Got an email from Jason Gray today; I’m sure you did too. Looks like the Student Union EBoard is trying to do its bit to help out the victims of Gustav.
What their effort boils down to is this: Tabling for donations, backing a student volunteer group, and persuading International Club to donate some funds from Pachanga.
Well, that’s good I guess. Way to use the bully pulpit for some good. I remember in High School, after the Southeast Asian Monsoons, a kid named Adam Sax raised 10,000 from students for charity. So this donation drive definitely has promise. I don’t know why, it just feels…underwhelming.
Maybe the students who join the National Collegiate Volunteers could do some video interviews with some residents and bring back their stories? How about we get the University to invest some of its endowment in no/low-interest micro-loan programs for hurricane survivors. Or maybe we as a student body could raise a ruckus about the failed conservative policies that got us into this mess…again?
I dunno. This isn’t meant to be a criticism of the Student Union. They’re just people on a busy schedule doing what they think is right. I just think there is a capacity at Brandeis for so much more. Those are just some quick ideas I had. This is a good first step, but imagine the possibilities of all else we could do.
You can read the email under the flip:
In recent days, Hurricanes Gustav, Hannah, and Ike have caused large amounts of damage across the United States and abroad.
While we hope that any future destruction is minimal, we have all observed the damage and destruction that has already occurred. There is considerable rebuilding necessary to repair the lives, homes, and businesses of those impacted by the storms.
Many students have asked how they can help.
– Please consider donating $5-10 to the Student Union’s Disaster Relief Initiative. We have set up a partnership with the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. You can either donate directly to the Red Cross by following this link: http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main Or you can donate in person at tables that are set-up in Usdan and the Shapiro Campus Center from 11:00AM to 2:00 PM this Monday through Friday.
– If you are interested in physical volunteer relief work, please contact the National Collegiate Volunteers, a Brandeis student organization that sends students to do volunteer disaster relief work in needed areas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
– Proceeds from the International Club’s Pachanga this Saturday will go to benefit international victims of these hurricanes as well.
Student Union President
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