In 1776, the Founding Fathers declared independence from England. Today, I want to declare independence from the Student Government at Texas State.
Actually, I want to go one step further and say we should abolish Student Government. Let me first point out that Student Government has accomplished several things in the past like creating grant programs, but they have not done enough to warrant their existence.
Student Government’s purpose is to serve the student body as our representatives in the university—sounds reasonable enough. However, only 2 or 3 percent of students vote in elections each year. Their position as representatives for students is without grounds.
Granted, it is technically students’ fault for not voting, but it’s also Student Government’s job to make the election times widely known. The only reason I even knew about the elections was because I work for the campus newspaper.
One noticeable failing is the lack of outreach and marketing of the campus government. Seeing as they have $605.50 for marketing in this year’s budget, they better get on it.
Almost every day, there are people yelling in the Quad about tacos or something, and not once have I heard someone from Student Government do the same. They might table in the Quad, but I have never seen them. Not witnessing Student Government doing something may be my fault, but its members need to do more to make people aware.
Furthermore, the “legislation” they have passed is lacking to say the least. This year, they approved upwards of $700 for new polo shirts. Yep, shirts are what they are spending time on. They should not serve as the representatives of students if they do so little for us.
If I wanted to know what Student Government has done for me, I should not have to search very hard. When you go to the accomplishments page on their website—yes, they have a website, which I’m sure you didn’t know about, it lists four accomplishments in the time I have been at Texas State. I have been here for three years. Certainly there are more, but even Student Government doesn’t deem these other accomplishments important enough to mention.
One piece of legislation they seem to like is increasing student fees. Speaking of money, this year’s budget is $80,987. This money is coming from students, and it would be no problem if Student Government accomplished something, but they do not.
Student Government seems useless, and I stand by that statement. I can appreciate a résumé-builder just as much as the next person, but when it costs students almost $81,000, it makes it hard to find the beauty.
In biology, the term for a needless organ is vestigial. Student Government is this school’s vestigial organ and, just like the appendix, it needs to be removed.