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Survey results determine MSSA's focus

by Dannie Higginbotham

Issue date: 10/23/08 Section: Campus News
The Minnesota State Student Association discussed the results of its survey at this week's senate meeting Wednesday.

The survey, which was open from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15, was completed by 1120 people - eight percent of the student population.

"Seniors we over-represented in the survey, while freshmen were under-represented," said MSSA President Ryan Anderson.

Anderson stated that students' level of familiarity with the student senate wasn't at the level he wanted to see.

"Less people are familiar with the MSSA than I would've liked, but that's the perpetual struggle of the student government," he said.

The percentage of students buying textbooks online has risen in the past few years, from single digits a couple years ago to about 21 percent now.

"I'm glad to know that the move to put textbook ISBN numbers online was a good one," Anderson said.

Anderson also noted that the general level of school pride has risen.

"Lots of folks around campus deserve credit for that," Anderson said.

When it came to a question regarding guns on campus - specifically, how would allowing licensed students to conceal and carry guns on campus make students feel nearly three-fourths of students answered that it would make them feel less safe. Eleven percent of students said they would feel more safe, while 15 percent were neutral.

"I'm very pleased with the results of this question," said off-campus senator Andy Wilke. "I think it should be a federal mandate to not allow guns on campus."

Minnesota State Colleges and University's present gun policy states that students aren't allowed to carry guns on campus, but members of the general public who come on campus are allowed to provided they have the proper conceal and carry license.

"I think the main focus of the senate this year should be general education and writing intensive courses reform," Anderson said.

Thirty two percent of respondents stated that they believe general education courses weren't valuable, while 31 percent said they didn't think they were any more challenging than high school classes.

"If this many students believe general education courses are a waste of money, that's a concern," Anderson said. "Those numbers should be close to zero for what we're paying to be here."

 Dannie Higginbotham is a Reporter staff writer