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September 22, 2006

Students have a stronger voice at UW-River Falls than they likely understand or acknowledge.

Through governance positions, student organizations and letters to the editor, many options are readily avail- able for campus community members to express their beliefs and lobby for change.

This year’s Student Senate elections are from 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. Several Senate seats are still available, and if these positions are left vacant, the voice of the student population on campus will be seriously silenced.

Student senators meet weekly to address and take action on issues affecting nearly every aspect of the university. They often work directly with administration, both locally and statewide, to represent the stu- dent body.

And Senate has a hand in some of the most visible parts of this institution — tuition, student fees, smoking policies, budgeting and financial aid, just to name a few.

Six candidates and rumored write-in campaigners will be on the ballot next week. These individuals are vying for three first-year spots, two at-large seats, and positions for CAS, CAFES, COEPS, and CBE.

Every student on campus is affected by the decisions these individuals will make throughout the year, so do yourself a favor and exercise your right to vote.

Voting takes place online, so check the University’s Web site for the link Monday before the polling period is up.

For those who don’t have the time or desire to become an active part of student government, writing a letter to the editor is another way to speak your mind.

The Student Voice accepts signed letters up to 300 words in length until 11:59 p.m. Tuesdays. They can be dropped off at 304 North Hall or e-mailed to student.voice@uwrf.edu.

The Voice is delivered throughout campus and at various locations in the city of River Falls, enabling those letters to reach a diverse group of people.

Don’t underestimate the power your words have when it comes to sparking discussion and provoking individuals to see a situation through someone else’s eyes.

And on a larger scale, don’t forget to make your picks for governor, Senate and Assembly, among others, during the general elections Nov. 7. Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For information on candidates and polling locations, visit http://www.rivertowns.net/vote2006/index.asp.