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Blair educates students body about personal and presidential goals

By Future' Brown
On September 19, 2012

 Life is repeating itself for Prairie View A&M University's 2012-2013 student government president and senior political science major Harrison Blair.
 Blair was the 2008-2009 student body president of Townview Magnet School in Dallas, Texas and president of the Dallas County Teen Board the same year.
 "Our biggest task was to work with the big bond project," said Blair. "The school board had a big bond package and they spend it on different particulars." 
 According to Blair, one of the smaller things the school board let the teen board debate was if electric hand dryers should be added or go with paper towels.
 "As a repeat of that, I am the president of the A&M Chancellor Student Advisory Council," said Blair. "All of the student government presidents from other A&M schools got together and I was voted president of our council."
 Blair spoke with the chancellor of the A&M system directly about the system-wide problems.
 As the current SGA president, Blair has the opportunity to advocate for two of the biggest issues he feels Prairie View is currently facing.
 "I do not think that any student should go to school or a school of higher education and not be registered to vote or not know the importance of voting," said Blair. "I also believe that we need to usher in the new athletic complex."
 According to Blair, young people are sent to school by their communities to get an education and bring what they have learned back to the communities.
 "We have to learn how to uplift our community," he said. "There are two ways that we can do that and that is economically and politically with your vote."
 He believes that government policies have a trickle-down effect.
"Every policy affects us," he said. "People do not realize how important this moment in history will be in the future."
Blair also believes that the decisions students make now will affect Prairie View in the future.
"That is why the complex is so important," he said. "We play a lot of schools that have state-of-the-art stadiums. When we get the stadium we will be able to host NCAA matches because we will be qualified to do so."
Blair said in order to make the new athletic complex possible, students have to educate each other. Prairie View has to raise half of the $67 million needed for the stadium and the A&M System will match that.
"We need to know what we are paying for," he said. "We need to decide what we want. Student allocations wants us to make a fee for this. They want us to tax ourselves and use that money to pay for the center.
Blair said that Prairie View has raised about $700,000 for the new athletic complex, and voting for the new fee will take place soon.
Blair currently has no plan to enter politics, but wants to be heavily involved in philanthropy in the future. He would like to help people and train them on how to save money and invest.
"I did not have any plans to be a part of anything like this, but my father, who recently passed, pushed me to run for student body president," Blair said. "My mom and dad were my inspiration behind becoming president here."

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