Brielle Braxton-Young and Kierra Whitaker; The Whetstone
Some student leaders of organizations on campus fear that once they graduate in May, their organizations will leave with them.
Due to low campus involvement, organizations are finding it hard to get students involved and interested.
Senior Kai Lee, President of Press Play, said the absence of student involvement is affecting the organizations.
“My junior year, you started to feel that Wesley had lost a lot of students,” he said. “You can see the decline. Visually there should be no way I can walk into a party and count how many people there are when the lights are off.”
Press Play is a campus media group that provides services to other students when they are in need of video, photography, and other media services.
“The videos and pictures we provide look empty because no one is showing up to these events,” Lee said. “In order to keep Press Play alive, we have recruit but there aren’t many students.”
Alexis Bynum, president of Fairy Godsisters of Delaware (FGS), said she was unsure of her executive board (e-board) next school year.
“The numbers in my organization have lowered since I have joined and been the president,” she said. “After the induction of our new members, I am going to see who is willing to step up in place of the graduating seniors.
Although FGS is a community-based organization, it holds events on campus.
“The week of Feb. 17 we are holding our FGS week and we hope for students to participate,” Bynum said. “If students don’t come out, it would feel like a waste of time and money.”
Black Student Union (BSU) President Rex Chege said he believes the lack of student involvement and retention affects all organizations on campus.
“Organizations were flourishing in 2016-2017 and a lot of them do not exist anymore,” he said. “Being a student leader you are always optimistic that your organization will still be here when you leave. If not it’s like your hard work and dedication has gone to waste.”
While some organizations don’t require students to actually try out to be part of their organization, Creative Attributions does.
In order to try out, students must come with the proper attire in order to be considered. Tryouts are usually within the first two weeks of the semester.
Creative Attributions is known for holding a fashion show each semester. These have been well attended.
Junior Mercy Ariyo, the current president, said that although there has been an increase in models from last semester, she has to make cuts because of the lack of funding from SGA.
“I was excited for this semester’s show,” she said. “Now I feel as though we are back at square one and it’s unfair.”
Ariyo said plans to step down from her position as president at the end of this semester.
Like Ariyo, BSU President Rex Chege also has issues when it comes to SGA.
“Our biggest challenge is not knowing when we are going to receive our budgets from SGA,” he said. “The overall disorganization and confusion with SGA is making it harder for us to do our job.”
Presidents find there is no consistency with the students.
“Students use to be at every event and on time,” Lee said. “Before the event even started, there would be a handful of students waiting around.”