With the student government elections underway,a new MSA President elected, and the last of the campaigning now over- there has been alot of discussion about how(if even possible) student organizations can actually implement "change" at the U. So I started looking around for these initiatives on campus throughout the week to see what my fellow students were doing.
Michigan Vision Party and MForward each had their candidates on the Diag collecting student's ideas. MVP had whiteboards and a ginormous V while MForward had black tack boards and put student ideas on multi-colored paper and stapled it on the board. Both groups had great response, and their boards seemed quite full.
Another group, Nexecon Consulting, is managing a campaign called Nex-Step- providing students a web-portal through which they can voice their ideas of how to improve the U. In their description they state that the top 10 will be compiled in a report and presented to University Administrators, and that one idea will be selected as one of their projects in the Fall.
My question to the MGoCommunity is, can students actually implement this "change". Do we have the necessary resources/connections/bureaucratic savvy to manage through the maize that is UM administration? Or are we as students not capable of achieving these things?
From your perspective, what does is essential to make ""change"" happen at UM?