Board questions Ms. TCU election

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    The status of the Ms. TCU competition was under further question Thursday after a new Facebook group promoting all candidates was created, a violation of a Mr./Ms. TCU guideline. The Student Government Association’s Judicial Board met to discuss the validity of the disqualifications of three Ms. TCU candidates Thursday night, but has not yet decided whether to officially review the disqualifications or not, said SGA Associate Justice Taylor Allen.

    If the board reviews the disqualifications and decides they were unwarranted, there will be a new preliminary vote for Ms. TCU, said Student Center Director Larry Markley.

    “We will toss out everything we just did and start new,” Markley said. “If that happens, hopefully there will be another election early next week.”

    Markley said the new Facebook group is something the Judicial Board will also have to take into consideration, but that all candidates have not been disqualified because of this new group.

    Seniors Katie Williams, Liz Hamner and Jill Rutherford were disqualified from the Ms. TCU competition earlier this week because of Facebook groups that violated the no solicitation rule in the Homecoming packet. Williams and Rutherford were disqualified Monday, and Hamner was disqualified Tuesday.

    The rule states that solicitation of any kind, including the use of Facebook, is grounds for disqualification.

    The new Facebook group promoting all candidates is titled: “Vote These Candidates As Ms. TCU 2006-2007.” All Ms. TCU candidates on the preliminary ballot are listed in the group. As of Thursday afternoon, the group had 27 members.

    Markley said he checked for Facebook groups promoting candidates the day of the Mr./Ms. TCU application deadline. He said candidates who had groups promoting them as of that day, Sept. 26, were disqualified.

    Allen said if the board decides to review the case it will not be until sometime next week.

    Jonathan Jaskot, the creator of the new Facebook group, said he thinks TCU should not take Facebook groups seriously.

    “I don’t think it’s fair that anybody could make a group and get someone disqualified,” Jaskot said.

    Jaskot said he wasn’t trying to disqualify anyone by creating the group.

    “I thought it would be funny to make the group,” Jaskot said. “I also wanted to make the point to TCU that Facebook just isn’t that big of a deal.”

    Jaskot said he invited all his Facebook friends to join the group, and hopes they will spread the word.

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