November 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Student Council Acknowledges: “Currently, everyone thinks we do nothing.”

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Popular opinion is that the Student Council is all fluff; a club that looks good on your transcript.  It recently demonstrated that it does indeed have the power to change things for the student body (seen the cafeteria?  The tables are DIFFERENT) but some of you may still be dubious.  If you’d like to see how the council functions for yourself, drop in on a meeting in Ms. Horne’s room.  Here’s how it works: they open the Suggestion Box, and they read what’s inside.  Then they talk about how to make your suggestions happen.  Among the hot issues at their last meeting were whether to make the semi-formal into a highlighter dance (senior and junior advisories polled showed a desire for change, which suggests that semi-formal is not an event students are eager to repeat), why lunch prices are rising (Jack Hand attributes it to the rising cost of diesel and a lack of state funding), and “is there enough in our budget for fruit after assembly?”

Here’s a refresher for those of you who don’t remember how government works: in the representative democracy that is our student government, officials are elected to represent large masses of people: i.e, the student body.  The point of the Student Council is to take your concerns to the administration so that you don’t have to.  If the concerns the council has been addressing seem trivial to you, it’s because, for the most part, the requests of the student body are trivial.  We’re lazy and we don’t want to walk around the building when there’s a perfectly good door by the band room (thanks for opening it up, Student Council!).  We’re cheap and don’t understand the cafeteria prices.  And why hasn’t anybody bothered to get the piano in the library stairwell tuned?!  If it’s the little things that count, give credit where credit is due: the Student Council is doing exactly what we’re asking them to do.

If you feel that your needs aren’t being met at GSA, complain about it.  Lobby for your ideas, because people are actually listening.  While you may never get soda in the vending machines or a no-homework-on-weekends policy instated, chances are there is something the Student Council can do to help you.  Take initiative, and put it in the Suggestion Box.

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