“Until that divide [between student politicians and students] is bridged, a lot of students are still going to go around thinking that the work that student politicians do is meaningless and doesn’t really achieve anything and I think if you have that kind of apathy out there amongst students then you’re not going to elect the best representatives that they could possibly have. The more students that are engaged, the better quality you will get in terms of student representatives.” – Jordan Mumford, President of UniSA’s Student Association USASA.

In university, there’s two types of students: those heavily involved in student politics and those whose only real interaction with it all is during election week when you’re harassed by people shoving flyers in your face. There just doesn’t seem to be much of an in between when it comes down to student politics so are they doing anything? Or is it just something to increase perceptions of self-importance? Another tick on the resume perhaps?

Wavelength investigated the messy world of student politics to find out if there’s something more to it. To find out we spoke to all three university’s student representative presidents as well as The University of Adelaide’s Vice Chancellor, Peter Rathjen.

Air Date: March 26, 2018

Reporter: Michael Migali

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

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