The Student Government Association left no question unanswered as they hosted this semester’s general forum on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Widener Lecture Hall. Students of every class had the opportunity to raise any questions and have them answered by a member of SGA.
Gregory Robinson, a senior and student body president of SGA, led most of the discussion while fellow senior Angelica Graber, student body vice president, also helped guide the audience with their questioning. The other members of SGA helped along with the answer portion in the event that one question needed a more in depth solution.
The main focus of SGA is to be the representatives for the entire student body. As stated in their constitution, they are “The official governing body that represents the student body’s needs in a democratic process.”
Graber describes this mission of SGA in stating that “we want them to approach us because we might be easier to approach than faculty.” Thursday’s forum was just a small example of how this organization reaches out to their student body.
Naturally, with a room full of new faces to the school, questions based around resident halls arose. Along with those questions came queries about the situation with lacking dormitory trash cans, as well as if something can be done to better illuminate the pathway to West Residence Hall.
This range of topics shows that any number of questions may be asked to the SGA.
With each question asked, SGA members were quick to answer, giving as informative a response as possible. Not every question had a definite and immediate answer. If this were the case, one of the members reassured that at one point or another, the students’ suggestions would be heard.
Without student suggestions and input, Graber says that they “wouldn’t accomplish anything.” They need the students in order to be successful.
Aside from the official questioning that took place, the members also emphasized upcoming events that students have the chance to be involved in.
The main event this upcoming semester is the renewing of Homecoming weekend. An excited Graber said that SGA “encourages each class to decorate the back of a pick-up truck for the parade” that will circle the campus as part of the festivities.
This opportunity can come as quite an invitation to any freshmen who are still adjusting to the college life. The parade can give them the chance to reach out and show the school who they are.
Each student has the chance to raise their voice on campus. All they need to do is reach out to SGA for a little help.