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Jon Mark runs on experience, hope of reforms

Junior lighting design major Jon Mark is running unopposed for VPF. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor) Junior lighting design major Jon Mark is running unopposed for VPF. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor)

Junior lighting design major Jon Mark is the only candidate running for student body vice president for finance, but he is still campaigning.

“The VPF role is organized around the student organizations: managing student accounts, making sure everyone plays by the rules, and dividing up the student activities fee,” Mark said.

As vice president of finance, Mark said he wants to “bring back knowledge to everyone” about the financial process of hosting events by holding office hours.

“They’d be laid back, fun, and we’d work to get an event down to the correct budget,” he said.

As for experience, Mark has served in the Undergraduate Student Senate for every possible semester of his Carnegie Mellon education, and has served on the Joint Funding Committee (JFC).

Speaking about his experience serving on the JFC, Mark said, “Looking at the process, I don’t see it as efficient.”

As part of his plans to improve the process by which the JFC operates, Mark said that he wants “to put more power into the hands of the representatives to make a recommendation” regarding an activities budget.

In terms of the student activities fee, Mark is in support of a 20 percent increase. He said that the budgets currently being requested by student organizations would require a 40 percent increase in funding, and he wants to meet that number halfway, “invest[ing] that 20 percent back into CMU.”

“I’m a pretty intimidating character; I wouldn’t want to run against me either,” Mark said, joking about his status as the only vice president for finance candidate.

Switching to a more serious tone, Mark added that he was surprised that, for two consecutive years, no one has run for what he considers “the most powerful position” up for election.