Every spring, the candidates for Undergraduate Student Government president and vice president make the same promises.
To some extent, that’s not a bad thing. These promises, for the most part, reflect student concerns.
But there is value, too, in looking at the long-term development of the university and student life.
Small, achievable goals are important, but it is just as critical to acknowledge that many of USG’s goals cannot be accomplished in one year and to begin planning for the years to come.
That is why the Daily Trojan editorial board is endorsing Eric Burse and Andy Greos for USG president and vice president.
Burse and Greos intend to develop a 10-year plan outlining how USG should move forward in the long run.
They anticipate the plan will include goals such as adding a fall break to the calendar and introducing a Trojan Grounds to the west side of campus. Goals like these are traditionally passed from one USG administration to the next, but Burse and Greos don’t plan to just continue the conversation — they plan to lay out concrete steps for future administrations.
Burse and Greos also want to add a Community Service Assembly to Program Board, offer free LSAT and MCAT prep classes and guarantee funding annually for traditional events, like Dance Marathon. These goals are ambitious, but that ambition is refreshing.
The editorial board was also considerably impressed with the platform presented by Monish Tyagi and Logan Lachman. Tyagi and Lachman want to extend the hours of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center and get the shops at Tuscany and Gateway to accept discretionary dollars, among other goals. These are important, immediate issues, and Tyagi and Lachman are qualified to address them.
But Burse and Greos are the only candidates who are daring to look far beyond the immediate changes, and we would rather see an administration aim too high than not aim high enough.
We believe Burse and Greos have the ambition and the personalities necessary to achieve their goals, and though the results might not be as immediately evident, the long-term rewards will be great.
For more coverage on the 2011 USG elections, click here.