The democratic process… some people love it some people hate it some people simply don’t care. So, as many of you all may have noticed our campus got a little more colorful and visual these past couple of weeks. No, it’s not Christmas decorations that one is way gone and not so sure if it’s “the happiest season of all,” but it’s definitely here… Student Government campaign season and elections. Beginning this morning and until Thursday at 5 p.m. all university students at UT will have the power to cast their vote for the next line of student leaders who will represent them in Student Government.
Power… yes, power. You have the power to vote. Now it may not seem as a big deal as last U.S. presidential election where it seemed that everyone at UT was ready to cast their vote. However, it is important to vote and at least try to get to know some of the candidates. I say get to know the candidates because despite the fact that they all have great campaign platforms, at the end of the day they are just that… platforms. I believe that if you get to know the candidates as individuals and their own leadership capacity, you will be able to differentiate the candidates that will ACT upon those platforms/initiatives, whether they get elected or not and in my book those individuals deserve that at least you do minimum participation and cast your vote.
It is easy to complain about things that we don’t like, much more easy than to actually partake in the process of fixing these things. Whether you’ve ever been in a leadership role or not, I think that most of us can come to an agreement that in order to get something done someone has to take the initiative. All the students running for office are doing just that… trying to make things happen.
Now, who to vote for? That is for YOU to decide. Make your own list of things that matter to you and compare and contrast. For me it comes down to genuineness and character, someone that I can trust to represent students by creating things, acting on issues, while remaining grounded to their personal values… so go ahead, make your list. Do it quick, voting takes place now!
Student Government elections, March 2 & 3, vote at utsg.org
Take a stance, do it now.