Anti-Israel activists at Ohio State University couldn’t follow the rules when they turned in a divestment petition for the 2015 student government election, so they did the next best thing: complain their way to getting a special election.
The Lantern reports that OSU Divest organizers forgot to put “the name of the [petition] circulator on every page,” which is a requirement under student government election bylaws. The Judicial Panel refused to put it on the ballot.
Organizers took Bill Clinton’s advice to Lisa Simpson: “If things don’t go your way, just keep complaining until your dreams come true.”
A rally was held in front of the Ohio Union prior to the Judicial Panel’s decision to create a special election on Wednesday, and was attended by approximately 40 people.
At the rally, organized by OSU Divest, students delivered speeches and shared their feelings on the subject.
The speeches touched on the apartheid that occurred in South Africa from 1948 through 1994, drawing parallels to the current events occurring in Israel and Palestine.
It’s not a done deal yet – the General Assembly has to sign off on the special election, which would take place March 30-April 1:
“To ensure fairness and student representation in this case, the Judicial Panel is instituting a special election as the only body charged with handling the entirety of undergraduate student elections,” the Judical [sic] Panel said in the [news] release.
The student president and vice president have already “expressed their concerns about OSU Divest’s voice being blocked,” the panel said.