On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the prospective senators for the Student Government Association at ABAC met and discussed requirements for office, conversed and shared in some refreshments. For many, this was the first in a long list of involvements at ABAC; for others, it was just another pearl on the necklace.
Unlike the gridlock we face in Washington, D.C., senators are elected based upon who they are, and what they stand for as an individual, not their party affiliation. However, does this help with the apathy that many students at ABAC feel towards student government? The relative lack of controversy and lack of conflict in the senatorial races do not catch the interest of the average student at ABAC.
So, when you go to cast your ballot, is there a reason behind voting for who you vote for? I am by no mean saying that students qualify as “Republican” “Democrat” or “Libertarian” for the Senate Race, but having a group of people that stand together with a platform would help to strengthen the campaigns and cause friendly contentions that would increase awareness.
For conversation sake, let us say that there was a “political” group at ABAC that wanted to work towards new carpet in Conger Hall, and another group wanting updated encyclopedia sets in the library, would those two groups, with different beliefs on allocations of resources not cause some debate amongst the students? What about a pro-tobacco group, and a tobacco free campus group? Would that not cause political contentions?
While we can only wonder at what could be, the discussions and conversations held at the SGA meet and greet over pizza and ice cream cake, were fairly tame and pertained generally to: What am I getting myself into, and how can I help the students of ABAC.
For some, this will lead down a path of holding a title and voting how they desire; for others, this path will lead them down a road of success, and possibly even into the presidency of the SGA.
Which senator will you choose for your academic School? Who will you choose to represent the entirety of the student body? I encourage you to read about these individuals and decide for yourself who has your best interests in mind.