The President's Perspective: Rector remains influential through hectic schedule

I meet people everyday. Many have questions about Student Government Association, but the most frequent question is, "What is it like to be SGA President?"

I have journalized a day to give you a glimpse of what I do.

Thursday, Jan. 24.

Objective No. 1: Do well on my management quiz.

Objective No. 2: Find something to do this weekend.

Objective No. 3: Be an influence for those I represent.

My alarm goes off at six. The snooze keeps me in bed until 6:30 a.m. I hop in the shower, dress and reread the case study that will be on the quiz in my management class today.

8:05 a.m. - I pick up a copy of the Daily News, and stop by the hotel front desk for a copy of the Muncie Star Press. I enter the SGA office minutes later, and say good morning to the receptionist. She lets me know that I have a few messages in my mailbox from yesterday.

9:30 a.m. - COMM 240 class begins. We talk about human communication, watch a video and cheer as we get out a few minutes early.

Management 491 is immediately following. We take the quiz. Objective No. 1: completed.

12:15 p.m. - I take my time walking back to the Student Center and talk with people on my way. We crack a few jokes, and I pop the question, "What is going on this weekend?" Objective No. 2: completed.

Finally, lunch time. I like to eat lunch with people - the Student Senate Pro-Temp, the head Senator, is the lucky one today. We chat, I eat my lunch and review a letter and survey.

After lunch I begin my afternoon task of returning phone calls. One is to SGA's Daily News ad rep. He reminds me we need to have our ad to him by 2 p.m.

2:25 p.m. - I receive a call from Kevin Kenyon, associate vice president of Facilities and Planning Management, who read in the DN about Student Senate passing a recommendation to place speed bumps in the parking lots. I express the safety concerns that created the legislation, and he talks about the issues that may arise. He gives me a few names of people to call, and we exchanged our goodbyes.

A little before 4 p.m. - Three U-Senators and I walk to Teachers College for the University Senate meeting. We briefly talk about what will be discussed, sign in, and take our seats. There is debate about the conflict of interest policy proposal.

5:30 p.m. - I am in the Residence Hall Association meeting, which is always fun. I stay for the liaison reports - they allow for a quick overview of what is happening in the residence halls. I then go downstairs for the greek meetings.

I catch the end of the Interfraternity Council meeting. They talk about ideas for Greek 101, give announcements and tell a joke about a hamburger walking into a bar - it was dumb, but funny.

7 p.m. - The diversity panel for Unity Week begins; students and faculty talk about race relations on campus. From there, Tolu Olowomeye and I go to the Spectrum meeting where we are invited to speak. I leave early to work on homework and begin the trek home.

9:50 p.m. - I arrive home, lift weights, eat dinner, and work on my accounting homework.

11:30 p.m. - Objective No. 3: completed.

Write to Tommy at tbrector@bsu.edu.


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