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Non-trad’ not so rad


After reading the editorial titled, “ASUU leaders should keep fulfilling campaign promises” (May 15), I decided that The Chronicle staff is just as near-sighted as ASUU’s executive leaders. The “new” Non-Traditional Board is a prime example.

Point 1: Merely re-establishing this board is not even going to skim the surface of what is necessary to represent its constituents. With a budget of $5,000, how will the “Non-Traditional” board represent the roughly 33 percent of students who are married? Oh, and that $5,000 breaks down to just .37 percent of the total ASUU budget.

Point 2: The two new leaders of this so-called board have been married for just one year. How will they relate to students who have been married for many years, or have children? What about those who are just coming back to school after a prolonged absence? Divorced students? Single parents?

Point 3: The two new leaders are 100 percent Caucasian. How will they represent the international population? Or should they, even? There is already a Diversity Board to represent those students.

Point 4: “Non-Traditional” also includes “older” students, or those at least 25 years old. To properly represent them, it will require somebody older than 22.

It is time to look past mere campaign promises and time to correct the true problems facing ASUU. Adding a board here or there will not change the face of ASUU. Only a complete analysis and structural reorganization will ensure a successful cabinet and student government.

I hope my two not-even-ethnic-younger-than-25 friends will turn their $5,000 into a pot of gold so that, for once, the married students at the U will be well represented. Good luck Dan and Lissy, I have a feeling you’re going to need it.

Clayton Perkins

Senior, Business Administration

ASUU Senator, School of Business

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