Advocates need good manners

They call to anyone walking by, interrupt conversations and yell insults if no one stops. These people aren?t solicitors, but are people seeking registered voters? signatures on proposals they want to appear on the next voting ballots. While their causes may be important, their method of seeking support is very offensive. These supposed do-gooders should watch what they say and make an attempt to be amiable so more people stop and get involved.

Walking from the Marshall Center to the Student Services building, a student can be bombarded by up to three or four signature seekers. Often, after politely rejecting them once, they persist. ?Don?t you even care about classroom sizes?? ?You don?t have time on your way to class to sign this?? ?What do you mean you?re not a voter??

Many students rush to get to classes and do not have time to stop. Many consider stopping later, but after being insulted, simply reroute their path after class. The signature seekers are putting off many students and faculty who agree with whatever proposal is being offered, but none enjoy being badgered.

Another problem is that those seeking voter support continue to harp on the same people day in and day out to the point where harsh words are often exchanged. Many of the clipboard hawkers yell across breezeways. Many students find this rude and do not even answer, their silence being answered often by, ?So you?re deaf? Either that or I guess you just don?t care.?

Many students on campus care a great deal about political issues and want to help, but few will if called after and insulted by a group of rude advocates. These signature seekers should tone down their efforts and act more friendly so that maybe they can actually garner the responses that they seek instead of repelling interested potential supporters.