By Emily Huntington
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already spring quarter. This time last year, I was on a completely different path in my life. I thought I wanted to go to Bellingham Technical College and obtain a veterinary assistant certificate. It’s funny how things change. I decided to stay at Whatcom and do paralegal studies. Journalism is such a rewarding experience; I couldn’t not be on the staff, so I applied for editor. I am very pleased and anxious for what is to come.
Just before spring break, a few students from the Visual Asian Culture Cub on campus asked the student council for $2,000 so that they could attend Sakura-Con, an anime convention in Seattle. This in no way benefited the college or any other students besides the ones who asked for it, so when it was reported back to our class, deep down I was hoping that it would not be approved. To my journalism class, I jokingly suggested that we ask student council for a sum of money so we can go to Leavenworth, or so we can buy a coffee machine, or something – just because it’s the same principal.
However, upon return from spring break, we found out that $500 was approved for this group of students. I was astonished. Sometimes I wonder if the members of student council approve things just because they don’t want to not approve it. Three members of the council abstained from voting. That means that instead of voting yes or no, they simply didn’t vote.
This news came at about the same time as the news that the Child Development Center is closing. Yes, they are different budgets, but at least the Child Development Center is beneficial to a great majority of students on campus. I would much rather have my student fees go to that than to a few students who want to dress up as their favorite anime character and trek down to Seattle for a few days.
I just can’t stop thinking about the representation (or lack thereof) of our college student body. I feel like they’re afraid to say no… but maybe I’m way off…
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