Fuerst: Parimi and McCormack Not Responsive To Students

Kevin Fuerst

Last week, I wrote an article that was put into the Commentary Section generally criticizing Ram Parimi as a viable, representative president, but specifically condemning the covered cruiser stops as a worthwhile venture as well as the favoritism by Mr. Parimi of the Greek system over other under-represented groups. In fact, I based my criticism on Mr. Parimi alone, apart from the Student Government Association, SGA minutes, or other SGA members. Mr. Parimi exclusively used the articles I cited as a vehicle through which he could discuss what he, as president of our SGA, is doing and why he chooses to do it.So, if I have only addressed Mr. Parimi, why is it that since the Maroon-News hit residence and dining halls on Friday, I have received three separate e-mails rebuking the article and my criticism of the president – not from Ram himself, or from other students, but from the vice president, Casey McCormack. Mr. McCormack claims that I simply do not get it – that money used for the covered cruiser stops cannot be used towards student groups, as I had mentioned in the article. This is a valid point. I was unaware that the money did not come from the same generalized pool. However, Mr. McCormack missed my point altogether: instead of randomly asking people if a covered cruiser stop is a good idea, ask them what they would rather spend money on – give them choices, include increased money to student groups, add improved residence halls – and then tell me that the whole student body would love to be warm and toasty at a cost of nearly $60,000 instead of using that money towards something else, something practical, something useful.In fact, Mr. McCormack has missed the point entirely. I responded to Mr. Parimi’s own articles, things that he wrote presumably on his own, expressing his ideas and rationale for any given issues that, because he writes about them and not something else, he finds the most important. Why, then, did Mr. Parimi not respond to me if it is such an issue that I – one student – expresses displeasure? And, why does Mr. McCormack seem to take it so personally – yes, even when the article has nothing to do with him? After all, this is politics, even if on one of the smallest scales. Public servants always quip that theirs is a thankless job; the mantra that fits most governmental jobs is that you can never make everyone happy.So, by pointing out what I find to be a waste of money as well as pointing to the discrepancies behind what Parimi does notice (Greeks missing from the viewbook) and what he does not notice (LGBTQ-persons missing from the viewbook), I am fulfilling my obligation that comes with living in a democratic society, and on a campus that elects its officers. In fact, I would be surprised if I were the only student dissatisfied with this presidency or this SGA.