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Looking Forward to Next Year

03/12/2010

Hey Cornell,

I would like to thank you all for participating in the recent election, both those who ran and those who voted. It was an extremely well-run and clean election, with over 4,500 students voting!

As President Elect I would like to start off by saying that, though campaigning may be over, I hope the communication between SA members and students does not end. The Student Assembly needs to continue the dialogue with you all to discover what it does well, what is does poorly and to discover what issues you think the SA needs to address. Much of the criticism about the SA derives itself from poor communication with the Students. This poor communication causes the SA to both inadequately address issues while also misrepresenting the good work the SA has achieved. All of this hurts the effectiveness of the Assembly.

To address this problem, the SA will continue the efforts it has started this year to become more transparent and have better communication. We will periodically hold meetings in different locations, such as RPCC, to better reach out to students. We will begin sending SA Reps to different groups to determine how the SA can better serve students. Improving student involvement in this manner will be especially important next year as we reform the SAFC funding process and as we get students on Administration level committees. Improving the funding process and strengthening the student voice can only be successful if students are involved. That being said, students also need to be more proactive about engaging with the Assembly if they want to achieve positive change.

With your help the Student Assembly has huge potential to improve student life at Cornell. I look forward to working with you all and would truly like to hear from you. Please send me an email at vpa4@cornell.edu or feel free to come up to me and chat (I often hang out in Libe Café) about what you think the SA should be working on.

I look forward to an engaging 2010-2011.

Cheers,

Vincent Andrews

President Elect

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