Got Ideas? Tell Me! (And Vote)

Elections: Round 2 are today and tomorrow. If you haven’t voted but want to, log in through MyFAU and click on the “Vote Now” tab. FYI, Boca students don’t have to check 42 boxes off if they don’t want to — you can just vote for one guy if you want, but no more than 42. Well, and two senators.

My story this week is specifically about the mix-up with the registrar’s office that set back the election, but more broadly it’s about the way SG elections work.  This isn’t the first time I’ve written about elections chairs being hired just before the election, or timelines being too strict and early in the semester, or non-students messing up the process.

It’s about who manages the election, and SG, and what regular students can do about it. A lot of students don’t know or care, but if you’re going to FAU full-time you’re spending $125-200 per semester — depending how many credits you’re taking — to fund SG. That means the people running SG are accountable to you and what you have to say.

And for the youngest of us, this is possibly the first opportunity we have to impact a money-managing governing body. Even if you can and do vote in local or national elections, you have a stronger voice and can make a visible difference in what FAU does with some of your money. Even though there may be over 28,000 students at FAU, fewer than eight percent of them voted last semester. Maybe a little more than one percent of them do anything more than vote, and this election proves how uncompetitive the process of “getting in” can be.

Of course, you don’t have to rely on anyone else to make changes in SG, and you don’t have to get elected to do it, either.

In January, the Constitutional Convention will open things up even more, and anyone who wants to can publicly make a case for changing any of the rules. The Constitution calls for a minimum of 20 people to be involved, and while those 20 people will be hand-picked by people already in power, there is no established maximum and any “currently enrolled students who wish to volunteer for the commission” will be part of the process. If you want in, start thinking about what changes SG needs. I’ll be posting information about getting involved as it becomes available.

In the meantime, if you have ideas, post them in the comments or e-mail me. If I get any interesting or well-reasoned responses, I’ll forward them to SG leaders and Student Affairs officials. I’ll also speak with the editor-in-chief about getting them printed in an upcoming issue. Could be a cool thing to bring up in a job interview, to prove how awesome and involved and non-average you are. Let me know if you’ve got anything, and happy voting.

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