Letter to the editor: The future of UVM

  It seems now, as I am getting ready to graduate in May, that my time at UVM has gone by faster than any other period of my life. My time here has transformed my outlook on life, education and what I value in myself. UVM will always have a special place in my heart because of how much the last four years have transformed my life for the better. Yet, as I leave, I ask all of you who will stay on to get involved and be the change you want to see. I have served on the Student Government Association since 2008, and contrary to what some of you might think, I have seen many students who have made a real difference for the better on our education. The upcoming elections for SGA president and vice president this Wednesday and Thursday has brought out many great candidates with many great ideas. I ask you to read their platforms and reach out to them, but I ask that you give two candidates special attention. Julian Golfarini and Will Vitagliano will win my votes because I truly believe they are the best candidates for the jobs they seek. They have the experience as student leaders to have the top two student positions, but also the altruism and openness to represent your ideas, not their own. They represent the innovative changes SGA has been going through over the past few years, and I know they will serve you well. I did not take the decision to write this editorial lightly, but in the end I came to the conclusion that after years of service to the SGA, and to you, the students and friends who elected me, I could not stay silent. Thank you for your consideration and for all you do; please keep Julian and Will in mind this week. David Maciewicz SGA Vice President Class of 2011