What a disservice it would be for CRdaily not to look ahead to next school year during this summer vacation. In light of that realization I would like to announce that CRdaily will henceforth be a source of news regarding the current Jasmin Jones administration and their up-coming plans for UNC when updates are warranted.
Up until now, most students have only seen her in action for a couple of months during the last days of last year. That time was taken up with organization of her cabinet and the appointment of all of her external appointments. But, in the midst of all that there was a bit of excitement.
In a surprising turn of events, there came a test of her leadership abilities when SDS and others protested YWC’s Tom Tancredo event; Jasmin’s handling of the protest aftermath gave possible light into what we might expect for next year.
Jasmin in no substantial way publicly condemned SDS or even the protesters, preferring to call the fiasco a problem of “miscommunication.” In reality it wasn’t a miscommunication, but rather an organized suppression of free speech. Also, the free speech rally that she was involved with organizing gave a platform to the leader of the feminist organization involved with the obnoxious protest, thus legitimizing her actions. Also, the leader of YWC, Riley Matheson, was not invited. In other words, the person who was victimized was not given a voice, but the criminal was (thankfully, Riley happened by and was allowed a short speech). As the executive, Jasmin had the responsibility to invite Riley; it was a ridiculous oversight. (On a side note Anthony Dent wrote a differing, positive opinion on the rally here).
Basically, Jasmin offered moral relativism (i.e. SDS and the other protesters are just as legitimate as any other student organization) when a decisive condemnation was needed. In fact, her desire not to be seen as anti-SDS weirded me out and is illustrated in the fifth DTH photo of that week. Jasmin should realize that SDS is no stranger to harassment or illegal actions and, by every single action they have taken since the YWC event, have proven that they do not desire to change their ways. On the contrary, they obviously desire to up their presence.
Another impression of the leader that Jasmin will be can be had by reading her election platform. A look at Jasmin’s platform left me with the impression that she puts much importance on many silly issues not pertinent to her position. Among them, diversity, womens’ rights, and LBGTQ issues. I will highlight the most concerning below:
Jasmin wants to put into motion an unbelievably stupid “Orange Band Project” in which ” The orange band has a special meaning to each individual student. Students are encouraged to ask one another ‘what does your orange band mean to you?’ This will create healthy, diverse dialogue between students on campus.”
Jasmin wants to literally “promote gay rights” from her office and inform students “about the progress and the struggles of the fight for gay rights in America.” I assume this includes the most important of all fronts in the culture war, the marriage front. Thus, we have yet another endorsement of the “queer” community’s perversive activity and another ostrasizement of the religious/conservative community.
Lastly, I was unaware that the bazillion women at Carolina were underserved. It seems that every other UNC event involves the worship of their genitalia. There is also a Women’s Center and the university spent thousands (millions?) of dollars erasing from their materials the blot of the sexist term “freshman.” Nevertheless, Jasmin wants to ” be more proactive to the immediate concerns of women on campus.”
As president-elect Jasmin offered another nugget of her vision for UNC at the Scholar’s Latino Initiative Benefit Dinner when she said, “The Latino population is getting larger in North Carolina, and UNC-CH and universities statewide should reflect that presence.” Whatever that means.
Jasmin also stood in favor of the student fee increase to pay for socialized childcare this past year (oh what dreadful memories of that ordeal I hold). I know because she was kind enough to discuss the issue with me as I stood for hours holding a “vote no” sign by Lenoir. Her position and reasoning does not make me very optimistic about her opinion regarding future increases.
In conclusion, Jasmin seems to be all too a predictable “liberal.” And, to be clear, I am not meaning it in the stupid “partisan” manner that student government is often discussed. I mean, if I were to think of a titular (see you should listen to Rush Limbaugh, you will increase your vocabulary) head of UNC’s student body, Jasmin Jones embodies it. So, perhaps, she should be our president.