Eric Plow describes his campaign for student body president in spring 1970. Plow won the initial election, however the Elections Board ruled the election results invalid. He later lost the election to Cathy Sterling, NC State's first female student body president. Interview on March 22, 2012. (2:59)


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It started out as a complete joke. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:02.251
I don't know, I just thought student government was a farce. 00:00:02.251 - 00:00:10.057
There was a lot of debate about student fees, 00:00:10.057 - 00:00:16.080
and I wasn't poor but I wasn't wealthy either 00:00:16.080 - 00:00:19.411
and student fees back then, as I'm sure they are now, was a significant part of your budget 00:00:19.411 - 00:00:24.757
and I objected to my student fees going to support athletics, which I had no interest in, 00:00:24.757 - 00:00:30.561
and a lot of other causes and I felt that it was kind of robbery 00:00:30.561 - 00:00:35.918
to take money from someone and give it to people they had no interest in. 00:00:35.918 - 00:00:40.836
So student government was always fighting about this, right, 00:00:40.836 - 00:00:45.180
and I just saw a lot of wheels turning and not much getting done, 00:00:45.180 - 00:00:49.776
so I figured it would be fun to just run for president on a completely ridiculous campaign. 00:00:49.776 - 00:00:54.810
So me and a couple of guys came up with a platform 00:00:54.810 - 00:00:58.980
which involved cutting down Harrelson Hall, moving Winston Hall, 00:00:58.980 - 00:01:04.528
putting parking gates on every parking spot on campus, 00:01:04.528 - 00:01:07.605
changing the school colors to black and white, 00:01:07.605 - 00:01:10.836
just crazy stuff. 00:01:10.836 - 00:01:13.158
They had a candidates' forum where people who wanted to run got up there and announced what they wanted to do, 00:01:13.158 - 00:01:20.630
so one guy got up there and he wanted to do this, that, improve the cafeteria food, 00:01:20.630 - 00:01:25.983
which, you know, that never happened. 00:01:25.983 - 00:01:27.962
I got up there and started giving my little spiel [Laughs] 00:01:27.962 - 00:01:32.323
and the whole room cracked up. I mean my reception was better than I ever expected. 00:01:32.323 - 00:01:36.883
After I gave my little speech people came up to me and said, 00:01:36.883 - 00:01:40.972
"This is great! You're going to win!" 00:01:40.972 - 00:01:43.485
and I said, "No, I don't even want to run." They said, "No, you got to run. This is great. This is the best thing that's ever happened." 00:01:43.485 - 00:01:49.652
So, you know, I don't have any time to do this. 00:01:49.652 - 00:01:55.646
few students, one of whom was a real serious politician- 00:01:55.646 - 00:02:00.075
he became a state senator from Mecklenburg Co.-but he became my campaign manager. 00:02:00.075 - 00:02:05.337
He said, "We'll take care of everything for you. All you got to do is make an appearance." 00:02:05.337 - 00:02:09.567
I said okay, as long as it doesn't take much time. 00:02:09.567 - 00:02:13.208
So it just got from bad to worse, 00:02:13.208 - 00:02:15.908
you know, we just did crazy stuff. 00:02:15.908 - 00:02:17.874
It hit the Technician paper and got write ups on the front page 00:02:17.874 - 00:02:22.765
and the big coup was when 00:02:22.765 - 00:02:27.013
my campaign staff somehow went out in Wake County and got a mule and a wagon 00:02:27.013 - 00:02:31.216
and they brought it on campus and they got me a set of suspenders 00:02:31.216 - 00:02:34.867
and I wore suspender overalls and a straw hat and rode around campus in my wagon with the mule, 00:02:34.867 - 00:02:42.393
campaigning for "Plow Power," or "Plow Now" and got a lot of attention. It was great. We had a lot of fun. 00:02:42.393 - 00:02:51.543

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