This is my third and final year as Editor-in-Chief at The Brock Press. I’m looking forward to a new setting for work, and to be an employee again and not an employer. Over my time as the editorial author at the paper, I’ve written approximately 40,000 words in opinion alone, not counting the numerous reviews I intermittently published. What I hope to do in this last editorial is summarize and reduce this volume of week by week rants into a few observations.
As far as internal Brock University student governance is concerned, it comes down to a single, albeit complex, concept: the student body. While it’s exciting — in an All-The-President’s-Men-way — to try to find blatant, intentional, undeniable corruption in student government, the reality usually ends up being a lot more boring. Politics, while important on any given scale — whether within our school or in the federal government — are rarely sexy, dangerous or exciting. The truth is far more akin to the nature of Michael Bay’s success. You can say he makes bad movies, you can say he relies on explosions and exploitation of female leads, you can say whatever you want; the fact is that the two most recent Transformers movies hold Top 10 rankings for world-wide box office results. The numbers do not lie, and at a certain point, BUSU’s Annual General Meeting can only be advertised so well before it’s no longer the fault of the promotional efforts for how few students attend the meeting. A front page of The Brock Press that features Badgers’ varsity sports moves twice as many copies as a front page of featured election information or BUSAC coverage, and that’s okay. It means our school has more pride in its sports than it does its student government, which is the right of any student, and rather in keeping with the population as whole. Brock students continue to vote with their time and attention just like Michael Bay fans vote with their money, and as always the majority wins.
I’ve been an opinionated person long enough to know that when you voice your disdain about something without actively working to change it, it’s because you like not liking it; you think it makes you sound intelligent, or impressive, but with that cool apathetic edge that disappears the minute you get involved. Leg work, research and rough drafts, none of them are ostensibly cool, but they’re incredibly effectual, and as such should not be discounted. While it may read differently above, if you don’t like the student governance, or your seminar class size, or even this paper, then do something about it. Vote, volunteer, get in tough and get involved. I’ve seen endless vain talking heads spout opinions on Twitter and in anonymous comment sections that amount to nothing, while students who man tables in Mac Chown A make a difference person by person. While one might make you look more opinionated and important, the latter might actually achieve something.
Altogether, I guess what I’ve learned by having to form opinions about Brock and about things that apply to student life is that the onus is on every one of us. Stop shouting opinions on social media or in line at the Tim Hortons outlet and actually do something about it. Anything less is just a love of your own voice.