The Chronicle’s View: Congratulations ASUU

Alex Lowe and Bobby Harrington ran for the ASUU presidency last spring with campaign promises to spend student funds more effectively. While their administration has not been without fault, Lowe and Harrison are coming through on their promises.

The Chronicle office is across the hall from the ASUU office and we observe many of the purchases they make with student money.

For the first time in as long as any of us remember, we cannot remember the administration buying any pizza with student money.

While it has always been a common occurrence, last year’s administration was ordering pizza (Papa John’s was their favorite) at least once a week. Unless the current ASUU regime is sneaking it in and eating it in their basement, this year’s ASUU administration has yet to appall us in this regard.

While buying 10 pizzas on a weekly basis was the most visible abuse of money observed by The Chrony last year, there were other abuses as well, such as sending themselves on vacation based on ridiculous justifications.

Likewise, not buying pizza is not the only way this year’s administration is holding true to their campaign promises.

Many departments in a variety of ways are either spending less money or using the same amount of money more effectively.

While fiscal conservatism has its pros and cons, the promises have been what they said they’d be.

Yet Lowe and Harrington haven’t been miserly. The ASUU fee is levied so student government has money to be used for the benefit of students. While not all of the decisions of when to use and when to hold money have been wise, Lowe and company have still done a great job being conservative.

Last year’s administration was so bad one might be tempted to say this year’s presidency only appears to being doing well in comparison. Even if this were true, making big changes in how an office uses money takes vision, courage, persistence and dedication.

One campaign promise they’ve failed to capitalize on, however, is posting their budget reports on the windows of their office and other public places.

Seeing how they have nothing to hide, there is no reason for them not to proudly post these budgets as promised.

It would only take a little bit of time, paper and ink, but would set a wonderful precedent of financial accountability that future administrations would be wise to follow.

This would secure their legacy, not only as the first presidency to post their budget, but also as one that is proud having done so.