Student Government Association: A Whirlwind of Activity
Academic assistance and club development are the two main themes of the Student Government Association this year. The group is promoting increased opportunities for study, as well as assisting clubs with recruiting new members.
“We’re the voice of the student body,” said SGA President Jean Fernandez. “We’re trying to revitalize SGA to make a difference in the lives of the students and improve their overall experience here on campus.”
This fall, SGA, along with Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society, organized a debate asking if grades help or hinder the educational process. They are planning another one for this spring, posing the question, “Is it better to start at a two-year college or a four-year college?”
SGA officers met with Middlesex administrators and asked that space be available for studying late at night.
“Some of our students go to Rutgers to study during finals and others go to a coffeehouse that is open all night,” Mr. Fernandez said. “We were able to get two rooms in Main Hall, plus the lobby area, open until 1 a.m. during finals, from December 2 through 13.”
On December 3, SGA will run a Self-Awareness event, in which the Counseling and Career Services Office will provide tips and tricks about how to study, and the Dietetics club will promote healthy energy foods to keep students focused during finals.
But academics are not SGA’s only priority. During the fall semester, it organized a Club Expo, in which campus organizations informed students of the breadth of their activities.
“At the beginning of each semester, we have the Student Activities Fair, but then you don’t get the chance to see them again,” Mr. Fernandez said. “The Expo allows clubs to publicize themselves and recruit new members.” He plans two more Expos during spring semester.
Other plans include: a “stay motivated” campaign to keep students successful in the classroom; a fair so students can learn about food and culture from other nations; and collaboration between clubs.
“Our long-term goals are to keep SGA strong, so that it can be a viable voice for students,” he said. “When space becomes available after the College’s two new buildings are finished, we’d love to see a student lounge be developed. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, and I hope next year’s officers will continue that momentum.”
Student Government Association officers, seated from left: Roma Gandhi, vice president, programming; Jean Fernandez, president; Precious Japheth, treasurer. Standing, Christopher Witte, vice president, student affairs; Stephanny Gomez, secretary; Kim Guerriero, vice president, student organizations; Christina Lam, vice president, academics; and Obaid Hussaini, executive vice president.