Giving students a voice

Jake Tapley

Now, I could talk about HJR-6, or about how the university and their elected board has been unable to reach a consensus thus far, but I won’t.

Instead, I would like to focus on the students who have been sharing or supporting the Facebook event page “Stand by me, and I will stand by you: Opposing the HJR-6.”

I have received several invitations and notifications about this page and have noticed that each time I visit it, the amount of people who put “Going” or “Maybe” as their event status has increased. The page now has more than 150 people who fall under one of these categories.

Even still, there are other people who may not be able to make it to the event on Friday who have made sure to express their support in the comments section of the page.

Whether or not this is truly representative of the student population at USI, it is at least trying to be. It is giving the students a place to have a voice and stand up for what they believe in.

Regardless of what the panel decides at the meeting on Friday, these students will know what they stand for. They won’t need to be represented because what they are doing is representative enough.

Honestly, if the university wants to represent its students and faculty properly, why doesn’t it just make Facebook groups? It seems to generate quicker results.