Once again, election time for Bates Technical College’s Associated Student Government is upon us, so now is the time to reacquaint our student body with their ASG.
Bates’ student government is unique because there is a single ASG president, and a separate vice president for each of our three campus locations. These are the elected positions. In turn, the President and the Vice Presidents appoint additional student government positions.
student government plays a vital, but unsung role in the lives of every student at Bates.
So, we ask: why do we need ASG? The truth is that student government plays a vital, but unsung role in the lives of every student at Bates. The job of each member of the ASG is to be the advocate and the voice of the students. Otherwise, college administration and faculty are the only ones making decisions that directly impact the students. This affects the day-to-day lives of students in ways they might not imagine.
For instance, it was ASG that saved the bookstore at South Campus from being closed down. It was also ASG that lobbied for a gym where students in Fire Service programs could safely train.
The great challenge that faces ASG today is how can we attract students to leadership positions, make them aware of campus issues, and get them involved.
The great challenge that faces ASG today is how can we attract students to leadership positions, make them aware of campus issues, and get them involved. Last year saw the largest turnout of student voters, and ASG would like to continue that trend.
So, what obstacles stand in the way of students’ participation? The most common reason given is the demanding nature of career training programs. Almost all students are in school five days a week until 3 p.m., and then they balance work and/or family responsibilities. When a diverse student population is combined with the fact that we are a commuter campus, you have the ingredients for a “perfect storm” for student disconnect. ASG recognizes this issue and is seeking new ways to engage the students of Bates.
A strong and unified ASG ensures all students have a voice in the direction their college and career training programs.
Where can interested students learn how to apply for an ASG executive officer? It’s easy! Students can find the job description in the Student Diversity Office, Room C301 at the Downtown Campus, or contact LeMont Lucas, ASG and Student Life Assistant, email@example.com. Voting this year will be done online through the college website, it will also be available via QR code Nov. 14-15, 8-11 a.m.
Our students have more of a voice than they realize. A strong and unified ASG ensures all students have a voice in the direction their college and career training programs.
Submitted by Greg Kares, Electronic Equipment Service Technician student