Former ASUA President, Tommy Bruce probably isn’t showing his face in public right now. After putting the university at nearly $1 million in debt from the Last Smash Platinum Bash Concert, Bruce has been the subject of much criticism from online Daily Wildcat commentators and students across campus.
He definitely screwed up, big time, and I’m not excusing his poor decision. But I’m also not going to call him a “drunkard fraternity and sorority type,” as one commentator put it. It was unfair of another commentator to state, “Tommy Bruce, you’re an idiot. ASUA, you ALL are idiots…I didn’t bother pursuing tickets because I overheard some sorostitutes in the Bookstore slutbuxx talking about it being sold out.” Seriously, guys, let’s not pull the “he’s a spoiled brat and doesn’t know how to run a university” card. How can we really know anything about his socio-economic status? Last I checked, Bruce is not in a fraternity.
The concert resulted in a devastating loss for the university, and it’s unfortunate that Bruce had to end his presidency so poorly. He didn’t set out to lose the UA so much money, and when commentators say that Bruce’s future employers will never know about his bad move, these commentators are lying to themselves. One brief Google or University of Arizona search, and anyone can find news reports about the Last Smash Platinum Bash disaster.
There’s no question in my mind that this loss will overshadow all the positive changes Bruce has brought to the UA. Alongide GPSC and ASA, Bruce helped raise money for UA students to visit the Phoenix Capitol in January to protest the projected 40% education budget cuts. He advocated for lower textbook prices and pulled many all-nighters in the ASUA office.
I disagree with Bruce’s choice to put on such an extravagant concert, and I’m angry that the UA will suffer for many years to come as a result, but I don’t think it’s constructive for UA students to continuously annihilate Bruce with their words. He made a huge mistake, and there’s nothing we can do about it now. We’ll suffer the consequences, and hopefully, new ASUA President Chris Nagata can help get the UA out of such debt. But when commentators say that Bruce has cut and run and that he won’t have to worry about the UA while he’s working in New York, they’re again misguided. I’m sure he’ll feel guilty about what happened, and his presence won’t be entirely welcome back on the UA campus. He’ll feel the effects of this choice from across the country.
You can be mad, but remember that anger will get you nowhere at this point. We just have to endure the consequences of another person’s bad decision, and such is life.