College staff enjoy new role in Y&G process
You may have seen some pink badges floating around this weekend, but you may not have understood the role college staff play behind the scenes.
Mikala Williams, former Sesser-Valier student from Kaskaskia College, said, “There are many different jobs, I’m in committee. There is also parliamentary [work] and being in charge of LA’s. We’re just basically supervisors.”
Amador Salinas, a former Oswego delegate and current student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, said, “My specific job is working with bill flow, so I help out the LA’s and the Secretary of State. If they have any questions, they’ll come to me. Other college staff work with parliamentarians, newspaper, lobbyists, or any of the other roles.”
Salinas said there is a profound difference between college staff and student.
“Now, in my advisory role I have a bird’s-eye view of the entire program,” he said.
Jordan Howell, a University of Colorado Boulder student, formerly from Lake Park High School, said you have to take a back seat as college staff.
“Being in the program, you get to make your bills. You get to debate. You get to be in the legislative process, and as a college staff, you don’t get to do that at all. It kind of stinks that you want to voice your opinions, but you are just here to help the delegates and make sure everything goes smoothly,” said Howell.
“It’s hard because you can’t actually get involved. My delegation is here too, and I wanted to go talk to them, but you can’t because you have to help everybody. You mostly supervise, you don’t really do much,” said Mary Garner, a former Sesser-Valier student from Rend Lake.
(written by Carley Horn and Cydne Ratliff, Williamsville)