Q&A with SGA President Cody Allen
Students in Georgia College’s Student Government Association play an integral role ensuring student’s interests, concerns and opinions are both represented and conveyed to the leadership of the university. As upstanding students in the GC community, representatives vote on campus wide bills, sit in on a majority of campus councils and encourage student involvement on all fronts. Fall 2012 marks the beginning of President Cody Allen’s year long term and the start of a new year for leadership at GC.
Q: What are your goals for this year?
A: My main goal is to continue to ensure that students are getting the biggest bang for their buck here at Georgia College. It is important that the school hears all the needs and desires of the student body, so that Georgia College can continue to grow and prosper.
Q: Is there anything you plan to do differently?
A: I hope that this group of senators and execs will spend more time working on improving the campus. It was difficult to be productive last year with so much strife taking place within the organization. If we can spend all of our time on bills and resolutions than the school will benefit and everyone will notice that change.
Q: Are there any obstacles you foresee this year?
A: As far as obstacles go, I don’t foresee anything that is going to be able to slow this exec board. We want to be effective, we want to work and we want to represent the campus efficiently.
Q: How does SGA plan to communicate with students?
A: I think that we are going to be able to communicate through our social media outlets and The Colonnade. This year, transparency to the students is incredibly important to me. We function off of student dollars, and the students should have input as to how it is spent.
Q: In the case of a breach in conduct in SGA’s ethical code, how do you plan to resolve it?
A: My hope is, of course, that we will not have any breaches in our code of conduct. However, if it does happen, I intend to enforce the SGA by-laws and Constitution. Last year, all of our impeachment hearings were handled incredibly well. It is unfortunate we had to have them, but if we do have them, we will do them the way they are supposed to be done.
Q: Have you been doing anything to prepare for the coming year?
A: I have been spending a lot of time in my office reading through old projects and working on new ones so that I am familiar with everything SGA has been working on over the last couple of years. Going from Senator to President is a big transition, so I am spending as much time as I can studying so that I am ready for any issue that arises.
A: We are here to help and represent the students. It is my hope that if a student ever needs anything the first place they come is to SGA. If I can do my job well, then we will be a productive organization bettering the student’s experience here. If I want to do that I need to know where our campus needs to be improved, so I want everyone to feel free to email me at email@example.com if they ever need anything.