More posts and comments will trickle in over the coming days, but with the results announced and no appeals that we know of, our coverage is wrapping up.
In punditry.ca tradition, our congratulations to the new executive – Saulnier, LeForte, Dahn, Kurin, and the as-yet unnamed VP FO, as well as to the three new senators. I hope that you have a successful year, and that you hire a full-time staffer to do your spell checking.
I think we had an embarrassment of riches in candidates this year; yes, each has their flaws, and we may focus on those sometimes, but we all have flaws. The DSU would have been in good hands with any of them, I feel. I was particularly excited by the unprecedented availability of information online. Perhaps those of you who were not elected will consider running for other positions, like the Board of Operations, which the DSU is advertising now.
A shout-out to the hard-working elections committee and the CRO, those unfortunate souls tasked with refereeing bickering candidates, trying to encourage students to vote, organizing the whole bloody thing, and being blamed for everything. (Do the cool kids still do shout-outs?)
Thank you of course to the pundits and commenters and tipsters who are the reason this site still exists.
punditry.ca saw 50 posts from pundits (42,000 words) and around 800 comments (67,000 words). We served over 55,000 pages to 1,500 absolute unique visitors in just over 2 weeks. If they were all Dal students, which they definitely aren’t, that would be 10% of the student body and 62% of those who voted.
Because of my continuing fetish for word clouds, I generated one for both the posts and the comments. I didn’t pay attention to plurals, but I did remove HTML tags and “dsu”. These each have 150 words, so click them to see the full-size version. Analysis is left as an exercise for the reader.
punditry.ca will be back next year, because someone’s gotta do it. Speak to any current pundit if you want to be involved next year; recruitment will start in 9 months or so. This will be my last post of the year, so I thank you for reading and bid you a slightly awkward but nevertheless polite farewell.