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To lead, SGA needs your help

To lead, SGA needs your help

April 03
21:47 2013

Last spring, 3,376 students voted for their student government representatives. That was a dismal 10 percent of the student body population back then.

With 35,778 students recorded last semester, there was a total of 382 students who voted for 18 candidates in the fall 2012 senatorial elections. To say it was disappointing would be criminally understating the situation.

As the Director of Public Relations of the Student Government Association, I can say I’ve had my work cut out for me for the past year.

Whether or not I’ve been successful is up to you to decide. That’s because, ultimately, I work for you: the students. It is my job to let you know that the SGA is here to help, and if I don’t do that, then how am I helping?

I can say for certain the SGA has been trying hard to communicate better, with procedures made to be as transparent as possible and by creating new outreach programs.

Our website,, has as many important documents uploaded as feasibly possible, and our meetings have always been open to students. Yes, there have been a few here and there to visit.

Recently, to go beyond our constituents in each college, we’ve even begun an SGA Liaison program to personally connect with UNT organizations. We’ve been making strides in the right direction to talk to you and make sure that we’re representing you correctly.

But, as the SGA continues to reach out, we need you to reach out, too.

You know what a good start would be? Go to and vote for your student body president and senator. The candidate information is on the voting page, but I hear Google is a popular method of research. It takes just a few minutes to vote and make a difference.

No one wants to be that over-attached friend, so we don’t have to be calling each other at midnight to discuss the logistics of the new Union.

But just make sure the people you approve of are representing you in front of the rest of the University of North Texas.

You pay to study here, so make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. Go ahead and vote—you won’t regret it.

Andy Rolfes is a studio art senior and the SGA Director of Public Relations. He can be reached at

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