Every year, the ALA community selects a group of people that they believe are capable of leading the student body. The student body expects their government to speak out for them whilst the administration expects the government to communicate rules and regulations. However, it seems that the faith that was strong once upon a time in the student government is diminishing rapidly.
One can tell by the number of grumbles heard throughout the auditorium when the student government asks for them to stay behind after Dean’s Talks, through the number of people that run for posts but above all through the complaints students have towards the Student Government.
We asked around, listened to conversations and these are some of the reasons students have lost faith in the student government.
1) Students have lost faith in the Student Government because candidates who are running for posts don’t tell them what they are going to do but rather, bash their opponents or the outgoing government. One candidate running for chairman spent 2 minutes of speech time telling us how NOT to run a Government. What if he had spent that time telling us what you would do to run a Government? The snippy comments made during the chairs debates, some of them were simply unnecessary.
2) Why is there a need for two chair heads? What does a chairman do that is different from that of a chairlady? Arguably, if it was strictly a chairperson, the post would be more prestigious because only those seriously up for the job would run.
3) Some people run because they have been nominated not because they are passionate.
4) Some people run because they want titles to add onto the Common Application once the college application process begins.
5) As a student body, we rarely see what some sectors of the Student Government do in terms of delivering on the promises that were made when campaigning.
6) The Student Government has become a popularity contest. It isn’t about who could actually deliver anymore but it is about who has more friends clapping and yelling for them in the audience. The yelling gets so loud that you don’t hear what the candidates are promising. You vote and you complain because the minority wasn’t heard.
7) The vague promises made in debates and campaigns remind me of the same African politicians we are trying to get rid of.
Students, we have a choice. This is the one time that our voice actually matters so forget who your friend is, who bashed his/her opponent the most and as you tick your ballot, vote wisely.