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But if revisions going up for a vote next week are passed, all members of Eastern’s student population will not be permitted to run for student body president or executive vice president positions in SGA.
Among these revisions is a requirement that would force all candidates to serve or currently be serving one term in the organization and minimum of 24 credit hours earned at Eastern.
And while we at The Progress understand SGA’s intentions with these revisions, we believe this change is doing a lot more than proposed.
Previously, any member of the student body could run for student body president or executive vice president of Senate, Student Activities Council (SAC) and Residence Life Council (RLC).
If students are required to have previous experience, then we are discriminating against a large portion of the student body.
Perhaps one of the groups most affected by these revisions are transfer students.
A transfer student should not be denied the opportunity to run for office like every other student at Eastern.
A transfer student, though not completely informed of every happening at this university, would represent a large population of students on this campus. Because they do not have expert knowledge on every facet of student government does not mean they can’t bring a different kind of knowledge to the table.
These students are just as aware of problems students encounter outside of student government and have the advantage to approach it from a differing perspective.
We understand SGA wants to have a qualified and educated individual in charge of managing its organization. But at the same time, we do not feel an organization that strives to serve the students should be exiling so many students from the candidate pool.
Caleb Armbrust, who served as student body president during the 2010-11 school year, was not a member of the organization before being elected. Had these revisions been active during this term, he would not have qualified to run in the first place.
Clearly the student population wanted this man to be their representative, regardless of whether or not he had past experience. And to silence these voices just because a committee believes the person is not qualified to do something is completely unacceptable.
We at The Progress feel it’s the student opinion that matters most in terms of student government. Looking past the legislation proposals, heated debates and executive sessions, SGA is about the students.
If members of the student body want to at least have a chance to run for office in the elections, they need to take a stand now. These constitutional revisions have the ability to impact more than just our generation at Eastern, but future generations as well.
The student body needs to take a stand for what is right and not sit idly by and allow SGA to limit their options for who they want to represent them, regardless of previous experience or credit requirements.