We’ve had it happen often. A student offers a little speech at the beginning of the class requesting that you register to vote or sign a petition to keep their club funded. More recently, students have used class time to urge their classmates to attend Board of Education meetings to protest tuition increases.
When you’re approached in hallways, it’s a lot easier to pass by on the pretext that you’re in a hurry for class, or to mumble that you’re not interested. However, in a classroom you are a captive audience, in the most literal sense of the phrase.
Last week, members of our student government stopped by some classrooms and requested that students show up to the May 14 Board of Education meeting to protest proposed tuition increases.
They didn’t, however, mention that without a raise in tuition there will be cuts elsewhere on campus. Cuts that will affect students in a drastic way.
Did you know our Cottage Grove campus is in jeopardy? Did you know our Child and Family Center is in jeopardy? Did you know that without an increase in tuition, we could lose several programs vital to our school?
Regardless of what happens with tuition, there will be changes throughout programs on campus, but students shouldn’t protest a raise in tuition without knowing what else is at stake.
Students should be able to make decisions on their own, and can do so wisely if provided with all of the information. Student government should trust that students will be smart with their choices. Withholding information to gain more support is a lie.
Students need to make the effort to be more informed. Decisions are constantly made around campus, concerning budgets and programs, that students should We urge members of student government to give all the facts. We urge members of student government to give all the facts.
After all, presenting every side is the cornerstone of higher education.