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Candidates Plaster Uncommons With Colorful Campaign Posters

A life-size poster of Ishan Kapoor ’09 covers one wall of Uncommons, flanked by a hot pink poster urging students to vote for Michelle Kwon ’09. On another bulletin is a headshot of a smiling Arun Saigal ’09 reading,“Vote Arun.” As the race to become the next student body president has kicked off, candidates have begun their campaign blitzes. With Uncommons as a single space and with many bulletin boards surrounding the area, many candidates have chosen to hang posters, some small, some big, and some huge. Kapoor said, “Everyone kept bugging me to put up posters. So instead of small, one-page ones, I just put up one huge, in-your-face, poster, so everyone can see it. And when people will walk over [to look at it], they can read my platform.” Saigal said, “I need a lot of people to know my face, to be able to associate a name to go with my face. What better than a ‘ginormous’ poster of myself?” Zach Feldman ’08 said that he felt the big posters are good and effective because everyone can see them in Uncommons. But Bryce Frost ’08 said that the big posters in Uncommons were “overdoing it…and obnoxious.” He also said that the new arrangement in Uncommons has allowed for candidates to put up large posters because people can always see them. Alex Gottfried ’09 said that he has been playing around with Emerald Nuts’ advertising strategy of using the product’s initials. His posters have used the acronym A.G. to form various words and phrases such as Attorney Generals or Ag, as in the element silver. The poster then says that these various things are voting for Gottfried. Other candidates have been working on getting their names out into the race. Michaeljit Sandhu ’09 has used simple blue posters that simply ask voters to vote for Michaeljit. Sandhu said, “My posters are bare, just have my name on it, because my name is hard to come up with something funny with. I just wanted to have my name out there, let people know I’m running, instead of trying to be funny and unsuccessful.”