Purdue Student Government—You’ve heard it said. You’ve read it in print. You know it’s divided into three branches: executive, judicial, legislative. But other than that, you’re likely in the dark. So I did the footwork for you. Over the weekend I interviewed Senator Dalton Daily of the College of Education, and hopefully his answers to my questions, the same questions you likely have, will shed some light on what PSG does and why they do it.
1) What motivated you to get involved with student government?
I was encouraged to get involved in Purdue Student Government by an advisor in the College of Education late into my freshman year. There was an open seat, and after an interview, I was chosen to fill the empty Senate seat for the 2016-2017 school year. As a social studies education major, I am very interested in learning about, participating in, and later teaching government and governmental practices. I do not currently have any intentions of running for office after my time at Purdue University. My main reason for participating in Purdue Student Government is to ensure the great College of Education has a voice on campus.
2) Does the College of Education have any unique interests or goals?
[The College of Education] is the smallest college on campus that has representation in the Purdue Undergraduate Student Senate. My constituents in the college are very involved and are often very concerned with issues like diversity, inclusion, need-based scholarships, and opportunities for women and minorities on campus. There is a great connection between our college's student council, the Purdue Student Education Council, and the senators that represent the college in Purdue Student Senate. As education majors, I would say we are more concerned with how professors and the teaching staff work than most other colleges.
3) What have you accomplished so far in your position?
This year, I have been honored to serve as the president pro tempore of the Senate in addition to being a senator. This title is a similar to the Speaker of the House in the national government. I represent the legislative branch of Purdue Student Government in cabinet meetings. I am in charge of all the Senate committees, and I also do a lot of administrative duties and behind-the-scenes work to make sure Senate runs smoothly. I wrote a resolution on a potential needle exchange on campus, which enabled a great amount of discussion and debate, which I feel is important. It is the job of Purdue Student Government to have these conversations so the best choice can be made for the betterment of Purdue. Recently, I've been able to sponsor and vote for a resolution titled “Purdue Student Government Opposes Roommates for Resident Assistants.” This resolution attempts to ensure resident assistants are best able to do their jobs and continue to have a fantastic impact on their residents. These are just a few examples of what Senate has done this year, and we look forward to tackling more important issues on behalf of the student body. I would encourage anyone who is curious about Purdue Student Government, or wants to see a positive change made on campus, to reach out to their senators.