T. Greg Doucette reflects upon what he considers to be his greatest accomplishment as a student leader at NC State. Interview on October 4, 2011. (2:04)


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I would say what I would hope to be my greatest accomplishment 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.496
is this whole realization that you don't have to take no for an answer. 00:00:04.496 - 00:00:09.739
No is the default position for administrators when dealing with student government. 00:00:09.739 - 00:00:14.706
That's just how it is, because for better or worse 00:00:14.706 - 00:00:18.102
a lot of SG ideas are actually kind of dumb. 00:00:18.102 - 00:00:20.981
When you actually have to go through all of the costs 00:00:20.981 - 00:00:23.937
and all of the stuff you have to do to comply with state laws and regulations and everything else 00:00:23.937 - 00:00:28.675
all our ideas just don't work because we don't know any better. 00:00:28.675 - 00:00:32.448
I was that freshman. Why are textbooks so outrageous? 00:00:32.448 - 00:00:35.741
I don't know, but I know NC State Student Senate can't fix them. 00:00:35.741 - 00:00:38.179
I didn't know that back then. I was determined we were going to fix textbook prices. 00:00:38.179 - 00:00:41.555
But when I came back 00:00:41.555 - 00:00:45.452
and realized that okay no is the default position but if we could come up with a good idea 00:00:45.452 - 00:00:50.697
and I can find some way that you can justify it to your superiors, 00:00:50.697 - 00:00:54.673
or at the very least convince you to look the other way, 00:00:54.673 - 00:00:56.953
you can make stuff happen. 00:00:56.953 - 00:00:58.709
We had the fee referendum happen. 00:00:58.709 - 00:01:01.006
We had the Haunted Hillsborough Hike, brand spanking new. We did that. 00:01:01.006 - 00:01:03.590
The petition to add reading days to the calendar; 00:01:03.590 - 00:01:06.313
they'd been trying to do that for years. 00:01:06.313 - 00:01:08.497
The creation of a commuter meal plan with the dining hall; they'd been trying to do that for years. 00:01:08.497 - 00:01:12.238
A bunch of this stuff that had never, ever, ever been done even though it had been tried 00:01:12.238 - 00:01:17.356
we changed the tactics on how we approached it and all of a sudden in a year's time 00:01:17.356 - 00:01:22.421
this stuff's in place. It's rock solid. 00:01:22.421 - 00:01:24.545
So I don't expect current student leaders to even know who I am except for the name on the plaque 00:01:24.545 - 00:01:31.453
but my hope is that there's enough documentation out there to show 00:01:31.453 - 00:01:36.485
you can make one-of-a-kind stuff happen if you come up with an idea, 00:01:36.485 - 00:01:42.057
create multiple strategies on how to get there, 00:01:42.057 - 00:01:44.915
and then just focus on pushing people where you want them to go. 00:01:44.915 - 00:01:47.464
That's what student government is about. Student government fundamentally is about people 00:01:47.464 - 00:01:52.386
and if you can get people behind you, you can make things happen. 00:01:52.386 - 00:01:56.528

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