Every leader has goals when they enter office; not all of them turn out as they had hoped, whether that be due to the realities one faces in politics or another unforeseen obstacle that hinders their ability to accomplish said goals.
At Shepherd, some students don’t even know where the Student Government Association (SGA) office is located.
“It’s right below the Rams Den where the old Rambler Office was located,” Logan Sigley said, next year’s SGA president.
Sigley is a chemistry major and Morgantown, W.Va. native. Before becoming next year’s president, he served as this year’s treasurer.
“After spending the past year as SGA treasurer, I saw the SGA president had the most direct line to delivering student problems to the administration,” Sigley said.
His past experience with the student government was one of the reasons he decided to run for the position, in addition to his plan of getting more students involved with the student government.
“Lack of student participation is one of the biggest issues incoming Vice President Scott Graham and I are looking to change,” he said.
After a little more back and forth, some of which contained politics, news and sports, Sigley was asked what it means to him to be the SGA president at Shepherd.
“The SGA president is the voice for the students and the access point between the students and the institution’s administration,” Sigley said.
When asked what his main goal was for his tenure as president, Sigley responded in similar fashion. “My main goal is to get more student involvement, and the thing I’d like changed is to have students voice their concerns openly at our SGA meetings because it is an open assembly. Any opinions would be welcome,” the incoming president said.
He mentioned that ideas such as the Pan Tran and towels for football games would be met without any level of hostility. Getting students involved in the process is the main goal of Logan’s tenure.
In the race for the top two offices in the SGA, both the presidential and vice-presidential winners ran unopposed. When asked about his uncontested win, Sigley said that it was either a lack of knowledge about the SGA or a lack of student participation.
Another issue was that only 4 percent of the student population participated in the pre-election surveys, although the incoming president really did not view it as a negative.
“I don’t know if it is a problem with participation, because this is the first time it was tried through Sakai. I think this could prove to be a catalyst moving forward,” Sigley said. “It is a unique platform for the surveys,” he continued.
When asked how he and his administration will use the survey information, Sigley responded, “We plan on using this information to tell the upper levels of the administration concerns from the student body and what they think major issues on campus are.”
After graduation, Sigley said he is not sure what he plans on doing yet. “I’d very much like to further my education by getting a post-bachelor degree. I’d love to be a research chemist.”