The Southeastern Student Government Association members are preparing to get engaged. Student senators and officers met on Feb. 6 to discuss the upcoming events that will allow them to interact and speak with Southeastern students about getting involved in the university.
Rachel Bourgeois, SGA coordinator, pumped up the senators at the meeting with her act on getting engaged. She cheered, “We need student power!” SGA members have one focus… to get students engaged in a university organization. Tables will be set up Feb. 14 at the freshman tunnel and the parking garage. Bourgeois emphasized the importance of senators meeting the students where they are parked because they are probably not involved in any organization. They come to school, go to class and leave. SGA members will be handing out water bottles and ring pops, along with talking to students about getting engaged. An organizational browse will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union with many fun things going on, including a photo booth.
Jacy Carpenter, associate chief justice, spoke on behalf of free speech alley starting Monday, March 26. That Monday, SGA members will be seen in all white t-shirts with simple green lettering saying, “Tell me how you really feel.” Students will be allowed to write their feelings on the members as they pass through. Tuesday, students will be allowed to write their concerns to display on their own easels. Wednesday night, a public forum will be held to allow the public to voice their concerns. Senators will be needed to narrow down the topics to the most important ones. SGA senators will address the concerns with potential fixes. Carpenter ended saying, “We are hoping this will be appropriately controversial.”
SGA President Luke Holloway put his motivational skills to work saying, “As part of an organization, especially a successful organization such as student government, our role is to make sure, not only our university is better, but this organization is better.” He challenged his fellow senators, along with himself, saying, “My challenge to you these last five months we have is to make sure we finish up our job. Everything we do, we will work as hard as we can, and make sure we leave a legacy for those that follow us.”
Senate chairman, M.J. Ahmad said if students want to get involved this semester it is not to late. The senate has 3 graduate seats open, 3 Human and Development College seats open and 1 Business College seat open. The deadline to file for SGA office for the 2012 elections is Friday, Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m. Voting will be March 12-14.