The Chronicle’s View: Students need to call their legislators

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With hopes of generating some concern, interest and cash for the decrepit Marriott Library, U organizers have decided to transform the library’s Gould Auditorium into a lobbying center on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

The auditorium will be filled with phones that students can use to call Utah state legislators with pleas and requests on behalf of the library.

The goal is to get enough students involved to finally show legislators that there is real concern on campus for the presently dangerous condition of the building.

The public relations office of the library and the Associated Students of the University of Utah are co organizing the event.

The U is attempting to raise more than $60 million to fund structural renovations and updates for the aging building. As it stands now, the Marriott Library would likely collapse in the event of an earthquake, potentially killing those unfortunate enough to be inside.

The U is situated very close to an earthquake fault line, and many experts have said that Utah is overdue for a quake.

But, while this issue is definitely about the library and its inadequacies, it is also about opening students’ eyes to the very real capacity for change that student activism can offer.

This is one of the first opportunities in recent memory for interested U students to stand up and make their voices heard. The structural integrity of Marriott Library is something that all students should be concerned with and the opportunity to call legislators should not be one that goes unnoticed.

Don’t be fooled-U students do have the potential to make a difference.

There are more than 28,000 students at the U, so even if a relatively small percentage of students take the time to make a call, the telephones of state legislators will ring nonstop.

College students often feel as though they are not good enough, or somehow don’t have what it takes to enact change. This is illogical.

The U represents one of the largest centralized bodies in Utah, and if its students decide to get behind an issue with any sort of ardor, the U can be a force to be reckoned with.

Though it may sound trite, every call-and every voice-counts. The opinion of every U student deserves to be heard on this issue, as it has the potential to affect every U student.

Any students who assume that their fellow classmates will take up the fight for them and thus don’t attend this lobbying effort are making a mistake.

ASUU should also be commended for its involvement in this effort.

After some of the superfluous events and activities that ASUU plastered its name upon last year, it’s genuinely nice to see the U’s student government get involved with something that really matters.