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SGA asks students ‘Whatcha Want’

September 27, 2012

 

Krista Scruton, a college of liberal arts senator for the Student Government Association explains Whatcha Want Wednesday to Will Trahan, who writes down his idea to improve Tech’s campus. - Photo by Derek Amaya

SCOTT WALKINGSTICK
Staff Reporter

 

If you were on campus yesterday around lunchtime, it is very possible a Student Government Association member asked some questions about things you would like to change on campus.

 

This is all part of SGA’s new plan, Whatcha Want Wednesdays. SGA President Will Dearmon said “Whatcha Want Wednesday is a new service initiative beingut forth to bridge and strengthen communication between SGA and students.”

 

Vice President Allison East said SGA got the idea for this at the Conference of Student Associations held annually at Texas A&M.

 

“Getting information directly from the students will lead to more effective bills and help create changes that students want to see,” East said. “If a lot of students are saying the same things, it’s probably a big problem. I’m aware that there’s a big disconnect between regular students and SGA members. Many students think SGA is pointless. There are some who don’t even realize SGA exists.”

 

Rebecca Ebarb, a senior animal science major, said she thinks the plan is a good idea because students do not always know who or where to go when there is an issue that needs to be taken care of and this way it is at least heard by someone.

 

“If there needs to be something done, then people will know and it could possibly lead to a change,” Ebarb said.

 

A big issue some students are concerned about is the lack of parking lots.

 

“We need more parking lots,” Ebarb said. “It’s really hard to find a decent parking spot. I’m almost always late to my classes. If SGA can do something about that, I bet a lot of students would take them more seriously.”

 

From the data SGA collects they hope to get “100 Great Ideas for LA Tech University,” another service initiative that is going to be used to better the campus and its organizations.

 

“We’ll use the information we get from Whatcha Want Wednesdays to write legislation for our 100 Great Ideas, East said. “This program encourages our senators to write 100 bills and resolutions that benefit at least one student group outside of SGA and make a lasting impact on our university.”

 

In the past two years SGA has passed less than 10 pieces of legislation.

 

“That’s not something I’m proud of,” East said. “Whatcha Want Wednesday is an easy way to tell senators what bills and resolutions they need to be writing.”

 

SGA seems confident that this new act will have a tremendous impact on campus.

 

“If we can push Whatcha Want Wednesdays and 100 Great Ideas enough, I really think we can better those relationships and work together to make great changes for our school,” East said. “It is up to the students to decide how well this program will work. I hope they are receptive.”

 

East said she only wants what will best benefit the students. After SGA goes out they will bring the data back to the senators so they can research and find out what exactly will do that.

 

“Hopefully these programs show students that we do care and we do want to listen to them,” East said. “We can’t get anything accomplished without the students. We’re here, and we’re open.”

 

Email comments to rsw020@latech.edu.

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