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Student Government…Really?

By Ayanna Ellis

“We have a student government?!” said Jared Price, junior.

When I asked the student body how they felt about their student government many people had responses similar to the one above. The fact is that every year a small percentage of students decide to run for office. They do brief campaigning that last only about two weeks, at the end of the school year, and then its voting day. Since most students don’t know the proposals the politicians are making to improve the school, people don’t vote. The government officials are picked by popularity. And then once they’re picked they seem to disappear. Rarely ever seen unless it’s during assemblies or selling dance tickets. Behind the closed doors to senate what’s actually being accomplished?

This brings back my question: How do you feel about your student officers? “A critical part of the school.” Says Todd Resch, principal. But from whose perspective? From the administration they’re very helpful, but the student body is confused about what the student government does. Coincidental the y feel as if their opinion doesn’t matter and that the senate runs the school like a dictatorship.

“They’re unorganized and don’t make decisions on behalf of the actual student body,” said Melina Valladares

Others feel like they don’t have a say in anything that happens at La Cueva. 89% of students surveyed said they’d like to vote on issues concerning them. “… How am I to be a senior and not have a say in anything?” asked Brianna Cain

No matter if the student body is confused, frustrated, or doesn’t have much of an opinion on way or another, all of these issues bring down the overall school spirit at La Cueva: a concern both Mr. Resch and Ms. Arnett, the activities director, want to fix.

Being that the student officers’ main goal this year is to increase school spirit and collaboration between groups, they’re going to be more personable by introducing themselves more formally, said the student government collectively.

In addition it seems like they are trying to change a lot about how the government is run. Students are allowed to join senate meeting without being enrolled in the class. Meetings are held at 6:40 a.m. before school in the lecture hall and starting this year, every other Thursday Resch will come at 7a.m. to the meetings to talk with the Senate about what they’re doing and what’s going on. Everyone is welcome.  In addition to open meetings, students can also go to Arnett and ask to be involved in organizing and decorating for homecoming and other dances.

Actions speak louder than words though and some people are hesitant that changes will occur at La Cueva. “I doubt they’re going to keep their promises anyway.” Said Claire Rand, sophomore. They government has a vast job ahead of them. Can they do it? We’ll all just have to wait and see.

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