By: Kenneth Vasser (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I often joke that UIC is the socially awkward sibling of the U of I system; Urban-Champaign is cool older brother, Springfield is the younger, yet intelligent sister, and UIC is the middle child that has special qualities, but at the same time do not.
UIC students prefer to study than to go out and explore the city. After 5p.m., our main campus resembles an old ghost town. On weekends not many students are left on campus except those that have to work in the morning. Most of all, there is a tremendous lack of school spirit. There is simply no esprit de corps,or enthusiasm, which surrounds around our mascot or University as a whole. Well, after 5 years of being at this beloved institution and seeing first hand how things have been systematically destroyed, I have seen this case time and time again. I would like it to change.
What leads me to my premise that the cause of the “social awkwardness” at UIC derives from some administrators, is the idea that every time there is a good event, organization, club or activity, which has been organized by students, administrators either take credit for it or do not fully consider the suggestion.
How can you help students if you are not hearing them completely out?
Why is other student interest low you ask? It’s simply, students have minimal say, which equates to less student pride.
Other Universities have more student input and less of an administrative hold on student creativity for the increase in the University’s social climate.
UIC is socially awkward because no one seems to really listen to the students. If you let students feel like they have a say or a part in the University, that they have chosen to call home for the next four to six years, then maybe things could be different. We have a Undergraduate Student Government, but what have they really done to improve our experience here at UIC?
We need our Student Government to be more present and active with student concerns.
Maybe, have an option for student to submit proposals minus the bureaucracy to let campus pride flourish from student ideas. Ideas for students and by students–that’s it and that’s all.
I was asked one time, “Why don’t more students come to Black History Month events?” Well the answer is this; most of the events are lectures. As students we sit in lectures for the majority of the day. So, if I spend most of my days sitting lectures, why would I come to another lecture in my free time? As a student we want to relax, dance, eat, enjoy life outside of four- walls and not go to a “Spark in the Park” concert in the middle of the week.
Many students, including myself, enjoy this great institution.There are great opportunities, we cannot help but notice, that separate us from other institutions, but there is also a lack thereof when is comes down to school spirit that also separates us, which diminishes the pride that is billowing below the surface.
Why should students have to wait for a lot of administrative approval to improve social life?