Welcome back Tigers! I hope and pray that all of you have had a wonderful Christmas vacation with your loved ones. As we embark on a new journey through the 2015 Spring Semester, let us stay focused and keep our minds on the prize.
As your 2014-2015 Student Government Association President, I would like to put emphasis on the fact that the SGA is hard at work coming up with solutions and new ideas to improve and enhance your college tenure here at our beloved GSU. It is not only imperative but behooving to your future at GSU that you make your problems issues and voice them to the SGA. Without your voice, there will be no change. We, the SGA have taken an oath of office to be here for you and to serve you. Never the less, always remember if it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you!
The Student Government Association is an organization that produces many great things for our university. It is important that you keep in mind that these products that we produce take time, energy, dedication, and consistency. We have been preparing for months now to make sure that the things we have planned for you this semester will succeed. To name a few of those projects, the SGA has developed several key plans that will continue to enhance our “Tiger’s Den”, and Marquee that oversees the yard area. Last but certainly not least we will also have a Black History program that will surely be a treat and feed the soul, “Build a Tiger”, drive in movies, and Fortune 500 building workshops.
One of the issues that have been brought to my attention that a majority of are not satisfied with is the dining services on campus, the infamous pot holes on campus, lack of heat in certain areas on campus, along with administrative issues. I have made this issue a priority to come up with, and conduct “Tiger Round Up” where our male and female students can come in twice a month and voice their concerns rapidly, thoroughly, and repeatedly to myself, my executive board, Aramark Dining Services and other administrators who will be in attendance to assist you and answer any questions you may have in regards to any issues and/or concerns you may have.
As you all may know the Spring Semester is relatively short, and because of this it is important that you voice your suggestions, issues, and concerns to us (SGA) in a timely manner. As I have stated in previous articles, please note that we, the SGA have an open door policy. This policy enables you to have the open opportunity to contact us as well as meet and greet with us to discuss anything you’d like.
This semester will be filled with challenges, trials, and definitely success! So, I charge you to take hold of this semester and make it yours and no one else’s. Get involved, take pride in your university, and be inclined to the things that are taking place on your campus, after all this is your home, isn’t it?
In conclusion, I wish you all the best of luck and I claim your success for you this semester, because I know what we are capable of.
In Tiger Spirit,
Erik B. Johnson, SGA President 2014-2015 Grambling State University