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Governor Snyder needs to start acting his position

Just two weeks ago, Governor Rick Snyder visited Ferris’ campus. Didn’t hear about it? You’re not alone.

Snyder, here for a tour of the Swan building, came and left campus almost anonymously an hour before he was scheduled to do so. The governor is notorious for not talking to the press or having much to say in general, so I wasn’t particularly offended when he left without answering questions. What offended me was his attitude while he was here.

After his tour of the Swan building, the governor stopped by the College of Business to talk to students displaying what appeared to be security-based research projects. During the mere fifteen minutes he spent listening to students, Snyder looked bored out of his mind, only mustering up enough interest for the occasional nod or “yes, nice” to whatever it was the students were showing him.

I generally don’t have a lean when it comes to politics, and I consider myself pretty moderate when it comes to my beliefs about how government should operate, so it’s not the “left-winger” in me coming out when I say I’m genuinely pissed at Governor Rick Snyder.

In the coming year, Snyder will be up for re-election. From what I can tell, his visit to campus was at least, in part, an attempt to pander for votes. One of his advisers undoubtedly said, “You know, college kids can vote,” to which Snyder replied by making an appearance on campus. All well and good, but honestly, you can’t feign an interest for fifteen minutes?

I once met Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, at one of my mother’s work-related functions. Despite now knowing that Kilpatrick was involved in umpteen different types of fraud and possibly the murder of a stripper, I have fonder memories of being in a room with Kilpatrick than I do with Snyder, and for one simple reason: Kwame Kilpatrick could at least act like he cared.

We are Snyder’s constituency, so how he acts in front of us, whether he believes it or not, determines how he will spend his next six years. Snyder’s overall refusal to speak to anybody in the press is problematic but understandable; if you don’t say anything, they can’t call you out. While his constant refusal to discuss issues is a blight on his career, his careless dismissal of hard-working college students is kind of sickening.

I don’t hate on Governor Snyder, nor do I feel as though he’s not fit to run the state- I simply feel he needs to improve his attitude toward the public should he hope to create any sort of legacy as a governor of Michigan. And I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

  • Dissapointed

    Hi there. I understand that this is an opinions page, but seriously? This is utter crap. The governor was not here to see the college of business. He was here FOR welding, THAT’S IT. He did not want the press to be notified, heck they didn’t even tell the students until a few days before he got there. He was here to recognize what the welding program has done for the state of Michigan and for Ferris in general. He is also a technically based person of education, of course he’s going to be more interested in something technical. I am also very disappointed that this article was the only one in this paper about him coming. This was a big deal for one of Ferris’s best programs, it should have had more than a lousy paragraph by some person with a piss poor attitude because his program didn’t get all the attention for once. Very disappointing. Sorry Torch, but this just made me lose all respect for this paper for even printing this.

  • Harrison

    He’s a public figure, where the Governor goes, the press will be. When he dodges a college reporter and appears disinterested when touring the program, it raises questions. He could have brought positive attention to the program by answering questions about it.

  • Oh brother!

    I once met Kwame Kilpatrick, the for­mer mayor of Detroit, at one of my mother’s work-related func­tions. Despite now know­ing that Kilpatrick was involved in umpteen dif­fer­ent types of fraud and pos­si­bly the mur­der of a strip­per, I have fonder mem­o­ries of being in a room with Kilpatrick than I do with Snyder, and for one sim­ple rea­son: Kwame Kilpatrick could at least act like he cared.


    Wow. So…you’re saying the hollow words of a convicted ex-politician — in a cheerful tone — is all you need to hear? Please do the world a favor and don’t vote at all. Ever. In fact, do not speak on political subjects at all. Maybe when you grow up you’ll realize Snyder not sugarcoating his interest in naive, ideal college kids (who are mostly liberal whether they want to admit it or not) is being smart about the campaign trail. FSU is a bulletpoint on a list but is not a priority.

    I don’t understand why you are shocked or upset by this. All politicians are like this – just some like Kilpatrick are so ethically screwed up they destroy themselves eventually.