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The Kernel cannot tell how it currently feels about Student Government President Stephen Bilas.
We believe reasons exist that would cause us to feel both negative and positive feelings toward Bilas.
The Kernel will not take a clear stance on how Bilas is performing in his presidential duties until Bilas takes a clear stance on any matter that is controversial in nature.
The Kernel will be working closely with others on this campus, to see if we can in the near future, come to a consensus on Bilas.
Bilas is shy about telling you how he may feel about the issues that have the greatest impact on students.
He set the precedent taking strong public stances following the alcohol ban at the student tailgate off Cooper Drive that was enacted for one game.
“This isn’t a punishment in the sense that it is a precaution for safety,” Bilas said. “The university needs … to provide alternative solutions to encourage safety, because when you put that many people in a confined area, whether there is alcohol involved or not, it’s a recipe for disaster.”
After the ban was lifted, Bilas said at a news conference that students have showed initiative in finding ways to have fun responsibly, and that among his duties is to find a middle ground among students, and university and safety officials.
The middle ground is a place where Bilas thrives.
When the faculty senate accused President Eli Capilouto of creating a false crisis, Bilas showed he was not afraid to stand with the faculty, while simultaneously standing right by Capilouto.
“Everybody within the university, if they have an opinion needs to speak it,” Bilas said to the Kernel regarding the memo.
We cannot say with absolute certainty whether or not Bilas was including himself in the category of everybody in the university with an opinion, or if he is capable of formulating an opinion at all.
In the Kernel’s article regarding the potential for abandoning a dry campus policy, Bilas took his toughest stance yet.
“Student Government President Stephen Bilas said he has gone back and forth on his feelings about UK’s alcohol policy during his time as a student at UK,” the article stated. “He said he thought the university should explore alternatives, but he is not saying the university should commit to either being a wet, moist or dry campus.”
“It’s a lot more complicated than that,” Bilas said.
If Bilas is reading this editorial, we are sure he may or may not feel that he has been portrayed both fairly and unfairly by the Kernel, but appreciates our input.
At this time, we are unable to comment further, until we have all the facts pertaining to Bilas’ work as president.