By Ryan Russell
Disclaimer: Take these predictions with a grain of salt. I obviously have no idea who will win, but I’m basing these guesses as objectively as possible on how receptive I think students will be to each individual’s personality and campaign.
Rich Tao – 2:1
Why He’ll Win: Extremely likeable candidate with a deep understanding of Yale College’s current problems and historical position.
Why He’ll Lose: May lack ruthless political nature necessary to mobilize student body vote.
Harrison Marks – 3:1
Why He’ll Win: Experience and drive. As the reigning Treasurer, Harrison can point to his experiences on the e-board as a concrete strength. Harrison has been eyeing the Presidency for quite some time and has steadily built up his contacts throughout the school.
Why He’ll Lose: Blind ambition. Harrison’s apparent “March to the Presidency” has soured many students opinion of him as another YCC tool.
Katrina Landeta – 8:1
Why She’ll Win: Very involved with AASA and community service groups. May attract female vote.
Why She’ll Lose: Seems to be pretty overmatched by other candidates in just about every important Presidential characteristic.
Emily Schofield – 2:1
Why She’ll Win: Undeniable Election and Executive Board experience.
Why She’ll Lose: Yalies may look for a changing of the guard on the E-board.
Jarrett Burks – 15:1
Why He’ll Win: Extremely likable individual who may have some sort of trick up his sleeve.
Why He’ll Lose: Lacks YCC and student government experience necessary for crucial Vice Presidency position.
Jon Wu – 2:1
Why He’ll Win: Very likable, hard-working candidate with the ability to mobilize the freshman vote. O ya… and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b7-dOl5OWg
Why He’ll Lose: Might be too much too soon. J Wu held down a FCC Presidency and YCC representative spot this year. Student body may resent his quick ascent up YCC ladder.
Will Alexander – 3:1
Why He’ll Win: Also a very likable candidate who has built solid contacts throughout the student body.
Why He’ll Lose: Will’s athlete and fraternity base is probably the least voting-day reliable on campus.
Abigail Cheung – Push
Why She’ll Win: Ability to mobilize freshman vote.
Why She’ll Lose: Lacks YCC experience.
Jasper Wang –Push
Why He’ll Win: Experienced, well-spoken YCC candidate who worked on solid YCC projects including Job-shadowing day and Credit/D/Fail reform.
Why He’ll Lose: Might lack the charm to turn the crucial freshman vote.
Not sure about any of the candidates but I’ll give the edge to Colin Leatherbury because of his experience with Spring Fling.