Candidates' true colours trash campus

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

To the editor:
Being somewhat apathetic to student government, I did my best to ignore the signs that have been blocking the scenery of campus during the University Students’ Council election and checked The Gazette’s election issue to see the results for the only part of the election which affected me directly " the referendum on the University Community Centre renovation plan.

However, as the conditions of each candidate’s advertisements deteriorated I found myself unable to contain my anger. On Feb. 12, two days after the polls closed, many of the now-dilapidated signs (especially the large eyesores on University College Hill) had not yet been cleaned up, despite the fact that they are mostly broken and strewn across the grass.

Even under normal circumstances I’d question the sanity of anyone who thinks, “Hmmm, wouldn’t it be awesome to spell out my name in four-foot-high letters on a promontory so the world can see how great I am?” But when they are people who think they know what is best for the student body and yet cannot clean up their own mess in two days, it calls their ability to lead into question. I don’t care if the weather has been bad; if you think you have what it takes to be a leader, take responsibility for your actions.

This display of neglect on the part of several candidates (including the new USC president-elect), only confirms my conviction that they are not looking out for my best interest or that of our beautiful campus. If you want my respect " and my vote next year " you can start to earn it by being good little girls and boys and cleaning up your own trash.
" Matt Gayford
History and English III

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