In the words of American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” This November there will be an inaugural vote on the first ever student Parliament here at Temple University. Historically Temple Student Government has been an executive body, here to be the voice of students to Temple’s administration, board, and alumni. Now students will have the opportunity to vote on a new legislative branch, one that will make sure all students are represented fairly, and that the University is always moving forward.
It is critical that you make your voice heard on November 15th and 16th. The opportunity to vote freely in a legislative body is a cornerstone of any functioning democracy, and Temple Student Government is no different. I hope you all take the time to look at the candidates, and to read a little about them and their ideals before you cast your vote. This year, more than ever, you have the opportunity to make sure you are represented. From a total of 35 seats open for election, to a new method of alternative voting, this student parliament is set up to be as representative of students as possible, but it will only be as good as you make it.
On behalf of Temple Student Government, I welcome you to the first ever election of a student parliament.