Your voice on campus
Have you ever watched the evening news or seen the latest sports game on one of the several TVs in the cafeteria? Have you heard about the renovations scheduled to occur in King Library? What about the controversial move to abolish trays from the cafeteria a few years back?
Love it or hate it, all of the actions above were a result of student government on campus. Maybe you were in the pragmatist camp that enjoyed the convenience that trays afforded, or perhaps you appreciated the volume of water that dining services saved by their disuse. Whatever your position, the power of change is in your hands.
Are you fired up about a college policy, a new regulation, or the latest student fee increase handed down from the board of trustees? You have several options – the first of which is to get involved yourself. Represent your fellow students on one of the governing organizations on campus, hang signs, or hand out petitions.
Prefer to influence change from behind the scenes? Carefully consider who is representing you and hold them accountable. Student Senate publishes weekly minutes of each meeting, including a report on senators who were absent. Is there a senator or representative that is consistently absent from meetings? Does a senator from a particular school vote against a measure that would benefit his constituents?
Find out, ask questions, and never stop trying. Know who represents you, and let them know what you think about important issues.
Student government meetings are open to the public, and individuals are invited to come participate and add their thoughts to the “voice of the student body.” Check out the various ways you can be involved by examining the table to the right or send an e-mail to email@example.com.