Note: This article solely represents the views and opinions of the author, who does not speak for the whole of The Rock at Boston College.
I was always taught, from a young age, that politics was a game for the dirty, manipulative, and greedy; a game specifically designed to reward those who could out-corrupt the opposition. And to this day, I still retain a certain level of skepticism regarding politics that was inherited from the educators and adults of my childhood. But throughout my 19 years of existence, I have also learned that politics is the path towards sustainable change and desirable reform. A formidable, daunting road, but one brimming with untamed potential nonetheless.
My pragmatic perspective on the cruel game known as politics is why I’m supporting “experience” in the 2014 UGBC Presidential Election. It is why I am throwing in my lot with two people who know how to play the game and win at that too. Chris Marchese, Pro-Tempore of the Student Assembly, and Nanci Fiore-Chettiar, a senator in the assembly with involvement on the executive side as well, are the epitome of experience. They have fought in the trenches known as Fulton 511 every Tuesday and by email Monday through Sunday for the past three years, advocating for meaningful reform students care about like alcohol disciplinary action and gender issues. They are seasoned veterans who have invested their college careers into leaving behind a better Boston College for the Eagles to come in future years.
Their experience shows in their platform, which features the ACT acronym: Advocacy, Communiversity, and Tangibility as central themes of their campaign platform. No, they are not promising avant-garde and glamorous additions that no candidate can deliver on like water fountains on every floor of every dorm or HD Premium programming for all the televisions on campus; however, what Nanci and Chris are proposing are both short and long term, tangible goals that UGBC can achieve in the years to come.
Student rights and campus discussion on issues of diversity, not only from a racial standpoint, but also from socioeconomic, sexual, and spiritual perspectives are what they are advancing, and both do so with credibility. Last year, Chris spearheaded the school-wide referendum on alcohol policy reform, which added restrictions on the punishments that the administration could dish out on students caught with alcohol. On issues regarding mental health, identity, and diversity education on campus, Nanci has anchored the discussion on campus by serving as the Director of the FACES organization, a club dedicated to facilitating conversation on racism and identity, while also representing her AHANA constituency in the Student Assembly.
This election season, the decision to vote for one ticket over another should not only be contingent on the policies and features offered by each candidate team’s platform; while that is important, voters should ask themselves who they trust to cut through red tape and get stuff done. And if that is what it comes down to, I do not see any other way to vote than for experience, which is the duo of Nanci and Chris.
So Boston College, it’s time to take back our student government and send a message. Even if you haven’t been involved in student government for until now, you can be a part of the change you want to see on campus by voting next Tuesday and Wednesday. And before you make your selection, ask yourself: which team do I think can deliver on their promises? I’m sure you’ll make the right choice.