Volume 95, Issue 62

Wednesday, January 23, 2002
 
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OPINIONS

So I says to the oncoming train...

Strap on your helmet and walk

So I says to the oncoming train...

Re: "Three's company...," "A council in disarray," Jan. 16

To the Editor:

A commonly discussed issue on campus is that of student apathy.

The question of why the average student seems disinterested in the day-to-day operations of our student government bodies arises again and again. I think the front page of The Gazette on Jan. 16 provides a perfect explanation.

One article was on the Social Science Students' Council's finger-pointing and the other on two new University Students' Council presidential candidates. The former was an example of why students may be led to the conclusion that student politics matter only to those involved and that the usual workings of councils are more rhetoric than action.

The latter included a quote from a USC councillor who suggested candidates who haven't been on council before are likely to be "eaten alive" and "railroaded."

In order for student apathy to be eliminated, changes must not only be allowed to take place, but must be encouraged. New ideas and contributions, as long as they are informed, should not be shunned.

Perhaps with openness, students would start to take notice of all the valuable things our student governments on campus accomplish, instead of simply seeing a stereotyped treehouse-club kind of unproductive image.

In the end, accountability for the job student councillors have done lies in the hands of voters. It seems that the time for Western's student body to do the railroading is arriving.

Please use your voice and don't be afraid of an on-coming train.

Adam Chisholm

USC Science Councillor

Biology II




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