SGA’s protest against administrative power is founded upon strong principles that flow through previous political movements, both here in the United States and abroad. If successful in amending the constitution and bylaws the way they say they want to, it’s hard to imagine that future students and SGA members won’t look back fondly on this movement. This is why it’s critical for SGA to lock down a concrete set of changes that they would like to see happen during the protest.
SGA’s desire to be more autonomous should be applauded by anyone around campus that enjoys following political discourse. While the Senate has not had a bill explicitly vetoed by the administration in decades, it seems likely that they’ve been met with strong resistance on several recent projects. As the representatives of our student body, it is in our interest to see our SGA succeed in this protest. This is why it’s critical that the student government come together and unify a single platform and soon.
With more meetings sure to occur between administrators and SGA members in the coming days and weeks, it will be necessary to have an agreement and understanding within SGA in order to effectively convey concerns to administration. The administration’s argument for the current constitutional language is not unjustified. To them, it isn’t too radical to think that a body of 20-30 college students could be easily misled and need to be balanced by a persons who are more knowledgable and experienced with matters of campus policy and budget. We could make the argument that the underdevelopment behind this protest only gives credit to the very fear the administration must have with giving total student control. But we don’t want to.
Fortunately, it seems this protest is built on more than just unfettered rashness from the Senate. At its core, SGA seems to be calling for a reevaluation of the current system of checks and balances that exists between themselves and the administration. However, the fact that we can’t definitively write that this is the core principle underscores the fatal flaw this protest may prove to have. Whether they call for the elimination of administrative approval or the implementation of a Senate override, they must come to a consensus internally if they have any hope for convincing students and creating lasting change at Western.