Lakers Legislation shares vision, seeks input

Posted On January 20, 2015

Lakers Legislation is back in session.

During its first spring semester meeting earlier this month, the Silver Lake College student government's executive leadership team shared its vision and sought input from the college community.

“We’re the voice between the students and administration, so we want to make sure to have a dialogue,” Justin Mrotek, president of Lakers Legislation, told those in attendance.

Members of the governing body will place suggestion boxes around campus and distribute a student survey in the next few weeks, he said.

“We are very approachable," Mrotek said. "When we’re walking down the hall on campus, people can stop us and voice their concerns."

The student government organization also will communicate through its Facebook page (Silver Lake College Student Government-Lakers Legislation) as well as campus bulletin boards, the college’s course management system (Joule), or through student e-mail (LakerLink), he said.

“My vision is to bring student ideas to the staff and staff ideas to the students," said Robert Pauly, Lakers Legislation vice president.

“We’re an agent for change,” added Jonathan Billingslea, Lakers Legislation treasurer.

Amanda Giacobbe serves as the secretary.

Future plans include holding a fundraiser to benefit a charitable organization and offering a leadership series featuring guest speakers, Mrotek said.

Several board members were introduced to the group, including Caeser Crayton, freshmen and sophomore representative, who said he wants to help build a close-knit college community.

Valerie Oswalt, campus ministry liaison, said she would encourage discussions of faith. And Fiona Ye, the junior, senior and graduate student representative, said she wanted to contribute to fostering a diverse environment.

Students in attendance expressed an interest in building more interaction between commuter students and dorm residents and organizing sports and other tournaments. Topics also included the grading scale, organizing on- and off-campus activities, transportation to and from campus, WiFi reception, building hours and meal plans.

Board members also include Abigail Rieth, Will Elliott, Kyle Lundberg, Austin Walker, Derek Domino, Filip Pesek and Kevin Ramirez. Rachel Fischer, registrar, is acting staff advisor to the group.

Future meetings will be announced.