the comments from people who support Sibyl, I know who I am going to vote for.
    • Nate on May 6, 2009 at 9:14 PM
      "Unlike Sybil, who is probably one of the people throwing around insults anonymously"
      You have GOT to be kidding me
      • Sybil on May 8, 2009 at 5:58 PM
        nope, no kidding here!
        • duh on May 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM
          hey genius, if you wanna pretend to be sibyl MAYBE you should learn how to spell her name right.
  • blairparent'66 on May 6, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    you guys need to learn how to spell sibyl's name correctly. claiming to be an informed voter by spewing hateful sentiments about the candidates is extremely petty. this may be a high school election, but some maturity from all parties wouldn't be unreasonable.
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  • TheSilentOne on May 6, 2009 at 4:53 PM
    Watching over this election, I think what we all need to consider more is the 'why' over the 'what.'
    We can argue about the candidates' shortcomings all day long - but the question I personally find more interesting is the following: all the candidates (Bae, Brown, and Hyder) clearly want to represent Montgomery Blair, so the question is what sets them apart - what makes them any more 'special' than anyone else in the student body? I feel a sense of distrust for the "new" players: I would like to ask, why after three years do you only now want to make a change? What were you doing for that 75% of your time in high school?

    Sibyl's got a bad rep, no doubt about that, but at least she's been with the SGA from the beginning, through rain and shine. And that dedication and that past commitment means something when it comes to trust from the voters. If the other candidates are more qualified, let them join SGA next year. After all, they'll make a bigger difference working together than attacking each other's characters.
    • Sean Howard (View Email) on May 8, 2009 at 11:13 AM
      Easily the most relevant and insightful comment on this story and controversy.
  • Anonymous on May 6, 2009 at 8:48 PM
    Blair Fair!
  • C on May 6, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    Wonder wheres Hyder...
  • Lookatourselves on May 7, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    It seems that those who aren't voting for Sibyl fall into two categories:
    1) they genuinely just dislike her
    2) they feel that SGA has been weak and ineffectual this year

    Those in the first group cannot be argued with - there is simply too big a discrepancy in ideas and beliefs. However, for those of you that think SGA was a failure because of Sibyl's ineptitude, you must realize that, as such a large (and unfortunately, largely unspirited) school, Blair is impossibly hard to connect. Students don't listen to InfoFLOW, teachers teach through announcements on the PA, so we can't blame SGA for not reaching us. I remember one particular instance, a few weeks ago in the SAC, when a group of students tried to take just 5 minutes of our lunchtime to make a presentation on Invisible Children. They were shouted off the stage.
    I think, even if we vote Alex, he will encounter the same problems, and have the same issues motivating the school. Until, as a school, we learn to respect the effort it takes to even reach out, to try to speak to this tidal wave of voices, it might be better to reelect Sibyl, who has already had a year's worth of experience working with a school like ours.
    • TheSilentOne on May 8, 2009 at 5:55 PM
      I disagree with Sean - THIS is the most insightful comment here.

      People have been comparing Alex's and Sibyl's platforms and have been pointing out how revolutionary Alex is, how he says he'll swoop in to fix everything...

      I think the reason why Sibyl is running a different message is, not only because she's the incumbent, but because she understands how hard it is. She's been with the SGA longer and understands its shortcomings. The fact is that if we elect Alex, next year the candidates for 2010 will step up and say the same thing: "SGA was ineffectual, we need drastic changes, blah blah blah"
      The truth is though that these declarations only reveal how inexperienced and unqualified a candidate is. A school of 3000+ is hard to unite and lead, and that's a fact.
      To claim anything else is empty rhetoric.
  • lady blazer on May 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM
    vote alex. period.
  • Leon Scales (View Email) on May 8, 2009 at 1:20 AM
    This is really pointless, its actually funny reading these comments. Half of the time at blair, you all know you can care less about what the SGA is doing and not doing, unless a dance is canceled. Nobody see's the hard work that the SGA has to put in, the stuff they do, and events they hold are not free, you have to give Sibyl credit for her term, in my view, there is no such thing as a bad SGA president, because Blair events are great and none of them have been a disappointment
  • ItsAConspiracy on May 8, 2009 at 8:49 AM
    This is all a conspiracy. In the golden days they would figure this out through a good old duel.
  • Bae Pays For My Childrens Clothing and They Wear H on May 9, 2009 at 5:55 PM
    Bae's Awesomeness is like god riding an amber unicorn across jungles of Madagascar with a homeless Mongolian mermaid in one hand and a British Orphan eating a Chipotle Burrito in the other.
  • someone on May 10, 2009 at 3:00 AM
    i like Guitar Hero's comment about Alex and Sibyl.
    Both Hyder and Alex are arrogant, it seems like they both have managed to hide it this year.. the question is, as many have said before, who do you think deserves the "padding on the resume"...
  • err on May 10, 2009 at 7:33 PM
    when's the reelection?
  • angry guy on May 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    Even George Bush worked hard people, basically, just because Sibyl worked hard does not excuse the fact that she is a lousy president.
  • senior 09 on May 11, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    I would like to state for the record that the class of 2009 is the greatest ever. Thank you.
  • JKLMNOP!!! on May 19, 2009 at 9:34 PM
    Well i Didnt vote for Sibyl because i think she had lame idea's and plus all her frnds are in the SGA, so I thought I would vote for Alex Bae and make that Change. Alex Bae is the right person for this job....and i dont why sibyl is angry b/c they gave out favors...the same ppl are gonna win regardless!
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