Many universities make the mistake of investing too heavily in the hopes and feelings of the current student body instead of taking the long-term view of the best interests of the world surrounding the university.

Universities are forever.

Students are for four years.

That doesn’t mean students aren’t valuable and important when it comes to the liveliness of a university.

We argue that because students are — by hope and design — transient on campus and not everlasting like an institution, they should not be allowed to set the political or intellectual agenda of their school.

Students don’t know what they need to know — the university is vested in teaching students a basic set of values, knowledge and morality — and that is why students should be heard and respected, but never placed in the unfortunate position of deciding what they do and do not need to know.

If students knew everything — they would not need their university.

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