Recently, a comment was posted with a slightly negative twist toward SGA. Unfortunately, that person decided to remain anonymous, so I am not able to address them individually. However, I would like to respond to their very valid statements.
First, we are all upset that the union is not finished. Over the summer there was flooding and construction was delayed. Now, the final date is April 21. Most importantly, our food options are not all in place. This is because Taco Bell had origionally committed to coming to our Union. However, there were some franchising issues because of the University Ave. location. So, the design and everything had been completed for Taco Bell, but that fell through. Sodexho offered Ultimate Baja, but everyone involved had to go back to the drawing board to redesign the space. The design process takes time and money. Finally, the design is complete and the ball can get rolling again! SGA has a Secretary specifically for Union and Dining issues. She has a very close relationship with the Director of the Union and he keeps us up to date as well as puts pressure on the architects and construction company. Patience is the key here, but things are coming along.
Secondly, Anonymous, you must realize that UWGB is a small school. We simply cannot get around the fact that there are only so many professors who already have a larger teaching load that most of the other UW schools. In regards to signing up for classes, the SGA Student Services Secretary is currently working on getting more server space to cut down wait time on SIS. Additionally, the school will now be operating under the Syracuse model starting this Fall. This means classes will be 5 or 10 minutes longer and the school year will actually be shorter. This also means classes will go futher into the afternoon providing for more sections. Lastly, the Syracuse model will allow for UWGB to start having winterims, or classes during the winter break! The last thing I will mention is that SGA did a survey last year regarding when students wanted to sign up for classes. The majority of students responded with the desire for morning times, and the Registrar took that information into consideration and opened more slots this past semester in the morning.
The SGA Senators were elected by the general student body and it is their job to keep in touch with the student’s wishes. We are a representative government and the Senators know they must keep in close contact with students to see what they want. Additionally, as President, I have instructed that anyone who is to bring a resolution to the Senate floor, must have at least one student input forum session. Lastly, this blog is just one more way we are connecting with students besides our day-to-day conversations. I would say that if you, Anonymous, or any one else, has an issue, then they should join SGA themselves! Be the change you want to see in the world, right?
To finalize this post, I would like to comment on the stellar performance of everyone involved in SGA this year. We have gotten so many amazing things accomplished and I’m proud of the sacrafice everyone has made to make this such an incredible organization. I cannot wait for all the good that will come out of this semester!