By ALLIE ENGLERT
Just a small town girl
It is arrogant to assume that one’s opinions reflect those of a larger group. Thus, it would be foolish of this writer to only consult my own thoughts when writing the Back Page. For this reason, I tried a different approach in writing this week’s issue. I consulted the thoughts of a handful of GC students. It is the goal of this issue to shed light on the issues these students believe are affecting our campus, as well as offer insight as to how these problems could potentially be solved.
It’s no secret that many students find the transparency clause hypocritical. Senior Carolyn Allen, is one of the many students who believe that this policy should not solely focus on the students. Its authority should extend to the faculty and staff, as well. “It should be upheld on both sides of the faculty and staff,” Carolyn explains. “They (the administration) make several executive decisions often without backing them up with evidence or rationale. Although the administration may possess legitimate evidence and justification for making particular decisions, they rarely explain their reasons to the student body.” This writer agrees; if the goal of the transparency policy is to cultivate a more informed student body, sharing information should not be limited to events only pertaining to students. Information should be made accessible, especially when decisions are made that will affect the entire school.
“One of the purposes of receiving a college education is to become informed citizens capable of making intelligent decisions. By withholding information we (students) are not able to make intelligent decisions, and it almost appears as though they (the administration) don’t trust us enough to make these decisions. This is counteractive to many students’ decision in attending a liberal arts college, “ says Carolyn. Junior Anthony Atkins agrees that the student body should be made privy to more information. His primary concern is Georgetown’s current search for a new president with Dr. Crouch’s impending retirement this June. It is the opinion of Anthony that the college should allow students to have a voice in the hiring process of the new president.
“I think the administration should form a committee of students whose opinions and ideas would be considered when hiring the next president. All students should have the opportunity to apply,” explains Anthony. Establishing such a committee would “…give the students the voice that they’re looking for” according to Anthony, and ultimately bridge the gap between the student body and the administration. The University of Kentucky recently hired Eli Capilouto as the institution’s 12th president. Students were welcome to apply to be on the committee searching for the new president. GC should definitely consider implementing a similar committee as the process to determine Georgetown’s next leader begins.
Anthony is also concerned that the college will continue its initiative to pursue Division II status. Last year, GC requested acceptance into the NCAA Division II. Georgetown was not accepted into the division last year, but Anthony fears that the school will again try to obtain Division II status. Anthony believes our school functions well in the NAIA. “Students are attracted to this school because Georgetown’s athletics are standouts within our division. Our football team is currently ranked 2, and our basketball team is historically good.” With a large percentage of this year’s freshmen class being athletes, Anthony’s claim is undeniably true. Many high school students from Kentucky looking to take their sport to the next level consider GC when deciding where to further their education. “If we (Georgetown) are going to try to become a Division II school, then I think the students and faculty should have a vote in this.” Anthony’s fear of GC reapplying to receive Division II status is purely speculation, but, as previously stated by Carolyn Allen, Anthony makes a valid argument in stating that the opinions of Georgetown students should be taken into consideration when large decisions are made by the administration.
Junior Erin Wentworth wants to see her alma mater thrive after she graduates. She is concerned by how GC fairs in comparison to other schools in terms of housing and classroom facilities. “It’s hard not to acknowledge the correlation between the increase in tuition and the decrease in the freshmen class size. I guess I think our primary issue is recovering from the low student population this year and ensuring that we increase next year’s freshmen class size.” We need students in order for our college to thrive,” she explains, acknowledging the issue with this year’s small freshmen class.
It is undeniable that several students on campus recognize the underlying issues challenging our instituion right now. In order to mend the disconnect between the administration and students and abolish the many rumors that run rampant by the student body, it is imperative for our administration to create more opportunities for students to voice their opinions and ask questions.
It should be noted that this is a two part issue. This writer plans to take these topics of concern to a member of our administration to ask what the college’s plan is to comment on these issues. The student body can expect to have responses to these hot topic issues in the next issue of the Backpage.
And if you don’t know, now you know, Tigas.
From Top: Carolyn Allen, Anthony Atkins and Erin Wentworth