Having faith in the new guy
With University Students’ Council president-elect
Nick Staubitz in full ‘transitional,’ or as we
like to call it, ‘USC indoctrination’ mode, what
better time to help him on his way to becoming all he can be
with some unsolicited advice from the campus newspaper.
Staubitz emerged as a preeminent dark horse candidate. The
Gazette slammed two of the candidates in last month’s
presidential election race as inept, declared another two as
the front-runners and virtually ignored Mr. Staubitz. He then
shot to victory, the very definition of dark horse.
The victory made at least a few things clear. Staubitz is
capable of mobilizing people and bringing them together. He’s
personable, friendly and his campaign made him a proven leader.
Also, an important note: he was the only candidate who spoke
with members of The Gazette about the paper’s relationship
with the USC prior to the election campaign. Clearly, he’s
a leader who likes to be well prepared and has the foresight
to consider factors others don’t.
The best thing about all these characteristics? They reflect
exactly what Staubitz pledged throughout his campaign.
He promised to reach out to students and listen. His five-point
platform included soliciting student feedback through surveys
and focus groups. He also said he would strengthen the Student
Caucus on Governance to make lobbying the university administration
more effective. His other three points included restructuring
the clubs system, developing closer ties to the London community
and reviewing the USC’s Strategic Plan.
With all this praise, why didn’t The Gazette have the
foresight to endorse Staubitz instead of another candidate,
you might ask.
Hindsight doesn’t necessarily matter. We felt two of
the other candidates had more initiative. But we are heartened
the campaign itself proved Staubitz has the genuine qualities
needed to be an effective USC president.
The message we would like to send him now is to make sure
he takes advantage of the time he has.
We urge Mr. Staubitz to not only seek to achieve his platform
points, but to finish them by the fall. Listening to students
is fine — what’s more important, however, is finding
out what they want and then pursuing those goals.
We think you can restructure the clubs system and review the
Strategic Plan this summer. We think you can get student feedback,
strengthen the USC’s lobbying and build solid foundations
with the city during the fall.
Then, with your platform points completed, it’ll be
time for the real work to begin. The only question remaining
is if you have as much faith in yourself as your (record number
of) voters do.
We’ll be watching.