“It is very important to learn, early in life, that you can beat City Hall and that You can change the System. You might be beaten and gassed by Police a few times before you succeed, but that stuff goes with the territory. And you will be proud of it later, just as you will make many smart friends who will stand with you all your life.”- Hunter S. ThompsonThe students of UNH need to realize that we can have a voice on issues. Over the past few years the administration has made it very difficult for the student body, and even the student senate, to make changes. College is a place where teenagers become adults by gaining more responsibilities. How the fuck does society expect us to adapt to this "real world" if the universities we attend control our every move? The administration is scum. We should not fear them. They should fear us. We make the university run, so why can't we run the university? Our tuition money, which is increased every year, allows UNH to continue to expand, so I believe that the students need to have a greater impact on that expansion. Where is that money going? To help pay the contract of hockey coach Dick Umile, who is the highest paid state employee? In 2007 he made $170,000 and in 2008 he made $382,299. Don't get me wrong, I fully support UNH hockey and have been a die hard fan for years, but at this university, in this economy $382,299 a year is absolutely ridiculous.
I don't care what the issues are and what side you take, but let your voice be heard. Whether it is this whole Smith Hall fiasco, passing a Good Samaritan Law, or changing the advising system - make a stand. I feel like I don't go through a day without being told that it is up to our generation to make changes, from environmental issues to the economy. "The children are our future" has been a slogan for change for decades. Why not start right now, right here?
There will be a rally On Monday December 14th, at 1PM about the issues with Smith Hall. (facebook event page here.) Students plan on meeting at T-Hall and marching down main street. No matter which side you take this could be a great opportunity to show the administration that you care and that you deserve a voice. Not voicing your opinions only tightens the universities grip on us. They have their cold dead hands around our necks, don't let yourself become a puppet. Speak for yourself. Show them that you care.
Stay classy, not UMassy.