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Two candidates withdraw from race for Agenda Chair

Candidates debated Just Community constitution, role of chair at lively Town Hall

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DEBATE: Candidates disagreed and agreed on a myriad of topics including the Just Community constitution, how they would represent the student body, and how to improve Town Hall.

DEBATE: Candidates disagreed and agreed on a myriad of topics including the Just Community constitution, how they would represent the student body, and how to improve Town Hall.

BP Photo by Honor Fuchs

BP Photo by Honor Fuchs

DEBATE: Candidates disagreed and agreed on a myriad of topics including the Just Community constitution, how they would represent the student body, and how to improve Town Hall.

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At the beginning of election season this year, six students signed up to run for Agenda Chair, but when balloting begins tomorrow, only four candidates will appear.

Ilan Bouskila dropped out earlier this week, saying he was going to be involved in too many things next year, and that being Agenda Chair was a time-consuming and important position and he was worried that he would not be able to fill the position properly.

Maia Zelkha withdrew at the end of this morning’s debate.

“I realized during some of the questions that I’m not sure if I want to do this,” wrote Maia in a post on Schoology at 12:22 p.m., “I love speaking in Town Hall, I love listening in Town Hall, I just realized that I don’t think I’ll be into leading Town Hall. I realized during some of the questions that I’m not sure if I want to do this.”

Remaining candidates are Rami Gruman, Sam Hirschhorn, Daniel Lorell and Rosie Wolkind.

At the debate, which took place during Town Hall,  candidates were most sharply divided over whether the Agenda Chair should be a role model for students or should accurately represent the student body.

Responding to a question from a question from Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg about whether they thought a male agenda chair should wear tzitzit, Sam Hirschhorn said it didn’t matter, while Daniel Lorell said the Student Handbook requires this but states that students will not be checked.

Rosie Wolkind said the Agenda Chair should have to wear tzitzit, and moreover a female chair should be sure her skirt reached the knee.

“The job of the Agenda Chair is to represent the people, but it’s also to be a role model,” Rosie said, and that like teachers,  they should be “held to the highest standard.”

Other topics included candidates’ strengths and weaknesses and whether to retain, change or scrap the school constitution.  At the end of the meeting, Bennett told everyone about the new “instant runoff” voting system.

Voting is today at breakfast and at lunch.

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