By Joe Ferguson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Next month, 10 UA students will have the chance to ask President Peter Likins anything they want over a casual breakfast off-campus.
ASUA University Relations Director Evan Worle said 10 students will be selected for "The President's Breakfast," and any concerns students may have can be addressed.
Worle said the breakfast is held every semester. The breakfast with students started two years ago.
Students interested in attending the breakfast must pick up an application at the ASUA main office on the third floor of the Student Union Memorial Center. In addition to asking for contact information, the applicants must describe their involvement at the UA as well as one issue at the UA they feel directly affected by.
The application must be turned in to the front desk at ASUA by Oct. 28.
Students' reactions to an opportunity to have breakfast with Likins were mixed.
Lindsay Page, an engineering physics junior, thought it was good Likins will be sitting down with students.
"It seems like the way the university is run, students have no input," Page said. "Students give money but have no input."
Paige said he knew exactly what he would ask Likins.
"What is more important to you – education or money?" Page said.
Malika Tazi, an Arabic and political science senior was more concerned about recent increases in tuition.
"Why was there a tuition increase when classes were cancelled?" Tazi asked. "Where is the money going to?"
Political science Tyler Mott said he was excited by the idea of sitting down with Likins.
"It's a good thing," Mott said. "I can finally talk to Likins."
Mott said he has called Likins' office for several months and has been consistently denied an opportunity to talk to Likins one-on-one.
"They said he is too busy," Mott said.
Others doubted whether the breakfast would lead to any changes.
Annie Baril, a philosophy graduate student, said she wondered whether concerns students brought to Likins would lead to changes at the UA.
"I think it is pointless," Baril said.
Baril said current policies are set in stone and she thought it is unlikely Likins would consider student proposals.
Dorcas Chen, a history and political science senior, said she was initially wary of the true nature of the breakfast.
"It could be a ploy," Chen said.
Chen said she thought the breakfast could be an empty gesture, like a public relations stunt. She thought the breakfast would be a photo-op for Likins, the issues students brought to the breakfast would never be seriously considered.
Ultimately, Chen tried to be optimistic.
"He could be genuine," Chen said. "It's nice he wants to do this."
Chen said the ASUA sponsored breakfast could be a unique chance for students to their perspective to Likins' attention.
Worle said the breakfast will be held at the Marriott University Park, just west of campus. The breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. Nov. 9 and will last an hour.
ASUA general funds will pay for the breakfast.