'Pirate' On Ballot For Student Body President At N.C. State
Posted March 31, 2005 4:40 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — One candidate for student body president at North Carolina State University is rocking the boat.
A student is on the ballot, not under a real name, but as The Pirate Captain. He even has a platform or "plank." It includes "expanding the bus lines to haul thar peopled cargo to and fro from ACC bouts at the yonder RBC Center." Also, "holding meetin's open to all yae landlubbers."
The Pirate Captain said his candidacy is serious. At least one of his competitors believes it.
"It's cool how he's doing things, how he wants to get out and have his message heard," presidential candidate Will Langley said.
Candidate Lock Whiteside is not sure what to make of it.
"We were hanging up our signs one night and we ran into him and his craw. They were all dressed up in pirate gear and he came to the debate the other night dressed up as a pirate as well, so it's ridiculous. It really is," presidential candidate Lock Whiteside said.
"Voting for someone who wants to rid the campus of scurvy dogs is not really an effective way of having student government," sophomore Christopher Sanchez said.
The Pirate Captain was able to get on the ballot because all students need to run for office is a valid student ID number to verify they are in good standing. The Pirate Captain promises to dress more "dapper" if he's elected.