Saturday, February 28, 2009

SA and student activists are taking steps in the right direction


"Why do all the students here at GW care so much about changing food services? Isn't the food here pretty good," a Professor asked my SMPA class Thursday night.

It's because the SA doesn't have any real control, a student answered. In the end, it's really the administration that gets the final say on everything here.

I think my classmates sentiments are well founded, but feel the sudden outpour of support for improving JStreet has more to do with the minimum spending requirement at the food venue.

Are students just looking for a cause or is there something more to movements like that to get Qdoba in JStreet?

I think there's something more. I think the movement to get Qdoba/Chipotle in JStreet represents the desire of students to take back control and participate in student government.

Most significantly, I think the fact that the SA has been so responsive both in the GWblogspot debate and in answering questions shows a move in the right direction. It shows that SA candidates this year are aware of their role as respresentatives of the needs of the student body.

After witnessing the SA's involvement here on GWblogspot, I feel more confident that either Julie Bindelglass or Kyle Boyer will speak to the administration on behalf of GW students.

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