Sunday, April 02, 2006

ASM behind the ball, again

Even on little things, ASM is laughably ineffective. Thanks to one of our commenters, I notice that ASM has started trying to blog again. They'd made a sad attempt almost a month ago, and then promptly forgot about a tool that could have kept them in much better contact with the students.

So let's take a look at what Eric Varney has to say:
As I sit here writing from the fifth floor of the Memorial Union--overlooking beautiful Langdon Street and a facade of the State Historical Society--I ponder what facet of ASM I should share with the public.

I guess he didn't realize that he shouldn't have to ponder what facet of ASM to share. The correct answer is: we'll share every facet with all of you, all the time. That's Student Government's position.

He mentions the textbook exchange, which he claims is ready for the end of August. The thing is, that's been in the works for probably a few years now. Thanks for the inefficiency Eric, but we can do better. Even when ASM did push for something useful, it's bureaucracy only allowed progress at glacially slow speeds. Why not have a government that can get things done in a timely manner?

Then there's this:
Student Council has been meeting regularly to decide on important issues such as budgets and resolutions. Recently, Student Council debated and passed various resolutions to support keeping the Unions open at Halloween and denounce educational budget cuts by Congress. Additionally, all segregated fee budgets from SSFC were approved by Student Council and forwarded to Chancellor Wiley. We anticipate his response and look forward to working with the budgets further to ensure we, the students and administration, are in agreement on various issues.

Right about now you're probably thinking I'm going to sidestep the elections landmine and not say anything about it. I just wanted to whet your appetite first with some other student power glory.

If "student power glory" consists of petty bureaucratic wrangling and wasting student fees on exorbitantly expensive student groups, I'll take something else, please. Perhaps... Student Government glory.

That's fine, though. Eric wants to defend the system. Sadly, he doesn't see how broken and corrupt the system is. But those who do see the future: Student Government.


At 4/03/2006 1:48 PM, Blogger Kellie said...

them not having a blog or keeping up with a blog is NOT a legitimate argument. Sorry

At 4/04/2006 3:36 PM, Blogger Erick B said...

Agreed, though there is an argument to be made against not having any real sort of an online presence in general

At 4/04/2006 10:54 PM, Blogger Kellie said...

A more legitmate concern or complaint then should be updating the website that they already have. Although I have my own blog and use it for fun, I don't think thats an effective tool in terms of reaching students and its way less effecient then a real website. I think too many people over estimate the power and influence of blogging


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