State of the SGA recorded
The State of the SGA speech is an annual event at Towson, in which the acting president summarizes his or her accomplishments during their term as the semester comes to an end, along with their term.
This year, however, SGA President Charlotte Ridgeway chose to record her speech, and present it as an online video, available on YouTube.
Ridgeway said the main reason she chose to do her speech in a video was based on her experience with seeing the speeches from past presidents. She recalled, in her sophomore year, sitting in the audience for 2011 SGA president Matt Sikorski’s State of the SGA Speech. According to her, the majority of the audience was the student senate.
“It was more like SGA senators listening to their SGA president with few regular students around,” she said. “At least this way we can give the students more of an audience.”
This is the first time that the State of the SGA speech will not be a formal event in front of a live audience.
Ridgeway said the idea came from the success of the “What’s Your Stand?” YouTube video the SGA released last October. She said the video, which currently has about 2,880 views on YouTube, proved to be a great way to get messages out.
The SGA plans to work with University marketing and social media and to get word out about the video. In addition to YouTube, the video is also expected to be posted on the SGA website.
“Even if people don’t want to watch it hopefully it’ll be re-posted so many times that they have to notice,” she said. “When they hear it they will realize how important [the speech] is even if it’s not as entertaining as a YouTube video.”
Ridgeway said that everything mentioned in the speech is relevant and important to students because it gives them an overview of the changes made this year. She said students should know how the changes affect their rights, student fees, funding for events and student employee programs.
Ridgeway also said the timing of the video is perfect because it helps students gain perspective on the candidate they should vote for in the upcoming election.
“I mentioned our projects in my speech and these projects may or may not get done depending on who wins,” she said.
Ridgeway said she didn’t know if the video would be successful or if following presidents would use the same method for future speeches. She said it would depend entirely on the number of views.
“Watch it yourself and see if this method is most effective,” she said.
The video is expected to be released Monday morning before the SGA presidential election.