The proposed ban on Skype has brought to my attention the lack of Associated Student involvement on this issue.
As stated before, the banning of Skype without student input is as much a student's rights issue as any other. So why hasn't the Associated Students Board of Directors come out in protest?
Here's another concern. How are Government officals supposed to know what the fears and concerns of students are when they, themselves, do not even have updated information on the student government.
Whole segments of the AS government website haven't been updated since the 2003-2004 school year.
And this is Silicon Valley?!
This seems especially critical considering a large portion of the student base doesn't live on campus. A means of communication with AS, outside of attending board meetings, must be established so the Government can act on student needs and concerns.
Why not create a Digg style "Question Box" site for the Associated Students? That way officers can't use the excuse that they don't know about issues like the banning of Skype (although this story is hard to miss).
The AS Government writes in its mission statement:
Our mission is to represent the students of San José State University and continually improve the quality of their educational opportunities and experiences.The use of Skype and such emerging technologies would clearly further this end, yet I haven't seen and heard anything from AS in support of the students and teachers protesting the University's move.
Where is AS?
Andrew Venegas , San Jose , SJSU , Soapbox Prophet , Skype , Associated Students