By: Sebastian Golden
Ballots have been cast. Votes have been tallied. In a nail-bitingly close election, junior Thomas Weese eked out a win to become d.tech’s first student representative. But what will he do as representative, and how did the position come to be? Senior Matthew Eng, who proposed the representative to d.tech administration, explains.
“The idea first came up when I was writing the article about student representation at d.tech back in October,” Eng, who is an editor for The Dragon, said. “And what I found out was that the only form of student representation we have at d.tech is the student board rep, who in fact does not have a vote and only speaks on issues and is picked by the board.” Aiming to increase transparency, he developed a plan for a representative elected by the student body to speak on its behalf.
When asked about school-wide decisions made by administration without student input, Eng brought up “the shift from semester long Design Lab to two week Design Lab. That was a change that was discussed by administration and staff,” but without direct input from students. “As far as I know I never heard about the shift until it had actually happened,” Eng said. He also mentioned the change of learning management systems from Buzz to Powerschool, which was sprung upon students last September without any notification it was being considered.
The issue remained how the student representative would understand the concerns of the whole school, but Eng had it planned out. “There’s going to be a student advisory council which will consist of one member from each advisory,” he said. “It’s all up to the advisory on how they want to select their representative.” The council will meet monthly to present their @d.tech’s issues to the main representative.
Weese, who won the election with 51.9% of the vote, emphasized his commitment to hearing all students’ voices. “I’m going to host during a lab [a] forum-style discussion,” he said, adding that he intends to “reach out to all the people who ran and make sure their voices are still heard.”
“I want to try to get more students involved,” Weese said. “One student representing the entire school is misleading.”