Commentary

Last Word: The Final Six Speak Up

So apparently I’m one of the funny guys remaining in the top six. I write and edit for the Features section in The Phillipian, MC’d Abbot Cabaret and have been spotted several times wearing a white Kangol hat (something which I don’t see much humor in, but which everyone else seems to get a solid giggle out of). While humor has certainly benefited my campaign, it has also posed the biggest challenge. Do I try to shed the funny guy image and show everyone that as president, they’ll only see my serious side? Do I make myself the “joke” candidate—the guy who’s going to make item number one on his presidential platform “hotter teachers” or “more cowbell?” Or, do I try splitting the middle and just hope that it works? I thought about all of these options, but in the end I came to the conclusion that the best solution is to consider none of them at all. When it comes down to it, I just have to show the student body who I really am and hope that they feel comfortable putting their trust into my hands. The big question for the six of us has been, “How should we portray ourselves to the voters?”—the key word here being “ourselves.” By simply being oneself, a candidate leaves nothing to “portray.” All that he or she has to offer is on the table. There is no lofty image to live up to—you just have to be you. It’s been tough balancing a campaign that both conveys my ideas and makes people laugh, without them feeling the need to say, “This guy is a tool” or “This guy is a joke.” In the end, the only way to do it is to show the students who I am: A guy who likes to have fun but knows when it’s time to to work. No more, no less. Now, if you’re reading this article a day late, then you already know whether my chances at becoming the next school president have increased to 33.33 (repeating, of course) percent or dropped to zero. If it’s still Friday, then you have no idea about the fates of the remaining six presidential candidates. Either way, at least you know you voted (or are going to vote) for or against me. The real me. Not some dude I created to win your love and the number one spot on the ballot. wfowkes@andover.edu