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The Government That Cares: Interviews with the New Student Government Officers

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As the Spring 2004 semester goes on, SAIC welcomes four new officers of the Student Government. The four previous officers resigned due to personal reasons. Student Government officers are responsible for representing all of the students enrolled at SAIC. They must assist student groups with funding and address concerns and suggestions of other students. They are also responsible for holding weekly office hours and open meetings.


Shaun J. Herndon
Fourth Year Undergraduate

• As a student government officer, what is your goal for this new semester?

I’m interested in having student government become more intrinsically involved with the concerns of the working artist at SAIC. I’m interested in creating more ways for our school to promote its serious working artists, through potential programs that can be funded by student government. There are of course other goals that I feel are important, that directly align with the student government reform. The reform entails creating a working relationship with the students by funding programs or events that are suggested by groups of students that attend the student government meetings. Creating special events that are fun and worthwhile for the students such as Cafe Relax, is another goal that relates to the student government reform policy.

• How would you improve the SAIC community?

I believe that the SAIC community needs to be aware that there is a group of people in student government that really do want to work for the community of students. I would like student government to have a bigger role in the school art sales to benefit the working artist. Creating more spaces for art to be shown would be good too. I believe that this office is more than just “window-dressing” and there is a potential everywhere that can be tapped into. More in-depth communication between the students and student government can bring about a momentum of change through programs that are created by the ideas and suggestions of the voice of the student body. The SAIC community will improve through the genuine feedback and ideas that create a working relationship with student government. These are ideas that I myself am going to hold the student government office responsible for, when I am no longer in office.

• What is your concern for the school?

With gallery spaces being sold, I find myself concerned that the students here will feel that they are not being supported by their institution. My concern is that there needs to be more spaces and exhibits available for the students.

The working artist needs more support at an art institute.


Ryan Corey Hall
Undergraduate Senior

• As a student government officer, what is your goal for this new semester?

I would like to have the student groups get involved with student government. I also hope to make it easier for students to get involved in the many opportunities that SAIC offers

• How would you improve the SAIC community?

The best way to improve the community is to form student groups and have them represent and advertise themselves ever chance they get.

• What is your concern for the school?

I know that SAIC would be a much better place if more students participated in the life of the school.


Luciana Terronez
Graduated Fall, 2003.

• As a student government officer, what is your goal for this new semester?

My goal is to improve the relations between the Student Government and the SAIC community and faculty.

• How would you improve the SAIC community?

The improvement of the community would consist of better communications within SAIC — more events, student groups, Senators and a possible web site in the future. We haven’t seen this many students involved with Student Government before, it’s great! I would like to help the Student Government become more pro-active in their relationship with the SAIC community. We strive to be leaders of this school and helpers for the SAIC community.

• What is your concern for the school?

I am concerned about the students understanding of how to access their financial resources here at the school. Helping students make their dreams come true through this institution is a top priority. The very basis to make that happen is through financial Aid, Career Development, Students Accounts, and Student Government. But the communication with the offices and their resources should be at the students’ fingertips so they can focus more on their studies. We at the Student Government are working with our financial institutions to provide better communication to the students.


Kathy Havens
Fourth Year Undergraduate

• As a student government officer, what is your goal for this new semester?

My goal is to work with the Academic Integrity and the sub-committee of Student Life. I would also like to put together a plagiarism packet because the info on plagiarism is non-existent.

• How would you improve the SAIC community?

It’s hard to improve the community, but I suggest that students help, and get involved. Communication is great for funding. Also, I think the kickball tournament for the faculty, staff, and students is a great idea.

• What is your concern for the school?

My concern is the buildings and the property. But the part-time faculty situation at SAIC is another problem. The effectiveness of the new FYP is also a concern.

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