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February 22, 2010 6:22 PM State of Something

By Daniel Luzer

America is annually treated to the president’s state of the union speech. Then there’s the response to the president’s state of the union speech. Most governors give yearly state of the state addresses.

Apparently higher education has its own annual report of sorts. From the U.S. Student Association comes news of the annual State of the Student Union address:

My name is Gregory Cendana and I am the President of the United States Student Association, the country’s oldest and largest student-run, student-led organization. Representing over 4.5 million students at over 400 campuses nationwide, it is my honor to report to you that the State of the Student Union is on the brink of fundamental change.

Still never heard of it? Well the U.S. Student Association is a sort of national professional organization of college student government types. Or former student government types. Cendana, the current president, has actually already graduated from college. He graduated from UCLA, where he served as external vice president for his school’s Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC).

Cendana reports that his plans for higher education in 2010 consist largely of organizing efforts:

Incidentally, USSA’s 41st annual Legislative Conference (and, apparently, National Student Lobby Day) occurs March 20-23 in Washington. It costs some $325 to register for the event.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer