Campus News

Speak Up To Senate!

By Celina Simmons

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS! The Senate is back and ready to hear what YOU want this year. Whether it is funding for a guest speaker or suggestions on how to make our campus a better and more productive environment, it’s pertinent to keep it within the loop of your student Senate.

Most years in the past, students barely knew what our Senate does or how they could be a part of making a change. This year, that will change. Student Senate is generally the same concept as the one in our national government. We represent our student body and act as a liaison between pupils and Board of Directors.

In other words, we work FOR you. We want to help you in any way we can to make what you want to see happen, happen. The best way for this all to go smoothly is by you becoming a Student Body Representative. The workload is what you make it to be. It could be as easy as just attending our one hour long weekly meetings in the Jewett Auditorium every Tuesday, or you could go above and beyond by running committees, clubs, or events. One thing is for sure, it is always YOUR CHOICE!

We welcome all students to sit on during our meetings even if you aren’t a Student Rep. At the end of our meeting, we have a time called “Open Table,” which is dedicated for any one to bring anything to the Senate. Yes, that’s right. ANYONE can come to the meetings and be heard by the Senate!! So instead of being annoyed about something on campus and feeling helpless about it, tell us so we can help!

The new Executive Board members of Senate are determined to make our campus a comfortable, welcoming, and engaging environment. In order to do that though, they need your input on what this should look like! When you think of it, it’s not much of a democracy if the students we represent aren’t telling us what they want or what to stand for.

I spoke with Jason Saucier and Lizz Tharpe about what they would like to see happen within the Senate this year. Jason’s response follows more along the lines of what I’ve been explaining: we want more students to join!! I cannot express enough how important it is to have an active and loud student body voice. Our goal is to give you what you have been asking for!!

Lizz’s response was similar but different. She has a vision for Senate to give more to clubs and organizations on campus than money for food at every meeting. We have set funding to be used at the Senate’s approval and there is almost an endless list of uses for this money. So, how can we use this money to make a big impact on our little community?

These are just some things to think about while you are wondering how to spend the next few months on this campus. There are so many great organizations to become a part of and endless opportunities leading from that. And with that being said, if something on campus doesn’t sit right to you, SPEAK UP. We are here to not only listen, but help.

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