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Former SG President and VP reflect on two years of service

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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 05:04

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Former Student Government Vice President Jordan Maddocks and Matt Rubin, who served for two terms, ended their tenure Tuesday night as the new leaders were sworn in.

Maddocks admitted he once held a 15-minute conversation with an administrator while sitting behind his desk, pant-less.

Rubin acknowledged several oddities of his VP, including what the former president sees as a disturbing hoarding habit, and said he has “walked in on Jordan doing some weird things.”

“He’ll be asleep on the couch, even with the door open, and as soon as someone walks in, he’ll just jump up, sprint to his desk, and just sit in it. I don’t know why — it’s just how Jordan rolls,” Rubin said.

The struggles

While Rubin and Maddocks often joke, they admit the road has not always been easy.

“It’s no walk in the park to be in this position,” Rubin said. “You take a lot of heat for a lot of things, you’re held accountable for things that are out of your control and people make assumptions about you.”

Rubin and Maddocks admitted their greatest hardship was not changing policy but fostering leadership in SG.

Rubin said while his major involves business management, he was forced to trade managing SG for advocating on behalf of students, something he said was his primary goal.

Rubin said the two were unclear with some, including the four Chiefs-of-Staff the administration saw.

“We assumed every student could have their own little American Dream at UT,” Rubin said. “They could come in, get tossed into a leadership position, take charge and learn from it all. But in truth, not everyone is like that, and to expect that attitude from everyone is unrealistic.”

During the second election for their SG office, the pair ran unopposed and Rubin remembers the experience with disappointment.     

“One of the worst feelings I’ve had in office was leaving that Senate meeting and knowing no one was going to run,” he said. “And instead of taking that as a compliment, I took it as an absolute failure. Instead of inspiring people to become leaders, we did the opposite — we inspired them to be more complacent.”

Maddocks said while he recognizes their pitfalls, he and Rubin did what they could under the circumstances, and he is still confident in SG.

“Our organization still has a plethora of leadership, and any student in there is a leader at heart,” he said. “It won’t take much to culture that leadership and develop it.”

Their footprint

In the twilight of their tenure, Rubin and Maddocks disagree on one final issue — how they would like to be remembered.

As a former football player, homecoming king, actor and Zumba instructor, Rubin said he wants people to remember to not limit themselves.

“You don’t have to stick to one area to be happy in life,” he said.

Maddocks, on the other hand, said he prefers not to be remembered.

“I want SG to be remembered,” he said. “I don’t want to be the standard. SG isn’t a fleeting idea – it’s a meaningful group of students, and it can only get better.”

However, both agree their experience has been one-of-a-kind.

“I don’t know if UT will remember us, but we’ll never forget UT,” Maddocks said.

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