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SGA members attribute low activity to lack of student involvement

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 01:12

Officers of the Student Government Association (SGA) say the group’s inactivity this semester can be attributed to dropping recruitment numbers and lack of member participation.

Student Body President Shane Rankin and Student Body Vice President Kolby Flowers agreed that SGA has not been any less active than previous years, but lack of student involvement makes it appear that way.

"I do not believe that SGA has been "inactive" this year, we have merely not had students approach us with their concerns, questions, or initiatives for us to pursue on behalf of them," Rankin said. "Not many students have the time to partake in university organizations, more especially the governing body of the students."

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Senator and Bearkat All Paws In Director, Cristan Shamburger, also believes that the inactivity reports has to do with student involvement, but feels that the SGA Officers and Senators are part of the problem as well.

"It all has to do with leadership issues," Shamburger said. "We have great people in office who do very well in many aspects, but I feel motivating people to get involved and work is not everyone’s gift. Our president, Shane Rankin, is a great guy, but he isn’t necessarily the type of person to get people motivated to be involved."

Flowers and Rankin made no mention of failure on the part of SGA to motivate students.

All three SGA leaders felt that the spring semester will hold more in store for SGA and Rankin hoped that events such as meet and greets and Kat Chat would reassure students of SGA’s presence on campus.

Shamburger felt that SGA’s most important job was to interact with the student body, and believed SGA has not done as well in that area as they wanted to. She hoped that the spring activities will enable SGA to "be out there" connecting more with students.

Rankin reminded students that to be the voice of the student body, SGA had to hear the voices of students themselves.

SGA will resume in the spring on Jan. 22.

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