A candidate for Student Assembly attempted to take credit for another candidate’s signatures by crossing off the petition’s original name and replacing it with her own, documents obtained by The Sun Tuesday night indicated.
That candidate, E.J. Yeterian ’15, will still be permitted to run for the position because she collected more than 100 signatures — the number necessary to qualify — Adam Raveret ’12, director of elections for the S.A., said in an interview Tuesday.
While not confirming the details of the infraction, Raveret said Yeterian would not receive further disciplinary action. The “proper punishment for anything that took place,” Raveret said, is to not include any signatures that were not collected by her.
Raveret said “the hearing that took place tonight was confidential, and no one outside reelection committee and E.J. should know about it, so that’s a little frustrating.”
“Do you know E.J.? E.J. is honestly one of the sweetest girls in the world,” Raveret said.
Raveret’s narrative appeared to contradict an email, obtained by The Sun, that he sent to Yeterian on Monday. In that account, while waiting in line to turn in their petitions to run for the S.A. women’s issues representative, Yeterian reportedly told Melissa Lukasiewicz ’14 that she, Yeterian, did not have enough signatures. Lukasiewicz, who apparently had more than enough of her own signatures, proceeded to give Yeterian two sheets of her own.
“It is quite apparent that you had crossed out Melissa’s name throughout the forms and wrote your own name on the sheet,” Raveret said in the email. “Since the signatures reflect the intent of the signers to put a particular person on the ballot, it seems inappropriate to transfer them to a different candidate unless you go back out and get all of the signers’ consent to do so.”