Earlier this week, university officials announced the results of the much contested race for the annual advising and coaching conference’s new name. Of the forty-some-odd candidates, Student Success Community Annual Conference (SSCAC, pronounced skack) stood out as the obvious winner, taking absolutely nobody by surprise.
But what came of some of the other top contenders? The Bacon’s political beat is here to provide you with an overview of these candidates and the missteps that may have cost them the race.
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While CSSACEMFASACCSHPOEII rolled off the tongue nicely, many community members felt this candidate was not inclusive of such student support staff as transfer credit evaluators and hall directors. In fact, many voters pointed to the oversimplified use of the term “counselors,” which treated the term as a sort of catch-all. Frustrated voters said this use of the term did not appropriately distinguish between the roles of CAPS counselors and OVA counselors, not to mention the role of admissions counselors. Once critics latched onto this “counselor conundrum,” there was no recovering for CSSACEMFASACCSHPOEII.
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The DOORS conference was originally a frontrunner with wide support from staff across campus, including at least three of the Octochancellors; however, this candidate stepped away from the spotlight after their lead campaign manager joined the 27 Club.
Although senior leadership feared this NACADA-backed write-in candidate would win the race, NACADA’s endorsement proved more harmful than helpful. It seems most voters associate NACADA with academic advising, and so they felt this candidate was not inclusive of academic coaching and other student support community members.
There you have it, folks. Each of the most promising candidates made a critical error that allowed SSCAC to pull ahead easily in the final days of the race. It should come as no surprise that this is where we wound up.