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Wednesday January 26th

A new year, high standards

A successful year depends on holding everybody on campus accountable

It should come as no surprise that Carolina students hold themselves to a high standard.

And it’s imperative that student leaders and University administrators are held to the same high standard. 

On the brink of a new school year, students have high hopes for our grades, social lives and student government. And making this a successful year requires hard work.

But in order to see that success, it’s also up to student leaders and administrators to promote students’ interests and be held accountable for their actions.

That’s where we come in. 

It’s our job — as well as the student body’s — to keenly follow the actions and policies of the student government and campus administrators. 

We elect the members of the student government to serve our best interests and accurately represent our views. We’re here, as an editorial board, to make sure they’re doing that. 

Student Body President Jasmin Jones has great goals and ideas in her platform, but these great ideas are of no use if they are never instituted.

 It’s their job to follow through with ideas such as Jones’ green initiative, Safe Celebration and the “Carolina Connections Mentoring Program.”

We want to ensure that our newest student body president and her team of student leaders are actively involved in the school and community throughout the entire year.

Then there’s Student Congress — it passes resolutions dictated by student opinion and can amend the Student Code. 

But the most important task of Student Congress is allocating student fee money. Doling out thousands of dollars of your money is a huge responsibility.

Therefore it’s vital we — and the student body in general — keep an eye on this process to make sure its well-executed. 

Students need to know that they can rely on their campus leaders to make a difference. 

This year no one will be allowed to sit on their laurels. 

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