Published: April 7, 2016
CARSON E. CLABEAUX
I was disheartened to find in a recent Aquinas article, that the voices of the students were being downplayed by our Student Government administration.
Three weeks ago, Mathew DeFrenza revived the conversation about student safety when crossing Mulberry Street.
As a resident of Montrone, and a firsthand witness to a student being hit, this is a common concern of mine and many others.
I write this piece to contradict the opinion of the student body president and vice-president, and using their words, to say DeFrenza is “not alone in these sentiments.”
It was mildly humorous when my first few weeks of living in Montrone were spent practicing “Frogger” to get to class.
I also grinned when I was handed a paper on how to cross the street, similar to the colorful papers I received in kindergarten.
Thankfully, someone with a voice recalled the true danger of Mulberry Street, an issue that is being glossed over and belittled by the Student Government. Our elected officials, who collect monetary compensation, favored a rhetorical attack on DeFrenza over a meaningful response.
Their reply to DeFrenza lacked substance and simply relied on questioning his competency as a writer. A well-written deflection would have only contained their small portion of factual evidence, which explained the difficulties of reworking the Mulberry roadway.
This alone would have served as a great response to DeFrenza’s article, as it would have explained the lack of action behind the ongoing hazard. Unfortunately, their response resulted in personal jabs at DeFrenza and his past articles. By pretentiously devaluing DeFrenza’s “schoolyard chicanery masquerading as a sophisticated, sardonic opinion,” I now question the officers’ ability to lead as equals.
You have tried to silence a voice of a student you claim to represent, an action that is never appropriate or called for.
This low road approach by the officers has only weakened their claim, and thus placed them on defense.
Comically, their attempted portrayal of DeFrenza as being uncreditable has effectively discredited their own administration.
During their campaign, they called themselves the “voices of the students,” yet they cannot be named in The Aquinas without a formal approval.
How can you believe you represent us on an equal level if your name is too mighty to be questioned in the school paper?
It seems as if they are cautiously looking over their shoulder, paranoid of their accomplishments being questioned.
Frankly, I would be looking over my shoulder too if I wasn’t being accountable for student safety, but I am far too busy looking left and right trying to cross Mulberry Street.
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