Editorial: Use your rights: Vote in the election

Today is the second day of the primary elections for our student president and vice president. The general election will take place from 9 a.m. next Wednesday to 4 p.m. on Thursday on WebAdvisor.

The Allegheny Student Government makes a lot of decisions on our behalf, whether we like it or not. So it’s important to know who will be leading ASG–– what is important to them on a personal level? Will the president and vice president work well together? Will they be willing to make time to speak with students? Are they aware of everyday issues that need to be dealt with? Do they have those essential personal connections with administration?

It’s completely up to the student body to decide which pair of students is going to share the role of figurehead next year.

Attend the debate between the two remaining tickets on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby and take advantage of the opportunity to hear the plans of your future student president and vice president.

Presidential hopefuls promise the same things year after year: reduced prices in McKinley’s, better relations with the Meadville community, more events on campus for students. They always have similar intentions, but it’s up to the student body to decide who is most likely to actually follow through.

Although ASG is run by many students serving in many different positions, the president and vice president of ASG really set the tone for the student government meetings. Their priorities should represent the priorities of the majority of the student body.

Although you certainly have power as an individual to facilitate change, members of ASG offer themselves as ambassadors between the student body and administration, so they are in a key communicative position–– who do you want to represent you?

Even if you’ve never voted before, take five minutes and do it this year. Log on to WebAdvisor today before 4 p.m., read the candidates’ platforms, and vote.