A college campus should be a haven of idealism and positivism, and student government elections are no exception. Debate and competition are a staple of politics, but dirty tactics have no place in UR’s environment. The recent Students’ Association and Class Council elections were characterized by negative campaigning, which have been a recurring theme in recent years.

This election process has seen the emergence of smear tactics. Character attacks on certain candidates have caused nothing but harm. Not only are the attacks harmful to the victim, but they also look tacky for the entire student body, especially for the other candidates. The damage that is incurred from pointless mud slinging is obvious enough from national politics, and such unethical behavior should not be extended to this campus.

Another major issue in this campaign is the tearing down of campaign posters. It has come to be expected that candidates’ flyers will be ripped down over the course of the week-long campaign. This extends not only to presidential candidates but also to the SA Senate and Class Council races. This is unacceptable behavior, and it shows clear disrespect for the hard work and time that candidates put into their advertisements. Whether the culprits are those personally involved in the campaign or are other members of the student body, they should realize that this does not benefit anyone.

Outside of the political realm, vandalism of posters is a widespread problem in all of the residence halls. Posters for groups such as Students For Life that lay strewn across the floor reflect poorly on the ideals of inclusiveness and open communication that UR values highly. Furthermore, it is not the right of students to decide whether or not these posters are acceptable. Simple respect for property and personal rights should be expected from all the students on this campus.

Goncharov, your new favorite Thanksgiving tradition

Imagine if Die Hard had a guy braining another guy with an ice pick and then tossing him into a fish pond. That is the magic of Martin Scorsese’s “Goncharov.”

How to avoid the pitfall of SAD

Moving to the United States was a huge change for me, and through that experience, I have some suggestions on how to prepare for the winter if this is your first time experiencing winter in Rochester.

To eat, or not to eat, that is the question

Professors of the chemical engineering department are now offering a fun little opportunity for all UR students looking to complete their History cluster. For no less than 40 hours a week, you have the privilege of LARPing as a feudal serf.