Temple Student Government elections are a week away, and the two tickets running are trying to win over student voters so they can lead TSG next year.
The two tickets are profiled this week in The Temple News, and while both are attempting to differentiate themselves and come out victorious, it is hard to see a noticeable difference between the two.
TU Dream Team and TUACTION! each have four platforms that make up the base of their campaigns. Technically, all eight platforms are different, but the wording is so similar with some of them, they seem to be stressing the same point. It is hard to tell which ticket will execute its duties better and how they will be done.
TU Dream Team wants to increase communication and TUACTION! wants to make TSG more transparent to the student body. TSG is already working to get students more involved in student government and the current elections, but it’s difficult to tell whether their efforts are working.
There are more debates this year to get the word out about the elections, and voting for the election will take place online. It doesn’t matter how many debates TSG holds or how the voting is done if the interest isn’t there.
Many students are unaware of what TSG does and don’t know why they should go to a debate or vote in the election. Some don’t see the tangible results of what TSG does.
At other schools, student governments plan events on campus, and that’s how the student body recognizes them. At Temple, we have the Main Campus Program Board. MCPB plans a majority of the events on campus, leaving TSG without the public face that other student governments have.
Members of TSG need to become more visible in the Temple community to get better recognition for their hard work.
Senators and other members of TSG should attend meetings held by other student organizations to find out what is making students tick. The senators are often in the buildings of the colleges that they represent, but sitting at a TSG table isn’t being proactive.
It isn’t enough to invite Temple students to Senate meetings. If they aren’t coming to TSG, then leaders must go to the students.
Being proactive about approaching students and educating them about what TSG does and how it can improve the student experience is imperative to the future of TSG’s success.