Statement from EVP Farnesi
Dec 14, 2010 by Tara Powers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2010
(FRESNO, Calif.) As ASI’s Executive Vice-President, I would like to offer the following to the students who attended our last meeting and the larger student body we are charged with representing.
I thank you for the time you took to utilize your right to be heard and participate in our meeting. It was an honor to hear from each of you – your differing opinions on the DREAM Act demonstrate the diversity of our campus. In a demonstration of understanding and passion, a group of students from all different walks of life came together to share opinions and seek support from their student government. I believe I speak for the entire Senate in wholeheartedly thanking you for your participation. Serving you is an honor.
That said, I would like to apologize to both students and community participants for those who felt it was okay to stifle the voice of others. The Public Comment portion of our last meeting was marred by individuals who felt it necessary to boo, hiss and yell. ASI strives to make our meetings a place where all opinions are welcomed and recognized. Any individual who participated in putting down their fellow students because they had a differing opinion should look deeply at what they meant to accomplish and realize that in doing so they demonstrated hate, anger and small mindedness. For anyone who fell victim to these indecent acts, I apologize. You should never feel less than welcome in front of your student government and amongst your peers.