Involvement and accountability are what Student Government Association presidential candidate Katy Sisco and executive vice president candidate Dillon Williams hope to bring to SGA.
Sisco and Williams, both residential assistants, have no prior experience on senate; however, they would like to make SGA accessible to all students.
“I just feel like I’m different because I’m actually on this campus 24/7 and I’m with the students 24/7. You know, I just live and breathe Missouri Western,” Sisco said.
Sisco went on to say that despite her inexperience, she will bring a fresh perspective to student government.
“[Mary Beth Rosenauer] has a little bit more knowledge of SGA, which I would say is a disadvantage for me, but again, I’m on the outside looking in yet I’m a fast learner and I really think that I’ve already learned a lot,” Sisco said.
Although Sisco and Williams lack SGA experience, Williams is willing to undertake the responsibility of executive vice president.
“I really don’t want anybody to think that just because I have no experience with SGA doesn’t mean I’m not just as capable as somebody within SGA,” Williams said.
The three main topics the running mates would like to address if elected are maximizing student engagement, informing students of the Student Success Act and where the money is going and having organizations support SGA.
“I just see the decline of students involved and I just want to get them more involved and let them know that SGA is an entity that they can use to their advantage. I just don’t think they know that,” Sisco said.
Being involved with several organizations, such as Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Griffon Edge, the VIP student ambassador program and the Gentlemen of Color Association, student involvement is especially important to Williams.
“I really want to just maximize student engagement and increase involvement with the university,” Williams said. “As far as events and stuff are concerned, I know a lot of students that live off campus have no idea about SGA. They have no idea about WAC, WAC being the biggest organization, as far as events go on campus. I really just want to change that.”
The Student Success Act is another significant component of this year’s SGA election. While it is still unclear if the act will be repealed or remain in place, Sisco and Williams support the act.
“I am for the Student Success Act in the spirit that it, as a whole, helps the student body,” Sisco said. “I mean, a lot of people will talk about the fee that’s with it, the $75, and I’m concerned with that; however, I’m also concerned with other things with it, such as the money that’s rolled over.”
Williams supports keeping the fee, but said, “There is no student voice in regards to that money right now.” He would like to have SGA representation during all meetings dealing with the money that fee collects.
“All in all, I support the Student Success Act. I do believe it was created for the students,” Williams said.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, Sisco said that both she and Rosenauer want to enact positive change within the student government.
“I think its just different because we both are really passionate about, you know, not changing SGA. But every organization has things that just need a little tweaking,” Sisco said. “I think we are both just passionate about that.”