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Unified Student Government Association

Ryan Motzel

Statement of Candidacy

     Before I begin, I would like to draw a rather strong and emotional parallel to a theme found in the succeeding story, that I believe is often absent in the spirits of many of those who might run for office, or any other position of leadership or “power”, for that matter, today.

     A new neighbor of mine recently introduced himself on move-in day, and simultaneously, his favorite poster; an unauthentically signed photograph of a man by the name of Kurt Cobain; a man that torturously drowned himself in an obsession of hatred toward his own being for believing that he was a liar; a man destroyed by his own conscience (sticking with the assumption that he did, on his own, tragically pull the trigger).

     A story, psychologically speaking, heavy and burdensome enough for just the minute or so that one might take to read it, that the tongue swallows and the stomach twists just slightly.

     A story that hopefully has grabbed your attention, albeit a very dark note, indeed. I say “hopefully”, however, because shining very brightly within it, there lies a major chord; a silver lining (as there does, I believe, in all things. Why ever choose the road less brightly lit?); and it is the powerful theme of empathy.

     “...I can’t fool you, any one of you...Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk-in on stage...There’s good in all of us and I think I simply love people too much...so much that it makes me feel too sad.”

      Kurt just wants to feel as if he has made a difference; that he is appreciated for what he has done.

     And many might answer, “But he was! And he should’ve!”, and that may be true. However, it doesn’t matter, because what matters first, is that he appreciates his own work, and he didn’t.

     I use this story to draw this parallel because, yes, it is powerful. But Kurt was not happy with himself. And as a student body, a Jesuit University, we are just the same. But how you ask? Ask yourselves this:

     How can we, a people that pride ourselves on serving others, empathize with any of those less fortunate for a positive end result, if we cannot first feel good about ourselves, and the work that we do within the University for both ourselves, and each other? We are a Jesuit school prided on service, and we cannot serve anybody, until we first feel strong about who we are, and what we do as one; which brings me to my statement:

     I want to run for freshman representative because I want our class to appreciate our work, and what we will have done together; so that, although the end result may not be as devastating, we do not similarly fail ourselves, before we graduate as Ramblers to set the world on fire.


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