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Apathy plagues elections

April 4, 1997

Increased student involvement is vital for Student Congress to be successful

The issue:

Student Congress

Our view:

University students should increase diversity in Student Congress by participation.

Student Congress by definition is the governing body of the students. Also by definition, a democracy should consist of representatives chosen by the masses to lead them and vote for them in governmental proceedings.

For this process to work there has to be viable representatives who care what the people think, need and believe in.

Too often a catchy name or a good campaign slogan can win an election for a candidate in the first semester of the freshman year when most candidates are veritable unknowns. The winner's name is from then on tossed around campus in conversation, in the Lariat and in the classrooms.

The name is also still familiar when the next Diadeloso election rolls around. There is a good chance that the incumbent will again win his election.

We now see how a four-year monarchy is created over the student body.

To keep the integrity of popular elections, popularity and sparsity need to be deleted from the elections.

If a student feels that they can contribute to the rest of the campus as a whole as an elected representative then they need to file with Student Congress and join in the election.

Everyone should be encouraged to at least voice their opinions to their representatives if their fervor isn't hot enough to prompt them to run for office.

The purpose behind student government is to teach us all--not just the elected participants--how our government works and how to be active in it.

Student government was not created to teach politicians how to get elected. If it were, we would have nasty mudslinging campaigns that would damage other students.

Diversity needs to be encouraged in Student Congress. If the same people are running again and again, then how could there ever be change other than from graduation?

Problems with the lack of diversity don't begin in who is being elected, but begin the lack of options for which to vote.

Student government should be different from real government only in the scope of magnitude, forgiving consequence and possibly the presence of adviserships. We all should do our part in student government just as we should in real government.

If students as a body lead our elected representatives and learn how to actively and effectively participate in government, what is to stop us from making forward and effective changes in local, state and federal governments in the future?

We have only ourselves to blame if we feel that Student Congress is not serving our needs. It is each and every student's responsibility to participate and lead each other through this body of our elected peers for the betterment of all of our college experiences

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