Tuesday, February 22, 2005

ASISU Endorsement

*Editor's Note: Student body elections at Idaho State University are in full swing and recognizing that a good chunk of my readers are students at ISU, here is the platform of the two guys I am endorsing. Not only do they have the best platform and are the most qualified candidates, they are two pretty good guys!

Why Should You Vote For Matt Hobson and Will Sharp?

1) Continued support for the lawsuit to keep out tuition down.

How? Gain written support by Boise State University, University of Idaho, and other Idaho universities. Research past legislation, Idaho's constitution, and previous bouts with the State Board of Education. Not flinching is how they will solve the problem.

2) Better spending within ASISU leads to better involvement of clubs, organizations, and individual students.

How? Matt Hobson served as an ASISU finance committee member this past year and knows how the money gets into the club's hands. Finding out how and for what the money will be spent will not only save the student money, but insure that the money is spent right.

3) Getting athletic tickets back to the game.

How? Convincing the university that there is no reason for which students should have to get their tickets in advance.

4) Let's define "dead week."

How? Hobson and Sharp will send a petition to the dean of each college and have them define what they expect of their students during dead week and then inform the students.

5) Student loan consolidation and counseling

How? Bringing the information to you about what options you have for getting your loan paid off. Hobson/Sharp will provide kiosks in every college once a month with the resources to help the student.

6) They will come to you.

How? Matthew Hobson and Will Sharp will spend time each week visiting each college to sit and talk one-on-one with you about your experience with Idaho State University.

Get out and vote in the ASISU run-off election March 1, 2005.


Nick Speth said...

It's been a while since you had a post I could comment on. I didn't watch the Grammys, hadn't seen Million Dollar Baby, and now don't go to ISU. Still:

USU will NOT give students tickets in advance to basketball games anymore. They know we'll take all of them, so they want to make sure the Spectrum is ACTUALLY full, and that half the student tickets that were given out before the game aren't still sitting in some dude's nightstand.

But they do give out football tickets in advance. The reason is that we don't EVER sell out the football games, and since confrence and NCAA rules require us to have a certain attendance to keep our 1A rating, they give 'em out so they can claim that ticket in a nightstand as a paid attender. Maybe that's why.

But then again to ONLY give out tickets in advance... that's odd.

Tara A. Rowe said...

Nick, be patient. I'll quickly surprise you with something you can comment on, but you may have to wait til after my Idaho Politics post.

M.D. Hobson said...

Conversing with a fellow student here at Idaho State University I became very shocked to hear his comments and opinion in regards to the future of the lawsuit recently filed by the Associated Students of Idaho State University against the Idaho State Board of Education. His overall attitude towards this request for justice was, in essence, no matter how loud we shout injustice, nothing shall come of our sweat and blood.

How is it that people can become so apathetic (my new word for this week)towards issues that seriously affect them? Are they afraid of actually making changes in our system? Herman Boone gave a seminar here in Pocatello last night (I'm still kicking myself for not going). I can not imagine how many times the African American reformers of the 60's shouted into deaf ears, but eventually their plea was heard and addressed. I, for one, believe that our emphasis on free speech and reform should be on the side of participation rather than end results.

For all of you who are not sure about your stand on this lawsuit, please consider the power of your voice. Let it be heard. Perhaps it WILL fall on those deaf ears the first time, but don't give up your personal opinion to 100 octagenarians in D.C.

Any other opinions regarding the ASISU lawsuit or violations of our 1st amendment rights?

Tara A. Rowe said...

Well Mr. Prez, I support adimantly the lawsuit against the State Board of Education for two reasons: 1) I truly believe that a tution-based system enforced on Idaho State will cause an out-sourcing of education and will be detrimental to this state and 2) This latest bump in the road for the education system in Idaho represents a growing problem, one in which many are apathetic. Education funding is a HUGE issue and education has taken a back seat in this state to issues of "larger" importance (i.e. the ban on gay marraige). It is time for the students of ISU and everyone else to stand up and cry foul.

If we would have been discouraged and had given up on Dec. 1, 1955, the Civil Rights legislation of the 60s may not have passed. Just because it may seem those we are pleading to may not be listening, they'll hear us eventually.

As my last comment I would recommend that those of you who are concerned about the future of education in Idaho write to your congressmen. I wrote eight letters Thursday.

Idaho State Legislature
State Capitol Building
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho
83720-0038 (House)
83720-0081 (Senate)