It’s Election season within the Ateneo once again. Time to file for all those candidacies and time to submit that 3-page platform.
The Sanggunian is the Student Government Body representing the student body of the loyola schools of Ateneo De Manila University and let me just get straight to the point: It’s about time to ERASE that notion that “NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE SANGGUNIAN.”
OTHER THINGS THESE PEOPLE MIGHT SAY:
“They’re not even doing anything.” “I don’t see results” “No one can feel the presence of the Sanggunian working in the Ateneo” “They were better five years ago.” “Mas nararamdaman pa yung COA kaysa sa Sanggu” “May kwenta lang sila kapag bumabagyo tapos kailangan ko malaman kung may pasok”
If you have caught yourself or a friend saying this, then they probably pose one or two of the following mentalities:
1. You don’t care about any political issues in Ateneo. You are inconvenienced by the APECO farmers rallying against the governement. Traffic ba? You are way too lazy to read the Varsitarian. Why should you join the rally against SM Blue when it’s raining? It might make basa your Iphone 5! All the talented Guidon and Matanglawin writers cannot move you with any school issue or Philippine issue of today because you have failed to pick up just one free copy along Secwalk or the Gonzaga Atrium.
2. You haven’t thought of a single way to make your school better. Or to make a contribution for that matter. Give one change that you actually really thought of for the Ateneo. Something you actually gave effort into thinking about, all the way down to its execution and effectiveness. Why should you even offer any ideas? It’s not your job to improve our school, right? What’s the point of arguing with OSA or expressing the need for another vendo machine? Besides, you’re tinatamad.
3. You don’t care about uniting with the rest of your schoolmates because you already have your own life. And you guys are way too busy for that Philo orals or your thesis paper to even care about the student government. and why would you rally when you can go watch Les Miserables or Pitch Perfect instead? Or there’s always Papu’s at Xavierville and Intersection at One Burgundy. In short, I have my own life to think about to even be bothered with Sanggu matters. Besides, I’m leaving for JTA. Why should i even bother. You have a their-business-is-their-business kind of mindframe.
4. Your orgs are more important to you. Anong APECO pinagsasabi mo diyan? Mamaya ka na, i have rehearsals pa! Oh no, you haven’t sent the long form and the project proposal required for your project and you have 2 weeks left! Hmmm…I need more sponsors for the incoming party for our org. Darn it, kulang ako sa training sabi ni coach. This is why you feel as if COA is more important. You’re absolutely minoring in AB ORG and you’re too busy to be bothered by politics.
The mentalities above also explain why you haven’t been “feeling” the Sanggunian at work among the student body.
If your attention and your priorities are in other things and the betterment of our school is just in your periphery, then so will Sanggu be. You won’t feel the organization at work because you don’t pay enough attention. They’re not just there when relief operations have to be done at the covered courts, you know.
They are your friends, trying to make a difference. Besides, what do you expect them to do, anyway? Allow us to break the rules? Find a way for us to kick out hell-sent professors? Create a party in cooperation with other schools? High expectations are not the key to anything.
I’m not trying to put them up a pedestal, (They’re human, too) but at the very least, it’s nice to focus on their work (dedicated to us) and thank them. They really ARE there for us. And they’re probably doing whatever they can to get closer to us. People who valiantly declare that no one cares about Sanggu commits an influential but hasty generalization. Please guys, ideas are powerful. So don’t go saying that around freshmen who are willing to run for block representatives. These are kids with a vision for our community. Don’t dampen their hopes with some fallacious argument. It’s about time you care more for this school.
You might be too busy saying these things from the beginning, that you might actually be missing out on the changes that you want to see. IGNORANCE IS AN EPIDEMIC, OUR ETHOS FOR CENTURIES NOW, AND IT’S HUMANITY’S CANCER. How will you bring yourself to vote on our future national leaders when you can’t even walk for 6 minutes towards secwalk to cast your vote within the Ateneo? Voting is a start. Let’s do away with the negativism and make them a partner of ours. Let’s get involved. If we really cared, we would maximize the utility of our freedom of speech in the fullest positive sense of the term.
Levels of Worth are never inherent. What you give importance to gains more worth.
I’m not representing Sanggu and I’m not saying this is the only way to appreciate our school. and I’m not trying to offend anyone. So it doesn’t mean that if you can’t attend a rally, you’re automatically ignorant =)) And i’m not saying that none of us care, nor am i saying that sanggu has had no shortcomings whatsoever, i’m saying that some of us should do away with the negativism towards sanggu.
Please, that’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying that we all have tendencies to overlook Sanggu’s efforts, MYSELF INCLUDED. It doesn’t mean that because someone goes to JTA or does a lot of orgwork they don’t care about sanggu anymore. That would be missing the point. But it means we must not spread the idea that they are “useless” to us.
EDIT IN (PART 2)
I know i said I’ll be approving all comments, positive or negative, but I refuse to approve comments which dropped names and attacked specific people.