The results are in for the CUNY-wide PSC election, and CUNY Struggle congratulates the New Caucus on another landslide victory, cementing another three-year extension to their 18-year reign! President Bowen in particular earned a whopping 2,484 out of 2,541 cast (98%). Additionally, incoming Vice-President Andrea Vásquez won 2,396 out of 2,464 (97%); incumbent Secretary Nivedita Majumdar won 2,399 out of 2,452 (98%); and the Grad Center’s own hometown hero Luke Elliott-Negri coasted to a spot as university-wide officer with 2,227 votes! Although voter turnout is always low in PSC elections, rarely exceeding 30%, this year was especially low: only 12% of eligible voters made their voices heard!
Now, we at CUNY Struggle have been pretty hard on the New Caucus in the past. We’ve called them, among other things, a hackneyed political machine strangling every last ounce of democracy out of the PSC while masking their authoritarianism in the shopworn jargon of social justice magnetic poetry. But even as tough critics, we must concede that this election was a hard-won model of union democracy in action. Though President Bowen and her comrades didn’t have to work quite as hard as, say, Vladimir Putin, who recently won re-election with only 77%, there was nonetheless some stiff competition! Let’s take a look at the rest of the field.
Second place for president, coming in with 3 votes, was a tie between write-in votes for NC luminary and former Vice-President Michael Fabricant, and write-in votes for… Barbara Bowen! At third place, with 2 votes, was “anyone else”. Still a respectable showing! And after that, the field got even more exciting: coming in tied at 1 vote apiece, Mickey Mouse was locked in a dead heat with “NEVER!!!!!!!!! BOWEN!!!!”, “Please God, not Barbara again”, “NOTA”, “none”, “This election is a sham”, “New Blood”, Bernie Sanders, and CUNY Struggle’s own Wilson Sherwin! Congratulations Wilson! Continue reading “Barbara Bowen and the New Caucus Claim Another Stunning Victory!”