The Ohio State University is an educational institution, yet for some reason, the institution does not always make education the number one priority.

Since OSU is a public school after all, doesn't it make sense that those who are the reason for its existence should have a say in the momentous decisions being made?

Over 80% of faculty strongly oppose the privatization of parking, with some of the world's sharpest minds demonstrating the blatant myopia of the plan. Someone is making a quick buck in this deal, and the future students and employees of OSU will be the ones who'll have to foot the bill.

According to the Board of Trustees website ( two members on the board are actually students, an undergrad student trustee as well as a grad student trustee. This is a joke. Not only do these "student trustees" have zero voting power in making decisions, but they are in no way representative of the students of the university. Both were appointed by the Governor of Ohio, instead of being voted into the board by the students in the vein of a true democratic system.

Corporate interests will always attempt to influence any university, especially one of this caliber. However, for CEOs to have direct control over the direction of OSU is unacceptable.

This is not a right or a left issue. This is an Ohioan issue. This is a matter of corruption in our democracy. The 15 Voting BoTs have an extreme lack of transparency and have gotten away with their self-interested practices for too long. Whether you are conservative or liberal, if you live in the state of Ohio, you need to act.

Re-imagine our university May 16 and 17 at the South Oval:

"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers.”

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