Students voice concerns with over 500 letters

“Let your voice be heard” was the slogan for the letter writing campaign organized by the Student Government Association (SGA). It was sponsored by the Students United in Pursuit of Educational Respect (S.U.P.E.R.) network, which was launched at the beginning of this semester with the purpose of informing students about the current and future status of  the budgetary issues at Southeastern.

The campaign began in  early March and ended on the 30. A table was set up in the Student Union Mall every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. throughout the entire month. Those wishing to participate had the choice of signing the pre-written letters provided by SGA or writing a more personal message. The S.U.P.E.R. network’s Facebook page provided the opportunity for the stock letter to be printed out and signed. Because of this, students could also deliver their letters to the SGA office.

“Some students have taken the initiative to write their own letters and we told them we’ll do the postage, seal it for them, and send it off for them as well,” said David Cavell, president of SGA.

The core goal of this campaign was to demonstrate to the decision-makers in our state government that the students of this university care about its future and that they are willing to take a stand for it.

“They had the option of writing to their state representative, state senator, or to the governor. Of course, a lot of students took the initiative to send it to the governor so hopefully that sends a message to him as well,” said Cavell.

SGA’s goal was to collect 1,000 letters, but the final count at the end of the campaign was 515. All of these letters were sent to their respective addressees during this first week of April. This is so the legislators receive them right before they go into session to decide the fate of higher education in Louisiana. The opinions of the students and faculty members will be fresh in their minds.

This letter writing campaign was the last in a series of events put on by the S.U.P.E.R. network. These events included things such as a voter registration drive and a legislative forum, during which students had the opportunity to hear state legislators answer their questions face-to-face. Active participation in one’s own government is among the most effective ways to protect what is important. The decisions made during this month’s legislations will likely affect this state and university for years to come.

“A lot of students see the SGA taking a stance to protect higher education,” said Cavell in closing. “I think that’s important because we represent the student body and the majority of the student body feels that higher education should be protected. It should be a part of the state of Louisiana and that’s what we’re going to do to serve the students and to serve the best interests of this university.”