Wilson College Government Association (WCGA)—the student- elected and student-run body that governs campus life—acts as the students’ voice by serving as a liaison between students, faculty and the administration. Their primary duty is to create and reinforce the rules that promote a healthy and happy community and they rely upon the honor policy and a formal constitution as their guide.
Last semester, students elected Morgan Lindsay ’14 as President of WCGA. However at the start of the fall 2013 semester, Lindsay made the decision to step down from office due to heath issues.
“I realized I wouldn’t be able to represent the student body to the best of my ability so I stepped down,” Lindsay explained.
“She had to consider her health and did so with a lot of encouragement from home and here, added Dean Carolyn Perkins. “It was her decision and we support that decision.”
Lindsay’s resignation resulted in a shift of governance, promoting a few elected officials to new positions. Caileigh Oliver `14 transitioned from Vice President of WCGA to its new President. Jessica Massilotti `14—the previous Constitution and by-laws chair—replaced Oliver as Vice President with Shelby Erb ’15 elected to take her previous position.
These new roles bring new responsibilities for WCGA officials. Oliver explained her view on her new position.
“Morgan and I were very much on the same page concerning goals,” said Oliver. “So there won’t be any drastic changes taking place.”
Oliver stated that WCGA’s goals for this year include, “Reaching out to more students. With all the changes taking place on campus, like going co-ed, we want to make sure that the students have an active participation in helping to make those changes.”
WCGA planned several activities to accomplish their goals for increasing students’ involvement, help WCGA get to know students, and make students more familiar with their organization.
“Walk and Talk” and “Chat and Chew” are two of these initiatives by WCGA. The “Walk and Talk” will have members of WCGA periodically walking around the dining hall during lunch and dinner to answer any questions students might have about any issues on campus and educate them about WCGA. The “Chat and Chew” will serve as a monthly informal get-together for students and the WCGA to conduct themed discussions while eating.
All members of the Wilson community are invited to attend any event sponsored by WCGA. To find out more about WCGA and their upcoming activities, look for all-campus emails or visit their page found on the Wilson website, listed under Clubs and Activities. Students can also visit their office located in Lower Lenfest 014.