Whether it was by coincidence or not, today happens to be the most important day in AUB. Not only is it the infamous 5th of november but it is also election day. Election day is basically when students begin working from the beginning of the semester by being nice and friendly to everyone else just for the sake of “securing votes” (What I would like to call, the temporary friends. You know the ones that only talk to you when they need something.) It consists of Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors that elect themselves based on their faculty of studies. And only one of each get to represent the students. They all claim to have “no political background” but everyone and I do mean everyone knows that that is not true. The election is divided into two big and opposing parties and two or three daring “independent” parties that run for the sake of running but never actually win. The two important parties, though, receive support from a lot of outside interference (whether it’s fair or unfair…no one really cares).
Every year the elections take place in one of the busiest route on AUB campus. Strategic location because it not only gives them access to everyone coming and going to their classes but it also gives them plenty of opportunities to ambush you and try to claim your vote as theirs (this is sometimes done with free food, keychains, and lots of pens. Hmm sounds temping, right?)
As simple as it should sound, it is far from being so. Police guards, campus securities and professors are all warned of the possibilities that might occur today which is why it wouldn’t be a good idea not to carry your AUB I.D around. Just because you will be asked to “present your I.D” every single time you enter or exit the main gate of the university. This, of course, is for safety reasons due to many of the country’s heated (and by heated I mean willing to violently react based upon a word, look, attitude… basically anything) citizens when it comes to politics.
Also, every year, each party claims to have the student’s benefits as their priority. And every year, we, the students get nothing in return for our votes. Better air conditioning, better parking spots, better campus seating etc…. are only a few of the things that are “promised” to the AUB students. Keep in mind that the committees are rewarded with a money trust consisting of thousands of donated dollars just for the sole purpose of bettering the university. Yet, those promises are still not fulfilled.
I cannot change what’s going on. However, I can sit on the side and observe how politics can find it’s way into the simplest things in life and overtake it completely. I just hope that one day, the entire AUB community can come together as a whole and not as “opposing parties” to try to keep the promises rather than destroy them instantly the next day when they are back to their a c t u a l s e l v e s.
As V once said:
“Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot… But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But who was he really? What was he like? We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world. I’ve witnessed first hand the power of ideas, I’ve seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them… but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it… ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love… And it is not an idea that I miss, it is a man… A man that made me remember the Fifth of November. A man that I will never forget.” – V for Vendetta
So AUB, who will that man be?