Student Government Elections Come to Close, Campus Erupts into Business as Usual

Dining options will operate as normal.

By Noah Stevens

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY ─ Voting in American University Student Government elections closed Wednesday at noon, marking the end of a routine process that students have come to expect every year. Tensions have been particularly low on campus during the cycle, with some students left to wonder if the elections were happening this year at all.

“I just kinda forgot about them,” remarked junior Courtney Neuworth. “I don’t check my email much. Plus, the new season of Queer Eye came out last week, so I’ve been a little preoccupied.”

After some contentious debate this week, attitudes on campus were unremarkably average as students prepared to attend to their daily routines. Customers in coffee shops across campus idly waited in line, some scrolling through their Twitter feeds, while others made awkward small talk with that guy from their government class freshman year. Additionally, construction on the quad continued, and classes were held as scheduled.

TDR opened promptly at 7 A.M., serving an array of breakfast foods until 11 o’clock, when the lunch transition began. Dining services are expected to be open for normal operating hours, barring an on-campus catastrophe such as a fire, flood, or sudden tornado.

“It is unlikely that an annual event such as student government elections will have any tangible impact regarding day-to-day life on campus or otherwise,” noted Kelly Alexander, director of public relations and head of emergency and crisis communications for American University. “We have no plans to use Eagle Alerts today in order to contact students regarding campus closures due to election results being released.”

In the coming weeks, AU will likely face several more days of utter normalcy on campus as new student leaders are inducted and begin the slow, arduous process of enacting change in a bureaucracy. Shortly, the impassioned new AUSG executives will begin working with administrators who have no intention to build a more inclusive, welcoming, or affordable community at American.

“I think most people want to dissolve AUSG,” an anonymous student said. “I mean, they couldn’t save Megabytes, so what’s the point?”