How do we as CSU students want to be represented? Ben and I
campaigned for the privilege of representing the students from this
campus. We believe that students at CSU are critical members of the
Fort Collins community, adding not only our intellect and service
but also our character.
Last weekend’s events, however, made many of us cringe at the
thought of what the public witnessed from a small group of
inconsiderate students. We hope they don’t think of those few
students who got out of control as representing the behavior of the
“typical” CSU student. We feel great disappointment in knowing that
a few disruptive peers have overshadowed and temporarily tarnished
the image of the majority of students here.
We have been in contact with city officials and want to help
spread the word. Fort Collins police have said they intend to be
more proactive, which means that if there are similar kinds of
incidents, an increased number of arrests – including arrests of
bystanders – could occur, rather than police acting to disperse the
crowd as they have in the past.
We recently saw reports saying that riots are a part of our
university’s history and traditions. This isn’t anything to be
proud of. Do we really want to be associated with other schools
with that reputation? Our traditions and daily endeavors don’t have
room for riots. Our tradition is rich with academic excellence. Our
tradition is to learn the sing-song and cheer on our fellow Rams in
every endeavor. Our tradition is to become people who love living
in Fort Collins and care about the community. Our tradition is to
leave CSU to build a successful life with the education – formal
and informal – we receive here.
We believe the university will give students a fair chance to
present their cases before taking permanent measures. We support
the university’s procedures to make this a safe community again. We
believe that each of us should be held accountable for our actions,
especially those that are violent and illegal.
Our message and one that we’ve heard ringing from others around
campus is simple. The university expects students to maintain
behavioral standards that exhibit integrity and that are lawful and
respectful of others’ property. Those few students who have tainted
the meaning of our accomplishments here at CSU by giving the
outside world a wrong impression about who we are and what we want
to accomplish in life do not represent the majority of students. We
don’t want that kind of behavior associated with this campus. CSU
is not about that kind of reputation.
And thus we ask that we find a way to move on as a community,
that the headlines change from “riots” to “another Ram success.” We
must look forward to and concentrate more than any other year on
displaying our contributions to the CSU and Fort Collins
communities, especially at a time when we are so dependent on state
and private funding.
We must bring attention to the hours of service we contribute to
this area. We must applaud the members of hundreds of student
organizations representing us in competitions year-round. We must
celebrate the national awards and victories not only in classrooms
and labs but also on the fields and courts. We are proud to wear
green and gold and we encourage you to join us in celebrating and
showing those who have chosen to so closely watch us what it truly
means to be a CSU Ram!
ASCSU Vice President