By: Cody Bentley
Ok guys, I want to talk about the elephant in the room….Which just so happens to be an owl instead of an elephant.
Of course, I am talking about the KSU and SPSU Merger headlines. For those of you who are Amish or scared of people and social media and don’t know what I am talking about, there has been a proposal that is getting voted on for Kennesaw State University to merge with SPSU.
Obviously, the student body for both campuses have a lot of confusion and frustration with the idea of this merger, which is very transparent when browsing your Facebook or Twitter. I would like to give a little input on the situation…..
How to Appropriately React to the Situation
While you may be a student who is frustrated and confused, this does not mean you should handle the situation with the maturity of a Pre-Schooler. If you are not in favor of the merger, you have the right to voice your opinion on it. This right, however, does not entitle you to commit slander. Slander includes calling a school inferior as well as directly targeting faculty/administration. When you take it upon yourself to speak for your institution, you are now representing the institution in it’s entirety. If you spout mounds of slander and disrespectful comments in your arguments, you have now officially made the institution look bad, which is actually pretty counter-productive.
Groups and petitions are good way to get your message across, but there is incredibly fine line between forming a group with the purpose of raising awareness by informing the public and grabbing a bunch of people to influence immaturity in the spirit of protest. Let me emphasize: A VERY FINE LINE.
Lets look at this logically….
What are you trying to accomplish with voicing your opinion about the merger? Now ask yourself: Is the method of voicing my opinion helping to obtain my desired accomplishment, or am I simply venting my personal frustrations to get them off my chest?
This merger is not an excuse to embrace anarchy and start trashing either campus out of anger . Remember the big 1% Protest that happened a little while back? Remember how they carried themselves? Now exactly how much did they accomplish?
Bottom Line: If you are making an effort to be proactive in debating or voicing concern over this merger, then the actions you choose should follow this effort. Get informed, remain mature, and make sure your words have substance. The majority of the publicity I have seen coming from the student bodys’ of BOTH SCHOOLS have been filled with slanderous garbage that do the opposite of being proactive. Stay mature and keep a level head, because no one is going to find merit in any argument you make if you choose to take the immature path: it is a selfish move, and it is insulting to the people who are being affected by the merger.
Lastly, if you want to make any suggestions during this merging process then do it here: https://www.spsu.edu/consolidation/