Congratulations and good luck

By Thunderworld Staff

Congratulations to Highline's Student Government president and vice president-elect.

Vanessa Primer will be the 2017-2018 school year's president and Mahlet Tiruneh will be vice president.

While congratulations are in order for the two, it's important for them to remember that they are representing a vast range of people with different needs.

They should remember what platform they ran on, and be respectful of the power they will hold.

As Spiderman's uncle would say: with great power comes great responsibility.

They need to keep in mind that they will be serving a diverse campus with diverse views, and everyone's view should matter.  

Between classes, late nights of studying and Student Government meetings, it might be easy for them to forget why they ran for office in the first place: to serve their fellow students, and to make a difference.

With the state of our country under the Trump Administration, there is even more pressure to think about how to combat the effects he is having on our small community.

How are the politics of our country affecting our college, and what can they do to ease the pressure?

Current President James Jackson has strived to create change for the college.

Whether or not you agree with his fight to have the national anthem removed from commencement, he fought for something he believed was right, and would create inclusion for a group of our community.  And even though the vote didn't turn out the way he hoped, he started an important conversation at our college.

He has also been involved in the creation of a re-entry program at Highline, that will provide educational opportunities for people re-entering the community from the criminal justice system.

He is leaving behind big shoes to be filled, and kudos to him for that.

For our new elected officials, they should find their own passions to fight for that will make Highline a better college.  Be persistent even if they face opposition. If they believe it's right, there's probably something there.

A year is not a long time, so they need to be diligent and start pushing for changes early.

They should look at the accomplishments of their predecessor and strive to accomplish more.  

The easy part — getting elected — is done, soon it will be time for them to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

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There is an election every year folks, let's get you registered.

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