Editorial: Voting Editorial Voting Student body needs to take advantage of elections to have their voice heard The issue: Voting Our view: Without the right leaders, students' needs won't be properly represented. Without a good voter tuApril 17, 1997
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April 17, 1997
Student body needs to take advantage of elections to have their voice heard
Without the right leaders, students' needs won't be properly
Without a good voter turnout, the right leaders won't be elected.
Now that much of the hubbub surrounding this year's student body election has subsided, the real action has begun.
Students can make their choices for student government positions.
Take the signs, speeches and Lariat endorsements for what they are worth, but make your voice heard by going to vote.
Our student government, in truth, is little more than a suggestion box with a checkbook. The administration allows only so much power.
Nonetheless, they still have an easier time appealing to the administration than a lone student. Bringing a resolution from Student Congress or an idea from student government means, allegedly, that the suggestion is for the betterment of all students.
Having little real power is one matter. Students need representatives who will aggressively seek out campus needs and find ways to deal with them.
With the promise of a rapidly expanding student body, more than ever the students will need a voice to the powers that be. Getting adjusted to the Big 12 plus meeting the everyday needs of running an institution can detract attention away from students.
One candidate during the endorsement interviews pointed out a simple matter students wanted handled, namely the potholes in the Penland Residence Hall parking lot.
A student asked about them during Chapel-Forum while representatives were answering questions. Student government went to work and the problem was fixed. Collins Residence Hall now has handrails for physically challenged students because of an allocation from Student Congress. University students can check their e-mail in the Bill Daniel Student Center, again the result of a congress allocation.
This proves that Student Congress can get some things accomplished. Let's make use of what we have. Until students make the most of the available power, there is little reason for the administration to offer the students anything more.
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