Letter to the editor

I have had the pleasure and the privilege of serving with Michael and Colin on senate for the past seven and a half months, and in that time, I have seen them step up to tackle every hard or controversial topic that has come to the senate floor.

When we were discussing hate speech, Michael Toppen helped me understand why another senator could never see things my way. He told me that there isn’t a single word that could make a man with privilege understand what it felt like to have hate speech thrown your way. This level of empathy and understanding is impressive and refreshing. Colin Milton has spent the whole last academic year advocating for sustainability on this campus.

I’ve been on this campus for four years, and I have seen a lot of change in that time. Some positive, some negative, all noteworthy. As I graduate this spring I want to ensure that the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) is left in capable hands. I want next year’s executive team to have the confidence to call the senate out on their mistakes, to point them in the right direction when needed, and to know when to raise up other’s voices instead of filling the room with their own. I am confident that Michael and Colin have all these skills and more.

If you don’t believe me, watch the moderated candidate forum on the ASUM Facebook page. Every answer given by both Michael and Colin was well thought out and included concrete ideas about what they would do once they were elected. These guys are beyond prepared to move into executive seats in the fall.

Remember to vote in the ASUM election on April 25 and 26, and vote with me for Michael and Colin.


Kat Cowley is a current ASUM Senator. Her views are her own, and do not represent the views of ASUM as a whole.