Letter to next SGA president
By Ellis Cross
March 5, 2012
At press time, the new SGA president had not yet been elected. The man elected doesn’t matter, however; the issues before the new president are the same. The following letter to the president outlines some of those issues.
Dear Mr. President,
The first issue of your administration may be the student fee issue. Even if the present administration facilitates its passage by student vote or senate vote, your administration will be left to deal with the aftermath.
This could mean more student activism on campus and higher attendance at SGA-sponsored events. The fee could also mean increased scrutiny and resentment from students, who could turn against the efforts of SGA and boycott all student services or activities.
While this student-approved fee issue will be decided before you take office, it is only the first of a long line of budget-related issues facing our university in the future. The present SGA administration is not going to get all the credit or blame; how you handle the cuts to Missouri Western’s budget will be a part of your legacy.
Your administration also has the opportunity to put the smoking ban to bed forever or to change the habits of many of Western’s students. This issue has been brought up many times, and students have always voted to keep our campus free for smokers.
The issue is volatile with students on both sides. A declaration needs to be made about the position SGA is taking now and will take in the future. You cannot make everyone happy here, and students do not want the same old lip service of “we will do what ever the students want.” Since students have voted down the ban once, it is only fair that it go away for a long time.
Another issue that will affect your presidency is the allocation of SGA funds to Student Affairs. The idea that 20 percent of SGA’s budget was constitutionally given to the Student Affairs is not acceptable. However this was done, it needs to be undone. Either we take back the 20 percent, or we take over supervision of how the money is used.
During our coverage of the presidential campaigns, we have heard the complaint that members of SGA are not active enough participants in on-campus activities. We encourage you, the members of your executive board and your senators to attend as many campus events as possible. Yes, you are even busier than the average full-time traditional student, but making time to support your constituents’ leaders is just as important as any other decisions you make in office.
The position of student body president is an important one, full of pressure, influence and rewards. We wish you the best of luck. We will be watching, reporting and commenting on everything you do to keep students informed.
The Griffon News