Butler University’s Student Government Association is making the right decision to overturn the rule allowing freshmen to be on the Election Oversight Committee.
Sophomore James Schubert was able to serve as the chairman of the EOC, and another freshman was allowed on the committee, last year because SGA suspended the rules, Schubert said.
SGA holds too much power and is too professional to skip over laws whenever they make its processes simpler.
“SGA elections on the collegiate level are very, very different from what people ever experienced in a high school setting,” SGA President Mike Keller said.
“We figured it would be best to keep the committee to sophomores and above. That way, everyone on the committee would have at least seen an election happen.”
This is logical because not only are the freshmen not fully informed as to how SGA works, they might not know what is best for Butler due to their short time here.
Being a student for a year will give them a better perspective of what the school needs and how different situations should be handled.
“It is probably best for the committee that it is mostly older students who are on (the committee) just because it’s a very serious role,” Keller said. “We have to deal with a lot of high stakes and, at times, drama.
“The experience that you have from just knowing how things go is really vital.”
It is good SGA is permanently changing the procedures and policy so no future bypassing of laws can happen again and cause disruption.
Freshmen should be allowed to examine and sit in on the committee meetings for purely observational purposes.
That way, if they choose to be on the board the following year, they will bring some direct committee experience.
In fact, it might be good if SGA passed a law that would prohibit freshmen to be members of all Butler committees.
Freshmen can and should be allowed to sit in on these committees’ meetings to know how they function.
Ultimately, this would allow smoother transitions between administrative and committee shifts in SGA.
Otherwise, SGA is risking avoidable miscommunications and missteps.