Communications and Political Science
My name is Ben King and I am excited to be running for a position on the Student Government Board. I am a junior majoring in communication and political science and minoring in computer science and history, and am currently involved in many groups on campus, including Pitt Tonight, Model UN, and SGB itself, where I currently serve as the Allocations chair.
As a board member, I plan to focus on SGB’s fundamental roles: representing students and distributing student activities fee. I have served in various capacities on the Allocations Committee for the past three years, and I will leverage this experience to improve the process of receiving funds and make sure that student organizations are getting the support they need. I know that many organizations are frustrated by this system, and for good reason. SGB’s policies exist for good reasons, but they are needlessly complicated and almost impossible for student leaders to understand. They need to be more flexible and better reflect the role of student organizations on our campus now, not years ago when they were originally written. I also plan to address complaints about the Student Organization Resource Center. Many, many student leaders are very frustrated by the sluggishness and opaqueness of this office, but the reality is that the most significant issue with SORC is that it is (quite ironically) under-resourced. The number of student organizations and the amount of administrative overhead has increased significantly, but staffing and solutions for SORC have simply not kept pace, and that is an issue I believe I am well-positioned to address.
Students should be able to rely on their student government to represent them well, support their activities, and, when necessary, speak truth to power. These things are not flashy, but they are the core of what student government must be.