The majority of students here apparently don't participate or just aren't interested in student government. Less than 20 percent of students actually voted in the last Student Government elections.
“I think for the largest part, I think our voter turnout has to do with the fact that, students don't know what we do,” Student Government Deputy Chief of Staff Forrest Holloman said.
Students say the lack of advertising about the election is a main reason why many students aren't interested and don't know what student government actually does.
“Besides a last minute email the day of the election, or randomly seeing them around Russell House, I don't hear much about student government or what the candidates represent,” Andy Lavender said.
This raises the question of what does Student Government actually do? In recent years, they have only started a few notable programs like the Carolina Cab, using Carolina Cash off campus, and Cocky's Reading Experience. However, there are still a lot of major issues that concern students that they say have not been addressed.
“A major problem here at USC is the parking situation, and I don't even think they have the power to make a change there,” senior Cody Hooker said.
It's hard to gauge what power Student Government actually has here at USC.
“For the most part our administration respects the opinion of our student government here,” Holloman said.
Election Commissioner Danielle Padgett says that the Student Body President carries the weight of the 32,000 students here, and that more participation from students in Student Government will give the student voice more weight.
From a student's perspective, the lack of major changes in things they care about gives them the impression that student government doesn't actually have much power to make changes.