The Globe’s Point – Keeping your constituency in mind
March 7, 2017
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Every week, we chronicle the goings-on of our United Student Government (USG). Two weeks ago, USG president Blaine King proclaimed that the future of the organization looks bright.
This week, we report on the resignation of sophomore Amedea Baldoni as treasurer. In her letter of resignation, Baldoni said she resigned due to “personal reasons.”
We at the Globe respect the privacy of Baldoni, but when one week later, two senators also resign, we are forced to ask: what’s going on with the student government?
The USG Constitution’s preamble says that “we shall create from our ranks a united government to serve as a voice for the many and a communicator with those who administer the edification within and the development of the university.”
In other words, USG was formed as a student service entity whose goal is to communicate for the students to the administration. We’ve seen that in previous years: USG’s vote of no confidence was instrumental in changing our food service provider and USG members consistently serve on faculty advisory boards as student representatives.
We at the Globe can only speculate why these three students parted ways with the governmental body. Frankly, it’s not our place to gossip, but when the treasurer had been censured for insubordination and “unethical practices,” our question becomes: was this because of sparring amongst membership, the identification of a systemic problem, a symbolic move or something more personal?
We call upon the members of USG to continue to remember the work they do for the student body.
It matters not your place at the table, but rather that you came to the table for the right reasons.
In a few weeks we will follow the election process of senators and new leadership. We call upon the existing members of USG and any other concerned student considering running, to think hard about taking on a position and serve as a primary communicator between students and administration.
We also call upon membership to run for next year. Several members of USG (including the current parliamentarian, recording secretary and treasurer) were appointed by King to serve instead of being elected to the legislative body then appointed to the executive cabinet.
Being a USG Senator is a thankless job and we appreciate the hours members put in.
That said, we would appreciate to keep the goal in mind – this isn’t a social club, it’s a representative body serving the students.