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Those wishing to run for Student Council can find election petitions outside the Dean’s office. After unauthorized changes were made to the online voting system in last year’s Student Council election, voting for this year’s election on April 26 will take place on ElectionBuddy if the website gets approval by the University.

After unauthorized changes were made to the online voting system in last year’s first Student Council election, causing mass confusion, outrage and distrust, voting for this year’s election on April 26 will take place on ElectionBuddy — a voting software dedicated to holding secure and accurate elections — if the website gets approval by the University. If ElectionBuddy is not approved, the Student Council election on April 26 would use a GoogleForm like last year’s second all-school election

With ElectionBuddy, students in grades 9-11 will each receive a unique link through school email, which they can use to vote. Asher Grossman, one of the two directors of student technology services, said he has no concerns regarding the security of this year’s election. 

“From the testing that I’ve done and that the Executive Board has done, ElectionBuddy seems very secure, and we’ve gone through and thought about what happened in the past, how can we improve it and what are other possible security measures,” Asher said, adding that unique links will ensure security.

Sonali Shaw, the other director of student technology services, said the biggest difference between voting on ElectionBuddy instead of the Student Council website is that students will no longer be able to easily change their votes during the day. 

Sonali said, “But we are going to publicize that you can email us. Everyone is going to have a voter key, and if you tell us your key we can manually change your vote or allow you to vote again. So there is a workaround, it’s just more cumbersome.”

According to Asher, ElectionBuddy was chosen due to concerns Dean of Students Ana Campos raised about the security of a student-run website. 

“She felt that using an actual, vetted, professional system rather than one designed by us was better,” Asher said. All-School President Zoe Nathwani said that given how upset the student body was last year, she doesn’t think anyone will attempt to hack this year’s election. 

“I think what happened last year was kind of an anomaly, and I think generally speaking people are pretty upset about it happening,” Zoe said. “I mean, no one wants to wait that long for an election result to come out, and it’s just kind of unsettling for an election to be hacked. … Because that happened and because it wasn’t a pleasant thing that happened, I’m really hoping that it won’t happen again.”

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Sahana Unni
Sahana Unni, Editor-in-Chief
Sahana Unni is a member of the Class of 2024 and serves as an editor-in-chief. She began journalism as a ninth grader in the 2020-21 school year and has since appreciated the exposure to different ideas and perspectives. Her favorite story she has written is about the Jane Collective, a group of women who provided safe abortions before the procedure was legalized in the early 1970s. Outside of journalism, Sahana enjoys creative writing and reading, while also serving as an editor-in-chief of the Renaissance literary magazine and a captain of the Mock Trial team.
Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, special coverage: (with Audrey Park and Clare McRoberts) superior 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: First place, personal opinion: on-campus issues, "New auditorium name at odds with values" 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Second place (with Zara Siddique), photo layout: full page (Page 3) 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Certificate of merit, news feature, “Dazzling drag city” 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, online package 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Cultural feature, certificate of merit, "‘Bridgerton’ effectively represents Indian culture" 2022 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, St. Louis convention: Honorable mention, feature writing 2020 National Scholastic Press Association Fall Best of Show: Sixth Place, Election Reporting (contributor), “As trailblazer for multiple identities, Harris inspires students”
Taariq Ahmed
Taariq Ahmed, Digital Editor
Taariq Ahmed is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as the digital editor. He joined the Midway as a sophomore after moving from St. Louis, where he completed Introduction to Journalism at his previous school in ninth grade. Taariq is a part of his school's Young Men of Color group and Being Racially Aware and Valuing Ethnicity conference board. Outside of school, Taariq enjoys reading the news, listening to music, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends.

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