On March 3, 2008, The Temple News editorialized about Temple Student Government’s constitutional changes. In short, TSG reshaped the way in which it operates and created a Senate comprised of representatives from every school and college. In this editorial, you opined that “these changes will not increase participation and knowledge of student government for long, if at all.” Nine months and only a semester later, I am happy to see that TSG has proved you wrong.
Considering it had been completely transformed only months prior, TSG’s accomplishments this past semester are extraordinary. The old style of only those who were members of organizations were represented has been nearly flawlessly replaced with a system that represents every student. TSG’s new Senate is not merely a figurehead body; they are debating very real and very important student issues. They have tackled the tough issues of student advising, have heatedly debated student support of labor unions, have organized an off-campus living fair, have developed a new transportation option — TUr Door — that will increase student safety and have effectively involved and integrated various administrators into their meetings. President Nadine Monpremier and the leadership of TSG deserve all students’ congratulations for their diligence and vision. After years of stagnancy, student government has been invigorated and is thriving.
The title of your March 3 editorial was “Temple Student Government changed its constitution, but it won’t create the change it wants.” Less than a year later, TSG has created exactly the change it wants.
Temple University Class of 2010