UCF students voting in the 2017 SGA Presidential Election faced a tough choice: of the pairs running for office, one elected to display their names in gold text on a black background, while the other opted for black text on a gold background.
The annual SGA elections determine who is in charge of tasks such as allocating funding to RSOs (Registered Student Organizations), providing scholarships, and maintaining the Student Union. This year, when students decided who would be the next leader of the SGA, they had to do so based on a number of factors. These included the candidates’ proposed platforms, personalities, and whether they selected a bright yellow or a matte black as the main color for their many campaign signs posted around campus.
“The signs really tell you everything you need to know,” said Deanne Revie, a supporter of the candidate with black text on gold. “UCF’s school color is gold, and using that as the primary color choice on their campaign materials really shows how they plan on putting UCF first. There are also more gold signs than black signs around campus, which clearly shows that we’re winning.”
Countering this argument is engineering major Walker Ross, who voted for the ticket with gold text on a black background. “My candidate is clearly the better choice,” he said. “Inverting the regular color scheme shows the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that our government needs right now. Light text on black is actually easier on the eyes, which shows that my candidate actually cares about the student body and our optical health. The other candidate didn’t even use the right shade of gold!”
“I really don’t care who won what,” said sophomore Ryan Millard as he chewed his gum. “I’m just glad that I can stop being asked ‘Did you vote yet?”
Exit polls indicate voter confusion regarding the yellow on black signs posted around campus displaying the slogan “Vote for Impact.” Many voters reported that they gave up on voting after being unable to find “Impact” on the ballot.
Voting ended March 29 at 5:00 P.M. It should be noted that there was in fact a third party candidate on the ballot, but since they used black text on a black background, no one knew who they were.
This article was submitted by reader Matt Ubl. Matt is a junior at University of Central Florida and writes for Project Spotlight at Theatre UCF.
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