Vindication

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Feb 18, 2010 in Student Government | Subscribe

It’s been a good day :)

Things started off well when I made it to Legal Research & Persuasion on time. A minor success to be sure, but with our new schedule this semester I miss 2 days’ worth of LRP every time there’s a UNC Board of Governors meeting — so this is the first lab I’ve been to since the semester started :beatup:

It got even better when we got grades back for the quiz I mentioned yesterday. The grade itself wasn’t a surprise (BlueBook/citation stuff is one of the things I did professionally back when I was a paralegal) but it means I don’t have to go to class tomorrow. And since Professor Ks cancelled that class too, it also means I get to sleep in extra late since those are the only 2 classes we have on Friday mornings :D

But the main joy came from reading the student newspaper at my alma mater.

Some quick background:  I briefly mentioned last month that the statewide UNC Association of Student Governments had already gathered 15,000+ student signatures on a tuition petition calling on state legislators to scrap a mandated tuition increase (with $$ raised going to the state’s General Fund) and replace it with a smaller tuition increase set by the Board of Governors (with $$ raised staying on each respective campus).

Back when we were prepping the campaign, back before the first signature was signed, we got a lot of hostile carping from a lot of different folks — and as the guy in charge, most of it was directed at me.

One well-connected person told me to “hold off.” Another more tersely insisted “your plan is not going to be helpful” (though he was kind enough to preface it with “with all due respect”).  And then there was N.C. State’s Technician, which was kind enough to editorialize here that the Tuition Petition was a “futile gesture designed to improve the image of student leaders”… yet another condemnatory editorial in a span stretching back to the start of my 1st term :roll:

But then by the time last week’s BOG meeting started, the number of signatures had grown from 0 to over 20,000 — over 90% of our 21,500 goal, with 3 weeks left to go.

It was a point I made sure to mention in a speech from the podium, flanked by over a dozen Student Body Presidents and other student leaders from over half the institutions in the University system, with thick stacks of signed petitions in their hands :angel:

After the meeting, the very same gentleman who just a month earlier said the petition campaign wouldn’t be helpful came up and thanked us for doing it, noting how helpful it would be when budget deliberations take place this summer.

Then today, as I’m in the FishBowl reading for Torts, I discover the Technician wrote a fresh editorial… now citing what they call the “great” work UNCASG is doing with the petition.

I almost fell out of the chair :beatup:

Now I’m not the obnoxious type to demand someone say point-blank they were wrong, but I’m more than willing to infer it from their subsequent words/actions ;)

So yeah, it’s been a good day :D We’ll see how tomorrow turns out :)

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4 Comments

idwsj
Feb 19, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Good days in law school are to be savored like fine wine.


 
TDot
Feb 20, 2010 at 9:14 AM

@idwsj: agreed! Or some other equally-delectable beverage for the non-wine drinkers :D


 
Lotta
Feb 21, 2010 at 1:38 AM

So let me get this straight… they were going to have people, who live on LOANS, send money to the state’s General Fund? Most people work and then have to send part of their paycheck (in some form or another) to the state, and some people are/would be required to take a loan from the bank to send money to the state? WTF? And resisting this well-thought-out plan is futile and not helpful? uh-huh…


 
TDot
Feb 21, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Haha yes, basically :) It was/is a back-door tax hike to help the state balance its budget without taxpayers taking notice.

Though in fairness to our legislators, we’re still in much better shape than most other states in the country. I can’t imagine what it’s like in California where tuition is going up 30% or more in a single year :eek:


 

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