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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


The past two weeks have been extremely busy with school work, research, blogging, internship and extra-curricular / community activities.


To the great dismay of the student body, the CUSG Legislative council passed two bills that were largely fought against, and did not pass the one that was for. As an international student, it is important to participate in campus activities to ensure that our voices are heard as high fee-paying students of this school. I know that there are countless restrictions that accompany being an international student here, and the international student body is largely forgotten in the decision-making processes. So, instead of sitting back and complaining, I decided that whenever and wherever possible, I will be a voice to the international students.

At the past two legislative council sessions, there was a large turn-out of students. The meeting which usually holds in the Aspen rooms had to be shifted once to UMC 235 and then eventually to the Glenn Miller Ballroom. This gives an idea of the number of people who came to speak to our student leaders. unfortunately, it seemed as if they were barely listening. Many of the student leaders seemes more worried about retention of autonomy rather than actually listening to what we the students wanted. CoPIRG, The Interactive Theatre Project and general student group funding will be affected due to the events that went down this past week. 

It was sad to see that our leaders had their minds made up and our presence at legislative council was irrelevant. But, we will not stop speaking to their ears until they listen to us.

When you come to a school like CU Boulder, do not be a passive member of the community. Every decision affects you.

Moving on.

God bless,

‘Funmi Oy.

Environmental Studies, Geography • Port Harcourt, Nigeria