If you’re reading this, you probably (statistically and realistically speaking) don’t care about the student body president election tomorrow. You might not know what the student body president does. You might recall being mauled by signature-seeking campaigners in the Pit at some point last week and be even more inclined to not vote out of pure annoyance.
Within editorial board, student government remains a topic of heated debate. We argue about the role of student government, the obligations of the student body president and if writing about the institution is even worth our time.
In the end, we have decided this: student government has never been made up of the campus revolutionaries. Student government will never bring down Silent Sam. But student government is made up of students who put in work to affect change behind the scenes.
In light of the student body president election tomorrow, we must consider a realistic portrait of their duties and obligations to students. Just like romantic relationships, by truly understanding what we can expect, we can best select someone to get the job done.
The role of the student body president is two-pronged. First, the student body president is someone who will effectively work with a team to advocate for nitty-gritty educational policies to benefit students. They will be OK with the fact that they’ll get very little credit for long nights and countless hours spent in meetings providing a “student voice.” In aggregate, their presence will have a minimal effect on the direction of policies on campus.