“The truth is, campus activism works. It may seem like those pesky protests on O’Neill Plaza are just photo-ops for #woke students’ Instagrams, but they can be truly transformative events that change the campus culture.”
UGBC president Russell Simons said the purpose was to have meaningful discussion about the future of the University.
Kiara, a rising senior, wanted to walk at this past year’s graduation so that her mother, who is suffering from Ovarian cancer, would have the chance to see her graduate. Her request was denied.
As part of an 18-month strategic planning initiative, BC administration and UGBC invited students to voice their visions for the future of the University on Monday.
“The administration should continue to attend these meetings and work with UGBC to better understand student concerns.”
“Accepting this proposal would be a positive move by the administration.”
The extent of GLC’s power ends with its presentation, report, and proposal. As an organization of student government, it can organize and fight for its cause, but cannot actually implement any of the policies it proposes for the University.Despite this, the proposal still remains a good first step toward its goals and, even if rejected, acts as a symbolic gesture declaring UGBC’s stance when it comes to this issue.
Come this time of year, there will almost inevitably be some snarky opinion piece remarking on the futility of the incompetence of UGBC. Of course, we should be critical of our student leaders whenever necessary, but I also think it’s worth considering how many vested University interests stand to benefit from the belief that our student organizations are simply incompetent, and student advocacy only really ever touches on superficial problems.
One of the most realistic and immediate ways for the administration to respond to these concerns and the complaints of groups such as Eradicate would be to institute an administrative position meant specifically to address these issues, an idea initially brought up by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College in its fall proposal.
For a faculty that works so closely with its student, they do a very poor job of actually listening to them.