Southeastern Student Government Association develops 'Super Network'
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – In response to concerns over future budget cuts to higher education, the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Government Association (SGA) has launched an initiative to address questions and concerns of the campus community.
The Students United in Pursuit of Educational Respect (SUPER) network answers specific questions and provides information on the current budget status and the SGA’s plan of action. Questions were developed by the staff of the university’s student newspaper “The Lion’s Roar” with answers provided by Southeastern President John L. Crain.
The network was recently launched on Facebook and is now available on the site under “Southeastern SUPER Network.”
“We want to make sure we’re getting the facts to the students,” said SGA President David Cavell. “There were concerns over false rumors being spread in this budget situation and that was a major influence in our developing the SUPER Network.”
The site – which will be updated frequently – is intended to lay rumors to rest, he added.
Erin Cowser, executive director of public and governmental affairs, was involved in helping SGA get the network up and running. She said the primary goals include educating the student body about current and upcoming budget issues, as well as encouraging students to take a more active role in university issues at university and state levels.
“SUPER provides factual and straightforward information about the budget,” Cowser said. “When students know the facts about the budget situation, they can be more effective advocates for their university.”
Although launched strictly with a Q & A format, Cavell said the site will also be used to encourage advocacy and announce upcoming budget-related events.
“The network is intended to educate students so we can send a message to Baton Rouge – to our state legislators and the governor – to let them know that students will hold them accountable for their actions and their decisions about the future of higher education,” Cavell said.
There are 26 questions and answers currently listed on the site. Viewers are welcomed and encouraged to post comments or questions on the SUPER page, Cavell said.
For more information about the SUPER network, contact the SGA at 985-549-2296 or email Cavell at firstname.lastname@example.org.