Bethel College’s 84th Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Council hopes that everyone had a wonderful, relaxing, and well-deserved holiday season. As we enter the New Year with 2016 in the books, it’s time for SGA to get back to work to continue to provide a voice for all students. Before we address what we will accomplish this interterm and spring, let us briefly reflect back on Fall 2016.
Let’s not sugarcoat reality. SGA experienced its first impeachment hearing, and it was a tumultuous time for all of us. The articles of impeachment passed the Senate but were overturned by the Judicial Council, meaning President Miller is still in office. We, along with select senators, have since went through KIPCOR mediation sessions, smoothed out any and all conflict, and are looking forward to move on as a team under the direction of President Miller’s Evaluation Plan, which seeks to remedy the problems that caused the impeachment process.
Despite the impeachment hearing and the issues that surrounded it, SGA was still able to accomplish a great deal. A complete recap can be found here on our webite: (https://bethelsga.com/about/sga-news/).
This time last year, the 83rd SGA Senate passed 12 bills (one of which was vetoed by President Goertzen). In Fall 2016, SGA Senate passed 27 bills (one of which was vetoed by President Miller), which more than doubled last session’s total.
SGA officially breaks from recess on Monday, January 30, and although we cannot pass legislation through Senate until then, we will continue to work over Interterm, just as we did during Christmas and Summer Break. Our SGA Goal Sheet is chalk full of student concerns from this year and years past. Although we have not yet checked every box on the goal sheet (that would mean our goals are too easy), we have certainly made progress.
Here’s a look at the goals SGA plans to fulfill in the coming months:
- Hold conversations pursuing greater recognition and integration between SGA and the Board, as well as the Cabinet. This may include pushing for a change in representative structure in the future.
- Continue to aid the athletic department in bolstering the Mem Hall Weight Room.
- Digitize campus timesheets across the board, reducing processing time and cutting down on forgery.
- Improve the effectiveness of the Student Activity Fee so that students get “the most bang for our buck.” In addition, students will have accessible information on what exactly their Student Activity Fee dollars are spent on.
- Complete a “Yes Means Yes” video targeting the reduction of sexual assault on Bethel’s campus and beyond.
- Continue work on recycling initiatives, edits to the SGA Bylaws, a Last Lecture series, and a commuter lounge.
If you are dissatisfied with your representatives, administration, faculty, staff, facilities, or anything/anyone else, please talk with your senators or executive members. Their info can be found on the “branches” tab on our website. You can also utilize our website to fill out an SGACares submission (https://bethelsga.com/sgacares/).
We students have more power than we realize and should have a say in how things are run on Bethel’s campus. Remember, SGA serves as the student megaphone, not microphone; we amplify students’ opinions, thoughts, and perspectives to give every a student a voice. Best of luck with Interterm, Stay Bethel Busy, and Roll on Threshers!
Your Executive Council, a team.
Jacob Miller – Student Body President
Kiley Varney – Student Body Vice President
Zachary Preheim – Secretary for Diversity Affairs
Mareike Bergen – Secretary for Student Activities
Emily Kondziola – Secretary for Public Relations
Alec Loganbill – Chief of Staff