Sophomore Laura Jorgenson is a newly elected senator from the Conger-Neal District, and has experienced a crash course in Senate politics in her first two sessions of the year.
“I don’t think they were the best first two meetings,” Jorgenson said, “but I was interested to hear the response to the defacing of the Palestinian flag. It brought such strong opinions to the floor and I was really happy to hear that most of the senators had an opinion about that and wanted something to be done about it and I was impressed that something that might seem like a small issue, once in a while someone’s flag getting defaced, actually was brought up and taken care of. I was impressed in that sense.”
Senator Jorgenson brings a personal and constituent-based perspective to the Senate proceedings, and wants to get things done for those she represents.
“I’m on the technology committee,” Jorgenson said, “and this school’s network drives me crazy, and I know I’m not the only one. I know people have spent time working with this already, I know it’s been an issue for a while, but I want to know at least why it is how it is, and if anything can be done about it. That’s something I look forward to investigating, because that’s something I know a lot of people in Conger-Neal care about too. Every couple of weeks, they can’t get on the internet, we have to walk across campus to get online.”
Though new to the Knox Student Senate, Senator Jorgenson has experience in other forms of student government, and is especially interested to see what she can do here.
“In high school, I was in student government,” Jorgenson said, “and I was really active, and when I came to Knox, I lost touch with being an active member in the student body. So I decided to get back into it. I have more time now, and I’d like to get more involved. I’ve had friends in Student Senate, [Senator Tim Lovett] is one of my good friends, and I hear him talk about it, and it sounds interesting, so I decided to get involved. And also, it’s amazing, at least at my high school, what Student Senate was capable of, and at a college, I assumed that it would be greater and better, so I want to be a part of that too.”
Given the fact that any number of controversial issues may spring up this year, Senator Jorgenson feels ready to tackle any issue for the benefit of all students.
“I think I’m up for the challenge, really,” Jorgenson said. “I think the issues that are discussed are worthy of discussion, or they wouldn’t be there and I am an opinionated person. I might be quiet the first few weeks to get a better idea how things work, but I want to make a difference on this campus, and that’s what I was running for, and that’s what I plan on doing.”