What it feels like … to be the only student in a meeting full of adults
Former Student Body President processes big changes alongside staff and faculty.
By Mallory Becker | Reporter
Katie Finney folded down the blue seat in CC313. She put her backpack down on the ground beside her and sat down. Katie’s eyes shifted to the double doors as faculty, and only faculty, filed in. You could cut the tension in the room with a knife. Minutes later the meeting began and the members of the Bethel University Faculty Senate began to process the decisions made regarding recent budget cuts.
It was not long after President Jay Barnes sent out a university wide email about budget cuts that this exclusive meeting took place. Finney described it as “an area where faculty get to be faculty.” This particular meeting was unique because unlike normal meetings, it was held in the CC313 lecture hall, and administrators that are normally in attendance weren’t present. This provided faculty with a safe space to process the recent budget cuts announcement. It provided them with a space where they could speak completely freely.
“I just got the unique privilege to be there and be the student representative.” — Katie Finney, former Student Body President
“Emotions were really high, people were defensive and worried about what that meant for their job, if they were going to still have a job, what that meant for their department, people got really protective what they really care about,” Finney said. “I just got the unique privilege to be there and be the student representative.”