Ed Stack reflects on campaigning, which he found to be a challenging and sometimes unpleasant aspect of student government. Interview on April 26, 2011. (2:03)

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The second election was a little bit tough, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.976
not tough from a voting standpoint but a little bit tough. 00:00:04.976 - 00:00:11.590
I was running against somebody that 00:00:11.590 - 00:00:16.207
had worked right beside of me the previous year. 00:00:16.207 - 00:00:18.961
We knew each other well. 00:00:18.961 - 00:00:20.817
Different sides, probably threw some things out there that were 00:00:20.817 - 00:00:26.720
not helping with our friendship, 00:00:26.720 - 00:00:32.732
and above all I wanted to make sure that 00:00:32.732 - 00:00:36.736
each campaign was run appropriately and that at the end of the day no matter who won 00:00:36.736 - 00:00:41.613
that we would still be friends, 00:00:41.613 - 00:00:43.763
and so I think really the--. I guess in a nutshell 00:00:43.763 - 00:00:47.766
the politics of it to me 00:00:47.766 - 00:00:51.759
were the most challenging aspect. 00:00:51.759 - 00:00:54.230
Everything else was fun, 00:00:54.230 - 00:00:57.253
and although not easy it’s 00:00:57.253 - 00:01:01.967
much easier to go in and talk to the faculty senate about the issue at hand 00:01:01.967 - 00:01:08.110
or talk to the student senate about the issue at hand, 00:01:08.110 - 00:01:11.020
but when it gets down to vote for me versus voting for that person, 00:01:11.020 - 00:01:14.912
who I like and respect, 00:01:14.912 - 00:01:17.353
that probably is the part that I found least fun. 00:01:17.353 - 00:01:24.571
Everybody that has asked me about my time as student body president over the years 00:01:24.571 - 00:01:31.376
and what part did you like least, 00:01:31.376 - 00:01:35.946
and the politics--. I’ve always been surprised at how much politics, pure, ugly politics, 00:01:35.946 - 00:01:46.080
is involved in student government, or at least was at the time, 00:01:46.080 - 00:01:49.995
and that is probably the thing that I liked least about it. 00:01:49.995 - 00:01:55.933

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