Alyssa Wilson ~ Editor-in-Chief
Senior Claire King has been a part of SGA for her whole college career, starting out as a senator, Director of Development, and her most recent position as Vice President of Internal Affairs, which was her first ultimate goal before deciding to run for President.
King was interested in leading a smaller group of people as VP in the previous school year, but after her peers started asking her if she was going to run for President she decided to put herself out of her comfort zone and take on leading a larger group.
“I realized that I do feel like I have what it takes to step up and be that liaison between students, faculty and staff, so it was just really something that I felt passionate about and somewhere I felt like I could serve,” King says.
Although it is only the start of the semester, King met with President Alison Morrison-Shetlar and Vice President for Student Development Eric Baldwin.
SGA is moving to become a two advisor organization. This means that Emily Otrowski, the new Coordinator of Student Engagement will be advising the Senate, and Baldwin will advise the Cabinet increasing faculty support across both areas and making student representation greater connected through student development.
King is feeling hopeful for this school year as it is the first semester since 2020 that the University is back in its ‘normal’ state.
“I’m really happy about the start of the year. Mainly because of the paving of the Turner lot, increased pay for students, as well as the University’s new direction towards restorative practices, and community accountability,” King says.
This new community accountability is coming through the taking away of red cards and yellow cards which is a punishment system for student housing residents who are not following guidelines.
“The goals I have for my presidency include building and leading an efficient executive cabinet, ensuring that the student experience is uplifted and increasing the connections between student organizations on campus. I want to develop a greater sense of community and hope that during my term I can influence a culture of inclusion, equity, and security at Lynchburg,” says King.