UGBC Presidential Candidate Found To Have Dangerously Close Ties To Student Government Of Moscow State University
CARNEY HALL — Coming at the end of what has been an especially caustic and divisive UGBC election, there has been a significant increase in gossip around campus about the candidates. Most notably, a vast majority of these rumors point to current presidential frontrunner Peter Volkov (LSOE ‘17) having uncomfortably warm relations with many high-ranking officials in the Student Union of Moscow State University. Volkov and his team have vehemently denied these allegations thus far, stating that the candidate’s interest in the former Soviet nation does not extend beyond his minor in Russian from the Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Department.
Many of these unconfirmed reports allege that Volkov and his team have been in frequent contact with several MSU student officials for much of the week-and-a half-long campaign trail. The exact nature of these daily phone calls remain unclear, but many are fearful that the MSU Student Union could soon have control over a puppet undergraduate government in Chestnut Hill.
Volkov took to Twitter to respond to these rumors, writing, “These obscene accusations are entirely unprofessional and personally offensive! Fake news!” Although his campaign maintains that they have had absolutely no contact with Moscow State, it has since come to light that Volkov’s campaign manager Victor Rubinoff (MCAS ‘17) studied abroad at the Russian university’s School of Economics last spring. The UGBC Election Committee has announced that they will soon begin a thorough investigation of all campaigns to determine if outside influences have played a role in the 2017 Election, but are adamant that the online OrgSync voting system is impervious to any and all potential foreign hacking or tampering.
At press time, an estimated 90% of the Boston College community remained blissfully unaware of the election’s top issues and headlines, with many students reporting that they are too busy trying to get a picture of Martin O’Malley working out in the Plex.
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