Student Senate: Your Ticket to Greatness

By J.D. Parks

What do Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt all have
in common?
The answer? They were all involved in Student Government.

As Public Relations Director for our Student Senate, there is perhaps no greater role I play than a conduit between the Student body and the Student Senate Executive Board.

Many people ask me, what does Senate do? Understandably most people would prematurely write it off as a boring obligation to an already hectic college schedule. But our Student Senate plays a vital role in the well-being of our college.

Anybody who is part of a club or organization understands our main function, which is to allocate money towards club events based on a majority vote in our weekly meetings.

This is money that comes out of the pocket of every student on this campus. When you pay your tuition, $25 automatically gets taken out and some of it is put into our Senate budget. In any given meeting we could be voting on funding requests ranging from $25 to upwards of $2,000!

In the past year, our Student Senate has been hard at work organizing remarkable events for our peers to take part in. Sometimes they have been solemn events, heavy on the heart but fundamentally necessary, such as the candle light vigil in honor of those who lost their lives in the Parkland shooting, or the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. As a matter of fact, SMCC was the only college in the state which had a formal event in his honor. That’s something we, as Seawolves, can be proud of.

In the last few months we helped register fellow Students to vote in time for the midterm elections, gave the students on this campus a unique opportunity to have their voices heard by, not one, but two candidates for Governor and organized a food drive for families in the community. Most impressively (strictly in my opinion) endorsing Question 5 on the ballot which passed and will endow our campus with four million dollars.

At the risk of sounding like I’m editorializing: I think when you take in the totality of everything our Student Senate has accomplished, you understand that this really is our finest hour. We have some of the best, most dedicated people involved in Student Senate. Every meeting I sit on the Executive Board and I’m proud to be part of a group that continues to make a difference for the betterment of our campus.

I highly encourage anyone who wants to contribute to our campus, to join
Student Senate.

Now if you’re a red-blooded human being who is still exhibiting life signs, I am certain you’re salivating at the opportunity to be a part of such an impressive A-Team of people.
Student Senate meets Tuesday at 4:30 in Jewett Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to come, but to become a voting member all you have to do is get 25 signatures from fellow Students, or alternatively represent a club or organization on campus.

Remember: when polled, 96% of Fortune 500 companies prioritize hiring applicants with a background in Student Government because it shows commitment. So put yourself on the fast track to success and join Student Senate. You wont regret it.

Best wishes,
J.D. Parks
Director of Public Relations,
SMCC Student Senate

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