Does Student Government actually listen?

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The administration and the Student Government Association (SGA) are supposed to listen and act on what the students say. Although this is the case, many students doubt that they actually do listen.
Students say they want an open lunch. Still, here we are, with a new, single-period lunch, yet no effort was made to have an open lunch, which is what students in all grades wanted most. “I was really hoping that there would be open lunch for my senior year, but administration didn’t want to even try I guess,” senior Victor De Avila said.
Not only do students complain about the administration not listening, but students have problems with the SGA. To be fair to the SGA, they can’t act on what every student says, because they simply don’t have the time or resources. However, part of their job is to make an effort. They are supposed to be the students voice and in many cases, they are not. “We try to listen to the students and do what they want, but it’s not possible to give every student what they want,” senior SGA member Justin Pykosh said.
Some students feel that SGA doesn’t listen to them at all. Sophomore Matt Kelly said, “I don’t think SGA has listened once to what I or my friends say.”
While it varies by who one asks, this argument comes down to how the students feel about it. Do people believe that the SGA and the administration listen to them? When asked this question based on a survey of 200 students across all grade levels, 64 percent of students said that the SGA doesn’t listen to them and 53 percent of students said that the administration doesn’t listen to them.
The reasons for students answers varied based on personal experiences and what is important to them. The slight edge that the administration earned in the poll compared to the SGA could be due to the move of one lunch. While many aren’t a fan of it, the move did show that they did try to at least make some sort of change. “I said yes to SGA, but no to admin, because at least the administration gave us one lunch,” sophomore Noah Siman said.

 

Joey Voyta

Staff Writer