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New SGA president has big shoes to fill

This item originally appeared in the May 6, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

New exercise equipment at the Maxie Lambright Intramural Center. Check. New hours at the Intramural Center. Check. Safety lighting located around campus. Check. New benches. Check. Handicap access to Tolliver Hall. Check.

There isn't much Student Government Association President Jennifer Porter has not done during her term in office. Yet, even with all of her dedication to the university, Porter still finds a way to stay on top academically.

She even found time to serve as Miss Tech after the former Miss Tech, Melissa Clark, passed over the crown to serve as Miss Louisiana. Porter is committed to Tech from the aesthetics, to the faculty and students. She has given her all as an SGA president and leaves some pretty big shoes to fill.

So what type of president do you want to follow in Porter's footsteps? Unlike high school, SGA elections are not about popularity. At least they shouldn't be. There are serious issues at stake such as the Student Self-Assessed Fee Proposal, which will distribute funds to various organizations.

Don't sit back and let your new SGA president serve a full year without making a difference. Hold your new president to high standards, unless you want to settle for mediocrity.

In Porter's President's Welcome on the SGA Web site, she writes, "The Student Government Association exists for the sole purpose of serving the students of Louisiana Tech University." Porter has done a great job of making sure her words were put into action.

Porter had plans as SGA president to take Tech to new heights. She was determined to keep the university on the map. Her service was to the student body, and the new president should make this her duty as well.

Porter listened to the students, even if that meant fighting the administration for the good of the student body. She was persistent about getting the job done. She stayed out of politics and was a true leader.

There should be a sense of selfishness on your part as a student. If there are issues you see as unfair, know that you are just as important as the next person who expresses his or her opinion.

At 6 p.m. every Tuesday, the SGA holds open meetings -- a perfect time to propose issues. Change is inevitable, so when it comes to your new SGA president, let change be for the better.

Thank you, Jennifer, for all of your hard work and dedication as SGA president. Rest assured your selfless service did not go unnoticed and will not be forgotten.

And good luck to Kimberly Ludwig. The Tech Talk has faith that you will pick up right where Jennifer left off.

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