History Benefactor Award winner: Ben Parnin
It is through my history classes that I learned the value of clear communication of ideas and the need for evidence in an argument. I took these lessons and decided to implement them when I was a congressman of IU Student Government (IUSG). I rejuvenated ISUG’s awareness of their old archives that were scattered among the University Archives, flash drives, and Box folders. I worked with other members of IUSG to bring all these resources together on the IUSG website so that the student body as well as members of IUSG could have access to this information. By the time my term in office had ended, I was pleased to hear other members of IUSG researching these archival resources to formulate informed ideas in debate and resolutions. The history method of research and communication is a necessary foundation for any organization if they want to make informed arguments and communicate their ideas clearly to other people.