FROM THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 17:03
Last week, the activist group “Occupy GSU” infiltrated classrooms, dispersing flyers and chanting – resulting in the arrest of one protestor.
The shenanigans were a tactic to rally up students for the group’s march to the Board of Regents meeting. However, judging from the comments we received from our social media outlets, students were not enthused by the group’s tactic to rally support.
We cannot help but notice that many of those faces that made up the “Occupy GSU” movement are also avid members of Georgia Students for Public Higher Education (GSPHE). Many of the tactics used by GSPHE are being reflected in the “Occupy GSU” movement. These tactics are proving to be no more popular or successful in the “Occupy GSU” movement than they were when used by the GSPHE.
That said, it is time that both of these groups reconsider their protest strategy. Instead of interrupting classes by tossing around flyers, the groups should consider getting actively involved in organizations that could potentially make a difference, such as the Student Government Association (SGA).
While we understand that some members of both groups are no longer Georgia State students, those that are students should join politically engaged organizations on campus.
If you read our special SGA issue from a couple weeks ago, the reverberating message from many candidates is that they wanted to represent and be the voice of the students.
During the time that the HOPE Scholarship revisions were underway, Georgia State’s SGA was heavily involved in advocating for the students. The SGA could provide the connections and the platform needed to actually make a difference instead of yelling into a megaphone until you are hoarse.
Ultimately, we know that groups like GSPHE and “Occupy GSU” are working in earnest to better the University System of Georgia by pointing out injustices and bringing awareness to tuition hikes. It is just time to reevaluate the strategy. When students are beginning to see you as a nuisance, it’s time to reevaluate your strategy and look introspectively to see if you really have made a difference at all with your current tactic.
P.S. The Signal would really appreciate it if the “Occupy GSU’ movement would stop putting their protest flyers into our newspapers while they are on the stands. Unless, that is, you’d be willing to pay for an insert or an advertisement. Thanks!