Letter to the Editor: Responsible voting improves student government


In response to the opinion letter (“How I am going to pick my ASUU representation,” Feb. 28), I am sorry to inform Mr. Philosophy that the candidates he is most likely to vote for have girlfriends and probably won’t swing that way for his vote.

This type of mentality is stereotypical of juvenile fourth graders who voted for the red-haired kid who gave them a cupcake. If this is really what sways Mr. Philosophy, then I encourage him to take advantage of the quartered stale bagels provided throughout campus.

On the other aspects of John’s letter, I feel predisposed to explain to him right and wrong.

He is wrong to think that the poker tournament decision to cancel was made by ASUU, and in fact, it was made primarily by the Office of Student Affairs. The office might have been right to not allow John to play poker, and I sympathize with the other “mavericks” who have certain provisions that restrict them from solving the problem. It is only a 90-minute drive west.

John is right to think that the rhetoric used in platforms and debates only allow one to see how well the candidates did in their Comm 1270 class and not to actually see a view. But John’s approach is incredibly naive.

I would like to tell him the senior class candidates don’t have cooties, only hot posters and yellow flyers. They are not vying for the position to have a credit or two paid for or their T-Mobile cell-phone bill paid.

They truly have complete altruism (yes, it will go on their rsums) directed toward helping make the U better. The solution to this problem needs to be a mature, critical stance and responsible voting for whomever you choose. Having your voice heard will give ASUU the ability next year to have student support when lobbying. If John wants something done, whining is not the solution.

I challenge anyone who feels confused by the superficial platforms of the T-shirt mafias to call the candidates on this. This will not take much effort on your part to approach them. The three main embodiments of each party would be ecstatic to follow you anywhere. Literally, you can walk in circles in the front of the library, and they will keep on talking and throwing pink and yellow confetti at you until you feel like you are in your own parade. Ask questions, and express your discrepancies. Otherwise, you are just another kid with a cupcake.

Ray Phillips

Freshman, Business

ASUU Freshman Council