New members of the TCU House of Student Representatives will strive to bring fresh ideas and energy to the House, Speaker of the House Dalton Goodier said Monday.
“I think it’s going to be great for House to have kind of this infusion of new blood… They bring a lot of enthusiasm and excitement to the things that we do,” he said.
The 11 new members of the House, an unusually large amount, are not limited by pre-existing ideas of how the House should work, Goodier said.
“They come in there with all these dreams and this ‘sky’s the limit attitude,’ and because of that they can have greater potential to get things done sometimes,” he said.
There are several reasons why there are so many new members this semester, Goodier said, including older members getting jobs or having classes that interfered with SGA’s [Student Government Association] schedule.
“It’s always kind of a crapshoot to figure out who’s going to be staying and who’s going to be going,” he said.
However, Goodier said he was excited about working with the new members.
Many of the new representatives said they shared Goodier’s excitement.
Zach Madel, a College of Science and Engineering representative, said he wanted to join SGA because he saw what SGA had done on campus and wanted to help.
“I thought it’d be a great way to get involved and a way to give back to the TCU community,” he said.
Austin Marple, an AddRan College of Liberal Arts representative, said he wanted more student feedback and involvement in SGA.
“We only have so many ideas, and I would love to have 100 percent student feedback on what they want to see done,” he said.
Goodier said although there are many newcomers, he did not believe their lack of experience would hurt the House.
“They don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, and they have a passion for it and an excitement level for it,” he said.
Goodier said he would credit House Parliamentarian Abbey Brokos with training the new members and teaching them the roles and expectations of the House.
Jeffrey Chatman, a class of 2014 representative, said the new members’ enthusiasm would be welcome.
It would take a while for the newcomers to adjust to the workings of the House, Chatman said. However, he believed the new members would learn from the more seasoned representatives, and the House would not be slowed down by the newcomers’ inexperience.
“They’re going to be bringing in lots of new ideas,” Chatman said. “One of the problems that you see with people who are in the House for two, three, four years is that they become stagnant.”