Let's Be Real: The SGA Is Filled With Toddlers
Published: Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 21:04
On Wednesday, I was shocked to hear the immaturity of students and actions that the Student Government Association took in regards to Julie Austin, the financial controller.
Austin, a well-respected leader amongst the SGA, was thrown under the bus due to a comment she made over a year ago. The rhetoric thrown around on Wednesday for over two and a half hours was that we needed to hold our leaders accountable for their actions. Britton Durham, the Gay-Straight Alliance Representative, said that he was sick and tired of politicians in Washington saying one thing and doing the other.
Let me bring you back to reality. The SGA Executive Board members are not real politicians. They are students like you and I. Think of how much you have changed in the course of the year.
Alyssa Sylvia, the alternate representative for the Alliance for Women in Media led the charge against Austin. She said that she was shocked that Austin would request the money after saying she wouldn’t. Sylvia continued to say that one sentence determined that Austin would receive absolutely no money for her hard work. Instead of looking at the work and dedication Austin did throughout the year, Sylvia was incredibly close-minded.
Alyssa, chill out. There is no need to be so incredibly ridiculous in front of your peers and bash someone so outrageously that you make them cry in the bathroom.
When I travel the state and attend other SGA’s I pride myself on the fact that the Lyndon SGA is professional. We work together to find a compromise and create a solution for the students we serve.
Let me be clear.
Sylvia after resigning last semester came back for one final meeting to personally attack and discredit one of the hardest working members of the executive board. This move was very vindictive and in poor taste.
Listen, the SGA isn’t real politics. Each of you, including myself is a student and we should be supportive of one another instead of trying to destroy one’s self image.