For Those Confused By UF
With the two traditional parties announced, I thought I’d take a moment and briefly clear up some confusion. Most people describe SG as a battle between the FBK/Greek crowd and those that are “Independent” of that system.
But really, SG has at least 4 groups at play in any one election cycle:
FBK Greeks – These guys dominate SG, having won every election from 1993-2003, as well as 2005. They want FBK to continue to dominate, because they dominate FBK. Nothing wrong with that, and they usually have the votes to keep things in line. When they lose control, that’s when the unethical behavior usually starts.
NonGreeks – My term for Independents who some believe “sold out” to the FBK crowd. In reality, they accept the FBK/Greek dominance, as long as they get a chance at the glory. If I recall correctly, John McGovern – perhaps the least ethical FBK-backed Student Body President in the last decade – was actually a NonGreek.
Dissident Greeks – Usually they have a temporary grievance with the System, perhaps the number of taps their House has been getting. But they are willing to break with the system, and often align themselves with the Independents. Some, after their dissident experience, are better leaders even as they go back to the System.
Independents – The die-hard crowd unaffiliated with a Greek House, although they may have strong organizational or multicultural backing. The usual themes among this crowd is government reform and higher voter turnout, and an occassional fiscal responsibility platform. They usual form the core of any opposition party, and have only won or come close to winning by aligning with Dissident Greeks. Jamal Sowell, a Multi-Cultural Greek, lead such a coalition to victory under the Access banner in 2004, the first such victory since 1992.