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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

One-sided SG hurts students

By the Editorial Board

Surprise, surprise.

Student Government has been practically a one-party system for quite some time. And we know it's unbelievable, but the most powerful parties are the Greek- and Florida Blue Key-backed ones.

Please, close your gaping mouth - your professor is giving you a funny look.

Remember the spring election, when the Gator Party took all three executive seats? That's not uncommon, but the fact that Gator won all but one Student Senate seat is a little concerning.

Before you turn to the sports section, consider this: Just like in a one-party U.S. Congress, a one-party SG could mean fewer questions about the budget, resolutions and appointments.

But this problem could be easily fixed if students were a little less apathetic.

Did you know SG elections start in a week?

Please, close your gaping mouth - a bug might fly in.

We aren't going to tell you who to vote for - not today, at least. We just want you to vote. The more people who vote, the more representative our SG will be of its student body. We learned that one back in, what, fifth grade?

Students shouldn't let political parties handpick Student Senate. That just validates that they're all there only to pad their resumes. We should force them to work hard for those lines.

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At the very least, it will make Senate meetings a bit more interesting if the meetings have more debate, which is never a bad thing. The best way to improve bills and other issues is to discuss them - talk about what's good, what's bad and what's ugly.

And the best way to improve SG? That one's easy: Make sure you vote next week. It's painless, we promise.

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