Matt Voiles and Lydia Wyse, recent winners of the Student Government Association (SGA) election, are looking toward the future.
Voiles, a junior, and Wyse, a sophomore, have shown they know how to work as a team. They even finish each other’s sentences. Wyse started speaking about their new positions and said, “It hasn’t sunk in yet. We’re excited…” “But we don’t feel it yet,” Voiles said.
The team said they got a glimpse of what it meant to be the new SGA leading duo when they had the task of announcing in chapel how to apply to next year’s SGA positions. “People started cheering before we started. [I thought] Wait. They’re cheering for me…what?” said Wyse.
Voiles and Wyse said they were very impressed by the voting turnout, which significantly increased from last year’s participation. Wyse said the voting attendance “more than doubled.”
The duo outlined their plans for next year. “We want to assist in helping people build community on campus.” Voiles said. “We want to be very communicative student leaders.” Wyse said.
The two plan to hold meetings every other month with Peer Advisors and Resident Assistants to discuss concerns and suggestions for improvements around campus. Wyse stressed that the pair also wish to act as spiritual leaders. “[We want] as intertwined a web as possible. Small groups will help that, too,” she said.
Voiles and Wyse also said they want to strengthen the advertisement and availability of SGA to show students how their concerns can be met. “Hannah [Adams] and Bethany [Albert] did a great job of making people aware of what SGA does,” said Voiles. Wyse agreed that next year they want to continue in the right direction by making students aware of what is possible through SGA.
Voiles said they are excited about the SGA office in the new Student Center. “People are going to know where the new placement is and we want an open door policy in there as much as possible,” Voiles said. He clarified that the future office would not act as an open study lounge but as a place for students to communicate their suggestions and connect with their SGA leaders.
Voiles and Wyse said their plans rely on a lot of organization, an asset they said they have their campaign team to thank for. “We want to take what our campaign team taught us and put it into effect: more calendars and advertisements for deadlines, two weeks before the deadline,” said Wyse.
The team agreed they’re most excited to simply meet students’ needs. Voiles said, “We’re really excited to serve…we’re really excited to make a difference and be a voice for the students.”