Student government prepares for transition to new administration

Ben Fitch

Garrett Love and Caley Onek are slated to take control as president and vice president of the Washburn Student Government Association on April 15.

Love said the experience has been busy and stressful, but he feels good.

“We are just kind of getting a start,” he said.

Love said he has been working with the bookstore to push the implementation of a textbook rental program. He is asking teachers to commit to using their textbooks for three years, making a rental program viable.

“This takes money away from the publishers and gives it back to the students,” said Love, adding that the program will also save Washburn money.

Love and Onek said they are also working to institute a text message system called Bod Alert. Students who sign up for the service will get text messages about upcoming events on campus. Bod Alert is being viewed as a no-cost option for students.

Onek said she is working to make the week before finals less stressful by reserving it as a week for review, without overbearing expectations. At this point, the biggest issue has been what to call it. She referred to it as “dead week,” but she said some faculty didn’t like the sound of it. “Success week” was also considered as an option, but it would be the second five-day period of the semester with that title.

As Love and Onek work out the kinks, they are faced with a slim budget.

“We are cutting spending wherever we can,” said Love. “I’m optimistic about enrollment. I hope it will be going up, but we don’t know how much money we will have.”

Onek added that many of the plans the new administration has for implementation are low-cost.

As far as other plans go, Love thought the relationship with administrators and new senators was important.

“I think communication is a big issue on campus,” he said. “We need to be reaching out as much as we can.”