Student Government: Making the Student’s Voices Heard
Travis Willmann, Staff Writer
Every year at North Greenville University, the student government is elected by the student body, to serve the students and to make sure that the student’s voices are heard. This year, each class president and vice president have a project that they are working on to better the university for the students.
The senior class president this year is Blake Patton and his vice president is Jonathon Oh. For their project, they chose to work on getting a foot washing station at the sand volleyball courts for students that love to play volleyball, but do not like the mess it causes when they get back into their vehicles or go back to their dorms. Patton said, “One reason we chose this task is to complete a realistic and tangible task that shows the student body that Student Government is working for them.” “Another reason is so students that play sand volleyball and track sand around their rooms or other places. We wanted a way for students to clean up prior to leaving the courts.” Patton said that they are currently working with Campus Enhancement Services to bring this dream to a reality.
The junior class president this year is Jon Ross Fordree and his vice president is Emily Brown. They are working on getting extended library hours. The Student Body President Kady Floyd said, “Fordree and Brown are working on getting extended library hours, especially during exam week. It is a matter of safety as well, since many students stay up late during exam week and go off campus because they do not have a place to go.” “It is important for the students to understand that the library cannot hire any more workers, so they are having to extend the hours of their current employees.”
The sophomore class president and vice president, Allison Yeater and Adam Kelly are working to create a cross walk and lighting to help students safely cross over to the General Store. “Right now, there is not a safe way for students to cross over to The General Store,” said Kelly. “The students need a safe way to travel between campus and The General Store and that is why we are working with Campus Enhancement Services to find a solution to this problem,” said Kelly. In addition to a cross walk, Yeater and Kelly, with the help of Campus Enhancement Services, hope to also put up street lights.
The Freshman class president and vice president, Zion Dendy and Chase Bridges are working with Aramark, the company who provides the student body with food for Todd Dining Hall. Their project is aimed to work with Aramark and the student body to provide the students with better food options. However, this comes with some challenges. The General Manager of Todd Dining Hall said, “We would be able to provide the students better options, if we could cut down on food waste.” “Students through away cheeseburgers and other meals that look like they were just made.” “If students could only put on their plate what they could eat, then Aramark could provide better food options for the students.” Dendy and Bridges are having scheduled meetings with Aramark to see how Aramark and the student body can work together.
There are four class presidents and four class vice presidents, one president and one vice president for each class. In addition to these class presidents and vice presidents, there is a student government president and student government vice president. The Student Government President is Kady Floyd and the Student Government Vice President is Alex Gore.