SBP, SBVP candidates tout feasible campaign goals
For the past two years, The Tartan has refrained from endorsing a candidate for student body president. This year, because we are not entirely supportive of any one platform, we choose to do the same. There is an unprecedented number of presidential candidates running, and each ticket has certain ideas that sound relevant and feasible. We review each ticket and their ideas below.
Quispe and Wade
Presidential candidate Amy Quispe and vice presidential candidate Bryan Wade seem primarily concerned with their Open Data initiative and the reformation of the Committee on Student Organizations (CoSO) into a two-tiered process. The idea to reform CoSO in a way that separates student organization recognition and JFC funding may result in the creation of a lot of similar clubs, thus forcing these similar organizations to fight for members.
The Open Data initiative is a realistic goal; its focus is on opening up more opportunities and tools for students to be creative and approach community problems. This initiative could have an immediate effect on the entirety of campus, not just those involved in student organizations.
Weiner and Dudley
Presidential candidate Will Weiner and vice presidential candidate Meela Dudley have a plethora of initiatives, with a majority of them falling under the categories of public relations or event attendance. Public relations and greater visibility on campus can easily be introduced, and could be a great success, if the candidates continue to publicize and update their website as well as advertise in more physical ways on campus.
The initiatives geared towards event attendance, such as town hall meetings, attempt to address the more intangible problem of apathy in the student body. There is no cut and dry solution to this problem, and the success of the initiatives created to address it depend on increased visibility, event interest, timing, and community collaboration.
Vargo and Frick
Presidential candidate Seth Vargo and vice presidential candidate Joe Frick are running on a platform geared towards unifying what they see as a divided campus. Their ideas to extend DineX to include more off-campus locations and make Entropy+ accept meal blocks are interesting ones.
The idea to secure additional contributions from the university for campus-wide events like Spring Carnival seems to be a well-thought-out goal. Especially in the case of Carnival, an excellent public relations and alumni event, it seems that it would behoove the university to invest in student events in terms of advertising and in terms of donations.
Groudan and Ho Sang
Presidential candidate Brian Groudan and vice presidential candidate Amanda Ho Sang are also promoting a diverse set of initiatives in their platform.
Some, like the transformation of the space underneath the Pausch bridge into a recreational area and the increase in outdoor seating, seem doable. Others initiatives, like the airport shuttle, would be extremely difficult to accomplish and are already being addressed (or, in the case of the shuttle, will be addressed if the 28X bus is cut) by the university.
Biegler and Friedman
Presidential candidate Matthew Biegler and vice presidential candidate Amy Friedman ran on a scattered platform, admitted by Biegler to be a joke campaign. The campaign critiques the effectiveness and efficiency of student government.
We are glad that all candidates stressed a need to increase visibility of student government initiatives on campus and emphasized collaboration within the community to accomplish their goals.
We are hopeful that — whichever ticket is elected — they will focus on solving the most prevalent problems on campus, set realistic and concrete goals, and above all continue to increase communication and visibility on campus.