On Thursday, September 17, 2015 a new era dawned on the noble hill; as the student body witnessed the inauguration ceremony of the new United Student Movement regime. This was a historic moment, as the eightieth president and a fifteen officer senate were inducted into a hall of servitude. This inauguration was filled with many bitter sweet moments, including but not limited to: late and unfinished uniforms, financial setbacks and a late start to the “big day.” It was not a flashy inauguration, the mouths of the critics did speak and many students expressed their views via social media. However, for those who were close observers there are a few positives which can be garnered from this historic occasion. So, with all of this said, the question is still left unanswered. What can the student body expect from this new regime? That is a big question, one which I feel that I am unable to answer. But, here are my few cents on the matter at hand:
Firstly, the student body can look forward to working with a regime which demonstrates a spirit of humility, servitude and corporation. Regardless of the setbacks, the various challenges and the many critics who spoke. A spirit of Humility, servitude and corporation can take you a far way. This I believe is the strongest point of the new slate of leaders, and is their most successful attribute. The old adage which states, “That the humble calf sucks the most milk,” still stands true. Being humble is a great blessing as is demonstrated in the biblical account of Matthew 23: 12 “He who humbles himself will be exalted…” We clearly saw that each member, from the President down to the Public Relations Officer poses these traits. And they will take the movement viagra forward, through their work, dedication and relationship building. I must add that this regime may even take the movement further than the famous glory years (2003-2006). Just recently, we saw the tenacity and zeal of the male sports director who sought assistance from the Minister of National Security to boost the under-equipped and fledging sports department on campus. This I am sure will only benefit the student body, and any member of the movement would have done the same.
Secondly, in borrowing from their theme, the student body can look forward to a high level of accountability, transparency and inclusivity. It is not going to be an easy road; leadership is hardship, sweat and tears. Over the years, the student body has lost trust in the movement. However, this is the regime which will need to rebuild the lost trust of the student body. But, just how are they going to do so? Through the setbacks they face, of a truth setbacks are meant to test your fortitude and girth as a person, however, they are not meant to kill you. In facing setbacks and disappointments, each shareholder (faculty, staff or student) will be held accountable to the task at hand. We can rest assured that this was not just idle talk, but that the regime will stick by their word. The regime is filled with no nonsense individuals who will fight for the cause of the students. The president during his inaugural address was quite inclusive and transparent. He not only railed in the critics, but he also publicly affirmed the hardworking team which will support him in office. This is more than enough evidence to support the second point.
Thirdly, the student body can look forward to a performance driven regime. This term reflects the kind of culture that builders seek to achieve; builders do not sit by idly and allow things to fall apart, they will strive to maintain balance. Within the current regime, each officer is working toward accomplishing a similar goal. Though they are working with little, the team has already laid the platform upon which they will build. The officers have a high level of trust and respect for each other. In addition, they being students themselves have placed a high value on the student body. The team members know how to defuse tension and friction; on the day of their inauguration, regardless of the various disappointments, the members were laughing and keeping a sound mind. This performance driven regime will ultimately infect the school populace and the wider society to achieve more. In all of this, let us strive to work together to build this country and our university for God.
Graduate Student, SRT
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