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SGA’s Q&A with President Guice brings responses to student concerns

January 30, 2017

President Les Guice speaks with Tech students about upcoming campus improvements and plans during SGA’s Q&A session held Jan. 10. – Photos by Jonathan Shaul

 

KACIE KAUFMAN
News Editor | kjk019@latech.edu

 

Wyly Auditorium was filled with students seeking answers during Student Government Association’s second Q&A with Tech’s president on Jan. 10. 

 

 

Les Guice, university president, gave a short presentation detailing some of the university’s current projects and plans. A forum for student questions opened after the presentation, and topics from diversity, housing, parking and campus security were directly addressed by the president.

 

 

Alyssa Campbell, a sophomore biology major, said the purpose of the SGA event was to create a way for students to express their thoughts on university matters to Guice.

 

 

“It’s basically so the student body can communicate with Dr. Guice with any questions or concerns that they have,” said Campbell, a student worker in SGA. “They can sit face to face with him and basically discuss anything they want to. It’s very open.”

 

 

Campbell said the chance to meet in person was a valuable experience for those in attendance.

 

 

Mckenna Jenkins, a junior elementary education major, talks with President Guice after the Q&A session.

“Some of the benefits are just, I guess, that you can easily communicate back and forth and get every point across,” she said. “And unlike social media — things get skewed on social media and over the internet — face to face, I feel like you can come to a conclusion, and it’s in a group setting.”

 

Campbell said the Q&A was an opportunity for clarification between students and the university.

 

“I know Dr. Guice likes to hear from all of his students and fulfill everyone’s needs,” she said.

 

Jacob Finley, a freshman mechanical engineering major, said he had many reasons for attending the event.

 

“(I’m here) just to get information straight from the president instead of having to read it online,” he said. “That and maybe answer some questions that everyone is speculating on.”

 

Finley said a few questions seemed to be on a lot of students’ minds.

 

“Everybody is wondering what’s going to happen,” he said. “What are the plans for the next couple years?”

 

Guice said plans for Tech were already being put into action, and more were being made. He said areas such as expansion of housing options and opportunities for students were key pieces to the blueprints for improvements.

 

Joshua Jackson, a sophomore music education major, said the presentation gave a better idea of the campus plans involving the Tech 2020 plan and beyond.

 

“I like how we are trying to innovate our campus and make it look nicer,” he said.

 

Jackson said enhancing campus security is one of his main concerns as a Tech student. In the presentation, Guice said plans were in place to improve security through measures such as better lighting on campus.

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