The AUC community is making them.
The waves of change should be crashing down on us soon. They can do one of two things: cleanse us of our ways with its refreshing mists, or leave us in shambles as though a sudden yet somewhat anticipated hurricane swept through the university.
We have undergone many changes this year, and many of which have always been discussed in this section of the newspaper. We have gone through so many changes that yesteryear feels as though it was eons ago.
While we are experiencing this transitory period, it is important for us to take these changes in stride and with a grain of salt. Adjustment is always a slow and sometimes painful process, but it is important for us to understand exactly what it is we are adjusting to.
The administration put an end to this crippling nine-day strike by promising to fulfill the majority of the protesters’ demands. This renewed the protesters’ morale and gave the administration the brownie points it was seriously lacking.
However, we should know from experience not to be too starry-eyed when we hear promises laced with more promises. The administration has worked hard these past few weeks to accommodate our demands and to get the university functioning as it should, but let us continue to be critical of all ruling bodies.
Let us follow-up on the administration’s promise that it will be more transparent with community members, or that it will include more student representatives in decision-making bodies.
Let us ensure that workers are treated fairly and with respect, and that they are getting paid a sufficient wage. These are tough times for all of us, and we all have bills to pay, whether we’re a university in a deficit or a family trying to make ends meet.
Let us always have a clear conscious and ensure that no violation of human rights takes place in front of our eyes, no matter where we are.
Let us continue to stay human and not let our bad selves get the best of us. It is important to act rationally and to always take into account the impact of our actions. Let us not give in to mob mentality if we want people to treat us with decency and respect.
We should be expecting a wave of change to hit us any minute now, and it may even be a hurricane. Up until now, we have only heard a forecast, and these things may or may not be true.
The drought that has hovered over AUC for the past few years may soon come to an end, and the rainfall we’ve always wanted may either be a refreshing embrace or a natural disaster.