Freedom of speech is one of the most precious rights that citizens in America own, but sometimes it goes too far. When misleading statements become the foundation for popularity and election, the right of freedom of speech becomes abused as politicians show up.
SGA is holding its elections for senators, president and vice president next week and for some reason, campus sheet signs this year hang with promises of lowering fees for students.
The problem is not with the sheet signs with names and positions, but with the empty promises these candidates are giving VSU students.
According to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which oversees 35 university’s tuitions and fees, students can voice their opinions regarding fees via their school’s SGA.
SGA can then raise the student’s concerns and make suggestions about fees to the Board of Regents, but this does not mean the suggestions will be considered.
Americans already have enough trouble trusting the U.S. government, why are we being misled by the people who sit next to us in class? It isn’t fair.
SGA candidates owe it to the students and themselves to be as honest as possible. The candidates telling students that they can directly lower fees is wrong. What’s going to happen when you take office and the fees stay the same?
“Working for YOU from the inside out” and “New Leadership. New Vision. New Direction,” are some of the common promises made from the candidates to the students. These campaign sayings are vague, but most students won’t feel like any concrete promises are being made (or broken), while sayings such as “Raise the bar, Lower the fees,” might cause problems.
SGA is supposed to be a student government that helps students resolve common issues on campus, not a popularity contest that can result in more harm than good.
On the other hand, the typical student does not hold a candidate responsible for their promises after he or she is elected into office. As a student body, we should care enough to do the research and keep tabs on the candidate even after elections. It’s our job to hold our officials accountable.
At the end of the day, SGA should learn to be more honest and upfront about the process of lowering fees, while the students should make sure they understand everything being promised to them. It’s not too late to make sure you make the right vote.