Why should you be a part of Disassociated Students?

Well, for one, you deserve the right to pay for parking. Free parking wouldn’t be as gratifying. You wouldn’t want to sit in a chair during lecture, would you? The floor seems so much more, how can I put this, ergonomic? We can join together on the floor like our revolutionary forefathers — to hell with the standard lecture format. It doesn’t allow a full classroom, shoulder-to-shoulder, cheek-to-cheek camaraderie.

A campus covered in Wi-Fi serves only to distract us from human contact, so why bother? The internet is demonic. Disassociated Students endorses the initiative that portions of our campus still be primarily candle-lit, the flames themselves reminding us of a time not so long ago, when learning was characterized as it should be: high-priced, unavailable, elite, rife with corporal punishment and most importantly, controlled by men in robes who neither cared for, knew or even wanted to know their students. Best of all, you won’t be able to contribute! Be free of the responsibility of governing your education! Let us do it for you and show that poverty, claustrophobia and a lack of representation are essential mainstays in carrying on Disassociated Students’ much-loved tradition of ignorance and apathy!

Wake up! Finding it difficult? That’s right! As you well know, the above isn’t far from the academic reality we share. Now more than ever we need student leaders to reclaim a system that has slipped from the grasp of common students campus-wide.

There is no reason why we can’t reclaim the ideal university.  

Our educational institution used to be the envy of the nation, but it has been vigorously subjected to political and executive decisions that would have us reading standardized texts from toilet paper rolls if it saved the higher-ups a few pennies.  

Our voice will be heard! Dialogue must be opened between student and administrator to actively express our grievances. Student representatives need to understand, respect and know us, so they might influence a generally positive shift in the system, as opposed to looking after and supporting the bias of a select few. We need to defend our education by ensuring those we elect to represent our interests do just that.  Whether fighting for free and available parking or making sure we have access to Wi-Fi and a seat in every class, student leaders must act as guardians of our collective future, never succumbing to pressures that seem daunting or insurmountable. We are students all working toward the same goal, by remaining vigilant and united. Together, we will better our school system.

Marcus Rochelle is the presidential candidate for Better Our School System (B.O.S.S.).