Most college students don’t believe they can make a difference on their campus. After all, they are just students and they don’t have a say in anything. Right?
The students and faculty of Abilene Christian University proved that through our thoughts and words, we can make a difference in our community. When we, the people of Abilene Christian University come together and speak, we are heard.
After much talk, petitioning and surveys, dead day is back.
For you freshmen, dead day was the first Monday of finals week and was an exclusive day that had been put in place for students to study, relax and sleep right before their lives were turned upside down by finals week. However, ACU broke this longstanding tradition during the spring semester of 2012 and decided to get rid of dead day.
As word spread around campus that dead day was gone, it quickly became apparent that the students were outraged about the elimination of dead day. Everyone had thought about it, everyone talked about it and most had complained about it, but one student decided to do something about it.
Alexander Hill started a petition to bring dead day back.Â The support that he got was overwhelming. Over 500 students signed this petition and because of the petition and survey, dead day was brought back.
Most people don’t believe that we can make a difference however, the resurrection of dead day is evidence that we can. I believe that students should be more involved events that surround them in their every day lives. When students stand together to support or protest something that they don’t agree on, they are heard. Students have a voice and often don’t realize it. We need to recognizeÂ that we have a say in things like politics, campus problems such as the bean food, and even theÂ Student Association elections.Â If we speak up about the problems that we see around us and get more involved, then we can help get them fixed.These problems directly effect us and often we just complain instead of doing initiating some action.Â The only obstacle standing in our way, is our voice. Â I don’t believe students know how valuable their voices are. If we can bring back dead day by forming a petition and replying to a survey, who knows what else we can do. Maybe we can get rid of Core?