Vote to Remove the General Assembly
Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 16:09
The General Assembly has become the bane of many recognized student organizations (RSOs) at Holy Cross. Occasionally, the body votes on matters such as the SGA Budget and recognizing new student groups. Yet throughout its existence, there is not a record of a single measure being turned down. The GA was intended to be a deliberative body. For a great number of people it has turned into a monthly lecture. This is frustrating both to students who do not wish to be there and for RSOs who want their voice to be heard.
At the GA on Monday, the Co-Presidents are going to propose a new system of representation for RSOs. This body, so titled the “Student Union,” will serve to right the wrongs of the GA. The Student Union will have several powers. The most important of these is the ability to request the rest of the SGA or administrators of the college to take action on any campus issue. The Student Union will have the ability to ratify the SGA budget and approve student groups. Unlike the General Assembly, the Chair of the Student Union only serves to moderate the debate and introduce discussion points.
In order to ensure that the Student Union facilitates dialogue, it needs to be smaller than the GA. Only the 35 RSOs and Club Sports receiving an annual budget from the SGA will be required to send one representative, and that representative can vary. The other 61 RSOs will still be able to vote if they are present, however they will face no penalty for missing. If any RSO attends all the meetings of the Student Union, they will be automatically re-recognized for the following year. This proposed plan will hopefully espouse better student representation in our Student
Jake Bass is the Speaker of the Senate. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the entire Student Government Association.