At last week’s meeting of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments, Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans came to the members with a challenge.
“You’ve got to focus, put all political stuff aside and just get to work on it,” Hans told the assembly of ASG delegates in Chapel Hill.
“If I don’t know what your agenda is other than internal debate, I can’t really help you.Then (board members) don’t listen to students as much — I’ll put it frankly.”
Hans was firm, but new ASG President Robert Nunnery said he’s making headway to prove his administration is up to the task.
During ASG’s two-day gathering, the first of the academic year, Nunnery unveiled a preliminary draft of a one-year strategic plan for ASG.
Highlighted goals include streamlining communication among delegates, increasing meeting attendance and ensuring paid officers are working a minimum number of hours each week.
Nunnery said the plan — a key part of his campaign platform — focuses on transforming talk into action.
“(Hans’ speech) was an accurate reflection of where the association is,” Nunnery said. “We have to get things done.”
ASG has been historically criticized for a lack of effectiveness and a reputation for petty politics, though nearly 60 percent of UNC-CH students voted last year to remain part of the organization.