I hear a lot of people talk about why it’s important to be involved with BUSU and BUSAC. The biggest reason people have is simply that this giant ten-million dollar students union is charging you fees and you ought to have your say in how said monies are spent. Is this how shallow we’ve become?
It seems to me that money only scratches the surface as to why everyone here at Brock University should come and participate in BUSU and BUSAC affairs. Money certainly helps the organization improve the quality of life that students have here on campus. With each cut after cut to school funding, students are in for a long ride, but is it all about money? The answer is “no”.
The reason I decided to become involved in BUSU and BUSAC isn’t just to oversee how my student fees are being spent; it was to feel as though I could make a meaningful impact on the lives of my friends and fellow Badgers. This is also the reason I hope more students get involved as well. The reward of knowing that your individual advocacy can and will make a difference in the lives of your classmates is incredible.
I’m not going to lie to you. Sometimes, we as representatives are faced with difficult decisions. We bear the stress of trying to make these decisions as correctly as possible in order to make students happy. Doing this, however, is not always easy. Sometimes, it means a program does not get the money it deserves. Sometimes, that money might even have to come from students who are already facing intense financial pressure. Sometimes, our actions come back to haunt us when they do not work out as intended. By taking on the roles of representatives, we recognize that we cannot make the right choice every time, we simply hope to improve in future decisions.
However, by coming to BUSAC meetings, by getting involved with BUSU, and by being an active participant in our events, you will be heard by our representatives and have a voice in the making of these decisions. Not only does being heard feel good, but when you realize that your ideas and suggestions make your University that much better for everyone, it’s a rewarding experience. You won’t just feel the most epic high you’ve ever experienced; you’ll have something so much more deep and personal: a sense of belonging.
I hope to see you out at future BUSU and BUSAC events. Positions are open to become representatives, or simply come out to our meetings every second Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. on the 13th floor of the Tower to see what we do for you.
Stephen Tulloch is a BUSAC Humanities Representative and serves on the Board of Directors.