Posh Politics: Election Day
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 00:02
As election season is winding down for the school year, the candidates are leaving the student body with a lasting impression. Image plays a big part in the election process, which shows just how involved running in student elections can be.
“I didn't get any new suits for this election season. I thought about it, but I figured I had enough. At the end of the day, my budget as a student forced me to work with what I have now. That’s something, in my opinion, that we overlook. Just using what we have to create something new, something distinct,” said Adedamola Sokoya, HUSA presidential candidate.
Whether it is an eye-catching campaign shirt or memorable socks with a nice suit, the presentation of a candidate is not only what these students know, but also how they present what they know. It’s the bow and wrapping paper on a birthday gift. Everyone wants the gift, but everyone also knows wrapping the gift goes the extra mile. The gift-giver cares about what they are giving, and they want the receiver to care about it too.
How one dresses during an election delivers a message in regard to who one is personally. Jeans could be an attempt at displaying to the student body that the nominee isn’t afraid to relate, and a consistently fresh haircut or hairstyle appeals to students’ interest in attention to detail. Down to the color one chooses to wear, every element counts.
“For our slate, the colors are navy and yellow. The yellow makes traditional colors like black and gray ‘pop.’ Colors definitely add rather than take away from traditional business wear,” said Stephanie Holloman, School of Communications Student Council presidential candidate.
Personal style in politics is more than sending subliminal messages for the voters to think about. The candidates readily give brief summaries of their platforms with a smile, but at the end of the day image is about making the voter feel a certain way about the message. Voters want to feel confident about their choices.
“I want people to feel that they can talk to me, that I'm approachable, and that I'm not a different person during election season than I am after campaign season. I will never waste my life time being anyone else but me,” said Kendra Jones, HUSA vice presidential candidate.
From elite fashion designers to grandma, and Michelle Obama to GQ Magazine, the diversity of Howard is reflected in these students’ style inspirations.
“My mom taught me to make sure I was always dressed--even when I went to the mailbox--and that has always stuck with me. When people see me I want them to feel like they're looking at someone who is constantly striving for excellence, is in touch with herself and her peers, and is prepared for any opportunity that comes her way,” said HUSA vice presidential candidate Dominique Perkins.
The students running for positions in the Howard University Student Association (HUSA) and various student councils school-wide have demonstrated that no matter who ends up winning the elections today, there will be a wide range of style preferences and backgrounds representing the university. Sure to be just as diverse in opinion, these student leaders are up for a challenge- leaving a united impact on Howard University for generations to come.