Student Government works on parking reform

SGA invites students to get involved and run for office

By Jessica Tharp and Steven Salas
On February 13, 2015

Students can run for president while still attending college: that is, president of the Student Government Association. Students have the opportunity to file for election until Mar. 1 in order to run for Student Body President, Vice-President, or a Student Senate seat for the upcoming 2015- 2016 academic year.

Members of SGA strive to create change that is beneficial for the university and students, change that varies from student parking to health services.

Don Plachno, graduate student, developed an appreciation for ASU allowing fellow peers to run for student government positions that represent the campus community.

“The SGA provides the opportunity for various students to make contributions that ensure the people’s needs,” Plachno said. “It’s great to know that a fellow peer has the chance to tackle the issues that many of us are dealing with on campus.”

Though there are many solutions that have been reached for certain issues, some requests from students require more time and further discussion in SGA in order to meet specific needs. Student parking is one topic that is continuously brought up to be an issue for some students.

Jared Goecker, President of SGA, comes across the discussion of parking issues often. In an interview with RamTV6, Goecker took on the topic of parking reform and provided his feedback.

“Members of the SGA continue to work on parking reform. It does take time to come up with various solutions for different needs. However, we must remember that there are more parking spots available than there are students,” Goecker said.

SGA has also tackled other areas of interest to ASU students. For instance, it was SGA who got it passed by City Council to change the street signs around ASU to blue, showing support for ASU and letting all who drive by every day know that the students here love their school.

They have also taken a stand against all forms of violence, letting victims know that they are not alone. From finding and creating new ways to show support to ASU and its students to tackling difficult topics such as student parking, SGA has worked tirelessly to ensure that the students of ASU are heard, and taken care of.

With his presidency coming to an end, Goecker acknowledges the effort and time that many individuals at ASU put into not only the SGA, but the university as well. “I really did learn that everyone working here at ASU doesn’t just do it for the job, they do it because they love the university and the students,” Goecker said.

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