In 2014, protests broke out as a result of the rising tuition fees. In support of the protests, the Outlook Editorial Board discarded their typical front page headlines and stories to release a special issue of the newspaper dedicated to voicing out the anger and concerns of the student body. The cover was all black, with the words “Education is a right not a privilege” splattered on there in screaming red and white.
For once, students of all faculties and of different sociopolitical and ideological backgrounds came together as one united body.
This is not a call to protest, but it certainly is a call to action. While the current administration has worked towards bettering dialogue and increasing transparency with the student body, more can be done by all involved parties.
To the administration: include more students in the decision-making process instead of utilizing a top-down approach. Find a creative means of communicating your messages aside from sending emails. Regularly host and continuously advertise town hall meetings with students to inform them of latest developments in issues such as the GPA situation and campus safety.
This week, two town hall meetings are being held on Wednesday to present the vision of the soon-to-be appointed Provost Mohamed Harajli. Hosting these meetings –and involving two students (myself included) in the Provost Consultation Committee –is a good step forward.
To the USFC: Focus your energy on bettering the community, rather than criticizing and belittling each other. Know that credit or blame will go to the USFC as a whole rather than individuals, should you succeed or fail in your positions. Meet and talk with each other regularly, because that’s what builds good teams. Forget your political differences and remember that you were elected to serve the students, whose interest is one and the same. Campus life can, in no perceivable way, be bettered by serving exterior forces.
When attempting to write an article about your efforts, many of you refused to say what really mattered except when ‘off the records’. The interview conducted with the VP of this week is, in the opinion of the Senior Editorial Board, not reflective of what’s really going on. Consequently, another article that digs into the work and organization of the USFC will soon be published by Outlook. We ask for your honesty ‘on the records’ this time.
To the student body: voice out your concerns to the administration. Tell the nearest SRC and USFC representatives. Reach out to Outlook, which is made entirely by the students and entirely for them. Sign petitions. Attend town hall meetings. Initiate your own campaigns for positive change.
We must all work together.