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The Chronicle’s View: ASUU failed students’ interests

The ASUU General Assembly and Senate have proven what all of us have thought for a long time: they are big, fat liars.

ASUU officials OK’d an investigation of implementing a hard-waiver plan for health insurance at the U.

Not because students wanted it.

Actually, 10 senators acknowledged that students in their colleges strongly opposed the measure. Unfortunately, only one truly represented his constituency when it came time to vote.

Members of the Senate and Assembly should vote their individual consciences, but a 14-1 vote in the Senate is not an accurate reflection of student opinions-especially not when the meeting began with senator after senator reporting on all the negative feedback they received about the health insurance plan.

But officials reasoned that those who don’t want health insurance are just “uneducated.” So, on top of voting against their constituents’ desires, they dismissed students as being ignorant and immature.

This year’s administration ran on the platform of “students first,” saying that it would find out what students want and deliver it.

But now ASUU is operating under the mindset that we find out what students want, and if they don’t want what they should want, we force them to accept what they need, the poor, ignorant fools.

President Michael Young encouraged student leaders to find out what students wanted before voting on the issue. They did just that-then completely disregarded it.

When members of the Senate wanted to stop and discuss different parts of the bill, Senate Chairwoman Liz Clark urged them to hurry along so the Assembly could meet. When the Assembly wanted to make changes to the bill, some members said doing so would delay proceedings.

It’s good to know that ASUU spent so much time seriously considering an action that could force 6,000 students to leave school.

When ASUU officials report their findings to the administration, they should be sure that they don’t say “students” want this. Rather, they should say that “the Senate and Assembly” want it.

ASUU lied when it told students that it would represent them. Then it lied when it re-worded the bill to make it sound as though students wanted it.

Soon, ASUU will lie when it tells administrators that students want health insurance to become mandatory at the U.

Students who did not have their voices heard during this “special session” can now file grievances with the Student Supreme Court.

If Ali Hasnain really meant what he said about putting “students first” when he was running for office, he needs to veto this bill.

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