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Candidate Robert Piston withdraws from SBVPF race

Student body vice president of finance candidate Robert Piston announced that he will no longer be running in this week’s election. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor) Student body vice president of finance candidate Robert Piston announced that he will no longer be running in this week’s election. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor)

“I really want to make JFC something people are proud to be on,” Robert Piston said as he withdrew his candidacy for student body vice president for finance.

After deliberation, Piston decided to withdraw his candidacy because he believed “someone who can put a lot of time into the position” deserves it, and since he had been recently accepted into the CIT Honors Research program, he wasn’t sure if he had the flexibility anymore. “I received the letter that I was a candidate for honors research after I submitted my SBVPF petition. I have been very carefully considering this decision,” he said.

“CMU is such a great research institution. It is so highly reputable, and so revered for its research. And just the fact that they allow undergraduates to participate in this is a unique opportunity,” Piston said. With Piston considering graduate school, he felt this research would “be an important step,” and he would not continue in the election.

Piston stressed that, although he has withdrawn his candidancy, he still deeply cares about the JFC and hopes that it can continue to refine its internal processes, much like Undergraduate Student Senate did this year. He spoke directly about junior information systems and policy and management major Aaron Gross’ leadership as Senate chair, applauding his use of quantitative analysis: “He analyzed what was going well, and not, through simple things: Google forms, questionnaires, compiling data, and figuring out people’s expectations,” Piston said, emphasizing that this was something he would “really like to see happen with JFC, and student organizations and their treasurers.”

And while Piston said, “I firmly believe both are very qualified candidates,” he is now endorsing Eric Wu for SBVPF. According to Piston, “[Wu] is very dedicated to his work … and I feel confident that his experience ... would serve him the best.”