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BIOGRAPHY OF BEN BURGIS:
 
Name: Benjamin Alan Burgis
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Age: 24 (April 07, 1980)
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Location: East Lansing native, current resident of Kalamazoo, MI
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Occupation: Teaching Assistant
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Education:

+ MA in Philosophy, Western Michigan University (August 2005, Expected)
+ BA in History and Philosophy, Aquinas College (2003)

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Affiliations: Socialist Party, Direct Action!, Green Party
 
Burgis is running for the Board on a platform that includes a complete and immediate end to all ties between MSU and the Pentagon. That means no more ROTC and absolutely no military research. He is also demanding that the University negotiate in good faith with the Graduate Employees Union, that it respect the 1st Amendment rights of student radicals and that all MSU employees without exception should earn a living wage as defined by Ingham County's living wage ordinance. All of these immediate reform demands point in the direction of a larger critique of the way that our public universities are run, which is in turn a microsm of the way that society as a whole is run.  It is important that election campaigns—for every office from University Trustee right up to the Presidency of the United States—be fought not only on the basis of these kinds of important immediate demands, but also be used as a platform to agitate for the only real long-term solution to war and injustice: for ordinary people to rise up, seize control of their own workplaces and communities and bring about a truly democratic transformation of American society.
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