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the Weekly Sillimanian | December 1, 2023

In a decisive and commendable move, several representatives to the Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) Student Assembly have recently proposed significant amendments and provisions to its constitution, marking a positive shift in the institution’s procedure. The amendments, designed to benefit the student body, reflect the SUSG’s commitment to continuous improvement and inclusivity.

Recognizing the gravity of these constitutional changes, the SUSG has bared plans to call for a mass consultation in an interview with the Weekly Sillimanian. While specific details are yet to be revealed, this approaching event shall invite representatives from the student body, including those bodies directly affected by proposed amendments, to engage in comprehensive discussions about the newly introduced provisions. This move marks a pivotal moment where the student body has the chance to actively contribute to the decision-making process, fostering a sense of shared governance.

The call for a mass consultation demonstrates the SUSG’s dedication to enhancing its operations and embracing transparency. By opening the dialogue to the wider student populace, the SUSG is paving the way for a more collaborative and accountable leadership structure.

The Weekly Sillimanian wholeheartedly commends the SUSG for this strategic move, applauding the organization’s commitment to positive change. We hope that this progressive approach becomes a benchmark for future administrations, ensuring a legacy of transparency and student involvement.

Although the SUSG leaders have stated that they will call for a mass consultation, we believe that they should have announced such plans beforehand to prevent misconceptions and issues among their constituents. It all boils down to the concept of transparency and making moves in line with the improvement of the Sillimanian experience.  

As a constructive suggestion, the Weekly Sillimanian also proposes that the SUSG formally incorporate the call for a mass consultation into the constitution itself whenever amendments are made. This proactive step would institutionalize the practice, ensuring that future generations of student leaders maintain this valuable tradition of inclusive decision-making. In fact, the SUSG can take it a step further by introducing a mechanism similar to a constitutional convention to further bolster this commitment to more active student participation.

Moreover, the Weekly Sillimanian calls on the SUSG to persist in this trajectory of openness and inclusivity in all future endeavors. Transparency and accountability should be the guiding principles, fostering a culture where the student body feels actively involved and informed.
In conclusion, the SUSG’s decision to consult with the wider student body is a commendable stride towards a more participatory and accountable student government. The Weekly Sillimanian encourages the SUSG to not only uphold but also institutionalize this practice, setting a benchmark for transparent and inclusive governance in the years to come.


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