Pushing for LMU to move towards a 100 percent Fair Trade campus is not something that will necessarily affect the day-to-day lives of current students. What the campaign is about, however, is building a legacy that will impact the future.
As stated in the article “Fair Trade coffee to be provided for awareness” on Page 1, LMU is celebrating Fair Trade Awareness Week this week to support the process of creating a more sustainable environment on campus, incorporating as many Fair Trade products as possible, gaining Fair Trade status and eventually converting LMU into a 100 percent Fair Trade, sustainable environment. But this Board Editorial isn’t about whether or not Fair Trade is the correct economic move for our University, or whether we support Fair Trade laws. This is about LMU students, and the impact we will have for generations to come.
Becoming completely Fair Trade certified is an extremely long process, but it will have a significant change on future Lions. This Fair Trade push, like many other initiatives at LMU, is not an overnight endeavor. Given our identity as a private, Catholic university that celebrates both the historic Jesuit tradition and innovative policies to promote change and growth, there are many layers to effecting change at LMU. Simply put, creating sustainable change is not easy to accomplish here because of all the factors one must consider. But that doesn’t discourage our students from trying.
This week is about more than just Fair Trade and the planned events; this week is about more than current students and their efforts. This week, is about the future.
We are constantly told we don’t have enough school spirit at LMU. We are always told that students don’t care enough about this institution, and would rather celebrate personal achievements. We are told that students would rather go to an off-campus event than an on-campus one.
But we at the Loyolan argue that this week exemplifies how much students care about LMU. This week demonstrates that students, despite not receiving any immediate tangible benefits from their hard work, will put in effort to make LMU a better place for future students. That’s the true definition of spirit.
We have seen this same theme exemplified continuously more than just in organizations and events. Take the issue of parking, or the new Life Science building. For example, although the whole ordeal caused great controversy and uproar, the theme of looking toward the future remains. Most current students are not going to benefit from the new parking structures, but can celebrate and support the initiative as a move to benefit future Lions.
We encourage LMU students to fight for their passions and share those passions with others, a true testament to our Jesuit tradition. We encourage people to look toward the future and act based on what’s best for the greater good, rather than solely short term results. Just because today’s students won’t see a difference in their day-to-day operations, that doesn’t mean that true change won’t come about for the future. That’s the importance of legacy – of looking towards and planning for the future.