Student Senate debate approaching, all are encouraged to attend
March 23, 2012
As students wish spring break a fond farewell and become cognizant of the fact that we must embrace the rest of the seemingly short school year, we come to the realize have to start looking ahead to the future.
As such, the Student Senate elections are rapidly approaching, and it seems to be the general consensus that far too many students are uninformed regarding such events.
What does the Senate do, you ask? Their page on the UW-River Falls website maintains, “We are students from all walks of life who have banded together to provide a voice for the student body. We actively use this voice in a variety of ways in all levels of government including on-campus, state and national issues. We advocate for problems that affect students on our campus but also for issues that are statewide.”
Next Thursday marks an important event in the election process, as a debate between candidates will be held at 7 p.m. in the Kinni Theatre at the University Center. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, in order to get a better feel for the individuals who could potentially be making big strides towards change on this campus.
The Student Voice would like to bring to light three potential issues to be discussed at this debate.
Firstly, we would like to see better student evaluations for teachers. All students are familiar with the process of filling out those bubble sheets at the end of the semester. However, we feel that these do not do adequately reflect the students’ opinions of their professors. We at the Voice firmly believe that there should be a section where students can write in comments.
Secondly, the Voice would like to see the Senate fill more committee positions. Some of these seats remain empty, and those empty seats just seem like missed opportunities for change.
Thirdly, we think that the Senate should be made more accessible or available to students. The weekly Senate meeting is open to the public, but somehow this does not seem like enough. If the Senate members could devise a way to elevate the level of student interest, we would deeply commend you.
We’re sure that there are many students on campus that can think of a few things they’d like to see changed. If you have an opinion, voice it!
We cannot reiterate enough times how fundamentally important taking an active interest in this campus is.