Thursday, March 06, 2008


What do students think about conditions at UH?

by Larry Geller

Tune in to Town Square tonight, Thursday, 5-6 p.m. on KIPO, 89.3 FM, to learn what UH students think about conditions on their campus. After all, they're paying the tuition, right? Should they have to study in a library with a leaky roof?

Beth-Ann Kozlovich will have as guests Kumari Sherreitt, Editor of the campus newspaper Ka Leo, and Christina Stidman, President of Associated Students of the University of Hawaii.

There will also be information on how federal funding might be used to assist both UH and its community colleges.

So tune in, call in with your own questions or experiences. The program streams on-line from



When I was an undergraduate, it should be noted that the "ASUH president" only technically represents about half or a little less of all of the students at UH. The Editor of Ka Leo has historically always been member of that group of half or less.

Unfortunately the undergraduate student government only represents full time classified students. They are usually factioned into two groups vying for future power and influence.

The only time in current memory when any ASUH president considered the plight of other undergraduates not part of UH was when Mamo Kim, non-traditional student, mother of two, became ASUH President.

Of course, when she moved on to graduate school and became the graduate student president for two years, that was probably the only time that the Graduate Student Organization was ever relevant in campus politics either and graduate students got any relief.

The conditions are significantly different for different demographics. Example: As the "national outreach" to bring in rich white kids from the Mainland was pumped up, a lot of local kids from the neighbor islands got socially squeezed out of the dorms.

75% of the student population is not white yet 70% are white men. I don't think ASUH represents the students or that students can be adequately represented by one or two students.

Yes, an interesting bunch of pictures.

I mentioned them deep down in this earlier article:

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