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Wednesday February 8th

Finch for CAA; Best to connect CAA to a broader audience

Brandon Finch should get your vote today for president of the Carolina Athletic Association.

He has a broad, encompassing vision for how the organization should serve students.

And he understands that while the hard-core fans might be the loudest on campus, just catering to their needs alone won’t fill stadiums.

Engaging and thoughtful, Finch has been involved with the CAA since he was a freshman.

This year, he worked as secretary of the organization, an experience that gave him a useful perspective on the inner workings and management of the CAA.

As a bystander to men’s basketball ticket policy discussions, Finch saw how the current policy was developed and better yet, has solid ideas to fix it.

While suggesting solutions to the current policy, Finch strongly advocated a ticket policy task force, made up of undergraduates and graduates representing students from every corner of campus.

Finch is clearly an avid Carolina basketball fan, but he also understands fan commitment to other teams. From advocating P2P shuttles for softball games and tennis matches, to plans to increase attendance at Olympic sports games, he also incorporates Greeks and the Residence Hall Association to create an impressive, but manageable, platform.

Vote for Finch today because of his holistic and broad perspective. He knows what it takes to revive the Carolina spirit here on campus.

Why not Kuell

Simply put, Tom Kuell is an extension of the current administration. He does not represent the average Carolina student, nor did we find original, concrete ideas in his platform.

CAA President John Russell has failed to adequately respond to harsh ticket policy criticisms, favoring a minority of zealous basketball fans over the needs of the student body at large.

And like Russell, Kuell’s ticket proposal still does not address the problems with the current policy.

While a group option is a great step forward, the policy would still be based on single ticket distribution, which has proven a failure this year.

 In short, it will not fill the Dean Dome, and his call for a campus-wide survey on the policy might not be feasible.

Kuell is certainly passionate about UNC sports and the CAA, but Finch offers a broader range of ideas that will appeal to the general student body.

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