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CCSG Gets it Right: Welcome, President Khoury

I am pleased to congratulate George Khoury on being elected Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) President. This year there were three strong tickets, but Khoury outshined them all. Now it’s time to work together.

Historically, there hasn’t been a particularly impressive working relationship between the University Park student government and the CCSG. While the two governments may collaborate on one or two initiatives,  there is really not that direct link.

That will all change this year and hopefully be the impetus to a united student front working together, regardless of our campus of origin.

Most of the decisions at this University happen not within the student government but in nebulous advisory boards that are made up of different student leaders and administrators. CCSG and UPUA have members on all these different boards.

For students to ever have a strong say, though, we need to caucus and collaborate beforehand and decide then what is best for the student body as a whole. This is the model that students who sit on the University Faculty Senate have created by working as a collective block.

Khoury and I have been informally meeting throughout the past year, talking about various issues affecting with the student body. Together we have an opportunity to have a concrete impact on the student body as a whole, but moreover on the culture of this University.

The school is going through a complete change in its Office of Student Affairs at University Park. If we start working together on the issues that affect all the campuses, then we can set in motion a foundation for students to follow far into the future.

Congratulations, George. Now let’s get to work.

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