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The Stony Brook Press - Volume 23, Issue 5

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S c h o o lIn te rn a tio n a l
Program s,
T he
S o c ia lJ u s tic e
A llia n c e ,
a n d
th e
G ra d u a te
S tu d e n t
O rg a n iz a tio n
a sp a rt
o f S to n y
B ro o k & rsq u o ;s
B rin g in g
C o n te x t
t o
th e
C ris is /In te rn a tio n a l
F o c u s
L e c tu re
S e rie s .
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s e rie si sin c e le b ra tio n
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w eek
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h e ld
i n
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A u d ito riu m , w asin tro d u c e d
b y
C had
C o u lte ro f

th eS o c ia lJ u s tic eA llia n c ea sa n" e f f o r tt op ro m o te c ritic a l p u b licd i s c o u r s e " .A fter fa c u ltym em ber L es P a ld y ,w ho

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g a tio n s inG eneva, w arm zd
u p
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fe w
w o rd s B anuri to o kth ep o d iu m .
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a ir
fo rc ec o m m a n d in g
s e v e ra lfig h te rs q u a d r o n s .
T heS tra te g ic
p la n s
d iv is io n ,h iso rg a n iz a tio n
i n
th eP a k is ta n ig o v e rn m e n t,c a nb e com paredt oo u r
J o in tC h iefso f S ta ff.
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w as
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b e tw e e n
th eA ir
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i n
Islam abad
a n d
th eJ o in t
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a n d
S ta ffC o lle g e
i nL o n d o n .
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L .
S tim so n
C e n te r,
a
re s p e c te d
th in k
ta n k
i n
W a s h in g to n
D C ,w here
h ei se n g a g e d
i nr e s e a r c h
re la te dt on u c le a r w eaponsa n din te rn a tio n a ls e c u -
rity .
H eb e g a nh is

s p e e c hw ithth ed is c la im e r th a th e w asp re s e n tin gh isp e r s o n a l v ie w sa n dn o t th o s eo f th eP a k is ta n ig o v e rn m e n t." I fIs a y som e- th in gp o litic a llyin c o rre c tp l e a s eb e a r w ithM e."h e s a id ,a d d in g

th a th e
w is h e d
t o
a d d re s s
p o p u la r
P a k is ta n is e n tim e n t.
W ith
e v id e n tg o o d hum orh e
r a is e d
th e
p o in tth a tP a k is ta n is ,in u re da sth e ya ret ote rro r-
is m
a n dfe a r,h a v e

ag re a td e a lt ote a c hA m e ric a n s i nth is tim e of crisis.H e c ite dr e c e n tbom bs c a r e si n h is c o u n tryw itho n e e x p lo d in go nab u sa n dafe w c a s e s

o fs u s p e c t e d
a n th ra x
w ith
o n e
c o n firm e d
c a s ea tK arachia irp o rt.
H e
d e s c rib e d
P a k is ta n & rs q u o ;sd e c is io n
t od is a s s o c ia te
fro m
th eT a lib a n
a sam a jo rp o lic y
s h ift"a n d m adei tc le a rth a ti t w asn o tm ade w ith -
o u tsom er e s e r v a t i o n s .H e expresseda la rmth a t th e
h a te crim es a g a in s t th o s e w ho lo o kM id d leE astern
o r S o u th e a s t A sianh a v en o t s to p p e d
a n d
a n x ie ty
th a t" T h e y w ille s c a la te w ith m oret e r r o r i s t
a tta c k s
s u c ha s th e w aveo f a n th ra x .
H ea s k e do f th o s ep r e s e n t ," I sth e reaw ill-
in g n e s st olo o ka t th is fro m
an o n -U .S . fram eo fr e f -
e re n c e ? "O neo f th o s eq u e s tio n sp o litic a lth e o ris ts

a d d re s sa t le n g thi na rtic le sfo rF o re ig n A ffairsb u t o n lyh is to rye v e r answ ers.As a c rile g io u sq u e s tio n i nterm s

o f p o p u la rA m erican
s e n tim e n tb u to n e
th a tB anuri
a tta c h e d
c ritic a lim p o rta n c e
t o in his
ta lk .
H e c a u tio n e d
th a tth e w ar w asn o tu n i-
v e rs a lly
p o p u la r,m e n tio n in g
th e
d e m o n s tra tio n s
a g a in s ti tth ro u g h o u tE u ro p ea n d
N o rth A m erica.
H isow n v ie w ,h es h a r e d , w as th a t a irs t r i k e s w ere
asom ew hat " o ldth in g " .O nem a jo rp o in th e w o u ld
s tr e s s w as h isla c ko f o p tim ism
a b o u t th ee ffe c tiv e -
n e s so fa na irs trik ec a m p a ig ni na c h ie v in ga n y
so rt6 f c o n c re teo b je c tiv e s .
T hen
h e
re a c h e d
th e
c e n tra l
q u e s tio n s
th a t
h e
w is h e d
t o
s e e
c o n s id e re d
b y
th o s e
in
pow er: "W hata re
th ec o s t s
a n dh o w
q u ic k ly
c a n
th isw arcom et oa ne n d ? "T heA m ericanp ro g ra m
o fs c o rc h e d
e a rths e r v e d
w iths p rin k lin g

o fv a c u - um -sealedra tio n s ,"B om bsa n d B read",h a s ,B anuri s a id ," n o tb e e n

a d e q u a te
a tb e s t " .
H e
a d v o c a te d
im p le m e n tin g
" ag ro u n d
o ffe n siv e
th a tc a nb rin g
f a s tr e s u l t s . "
.K h a lid
S a n ri
W hile
o nth e
s u b je c t
o fa ir
s tr ik e s : "N ow
th a t
th e
s t r i k e s
a re
w ell
u n d e r-
w ay
c o u ld
th e
U .S .
n o t
re le a s e
th e
in fo rm a tio n
th e yh a v eo n
b in
L a d in ? "
T he
U .S .
h e
a rg u e d
c o u ld
o n ly
b e n e fit
fro m
a n y
in fo rm a tio n
th e y
re le a s e d
a b o u t
b in
L a
a c tio n s . H isa s s u m p tio nb e in gth a tth etru thc o ild ;
o n lyle g itim iz eth e w a r.
H e
m oved
o n
a b ru p tly
t o
th etig h ts p o t

P a k is ta nc u rre n tlyfin d sits e lfin . P a k is ta n ie x p o rts a resu ffe rin gu n d e r th eu n r e s ti nth ere g io nd u et o h ig h e rs h ip p in g

c o s ts
a n d
c a n c e lle d
o rd e rsfro m
fo re ig nc o m p a n ie sw ithl i t t l ef a i t hi nth ea b ilityo f
P a k is ta n & rs q u o ;sin d u s trie st od e liv e r.
B anuriw is h e dt op o in tu pth e A m erican
re s p o n s ib ility
t oP a k is ta nn o w

th a tsh eh a sg iv e n h e rsu p p o rtt o A m ericanin te re s tsi nth ere g io n .H e r a is e d

th ef e a r th a t A m erica
"w illle a v e
u si nth e
lu rc h
lik e
a fte r
th eS o v ie t
in v a s io n i."
T h e n
th e re

w as th e" i s s u eo fa ffo rd in g3 ,0 0 0r e f u g e e s . " som eo f w hom ,h ea d d e d , a rev e rya n g ry w ithth eP a k is ta n i governm ent fo r s id in g w ithth e U .S .H ew ento nt o m e n tio nth a ti t w o u ldb ev e ryp ro b le m a ticfo rth e P a k is ta n i governm enti f A fg h a n is ta na d o p tsag o v - ernm ent th a ti su n frie n d lyt oP a k is ta n .

H isp o in t w as th a ti nc a s tin gh e r lo t w ith
th eU .S . P a k is ta nh a sp u th e rs e lfi nav e ry
u n s ta -
b lep o s itio na n dfin d sh e r s e l f su ffe rin gfro m
m any
n e g a tiv es id ee ffe c tso fthe w ar.
H e
to ld
th e
sto ry
w ith
som e

m o rb id am usem entth a t w henh eh a db e e na tth eS tim so n c e n te rfo ram o n th

a n A m erican
c o lle a g u e
o f h is
w hoh a ds tu d ie d
th eh is to ryo fA m ericans tra te g ic
a llia n c e sansw ered h imb y s a y in g , "T he q u e s tio ni s
not w hati f A m ericale tsy o u dow nb u t w h e n ."
H isd e e p e s tc o n c e rn seem edt ob e th a t th e
A m erican

le a d e rs h ipw asn o t th in k in gm oreth a n fo u ry e a r sb a c ko ra h e a di n tim e.H es u g g e s te dth e m o n tho fR am adans h o u ld , in d e e d ,b eac e a s e -fire .

"T he m o n tho fR am adanc a nb eu s e dt oa d v a n ta g e
fo rs o u ls e a rc h in ga n dd ia lo g u e ,fo r m orea c h ie v e -
m enta tl e s s p o litic a lc o s ts ."h e s a id .
B anuri
a ls o
r a is e d
s ig n ific a n t

q u e s tio n s a b o u t th efu tu reo fA fg h a n is ta n .H es a wa n y fu tu re governm ento fA fg h a n is ta na sfa c in gs e r i o u s p ro b - le m

o fle g itim a c y
a n d
p o p u la rsu p p o rt.H e
s u g -
g e s te dth a t so m etim ei nth ew ish fu llyn e a rfu tu re
K abulc o u ld
b e m ade
in to
ad e -m ilita riz e d
z o n e
u n d e r th ea u s p i c e so f th eU N a n d /o rN A T O .
H e
fin is h e d
h iss p e a k in gb yu rg in g
th e
n e e d

fo r" L o o k in ga t th ero o tc a u s e . W hys h o u ld som eoneb e w illin gfo r s u ic id ea tta c k s ."H is m ean- in g

w asth a tth o s e
in v o lv e d
i n A m erican
fo re ig n
p o lic y
s h o u ld
b ec o n c e r n e d
w ithth ep s y c h o lo g y
a n d
w o rld v ie w
o f th eM u slim
p e o p le sa n d

th o s e in v o lv e di nth e w ar e s p e c ia lly ." T h e r en e e d st ob e a nu n d e rs ta n d in g

o fs p e c ific
g rie v a n c e s ."
B anuri
s a id .
B anuri
e x p la in e d
th a t
fo ra nA m erican
c a m p a ig n
i nA fg h a n is ta n
t o
b e
s u c c e s s fu l
th e re
m ustb ea n
u n d e rs ta n d in g
o f th e
trib a lc u ltu re s
th a tm ake
u p
A fg h a n is ta n .T h e r e
m ustb era d io
a n d
o th e rp u b lico u tre a c h
i nP a s h tu n ,U rdu
a n d
o th e r
la n g u a g e s .
T h is
m e d ia
c a m p a ig n
w o u ld
fo c u so n c o n v in c in gA fghans,a n da ls oP a k is ta n is ,
c o u n trie sth e yliv ei nth a tth isi sn o taw ara g a i n s t
I s la mb u ta g a in s tterro rism .
"W hen
Ia rriv e d
i nth e U n ite d
S ta te sI
h e a rdp e o p les a y , & ls q u o ;B u rie da tG ro u n dZ eroi s
A m ericas
la c k
o f
s e c u rity
a n d
in te llig e n c e .& rs q u o ;"B anuris a i db u ta d d e dth e y
s h o u lda d du n d e rs ta n d in g .
F ro m
th e re
b e g a n
th e
q u e s tio n
a n d
answ erp e rio d .A
w om ana s k e d , "W hyd o e sth e
U .S .
a lw a y sg e t condem ned
fo rle a v in gP a k is ta n
a n d
A fg h a n is ta n
i n
th e
lu rc h ?
W asn& rsquo;t
i t
th e ir re s p o n s ib ilityt ob rin gs ta b ility ? "
B anurir e s p o n d e d
th a t
A m erica
n e e d e d
P a k is ta n
a t
th a t
tim e
a n d
afterw ard s
P a k is ta n
n e e d e d
A m erica.H e b ro u g h tu pth esm allm a tte r
o f som e F -1 6 & rsq u o ;s
th a t A m ericaa c c e p te dp a y -
m ent fro m
P a k is ta n
fo rb u tn e v e rd e liv e re d
a fte r
s a n c tio n sw ereim p o s e d .
B anuri
w as
a s k e d
t o
e x p la in
th e
o th e r
s o lu tio n sb e s id e m ilitarya c tio nth a th e fa v o re d .H e
answ ered
b y
f ir s t
e x p re s s in g
th e
v ie w
th a te c o -
n o m ics a n c tio n sd on o th u rt th e p e o p leo n eh o p e s
t oh u rti nam ilitaryc a m p a ig na n d o n lys u c c e e di n
tu rn in g
th e
p e o p le
o f
th e
c o u n try
a g a in s t
th e
n a tio nim p o s in gth es a n c tio n s .
"T he
b o m b in g
isn & rsq u o ;t
h e lp in g ."
H e
s a id .
H e
s p o k e
a s
a
p ilo t
o f
fig h te r
p la n e s
i n
e x p la in in gth e ir u n s u ita b ilityfo r h ittin gp a rtic u la r
ta rg e ts . "W hen th e y
(b o m b s)g oo ff th e y
go really
fa ro ff."
" P ro lo n g in g
th e
w ar
w ill
o n ly
n e g a te
w haty o ua retry in gt od o ." B anuriw arnedth a t th e
o n ly tim ey o u w ills e e A fghans fig h tin gto g e th e ri s
w hen
th e y
fa c e
a
com m on
e x te rn a l
enem y.H e
a d d e d
th a t
w h ile
th e
P a k is ta n is
c a n
h e lp
th e
A m e ric a n sa n dth a t w h ile A m ericah a s th eo p p o r-
tu n ityt o w in m anyo v e rt oth e irc a u s e ," I fth is w ar
c o n tin u e sth e y w ills to plis te n in g ."
O nw om ans a id" Ih a v eth eo p p o rtu n ity
t o
g ot o
P a k is ta ne v e r y
y e a ro rs oa n d
s o m any
p e o p le
th e re
s e e m
id e o lo g ic a lly
i n
lin e
w ith
A l
Q aeda
e v e n
i f
th e y
d o n & rs q u o ;t
p ro m o te
v io -
le n c e ."
B anuri seem ed
flu s te re d
a n d
answ ered
th a tth ep e o p leh a v ev e ry
l i t t l ek n o w le d g ea b o u t
w ho b inL a d inis .
O ne m an asked w hereth efu n d in gcom es
fro m
fo r th ere fu g e e cam ps.H ew asansw eredth a t
fu n d in g w as p ro v id e djo in tlyb y P a k is ta n , th eU .S .
a n dth eU N
A g a in s t
a c c u s a tio n s
th a t
b e c a u s e
o f

P a k is ta n & rs q u o ;sp re v io u ssu p p o rt fo r th eT a lib a n "A sking P a k is ta nfo rh e lpi slik ea s k in gth ea r s o n i - is tt op u to u tth ef i r e . "B a n u ri in s is te dth a t P a k is ta n h a sn e v e rh a da n yc o n tro lo v e r th ea c tio n so f th e

T a lib a n ." P a k is ta ntrie d
t oa rg u ew ith
th eT a lib a n
n o tt od e s t r o yth ela rg es ta tu e so fth eB u d d h a ."H e
a d d e dt oi l l u s t r a t eh isp o in t.
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s i t y
p o litic s
a re
v ic io u s
p re c is e ly
b e c a u s e
th e
s ta k e s
a re
s o
sm a ll."
I fth a t'stru e th e n
n o
o n e
s h o u ldb es u r p r i s e d
th a tS to n yB ro o kh a so n eo f
th e
m ostv ic io u s
s tu d e n t
g o v e rn m e n ts
a ro u n d .
S o
l i t t l e
i sa ts t a k e
i n
th e
o p e ra tio n
o fS tu d e n t
P o lity
th a ts h e e r b o re d o m
s e ts
i n
am ongsts tu -
d e n tle a d e rs .F in d in gn o th in g
c o n s tru c tiv e
t ob e
d o n eo ra n y o n ei np a rtic u la rtot r yt o h e lp , som e
o f
th e s e
s tu d e n ts
ta k e
m in o r
is s u e s
a n d
tu rn

th e min tom a jo rc r i s e s .T her e s u l ti sth a ta no r g a - n iz a tio nth a ts h o u ldb e h e lp in gt otra inth e fu tu re le a d e rs

o fs o c ie ty
i n
b a s icd e m o c ra tic
v a lu e s
is
re d u c e dt oas q u a b b lin gm a tc ho f c h ild re ntry in g
t os e e w hoc a ns c r e a m
th elo u d e s t.L etm e p a in t
th ed re a rys c e n efo r y o u ...
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1 1 :3 0
P.M .
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th e
2 4 th
o fO c to b e r.
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is
h o ld in g a n o th e r m e e tin gto d is c u s sth e la te s tc r i -
sisin P o lity . W e're
th re eh o u rs in toth em e e tin g
a n dn o th in g
has been
s o lv e d

a tth isp o in t.T he is s u ea t s ta k ei so n e ofp ro c e d u re -th ee x a c t m a n - n e ri nw h ic h

ru n o ffe le c tio n s
s h o u ldb eh e ld
fo r
s o m e e le c te ds tu d e n t governm entp o s itio n s .T he
m e e tin g
is n 'tb e in g
h e lp e d
b y
" s tu d e n tle a d e r"
N a ta lieH o d g s o n 's
p re s e n c e . M oreth a na nh o u r
w as w asted
try in gt o
g e th e rt oa d m itth a tsh e
w a s n 'ta c tu a lly th eP r e s i d e n to f P o lity (w h ichsh e
fin a lly
d id ,
s a y in g
th a t
th e
c o n fu s io n
w as
a ll
b e c a u s ep e o p lem is ta k e n ly
k e p t c a llin gh e rp r e s -
id e n tfo rn op a rtic u la rr e a s o n-ap ro b le m
m any
o fu sc a nn od o u b t re la teto ).S o m e th in gc l o s et o
a n o th e r
h o u r m usth a v eb e e n

s p e n tb e fo resh e a g re e dth a tru n o ffe le c tio n s w erere q u ire du n d e r th er u l e s . N otth a ta llt h e s ed e la y sw ereh e r fa u lt,

m indy o u .Asm all num bero f th eS e n a to rsi nth e
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a res o inlo v e w ithth es o u n d
o f th e irow n
v o ic eth a tth e ylik et os p e a kra n d o m ly ,a n dt o n o
p a rtic u la r
p u rp o s e .
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s h o u ta rem o re o rl e s s
s h u to u to f th e c o n v e rs a tio n .N otth a ta n y o n el i s -
te n st oe a c ho th e r anyw ay.M o n o lo g u e sc r i s s c r o s s
th ero o m , b e in g h e a rd ,b u tn e v e rlis te n e dto .
I ti si nth ela s t te nm in u te so f th e m e e tin g
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im um
num bero f S e n a to rst od ob u s i n e s s-d e c i-
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ju s tt os e t th ed a yo fa ne le c tio n ,a n dth e rei s
s t i l l
a n o th e ra c tu a lly
d iv is iv e
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w h e th e ro rn o t th eS e n a tes h o u ldjo ini ns a y i n g th ep le d g eo f a lle g ia n c eb e fo ree a c hm e e tin ga sa s ig no fu n ity .I nth eb rie fam ounto f tim el e f tt o d e b a teth ei s s u ei tbecam ec le a rth a tth ep le d g ei s d e fin ite lyn o te n o u g h

t o
u n ify th isb o d yo fs tu -
d e n ts .
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th e re
o n e
c o u ld
s a y
th a t
th e
s tu d e n t
governm ent
d o e s
w o rk , a lth o u g hth ep r o c e s sits e lf m ayb e p a in fu l.
B uto fc o u r s e
s in c eI'v es e r v e d
a saS e n a to rfo r
th ep a s ty e a ra n d
ah a lfIk n o w
b e tte r,a n dth e
sto ryd o e s n 'te n dth e re .Y ous e e , th eS e n a ted id -
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d e ta ilsfo r
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a fte r
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s e t
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d e c is io n sw as m ade,w o rk in gw ith
th efiv e(o u t
o f e ig h t)s tu d e n to f f i c e r sn o tfa c in g

ru n o ffe le c - tio n s . B ute v e na fte rth a tm e e tin g ,th ed e c is io n s w ere

a g a in
c h a n g e d
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tim e
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th e
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S tu d e n t
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w orks,
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p u s.
W hy
i sth is
th e
c a s e ? W hy
d o e s
P o lity
h a v e
s o
m any
problem s,a n d
w h o 'st o
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o ffe ra nin s id e r'sv ie w
o f w h a t'sw ro n g w ithth e
o rg a n iz a tio n .
T hefu n d a m e n ta lp ro b le m

w ithP o lityi s th e c o m p le tea n dto ta l disem pow erm ento fm ost o f

th e
s tu d e n t
g o v e rn m e n t.
T he
le g is la tiv e
b ra n c h ,th e P o lity
S e n a te ,i sg iv e n
no powert o
in itia tea n y th in gi ni t so w n rig h t.A sam a tte ro f
fa c t,th ec o n s titu tio n
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b e tw e e nth ele g is la tiv ea n de x e c u tiv eb r a n c h e si s w h a te v e ra n y o n eim a g in e si tt ob e . B ut a s th in g s h a v e w orkedth e m s e lv e so u t,S e n a to rsa rele dt o b e lie v e

th a tth e yc a n 'tre a lly
d oa n y th in g
a ta ll
e x c e p t
w h in e .
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n o
m oney
t o
a llo c a te
to w a rd ss p e c i a lp ro g ra m m in g
p ro je c ts ,n oc o o p -
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b e tw e e n
th e
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b yn o te n g a g in g
th e
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i n
c o n s tru c tiv e
d ia lo g u e .
W h a te v e r
p o litic a lp o in to f v ie w
ap e r s o n m ays u b s c r i b eto ,
y o u
s h o u ld
b e
a b le
t o
a c c e p tth istru th :
i fy o u
b rin gab u n c h
o fs e l f - f a s h i o n e d
le a d e rsto g e th e r
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aro o m
a n dg iv eth e m
n o th in gp ro d u c tiv e
t o
d o , th e nth e yw illfin ds o m e th in gd e s tru c tiv e
t o
f i l lth e irtim e.T h r e eh o u rS e n a te

m e e tin g sth a t c o u ldb e ta k e nu p w ithu s e f u l p la n n in ga n dp o s - itiv e

in itia tiv e s are therefore,b yr i e c e s s i t y ,c o n -
sum edb yp e ttyb ic k e rin ga n din trig u e .
I fth ea d m in is tra tio nw ere sm art a n d /o r

c o n c e rn e da b o u ts tu d e n ts , th e yw o u ld w o rk w ith th es tu d e n t governm ent on littlejo in tp ro je c tst o im p ro v e

s tu d e n t
l i f e .
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v e ry
le a s t,
th e y
s h o u ldt r yt og iv eth es tu d e n t governm ent som e-
th in gp o s itiv et od o ,a n di nth ep r o c e s sI 'm
su re

cam pusl i f ec o u ldo n lyim p ro v eb yw h a te v e r w as d o n e .A si tis ,P r e s t o n 'so n lyin v o lv e m e n tw ith P o lity

i s
n o ti n
th e
fo rm
o fa
h e lp fu lg u id in g
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t oa e a l
w ith us w henh e w a n tse ith e raru b b e r stam pfo r
som ea d m in is tra tiv e schem e ore l s et osm acku s
a c ro s sth ef a c e . T her e c e n tb u d g e t p ro b le m s w ere
c a u s e db yP r e s t o n 'sr e f u s a lt oa c c e p t th eb u d g e t
p a s s e db y th eS e n a teo u to fs h e e r s p ite(n ore a lly ,
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w h a ts o e v e r..,
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th a t
d o u b ts
th is
s h o u ld
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a tte n d e d
th e
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la s ty e a r 's
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g e t th a t
jo b ,b e c a u s eth e na tl e a s tw e c o u ld

s a yth a tw e d e fin ite lyd oh e lpsom es tu d e n tso n th is cam pus. A lth o u g h

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th e m -
s e lv e s ,a sth ec a s e m ayb e .
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i n
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s h o u l d n 't
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P o lity 's problem s. T hef i r s tk e y w ithth eS e n a tei s t o m akea tl e a s tp a rto f th a tb o d ye le c te db y ,a n d a c c o u n ta b leto ,th es tu d e n tso nth is cam pus.A si t is, each

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v e ry sm alle lite s . H owc a n th eS e n a tep o s s ib lyc la imt o re p re s e n t th es tu d e n tb o d y w henth e y 'res e le c te d b y

a n
in c re d ib ly
sm all
num ber
o f
p e o p le ?
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w o u ld
lik et os e e

th ee s ta b lis h m e n to fp o litic a l p a rtie so nth is cam pus, fo rm eda n ds u p p o r t e db y d iffe re n tc lu b sa n do rg a n iz a tio n s ,th a tp u t th e m - s e lv e su pfo re le c tio na n dr e c e i v ere p re s e n ta tio n i n

th e
S e n a teb a s e d
o nth e irs h a r e
o fth e
v o te .
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o fa b o u t7 %
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re n t system ,w en e e dm orec o n s tru c tiv ep o litic s
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c o u ldo n lyi n c r e a s e v o te rtu rn o u t fro mle v e lsth a t
a rerid ic u lo u s ly
lo w
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v o te r
tu rn o u t,o n c eu p o natim e, w as m uch h ig h e r).F o r
th o s e
th a tw o rry
a b o u tp a rtie s
b e in g
d iv is iv e ,
m aken o m is ta k e :p a rtie se x i s t anyw ay rig h tnow .
T h e y ju s tc o n s i s to fv e ry sm allg ro u p so f frie n d s,
m anyo fw hom
k n o w
th e yc a ng e t P o lityjo b si f
th e irfrie n dh a p p e n s to w in. O nce
th eS e n a te
is
fix e d
a n d
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t o
re p re s e n t
th e
S to n y
B ro o k
cam pus,Id o n 'td o u b tth a tth er e s to f th ep ro b -
lem s
w illb e g in
t o
b e
s o lv e d .
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m issing
fro m
P o lity
i sa c c o u n ta b ility
a n dre s p o n s ib ility ,
a n d
th o s e
h a v e
t o
b e
im p o s e d
b y
th e
cam pus
c o m m u n ityi t s e l f .
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