The time is now for the Students’ Association to be the students’ voice.
Many members of the student body agree that something is wrong with Chapel, but agreement ends there.
Some don’t like the idea of a possible grading scale for Chapel. Others don’t like break-out Chapels. Those who organized the alternate chapel Tuesday think students aren’t involved enough with the process. The Optimist and others have criticized its worship-only direction.
Some students even have the silly idea that disrespectful students shouldn’t be removed from Chapel.
All this disagreement reaches the ears of an administration that cannot seem to please everyone at any time between 11 and 11:30 a.m.
But the administration in McKinzie Hall needs to hear something from the student body that resembles something other than a shouting match.
And that’s why SA is in a prime position to enhance its image and reputation with the student body.
In a week, SA will discuss a Chapel bill, the wording of which will be determined by survey results collected by the Constituant Relations Committee this week and next. The student body is in need of a leader to filter the Chapel debate into a cogent, coherent argument that is presentable to the administration.
This bill could make SA such a leader. A task force on Chapel already exists in SA, and for weeks, it and Congress have remained silent as the student body debates. That silence must end.
Instead, SA must make a strong stand advocating for the students. The students don’t like Chapel, and something needs to be done about that.
But what don’t the students like, and what change would be best?
Those are the questions SA must answer next week, and those are the answers the administration must hear this semester.
If SA does this, it will prove itself a competent leader able to effectively speak for the students. Congress’ own reputation is in its members hands, and the time for action is slipping away.