By Ada Taylor
Meter Staff Writer
The motto at Tennessee State University is Think, Work, Serve. Student leaders embody this mantra. For this reason, each candidate running for office participated in community service on the day before the winners of the election were announced.
This is done to ensure that these students know exactly why they are running. It is not about the title, it is about serving your school and your community. Each candidate knows this, and whether they are running for Mister and Miss TSU, a Rep-at-Large position or something else, each of them takes the “serve” part of the motto very seriously.
This year, the candidates went from dorm to dorm collecting trash. Not only was this an opportunity for the student leaders to be visible to the rest of their peers, but it was also an opportunity for the student population to get to know each candidate and their individual platforms.
By going from dorm to dorm and room to room, people were able to have one-on-one time with each candidate without the pressure to be perfect, or even politically correct. Not only were they able to loosen up a bit, but this way all of the students that live on campus had the opportunity to ask the questions they did not have the chance to ask at the debate.
It’s the small things that bring the entire student body closer together, and this is one of those things. It shows that the people who want to represent us actually care, and that does wonders for school spirit. So thank you to each candidate for caring enough to Think, Work and Serve.