Volume 93, Issue 72

Tuesday, February 8, 2000


Paper a hindrance on president

Many reasons to get online and vote

Many reasons to get online and vote

Our parents were hippies. If they didn't vote it was because of some kind of social protest – their way of saying "damn the man" to the establishment.

We are yuppies. We don't vote because we're all too comfortable and lazy in our Gap universe to give a damn. Our way of saying "everyone in vests" to the establishment.

Our generation is either guilty of sloth or just plain ignorance. How else do you explain a consistent 10 per cent turnout at the polls every time our student government elects a new supreme commander? We don't care until the powers that be do something that hits too close to home and upsets our perfect little capitalistic world.

This is why dozens of so-called USC experts came out of the woodwork when $3.60 was taken away from us for the health plan opt-out cheques. Granted, the USC deserved the slings and arrows they suffered, but where were all those angry voices during the elections?

But still, we demand more reasons to get off our duffs and exercise our democratic right.

How about the following:

Vote because over the past two weeks, 10 men have given us one of the weirdest and most bizarre shows ever staged on this campus. Some of them have proven themselves worthy of such a high place atop a multimillion–dollar corporation. Others have, well, not.

Someone deserves a reward for this 14 day performance. Be it for entertaining us with their craziness or enlightening us with their insight – someone deserves to get your vote.

Vote because you're better than the yuppie mentality you so detest.

Vote because, if you do, it will give you the right to complain next year if whoever wins manages to screw things up. If you don't bother to try and affect who gets the job you really can't be mad at the results.

Vote because the bus pass referendum is on the same ballot. And if that should ever be taken away, you'll be walking to school in this bitter February cold.

Vote because the United States manages to get 10 per cent voter turnout and we're better than them, dammit.

Still not convinced? Well, then quite possibly nothing I say will coerce you to take part in democracy in action. But I leave with you one last thought.

Maybe it's about time the youth got together and actually started their own form of social protest. Sure we're the tail end of the slacker generation, but if the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle and Davos, Switzerland, showed us anything, it's that the youth of today can get their voices heard.

When there's enough of us saying something, the baby boomers have to pay attention. It hurts to say this, but it's about time we took a page out of the '60s and actually started caring about the world around us.

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