As the new SGA President-elect, Justin Jansen is ready to take the position in the fall with plenty of enthusiasm.
What made you want to run for SGA President?
I had an idea that we should have a fire pit on campus, and I had no idea how to make it happen. Turns out this thing called SGA can make things like that happen, so I joined.
Why is SGA important to you?
I genuinely feel that SGA is doing good work and that it can do a lot more good work. We always have the students and campus community in mind and we want to do what is best for them, so we are going to make it happen.
What topics do you want to address next year as president?
Many of our current student initiatives are heading in the direction of improving campus activities. I feel this is an excellent direction and that we are fully capable of enhancing this area of student life. We will also be addressing many other topics, such as meal ideas, general education requirements, the Internet filter, facility hours, and campus conservation.
What changes do you hope to see next year?
I want to start it off by saying SGA has already put in motion many changes that students will see next year. We are looking into turning an RSC classroom into a lounge area by moving the pool tables and other equipment in and taking the desks out. This summer, the cafeteria will undergo a remodel project and SGA is doing all they can to financially support this project. Also taking place this summer is the building of a fire pit. It will be located in the area east of Stegenga Hall, in front of the Franken Center. Two sand volleyball courts will also be added to this same location.
How will you implement these changes?
I do not like to call them changes; rather I would like to call them building blocks. My hope is to add to and capitalize on what we already have, building on our great institution through hard work and commitment. Abraham Lincoln once said, “If you find yourself up against a concrete wall, don’t worry, you can always jump over it.” SGA wants to do to everything possible to address the needs of the campus community.
What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of SGA?
Watching an idea become actuality and meeting the people who run and take care of this place, like all those people over in maintenance.