SGA reaches out to hear students’ voices

Students, not SGA officers or senators, are the main focus of this year’s annual Student Government Association week. The slogan of the week is “We are YOUR voice.”

“People just don’t really understand who we are and what we are here for,” said senior Sophie Shafer, vice president of communications for SGA. “What we have really been trying to push this year is that we are here for the students.” Shafer, has been heading up the events for SGA week.

SGA will be hosting a number of exciting events from March 10-14 as part of SGA Week. Throughout the week, senators and officers will have a table set up in Walker Student Center where students can bring their complaints and questions. There will also be applications for SGA positions available to students who are interested in serving as an officer or senator next year. The California Café will also be running specials throughout the week, featuring special SGA menu items and coffee and grill discounts.

SGA is hosting events every day of the week, starting Monday night with a study break with music, snacks and coffee in the Student Leadership Center, also known as the fishbowl, in the back of Walker Student Center.

On Tuesday night at dinner, SGA is hosting a faulty panel in the Great Hall. Panelists, including Rod Reed and Andre Broquard, will be discussing why things are done the way they are on the John Brown University campus. They will be accepting anonymous questions beforehand via SGA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. There will also be a short time open for questions at the end.

A panel with both SGA officers and senators will meet Wednesday night in the Great Hall. Students are invited to express their concerns and opinions about what changes should be made on the campus.

“We cannot effectively do our jobs unless we are informed about what students want changed,” said Shafer.

Officers and senators will then be around the cafeteria, talking to students in order to see what changes are wanted there as part of their “Cafeteria Take Over” on Thursday at lunch. They will also be hosting a karaoke night in the Great Hall overflow room during dinner that night.

To finish off the week, SGA will announce the much-anticipated Junior Senior Banquet theme in Walker Student Center on Friday by hanging up a banner in the Walker Student Center.

“We are looking forward to SGA week,” said senior Liz Mathers, SGA president. “It is important because it will help us get more visibility.”