SAS Space…

By India Mullady '11SAS President

SAS. Scripps Associated Students. What does that mean, exactly? How can 20 students serve as a proxy for over 900? On a personal note, I wrestle with how I can make sure students are being served. Am I merely voicing my opinion and imposing it on all of you? Example: the fabric of the Student Union couches. Other SAS members struggle with the decisions they make, because in a lot of ways dealing with the administration reflects on all students. So know it is on our minds and something we try to be careful of when we make decisions. Never think SAS is against you: we are here for YOU. And we are here not because you are incapable but because we want to help serve you. If something feels wrong, let us know.  I would be remiss if I did not mention a few things that have been brought to my attention this fall.

First is many students’ growing concern about sexual assaults on the 5Cs.  For confidentiality purposes we don’t get emails about assaults of that nature, but they happen here. If I can offer any advice, it would be to reach out to a friend, Monsour counseling, Student Health; please don’t be afraid ask for help or support.  And at parties, at night, anytime: look out for each other. It doesn’t get said enough, please keep one eye on the party and one eye on your friend. They are precious; we don’t anyone to be hurt like that.

Second, the student thrift store is being reborn. Like a phoenix from the ashes we rise again! Have you seen the signs around for ‘Suit Yourself?’ It’s an initiative to gather professional and formal attire (gently used) for all students to check out. Want to go to an interview, a mixer, a CP&R event? Need some inspired attire? We want these events to be accessible to everyone. Collections can be put in a box in the Student Union.

Third, people ask me what the Student Union is for. It’s for you. People ask me what the mission is: there is no formal mission statement. It’s a place on Scripps that is purposely informal, random, and relaxed. So come hang out on the second floor of Malott. Still looking for art/wall décor. Don’t be shy.

Finally I need to give a shout out to Resident Advisors. They got a tough job (really tough). They have to enforce policies or they lose their job. But they became RAs because they want to help you. They are amazing resources: use ‘em or lose ‘em. And don’t hate the player, hate the game.

In short, SAS is here. You know where to find us. And, like 7-11, we aren’t doing business, but we are always open. Come on in and get involved in making change and improving quality of life.