Editor’s note: this article was co-written by Megan Downs and John Erekson.
The Student Representative Council is a student-run group that meets daily to address the needs of the university and to make plans to create a better BYU-Idaho.
“Out of all the organizations on campus, the SRC is probably the equivalent to a student government organization,” said Sam Cropper, a sophomore studying political science. “We do not have a student body president. We used to, but that would be the director.”
Haley Stout, a council member for the SRC and a junior studying early childhood/ special education, said that in high school, she was the student body president, and she focused on making the high school experience fun.
Stout said the SRC is invested in helping the students become disciple leaders by providing edifying experiences while attending BYU-I.
At other universities, the student body president and its council have policy-making power. However, at BYU-I, President Gilbert and the Board of Trustees approve everything before it can be done at the school, Cropper said.
Andrew Smith, a council member on the SRC and a freshman studying biochemistry, said he was given advice that if he wanted to keep the spirit of his mission he recently returned from, he should continue to serve others.
“What SRC is all about is representing students and having a chance to council together and strengthen and provide solutions,” Smith said. “To be honest, I love that, and I just felt like joining SRC would be a great way for me to transition back from the mission.”
Stout said she wanted to be able to serve the school and make it a better place for everyone. Stout said when she heard about the SRC at Involvement Night, she felt she would best be able to meet her desires to serve the school in this organization.
Kevin Miyasaki, the student services and activities vice president, said he has watched the SRC change from being a student government association to what it is today.
“I think the best thing I’ve experienced has been, one, to see the growth of the leaders and how they change in perspective and how the growth and development of the whole concept of SRC has changed,” Miyasaki said.
Miyasaki said the SRC changed to match the spirit of the university when Ricks College was changed to BYU-I. It was determined that the purpose of the SRC was not for a political campaign, but was to give the student body a voice.
“We have SRC members and representatives on all our major councils throughout the university where they represent student voice,” Miyasaki said. “They’re kind of a quiet organization; they always have been. They are behind the scenes; we don’t vote them in.”
Smith said the SRC comprises roughly 40 students who desire to serve the BYU-I campus.
Brandon Somsen, a member of the SRC and a sophomore studying exercise physiology, said the SRC is what links the students with President Gilbert. He said the SRC hears the voice of the student body by conducting several surveys throughout the year.
Somsen said the SRC is a spiritual matter that helps students become disciple leaders.
“It’s all about volunteering and becoming more like the Savior,” Somsen said. “It does teach obedience. When you’re serving others, you want to be better, you want to be more like the Savior and, because you’re trying to be more like the Savior, you end up being more obedient as well.”
Smith said the SRC recently worked on a survey about video games due to the issue brought up by President Gilbert at the beginning of the semester that too many students stay home and play video games.
Smith said over 1,600 students took the survey and, after interpreting the data, the university understands how to better meet the needs of the students in order to resolve problems.
“The information that SRC found was taken to President Gilbert and used to identify things that the university could do better to better help the students here at BYU-I become disciple leaders,” Miyasaki said.
Members of SRC work together and participate in over 20 different university administrative councils to ensure that the voice of the students is being heard, according to the SRC Web page. Students who want their voice heard can comment on the SRC Web page on the BYU-I website.