This year, the editorial board decided to interview both sets of Campus Y co-presidential candidates, Alexander Peeples and Courtney Staton, and Nick McKenzie and Asha Patel, in order to make an endorsement. While not all of us are members of the Y, we felt that enough students on campus are constituents and the Campus Y represents an important moral compass on campus, so we ought to make an endorsement.
With the way the Trump presidency is shaping up so far and the lackluster response we’ve seen from our administration — and Margaret Spellings actually going so far as to support a particularly harmful cabinet appointee — the moral compass the Campus Y provides us with will be incredibly valuable this coming year.
Because of these tumultuous times, we as a board decided that the things we value the most in a Campus Y co-president pair are both the vision to stabilize and grow the Y and the experience to get their goals achieved.
While both sets of candidates have a clear commitment to the Y, we believe that Peeples and Staton have the experience and vision required to run the Y in such a challenging time for social justice. The board came to this conclusion by unanimous vote.
Staton is both a member of the Coalition for Human Rights and a co-chair for Criminal Justice Awareness and Action. Her proven leadership on the latter and her involvement in the cabinet of the Y points to both a strong commitment to individual committees and an understanding of the larger Y network. She also has a unique insight into activism and art through poetry, which could provide a link to the larger campus community in demonstrations and resistance in times to come.