On Tuesday, the Blacksburg Town Council unanimously voted down a major housing project that would have been the largest student-housing complex in Blacksburg.
The meeting included a section where the council listened to public citizen comment on the issue. During that time, 34 members of the community spoke up, expressing their opinions on the proposal that, if passed, would be a major addition to the town.
Only one student spoke out of the 34.
On a campus with 31,000 full time students, it seems troubling that students aren’t involved or aware of what goes on at a local political level.
We, at the Collegiate Times, find it important that students remain informed and educated about national, state and local politics. Though our time here at Virginia Tech may be fleeting, for the time we call Blacksburg our home we need to make informed choices about who we vote for.
The people who make up town council, have a major effect on what occurs in Blacksburg.
This coming November, four people are running for three seats on the Blacksburg Town Council—April DeMotts along with incumbents Susan Anderson, Cecil Newcomb and Krisha Chachra.
Understand their platforms. Ask questions. Attend a town council meeting, which are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building right off of South Main Street.
Let your voice be heard, because even though we’re students, our opinions have an effect on the future of Blacksburg.