Sept. 15 was another exciting day for the students of Northwestern College. Eight students were elected to serve on NW’s Student Government Association, a collection of students who desire to make a positive impact on campus.
With some experienced members and some entering the game, SGA has a perfect blend of students to properly represent the student body as a whole. Grace Harre, one of the new members voiced her thoughts, “I am very excited to work with this year’s SGA members because there is a balanced mix of returners who know how to do the job well and new individuals, like me, who are eager to contribute to making campus enjoyable for all.” Noah Roisum, an experienced member of SGA has a similar view. “We’ve got a great room of representatives and cabinet members that I cannot wait to work with,” said Roisum.
The elected members for this year include Noah Roisum, a senior political science major, as the president and Academic Affairs Committee student representative; Jillian Simon, a junior social enterprise major, as the at-large representative; Allie Oberhelman, a freshman political science major, as the freshman representative; Mackenzie Schram, a sophomore biology health major, as the Fern Smith Hall representative; David Grandell, a freshman biblical and theological studies major, as the Hospers Hall representative; Wilson Addink, a junior psychology major, as the North Suites representative; Grace Harre, a junior social work major, as the Stegenga Hall representative; and Caitlin Hornback, a senior psychology major, as the Apartments and Plexes representative.
Colenbrander and the commuters had no one run for the position, so SGA will confer about who will later fill these positions.
Although SGA is currently short a few members, that has not stopped them from forming ideas for how they will make a positive impact on NW’s campus. With it still being early on in the game, nothing is a guarantee, but SGA has been discussing topics such as student dining, uses of flex money, representation for graduate students, and events they want to put on throughout the year. Their president, Noah Roisum, has expressed great excitement over all these topics and what the future could hold for NW’s campus.
The other topic stressed by the SGA was their desire for the students of NW to be more aware of SGA. They’d like to see a bigger interest in the election next year, in both those running and voting, and it is really easy to vote. All you need to do is respond to the email sent to your college account and choose the running students that you believe will best represent you. It isn’t too difficult to run either. Grace Harre described the process in a single sentence, “I gathered signatures from the women of Steg, as it was important to me to have signatures from the women I would be representing and submitted my ballot.”
You don’t need a certain major or status on campus to run; you just need to be a student who desires to make a positive impact on your beloved campus.