Monday, April 8, 2013

Who will you vote for in the A.S. Election???

As some of you may or may not know, the elections for the Associated Students (A.S.) will be held this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the quad. Officially there are five Executive positions available, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Student Trustee, and Inter-Club Council President. Along with these positions there are approximately sixteen A.S. Senator positions available, leaving the remaining sixteen open for the Fall 2013 semester.

So what are the duties of an A.S. Executive, Student Trustee, and Senator? The ultimate responsibilities of the Executive branch of A.S.; is to be the liaisons between students and faculty and administration. As a former A.S. Senator and Vice President (2010-2012), the tasks are not easy, nor do the results come quickly. That is why it is important to elect someone who has a passion and drive to ensure things happen, one that is willing to fight for students while at the same time fostering relationships with faculty and administrators. The latter is crucial because without their support, a road block will be encountered causing unnecessary delays.

The right President is critical because without a strong leader, there is no foundation the student body can depend on. The same is true for the Vice President, when the President is absent or unable to maintain their duties/responsibilities; in addition to his/her responsibilities of coordinating events and promoting student life on campus. As for the Treasurer their main responsibility is to balance the A.S. funds and divide them among each committee and department(s) (dance, athletics, cheer squad, health center, etc.) request, as seen fit.

Now the responsibility of the Student Trustee is somewhat different. Their goal is to be the liaison to the A.S. Executives and Senators, who are supposed to inform the students-at-large; and then take any feedback, if necessary to the Board of Trustees who are responsible for major changes to Board and Administrative Policies, as well as other significant issues. All of the positions are significant and like a body play an important role; this is why it is important to know your candidates and be informed before voting.

To learn more about the candidates you can read about them in the current issues of The Hornet newspaper or stop by the Student Center, room 214 (where you can get ID cards or play arcade games) to read their bios.

Until Next time!

Joey McIntosh

“Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate.” – Orson Welles

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