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Learn More About the Candidates for President, Vice President, and Senate!

Presidential Tickets

Will Gigerich & Miki Kawahara

Presidential Candidate

Will Gigerich

Major: Criminology

SGA Experience: Speaker of the Senate (current), Fairview House Senator, Program Board Co-Chair

 

 

 

 

Vice Presidential Candidate

Miki Kawahara

Major: Health Sciences

SGA Experience: Sororities Senator (current), BUDM Executive Board

 

 

 

 

 

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Platform:

We are two students who truly care about our fellow student’s college experience and overall well-being. Through our time at Butler and in the Student Government Association we have seen how students are routinely left behind by both the University administration and fellow student leaders. Our mission is to change that by focusing on community, equity, and advocacy.

We, along with the rest of the Butler community, hope that the campus will be fully open this coming fall. However, the University’s COVID-19 restrictions have significantly hindered students’ abilities to make friends, build connections, and create the community that we all desire. If elected, we will significantly increase the allocation of funds to student organization grants in order to help overcome these challenges. Additionally, we will create a Director of Community Engagement to ensure that both students and student organizations have the support that they need to thrive. To help foster this sense of community, we will be engaged with the student body by being visible and accessible on campus. We will be in attendance at campus events to ensure that we remain knowledgeable about the various experiences that students have at Butler.

Additionally, we will focus on improving on-campus facilities. This means that we will focus on working with the University administration to continue creating a plan to redesign Atherton Union into a space that better serves the student body. Furthermore, we will work with the Student Senate’s University Life Commission to make additional quality-of-place advancements. The college experience has its ups and downs. Part of being a community means that we are there for each other. As we have seen over the past year, student health and well-being have not been the administration’s top priority. Rather, harsh, unempathetic enforcement of restrictive policies and lucrative athletic events have been the priority. This must stop. At any University, students must be the top priority. The University administration claims to care about the students but constantly makes decisions that prove that to not be the case. The University needs to be held accountable. We will work tirelessly with the administration to ensure that students always come first. To help ensure that students have the support that they need, we will create a Director of Mental Health & Well-Being to work directly with the Office of Counseling and Consultation Services and the Center for Faith and Vocation. It is paramount for us, that students both know and feel that their student government truly cares about them individually and is working hard on their behalf.

Students have a right to feel welcome, accepted, and valued. However, in the Student Government Association, this has not always been the case. A crucial goal for us is to make SGA truly open for all students. Specifically, we will take measures to remove the elitist and exclusive stigma that surrounds SGA. To make this a reality, we are going to open the SGA office up for public access. We envision the office as being a place for students to directly interact with their student representatives and leaders. Furthermore, we hope to make the office into a place where students can access information on the resources and services that are available to them as students.

We recognize that our campus community, along with ourselves, are not as knowledgeable on issues of social justice and student belonging as we should be. To help alleviate this issue, we will direct increased funding to diversity, equity, and student belonging grants to ensure that students feel that they have a place on our campus while also providing opportunities for the student body to become more educated.

There is no doubt that SGA lacks transparency. Consequently, this means that students often are not given the opportunity to weigh in on SGA programs, initiatives, and resolutions. To bridge this gap, we are going to task the Director of Public Relations to create weekly press releases on SGA happenings and to provide interactive opportunities to provide feedback and suggestions. Besides engaging with the student body on social media, we will also launch an online portal in which students can read and respond to SGA legislative and executive action prior to voting and/or implementation. In order to help the administration be more engaged and attuned with students, we will make this portal available for their use as well.

Students are our top priority and that will never change. We are dedicated to improving the student experience for all students both now and in the future. It all starts with prioritizing community, equity, and advocacy. We hope that you will join us on this mission.

Paul Ford & Susanne Howard

Presidential Candidate

Paul Ford

Major: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

SGA Experience: Lacy School of Business Senator (current), Auditing Board (current)

 

 

 

 

Vice Presidential Candidate

Susanne Howard

Major: International Business

SGA Experience: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Commissioner (current), Academic Affairs Commissioner, Lacy School of Business Senator

 

 

 

 

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Platform

The primary platform for the Ford/Howard campaign is creating a culture of expansion. SGA is experiencing a significant decrease in size, morale, and performance due to COVID-19 when I believe that we should be growing and trying to do more for our students when they are struggling through a pandemic. There is a lack of accountability and ambition that we think is unacceptable, and we plan to change that through our culture of expansion.

Culture of Expansion

Expanding student government outreach so that we can unite more students

Creating safe spaces for student voices

Student surveys evaluating the efficiency of SGA

Anonymous grant ideas available to all individuals

Town Hall meetings for all students/SGA

Providing more resources for diversity initiatives

Pushing changes within the Diversity Center and the Black Hub

Restructuring DEI to balance support for internal and external struggles

Focusing more on well-being and mental health options for the student body

Creating a Wellness Committee to focus on student needs

Expanding the longevity and long-term impact of our policies and initiatives so that we can leave a legacy for the students after us

Creating and Sustaining Foundational Leadership

Leadership training directly from the executive branch of SGA and Butler Administration targeted towards underclassmen

Workshops and Seminars

Student Government Roles & Responsibilities Manual to assist with orientation and training of new Student Government Association members

Ensuring a smooth transition of power with the split of DEIB, Program Board, and the Service & Philanthropy Board

Expanding our support for student involvement, further education, and structural change that will ultimately benefit students

Guiding constituency changes within Senate

Post Undergraduate focus

Providing discounted LSAT/GRE prep courses as well as free exams.

Supporting experiences that expand off-campus

Funding trips for Academic Colleges and University Organizations

Bringing in professional speakers from different fields to speak with students

Post-Pandemic Support Strategies

Pushing *Financial Aid Forgiveness* for students who are struggling due to the pandemic and remote learning

Utilizing funds that went unused due to the pandemic

Fill unoccupied spaces on campus

Bringing late-night food options to campus

Pushing the creation of a Student Union

Thomas Dziwlik & Lauryn Lintner

Presidential Candidate

Thomas Dziwlik

Major: Entrepreneurship & Marketing

SGA Experience: Academic Affairs Commissioner (current), Irvington House Senator

 

 

 

 

Vice Presidential Candidate

Lauryn Lintner

Major: International Business & Marketing

SGA Experience: None

 

 

 

 

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Platform

We are Thomas and Lauryn! We are new and we are old. We both have experience; however, we have different perspectives on Butler’s student government. We believe this is exactly what SGA needs, a collaborative effort of old and new ideas to cultivate change necessary for an effective government. However, this is not only us running. We firmly believe that every student is running for SGA president and vice president as the student body works to empower the students’ voice. We are spearheading the efforts and filling out the paperwork;). Our vision is simple. It consists of two words because we believe they are the only two that matter: To Give ____ . We want to give and let students fill in the blank for what that means. Student government association is for that exactly, the student. Our vision is simple, because that is what SGA needs, a simple, clear focus that gives power and voice to those that should have it, students. 

Our intentions derive from ability, or lack thereof. The ability to be heard and the ability to make change according to the students. Our intention is to empower. To empower not only the students on campus to advocate for change and voice their concerns, but to empower the members of SGA to hear students, set goals, and achieve them. SGA is not meant to be the student voice, but instead it is meant to empower it. 

Our goal is simple: advance. We want to advance the governing body to its full potential. It is time to listen and more importantly act on what each student needs. Hearing without action is just listening but hearing with action allows for real change. Our goal aligns with our vision and we want to focus on three cornerstones in which we will advance: mental health, diversity & inclusion, and community building. 

Mental Health

  • Collaborate with key administrators to improve and enhance the HRC with a focus on counseling services as well. 
  • We would like to implement additional equipment and personnel to effectively handle the mental health of each student on Butler’s campus.
  • We want to work with the university and program organization to host mental free days which allow students to take care of themselves.

Community Building

  • Create comfortable and function outdoor spaces for students and organizations to use.
  • Create additional recreation courts open to all students at multiple points around campus.
  • Create additional hammock opportunities to foster community building and allow for more optimization of Butler’s natural space.
  • Work with key staff members to create “plum markets” around campus to allow for greater variety and opportunities for students.

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Re-structure SGA’s model for diversity & inclusion to allow for an increase in grant amounts for organizations.
  • Host educational discussions and a space for students to advocate and voice their concerns with administrators in the Butler community.
  • Provide a platform for any and all students to propose and create projects with efforts to increase diversity and inclusion on Butler campus.

Senate Candidates

Sophomore Year Class

AJ Boes

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I am interested in bringing a voice to all of my constituents. I have always loved government and representing those around me. Student senate is not just a bureaucratic organization, but instead, it is used to bring all of those on campus together. Outreaching is one of my favorite things. I love listening and coming up with solutions to an array of problems. These are all things that I would bring to the table if elected as a senator.

What is your campaign platform?

Last year, I was the senator for Irvington. This was my first experience with student government at a collegiate setting. It got controversial at times, but I was thankful for the experience. Recently, we had a bill that would change the amount of student senate seats from 40 to somewhere around 18. While I do believe change is needed in this student body, eliminating 22 seats is not the solution. Representation matters, and a larger body does just that. Butler is not like other institutions, and I think we should be appreciative of that. However, I do believe some changes should be made.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Throughout high school, I served numerous leadership positions. I was class president all four years. Through this leadership role, I had to complete numerous projects with many other classmates. And just this year I was able to serve as the student senator for the Irvington residency hall. I know how SGA works and operates. And to have a functional legislative body, one must know the ends and outs.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

As a campus, we have an opportunity to implement growth next semester. With the coronavirus coming to an end, I believe that we have the chance to come together more than ever before. We have lost many student-led events due to the virus; however, it is my belief that our student government will be able to alleviate many of these losses. If elected, I will turn my attention to programs that will help students meet other students. Something we sadly did not have the opportunity to have last year.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

To be able to get anything done, teamwork is needed. Throughout high school and into my first year at college, whenever I was approached with a group project, I always promoted participation. People must learn to work in pairs in order to succeed in life, and I have always been able to do that. Additionally, a big portion of student government deals with outreach. And as a person who is able to communicate well, I believe that I am qualified for this position.

Vance Erwin

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I feel that my engagement with my peers at Butler thus far has been a strong one and that I understand many of the concerns that the class of 2024 carries. I am in a multitude of student organizations here at Butler and within my time here, have gotten to gain a deep understanding of the fabric of what works for students and what they most relate to. As a leader, we are taught to elevate others before ourselves. In fact, throughout my time in high school, I represented the state of Indiana as the Vice President of the Indiana Beta Club. Within that, our motto was to “Lead by Serving Others” and I see the SGA here as a continuation of that principle that I hold dear within my own life. My interests lie solely in the interests of my constituency and what they would like to see from our SGA in the near future. I am dedicated to upholding that principle in any way capable.

What is your campaign platform?

My platform rests on three principles that I have seen to better the lives of all of the people that I have had the opportunity to represent in some leadership capacity. These principles are Outreach, Service, and Sense of Community.

Outreach

Our ability to effectively and efficiently reach out a helping hand here on campus and within the surrounding community. As a senator, it is my campaign promise to promote several revisions to improve mental health and the accessibility to resources to assist with that on campus. College can be a stressful time where we are trying to find ourselves as young adults. Pair this with the current sociopolitical climate, rigors of a college workload, and adapting to changes around us and in life can become difficult. I want to work closely with resources from BuBeWell to make sure that these issues are addressed. Outreach also means involvement. I want to make sure that the student body has more knowledge on the resolutions that we pass within the Senate and are more active with reaching out to their senators to make the differences they want to see.

Service

Our ability to serve and provide for others out of goodwill and intention. I would love to work closely with sustainability efforts in the Butler Garden to see what can be done from a legislative perspective to help this area in whatever they may need to keep our Earth beautiful. I will look into how we can potentially use this knowledge to address the food desert problem that exists within greater Indianapolis (one of the nation’s largest food deserts). I also want to work closely with student organizations committed to the promotion of service efforts to make sure they get the funding and necessary materials to keep our campus and the surrounding area a great place to call home!

Community

Community is the capacity at which we can relate to one another on campus and feel a sense of belonging. Covid has hit all of us hard and our social lives even harder. I want to explore ways in which we can still foster a sense of community safely despite the trying times we are currently living through. I think this can be best-accomplished through survey analysis of what through this year did and did not work and working backward from that point to make sure the community outreach efforts of this upcoming year are showing the things that not only my constituency wants to see, but the vast majority of Butler students as a whole want to see. The implementation of these three principles is what I offer and promise as a candidate to my constituency.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I am very well-accustomed to the world of democratic representation. Throughout high school, I campaigned in front of roughly 1,000 students to represent Indiana as Vice-President of Indiana Beta Club (a philanthropic leadership group). I went on to campaign in front of roughly 17,000 students at the National Beta Convention. Within this experience, I also got to tour our capital and advocate for teacher’s wages in public education with our Senators from Indiana. I was the president for two years of my school’s Beta Club and was able to get grants to help our club afford to go to our state convention (including speaking in front of the district school board). I was nominated for a D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) Good Citizen Award within my class for exemplifying strong leadership and philanthropic tendencies almost unanimously by my class. I was president my senior year over my school’s National Honor Society and worked on a “Canstruction” team that sent canned foods to the Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I led two initiatives to support veterans while in high school one of which raised over $2,000, and worked as a private tutor for free within my area for students that needed assistance in their classes. Through all of this, I learned the value of service and I gained vastly important knowledge in how to effectively communicate to bring a group together and accomplish large tasks set before us. All of this I feel will make me a phenomenal senator for the Class of 2024!

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

I reference this within my campaign platform, however, one area I see where our campus has room to grow is within the sense of community and mental health resources on campus. Throughout the entirety of the Covid Pandemic, I have seen articles in the Collegian about students feeling worn down by the long semesters and have heard comments in private about the lack of social interaction that students are feeling all around campus. This is greatly concerning to me and I empathize with all students at Butler in regards to this and within my constituency which fell into this issue as the “norm” here on campus. It is hard to have a sense of community without social interaction and the toll this takes on mental health as well I think we can all agree is drastic. I hope to work alongside fellow members of the SGA and faculty in BuBeWell to gain wider access to mental health resources, such as counseling, for students and to see what community outreach efforts we had this year that were successful to try and reimplement similar things coming into the 2021-2022 school year.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

My main strength is charisma. I am likable and easy to talk to which drives a lot of friendships and professional relationships with people that I have here at Butler. This allows great interpersonal relationships which give me the insight to know what my constituency is seeking a candidate to accomplish. People find me very easy to trust and confide in and know that my promises are kept to the best degree that I can keep them. Among my other strengths, I am very organized, I communicate in a timely and well-articulated manner, and I am highly adaptive to changing situations. Above all else, I put the group before my sense of self one hundred percent of the time. I have leadership experience, I know how to organize groups of people, and I know that I have a good sense of how to go about solving a complex problem because I have had to in a multitude of scenarios throughout my time serving in a leadership capacity.

Elijah Heslop

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I believe that the sophomore class is a large collection of unique individuals. I have a calling to represent this diverse group of people in our overall Student Government. As someone who did not run at the beginning of my freshman year, I feel a lack of true representation in the senate. Instead of being a voice for my peers, I want to bring their ideas to the table. Since August, I have met so many unique individuals who lack representation. The Butler Sophomore class will want someone who will provide for their needs. I believe I fit these needs.

What is your campaign platform?

The biggest thing that needs changed around campus is student voice. When it comes to the BU Be Well weekend, MANY of my peers have expressed that Butler failed them and failed their mental health. This is alarming. When compared to other universities, Butler’s actions do not align with what many students need. Students want to feel like Butler is hearing their opinions and beyond that, taking them into consideration. The BU Be Well Weekend introduces my second point. Many of my peers feel like Butler has shown a lack of care about the overall health of their students, both mental and physical. The attempt at creating a BU Be Well weekend failed many students. So many students are spending the weekend finishing assignments that are due. With a lack of mental health days built in throughout the semester, similar to that of IU, students felt that this weekend just allowed Butler to use our mental health as a PR stunt, and not show genuine concern for the students. Finally, the food here at Butler has a lot of work to be done. The options which are offered at both dining halls do not adequately serve to the health of the students. This past week, at the Residential College, the main item every day was fried. While students do like these items, they do not provide the nutrition students need. Most items lack flavor, are undercooked, or overcooked. Students are irate about the quality of food. I want to help continue to hold Bon Appetite and Butler to higher standards in providing for my peers and I.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Prior to college, I was involved in a wide variety of leadership roles. While in high school I served as the President of my school’s National FFA Organization Chapter. During my time in this organization I represented my school at several district, state, and national events. I was elected to serve as the district vice-president for the 2019-2020 school year. While holding these positions we were struck with the global pandemic. I learned how to lead through a global pandemic, which I can use as we continue to navigate our time at Butler University. Aside from FFA, I was a co-chair for my county’s Dance Marathon. Being chosen as a chair meant I was identified as a strong leader within the planning committee. I was in charge of planning the whole dance, along with 3 other student chairs. We worked with each planning committee and the staff of the Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter, whom the Dance Marathon benefited. Finally, one of my most important leadership roles was being elected the president of my senior class. Being identified as the person to represent my class was the highest honor. My class saw me as a strong leader and an even stronger listener. I am certain that I can use all of these skills to serve my class. Being the president of my school’s FFA chapter, I was the first member of the LGBTQIA+ Community to serve in this role. Being apart of any minority group teaches skills that are difficult to learn, but important to have. I can use these skills throughout my time that I sit on the SGA Senate to better serve my classmates.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

As mentioned in my campaign platform, I want to continue to grow the connection between the overall students, their senators, and the university faculty. I want to create a streamlined process for students to contact me as their senator. I want to make efforts to reach out to everyone who I represent and find out what else my peers care about deeply. Often the outgoing students make many of their opinions with the University heard, but I want to make sure that the students who are more reserved and introverted are heard as well. When it comes to the overall mental health of students, I want to work with the many facilities on campus and hear what the students expect. Together I want to work with the students needs and make them met.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

I hate seeing an unfamiliar face. My ability to socialize and create connections among the most unlikely of pairs is one of my biggest strengths. At the beginning of the semester every person I saw I greeted with, “Hey! Are you a first year? What’s your major? ResCo or Irvington?” I love to meet new people and create connections. Through this I made some of my closest friends and met a diverse, wide selection of the rising sophomore class. I am a lifelong learner and a lifelong listener. As a representative, both of these skills will be important. I should always be willing to learn to and listen to the rising sophomore class. As mentioned earlier, I will always represent someone who is deeply passionate about a topic. I will listen and make sure that they felt acknowledged and valued. I will cite their passion and testimony to my fellow senators, providing an outlet for their voice. I will learn from the diversity I represent and listen.

Savanna Simpson

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I am extremely interested in running for the Senate for a multitude of reasons. I overall aim to be a person that students in my community can contact me to raise concerns and trust that they will be taken care of. I hope to be the person that helps students solve issues to ensure that their experiences while on this campus are seamless. I plan to build upon Butler’s rising inclusion and diversity programs to make them stronger and larger than they currently sit at. Inclusion is an extremely important topic to me. I hope to be able to use this position as a platform to shed new light onto this matter. In general I want to be the person that students are not afraid to knock on my door and talk to me about what needs to change around the community. If elected, I will make it my mission to ensure students that work will get done.

What is your campaign platform?

As we are all well aware, the need for diversion and inclusion on Butler’s campus is a bigger issue now more than ever. I wholeheartedly believe that differences make a team stronger. Throughout my experiences at Butler thus far, I have developed an extreme drive to bring all people together as one while looking past our many differences. I would love to be your sophomore class senator to take a more in-depth look at diversity and inclusion on our campus to promote the betterment of our campus wellbeing.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Throughout my years in high school and college, I held many positions that would help me in the new position of Senate. First, I was the president of my school’s chapter of Business Professionals of America. As president, I led meetings, and helped students study and choose their events. I was our chapters student host which I helped twenty high schoolers navigate around the city of Indy and through their busy week of business events. BPA has helped me become an extremely organized leader in which I plan to use these skills on the SGA Senate. Another position I held in high school was the president of 4-H. In this position, I led all meetings, and taught clinics to the whole county, and organized fundraisers and events for my chapter. I hope to transfer these skills to the Senate to help with the planning of events, fundraisers, and advertising. Arguably the most important part of high school, I was the head chair of the prom committee. I spent my final two years of high school planning, building, buying, and making prom become a perfect night for my high school peers. I learned many skills from this position in which I plan to use sitting in the Senate. I better understand time limits and budgets which I will make sure the Senate makes the financially smarter option. I will remember that people are counting on me and I will try my hardest not to let them down and meet my time limits. Through many more past positions, I believe my skills will help me fulfill my Senate responsibilities.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

Throughout the many stressful and memorable events which have taken place in the past year, many of my peers have voiced their thoughts on the involvement and communication from our university’s administration. Many situations such as the Irvington lockdown left students feeling anxious and scared from the lack of communication done by the university staff. I stand to bridge the gap between university faculty and Butler University students to make sure there are no blurred lines of communication. I will work with administration to make sure all information is clarified and to students in a timely manner.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

Leader, Listener, Driven, Organized, Financially Competent

Junior Year Class

Reagan Markland

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I am interested in running for Senate so that I can exhibit service leadership and advocate for my constituents. In my two years at Butler, I have held various leadership roles and I am eager to challenge myself and utilize the skills I developed. I have a servant’s heart and enjoy helping others. Taking on a leadership role is not something I take lightly. I recognize the importance of a leader being 110% invested in what they are doing. I am confident in my ability to listen and to fight for people’s best interests and rights. I am eager to seek out situations that challenge me and allow me to challenge my peers. Therefore, running for Senate is a natural fit. As the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 senator for the Class of 2023, I enjoyed meeting a variety of my peers across organizations and colleges. I am excited to run for this position again in order to continue serving these students. After having our first year of college cut short and our second year abnormal, I hope to create a variety of opportunities for involvement that are unique to our class and make up for the lost time. Serving my peers has been an incredible experience over the two years, and I am excited for the opportunity to continue to do so if I am reelected.

What is your campaign platform?

I have a variety of changes, goals and initiatives that I am looking forward to working on and implementing over the next term.

Firstly, I want to make sure that events are engaging to our class. While Junior year is often a busy one, I want to facilitate outreach that continues to engage our grade and promote change at the university.

Secondly, I am excited to continue to work on restructuring SGA to better serve students. Specifically, I have spent time working on a shared governance structure. I will outline the details of this structure later on, but I am thrilled to see how implementing this type of structure into SGA and Butler University will better serve students and create more opportunities for student advocacy.

Thirdly, in such a difficult year, I have noticed a major need for increased mental health resources at the university. In the next year, I intend on investing time to surveying constituents to see what resources they feel are lacking and using this information to create change at Butler. Specifically, I hope to create initiatives that will support our current resources financially and verbally, while also creating a platform for new resources that will better serve both our class and all students.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Since arriving at Butler, I have had a variety of experiences that have prepared me to best fulfill my role as a senator. As the 2019-2020 senator for the Class of 2023 I successfully co-hosted a Cookies and Questions event, as well as a Coloring Page and Cookies event during finals week. Both of these events were successful in engaging with my constituents. Furthermore, during my term in office, I was able to improve my understanding of parliamentary procedure and communication, two essential parts of serving in the senate. This year, I have made outreach with my constituents my number one priority. I have made announcements in classes, met with individuals, met with organization leaders, and made my contact information available to organizations to reach me. In the past, I have run on the idea that “your voice is my vision” and this is a sentiment that has been at the core of my most recent term. I am excited to host a town hall event in the coming event that will continue to reach constituents and improve advocacy. Additionally, as the Volunteer Projects Coordinator for the Butler University Volunteer Center, I currently work to create a variety of volunteer opportunities for Butler students. Due to COVID, I am gaining a lot of experience with what these programs can look like while on an online platform. This will prove extremely helpful when planning programming for the Class of 2023. Furthermore, as the Vice President of BIGS Venture Philanthropy, I played an important role in helping to plan and organize Fashion For The WISER. This was our biggest fundraising event yet and was complete with a fashion show, boutique booths, a silent auction, and concessions. Specifically, I organized the full silent auction which raised over $1,000. This position helped me to grow my skills in community outreach and working with professionals both within and outside of the Butler community. These skills will prove useful while I plan opportunities to engage the class of 2023. I am excited for the opportunity to serve in the SGA Senate again.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

One of the biggest areas of growth I see for our campus is in student advocacy. Often times, I have noticed a disconnect between the wants and needs of students, and both the University and SGA’s approach. Over the last semester, I have worked on beginning the process of a shared governance structure. This structure would not only give students a voice on important University initiatives, but a vote as well. This is a long-term project that I am excited to continue if given the opportunity to serve another term as the Class of 2023 Senator. A structure like this is the epitome of student advocacy; Senators would sit on a specific “board” in addition to their service to SGA. These boards may oversee athletic decisions, residential life decisions, mental health resources and more. It provides Senators with the ability to advocate for their constituents directly with the university.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

I have a variety of strengths that I believe will best serve the Class of 2023. Teamwork is essential to best fulfill the mission of SGA and I am looking forward to the opportunity to constructively discuss with other SGA members. The truth is that the nature of representing a group of people entails inherent conflict as constituencies sometimes have contrasting interests. I am excited to have respectful discussions to resolve creative conflict in a manner that best meets the needs of all groups involved. I am willing to put in extra time and effort in order to collaborate with SGA members and develop optimal solutions to any conflict that arises. I am a strong believer that no job is below a leader and that when working as a member of a team it is essential that everyone has this mindset and is willing to get their hands dirty for the better of the team as a whole. Although I would be representing one group of students at Butler University, my decisions affect the student body as a whole. I am equipped and eager to take on the challenge of finding compromise and solutions that reflect the needs of Butler University students. Having served two terms as the Class of 2023 Senator, I posses the understanding, drive and passion needed to be a catalyst for change on our campus.

Alex Stencel

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I have always been the kind of person who is interested in civic engagement and my major in political science has always kept me involved in the idea of elections and politics. My main goal is to represent more students and allow them the chance to hear what I have to say and also what they have to say. I want to run so that I can continue my 2 years of SGA senate involvement into a third year. I hope to be someone that people can vote for based on my past and what I offer for the future.

What is your campaign platform?

I want campus to be more interconnected. I know that after Sophomore year, juniors and seniors start to lose that connection they once had to campus and through outreach and encouragement of SGA events I want to change that. I also want to do more to make juniors feel less distanced and more welcome by doing events in AV or south campus so they do not feel like distance inhibits their ability to reach out on these issues that are important to them. I do not want to run on a campaign of promises I know I can not keep like so many do so I will promise to try my best. My main goal is to hear people out and see what they want changed. SGA is a body for the students so their issues should be addressed to SGA directly. If they want something fixed or changed I want people to know they can come to me.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I served 2 years of SGA senate as a residence hall senator for both ResCo and Fairview so I know quite a bit about the ins and outs of SGA Senate. I have worked in many commissions over the years to make sure we can change Butler for the better. My time in SGA has allowed me to be very involved in the conversations but I also do not dominate them either so that everyone can be heard and have their say also. I also want people to know I am running to not to change things just to change things. Instead, I am running to hear others out and hear what they have to say which I hope would add some qualification to my resume. I am deeply involved in SGA and have spent countless hours a week doing work in and off the scheduled meeting times to make sure I have that research ready before we meet.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

A key area I see for growth would probably be engagement SGA has to the people they represent. Obviously, due to COVID-19 this year, we have had a hard time trying to meet people when you can not have much engagement but next year that will hopefully change. Meeting with the junior class will be imperative to hear out their issues and I want to make sure more voices are heard next year. I am a person that wants everyone to speak and because of this I want to do more outreach and more events that appeal to all classes of students so that everyone can get involved. I want to finally make sure people are more aware of SGA events so they can attend them and get the most information possible on it.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

As I said before, my best strengths are that I know when to speak but I also know when to listen. My ability to have that SGA experience the past 2 years also adds some credibility to my resume and will allow me to jump right in without having to try and understand the process of senate again. I hope to run as a candidate people can trust with their issues and I will make it my goal to be as involved as possible next year. Finally my last strength is my ability to interact and not be fearful in a conversation.

Sam Zechiel

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I am interested in running for Senate because I really enjoy being involved in student government. I have already been in Senate for two years, and I am excited about the opportunity to serve for another year. I plan on being involved in state or federal government at some point in my future career, so Senate is a great experience for me. I have run for residence hall constituencies the past two years, but I am looking to change it up this year. I would like to run for the junior class (’23) so that I can have a larger constituency and a broader impact on campus.

What is your campaign platform?

My campaign platform this year is going to focus on mental health resources on campus. At this time, Butler is not doing nearly enough to support students’ mental health. The counseling and consultation services office on campus is understaffed and academic faculty are not adequately trained to handle mental health concerns. I would like to increase the staff at CCS and require all academic faculty to complete a mental health training. I think that these goals should be adopted by SGA as a whole. SGA is designed to promote the interests of students, which cannot be done without an increased focus on mental health.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I have already been in Senate for two years. This experience means that I know how the body functions and I understand my responsibilities as a senator. I have gradually become more engaged throughout my time in Senate, which has allowed me to develop confidence in my abilities. I know how to write resolutions and I am comfortable speaking out in meetings. I was also involved in student government throughout high school and served in many different leadership roles. These experiences helped me to learn how to balance academic and extracurricular responsibilities.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

Our campus can grow by consciously making an effort to be more inclusive. It may not always be obvious, but there is a lot of discrimination and stereotyping on campus. The Diversity Center is amazing, but it can only do so much without the widespread support of students. Every student on campus, not just SGA members, must be committed to creating a positive environment for everyone. As a senator, I can help to implement this change by working with diverse members of my constituency and doing my best to represent their interests in SGA. It is important to make sure that I am speaking for both the majority and minority groups in my constituency.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

I am very outspoken and committed to equality and fairness. I pride myself on being an advocate for underrepresented and oppressed individuals. I am extremely passionate about government and I love being actively engaged in Senate meetings. I am an inherently social person and I am very extroverted. I love talking to people and making new friends. I am also involved in a handful of other organizations on campus, so I am exposed to many different student perspectives.

Senior Year Class

Alex Colbert

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I want to make sure the views of my fellow seniors are heard during the school year. Senior year should be a time to look forward to the future, not worry about inconsequential school events. I will make sure that seniors can focus on what’s really important. As a fellow rising senior I understand and want to deal with these issues because I know I have the abilities to do so.

What is your campaign platform?

I will make sure student concerns are heard by the administration. People are tired of the lack of communication and transparency seen from the administration in their decisions. By working with SGA I will have the opportunity to make the requests for change known and actively work to get your voice heard. During SGA meetings I will work to bring up issues of my constituents. I understand that I can not experience every problem people are having. I will be flexible and understanding about the broad range of issues people can have with the university. This will ensure that the senior body is heard and problems are addressed. Students are feeling slighted by Butler and I will work to make sure those issues are addressed.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

On top of this past year being a senator and serving on the appropriations committee I also have numerous experience in the past. I have been vigilant in fulfilling any responsibilities over the past year. My main experience comes from my schoolwork and jobs over the past several years. Looking at both shows I have a hard-working attitude. I recognize when something isn’t working and adapt to become better suited for a situation. During my freshman year at University of San Diego I served on the board of my residence hall as a general member. Through that I learned how to work with not only other students, but faculty as well. In addition the improvements to my GPA from University of San Diego show how I am open to looking at new methods if old ones aren’t working. Hard-work only goes so far. Working with my other RBE members taught me the importance of communication and also prepared me for working in a team environment. These experiences will help me not only work together efficiently, but also prepare me for any problems that arise. My experience prepares me for a broad area of problems that help me adapt to situations.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

The biggest change Butler needs to make is taking more input from students. I know I am not alone when I say there are times when I am extremely frustrated with some of the decisions Butler has made in the past several years. Several of those decisions feel like there has been zero consideration from students. If a college is focused on making a campus that makes students feel welcome, it should at the very least take input form them. I would implement this change by working with people in higher positions of the SGA and by also contacting administrative members of Butler. This would at the very least make known the issues students have with the university.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

After working in the senate for the past year I have the necessary skills to fulfill the needs of this position. I consider myself open-thinking and open to new ways. Being flexible in finding the best solutions is important to ensuring that all options are considered, not just the ones I like. Like mentioned in other questions, I consider myself a hard worker. I have not missed a senate meeting and accomplish any task given to me. I might not participate the most, but I am listening and taking all of the information in.

College of Communication

Caroline Wenokur

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I am interested in running for Senate because I am very passionate about the college of communication and would be honored to represent it in a bigger sense. I want to be an active part of change on campus and be able to see firsthand what amazing things one group of people can do. I want to be seen as someone that people can express their concerns to and have confidence that I will respond to them. I would like the opportunity to be able to work with people from each college and gain new perspectives on what is happening around campus. I became interested in Senate because I saw it as a chance to share and bounce ideas on how to change campus for the better!

What is your campaign platform?

I would like to try and encourage more sustainable practices on campus and throughout our community and use those practices as a way of bringing students closer together, similar to what we are doing in light of March Madness. Campus clean-ups, flower planting events, recycling drives, would all be great ways to foster this idea. Going off of that, I want to grow relationships throughout campus and have Butler’s student body become a more tightly knit community. We will achieve this through education and appreciation of diversity, and holding events (COVID friendly) that will open our minds to all of the different communities that Butler holds, like different religious communities, different racial communities, and even different majors. Not only would I like to strengthen the relationship between Butler students, but I want to improve our relationship with our community around us. During move-out at the end of the second semester, we could hold donation collections for things we want to give back to our community. We could offer campus spaces for community use, or we could host seminars and workshops that benefit communities around us that are less fortunate. Essentially, my goals for SGA are to build relationships with each other, our community, and our environment to create a more positive experience for everyone

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I have had leadership experiences in the past that I believe have prepared me well for a role in SGA Senate. I was the president of my high school French club, which involved me creating ideas and listening to other’s ideas for fun and educational meetings about French culture. Also for that same club, I helped organize many fundraisers to raise money for Francophone communities in need. This job helped me learn how to bounce ideas off of others and listen to what our whole club wanted to do. Secondly, I was the captain of my varsity lacrosse team in high school. With this role, I listened to concerns that my fellow teammates had about lacrosse, and school in general. I created and led exercises and drills, and took feedback on what my teammates liked and didn’t like, and took their opinions into account when revising certain activities. I was also the first chair violinist for a small chamber orchestra group for two summers, which included leading small group rehearsals and communicating with the director what our concerns for the music were. I was able to survey my section on what we felt like we were doing well and what we needed improvements on, and I based our rehearsals on that feedback. Finally, I work at two customer service jobs, where I am constantly taking feedback from customers and communicating that to my bosses. I have been able to help implement changes based on consumer reviews and improve the companies product. I have also listened to negative feedback, and been able to problem-solve to mitigate the situation with a solution that leaves everyone happy. I anticipate these skills could greatly help fulfill senate responsibilities because I can listen to comments and concerns and use them to promote improvement. I am an excellent communicator and am always open to new ideas and suggestions, especially when they are regarding something I value so highly such as Butler.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

I absolutely see room for growth with the University’s communication skills. I think they are doing well now, but there are some ways Butler communicates with us that just don’t seem to appeal to students. I think to change this, we could suggest having a group of students work with Butler’s communications team to add a fresh perspective to their product. Not only will this help the University’s communications department have a better idea of their audience’s needs, but this will allow communications students (or anyone, for that matter) to get real-life experience working with PR, Marketing, Advertising, and other fields.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

I see myself as a problem-solver. If an issue is presented to me, I will try my hardest to approach it in a way that is fair and will benefit each party involved, which is also why I consider myself a people pleaser. I am a huge advocate for equality and justice, and I never want to carry out actions that are unfair to anyone; this means that I want the best for everyone, and I will prove that through my ideas for improving Butler’s campus life. I could also describe myself as firm when I hold my ground. When I have or hear an idea that I believe in, I will fight hard for it to become a reality. I have very good people skills, and I am always willing to listen to other’s ideas. I am also very open-minded and accepting. I welcome and respect all opinions, and I think that trait specifically will be beneficial to a position in SGA Senate.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Claire Athanas

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

Being a part of The Butler University Student Government Association is important to me because it gives me the ability to be a part of a bigger community in which I can reach more people. This position would give me the opportunity to collaborate on a vision to further the Butler community’s efficiency, inclusivity, and student faculty relationship. One of Butler’s best qualities is its amazing faculty. As a part of the senate, I would have the pleasure of working close with the faculty on bettering lives of students and faculty alike. Butler University’s Senate also has a strong role in conflict resolution among all students. The ability to help solve any concern of a Butler student would be fulfilling to me because I believe it’s important to give back to a community that has done so much to guide me to success.

What is your campaign platform?

  • increase student-faculty opportunities
  • updated campus study areas-increase DEI events
  • increase communication and transparency of SGAs work
  • increased method of communication between constituents and SGA

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Throughout my high school career many experiences have shaped me to excel as a Butler senator. One outstanding experience that has shaped me was three years of varsity Public Forum style debate. Not only did the this help me with my composition, public speaking, critical thinking, and time management, but it helped me learn how to advocate for myself as a minority. I was the only girl in my competitive unit of the team. As the only girl in a group of 16 was difficult at first, but I quickly learned how to represent myself so my voice was heard. In another manner, to me, the skill of critically thinking was most valuable asset acquired from the debate team. Being able to fully understand all aspects of an issue and argue for either side based on the flip of a coin really opened my mind to the importance of considering every opinion available. Another experience that greatly influenced me was being a president of my school’s HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). Here, I was able to work closely with our faculty sponsor to ensure the needs of both the school’s administration and students were met. This experience also helped me make thoughtful decisions for over 100 students which ultimately lead many members of our team, including myself, to qualify for nationals. Lastly, my job as a Director of First Impressions at Keller Williams Success Realty taught me many skills of professionalism that I find myself using everyday. While being in the office I composed emails, processed earnest money, and handled the phones. Skills from this job, my position in HOSA, and the debate team shaped me into a versatile candidate ready to tackle any challenge given in the senate.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

One of my passions for growth on our campus is the growth of strengthening the bond between students and faculty. This is one of the biggest factors that drew me to Butler. The professors want to get to know they’re students and with this position I would have the tools to facilitate this by putting on events to bring them together. Another passion of mine is DEI.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

  • communication
  • organization
  • social media management
  • professionalism
  • time management

Ashley LaMonto

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I am interested in running for COPHS senator because I love to hear my peers concerns and to be that person that can help resolve issues one may have or to listen to new ideas on how we an improve the COPHS building for example. Being in such a difficult major it is important to be able to plan little events that can help students relax and take a break from school and reward them for their hard work. I love to help people when they need it and if I can listen to my peers and do something to help them out then I will. I have previously been the COPHS senator before and I loved doing out reach to get feedback from the students on what we are doing well/what we can improve.

What is your campaign platform?

Some of my goals would be to help improve studying spaces on campus, and specifically in COPHS, so that students can safely study together while maintaining social distance. Another goal of mine would be to improve/hold an event where students and faculty can interact and get to know one another a little better outside of the classroom setting. Butler is a very diverse campus so holding more diversity events for the students would be another goal I would like to achieve.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

Some of my qualifications include being one of the 2020-2021 COPHS senators, being a co-committee chair for my pharmacy fraternity, Phi Delta Chi, and being the Class of 2024 Secretary-Treasurer. With these roles I have gained a lot of leadership experience, and know how to work well on a team, especially since I will be working along side another COPHS senator it is important to be able to communicate with one another and respect each others thoughts and ideas, and to work together as a team to better the students experience on campus. I am pretty involved on campus and know many of my peers, so I would feel very comfortable listening and approaching them on what improvements they would like to see. As a senator I have created several surveys to get students feedback on, and have worked on projects to better the students experience and to see how they are doing and what I can do to help. Having already been a senator I feel very comfortable doing activities like these to reach out to the student body.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

One place that I see as a place for improvement on campus is improving faculty and student relationships by holding events to help students not only meet faculty but their peers too. I also think it is important to hold more DEI events so that all students feel represented and welcomed on campus. School is stressful so I would also like to check on COPHS students mental health through out the semester and what changes I can implement to help the students out.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

  • Great at working in teams and with others to work on a common goal
  • I am able to actively listening and being open to what others have to say
  • I have held leadership positions before
  • I am very organized, able to effectively communicate, and have good time management skills which this position needs
  • I care about all student concerns and love to problem solve and be a friend for anyone that needs it

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Aidan Kohnke

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

The reason I am running for re-election to our SGA Senate is to fulfill the purposes and missions of the senate. Recently, our senate has fallen behind in its promotion of inclusion of different groups on campus. In the first semester of this year’s senate, we were approached by Jewish students who were concerned by a seemingly rise in antisemitism. I and several other members of our senate worked tirelessly to help support the Jewish community on campus, and in the end, things turned out alright. While there was no definite victory for the Jewish community on campus, I feel that accountability towards antisemitic actions has increased. My experience in this matter showed a true issue on our campus. The comfort and safety of others is at times lacking. As a senate, all senators should be entirely focused on representing each voice in their constituency, regardless of which ones voted for them. My goal as your College of Liberal Arts and Sciences senator is to further accountability of both the SGA Senate and organizations on campus and to protect those who don’t have the ability to protect themselves. As senators, we must hear every voice, and as your senator, I play to do nothing but that. In addition, my strong connections and ability to work with the other members of the senate allows me to fulfill my duties as your senator. I want to work for all of you. And if re-elected, I will work for you. All of you.

What is your campaign platform?

My campaign platform consists of three main focuses: safety, accountability, and outreach. My main concerns as my time as an SGA Senator have been centered around improving the safety of our campus. Through my installation of flashing lights on crosswalks around campus to my inquiries on improving the verbiage of our Timely Warning emails, I have shown my dedication to safety and support of our campus. I addition to my work improving our campus, I have sponsored several pieces of legislation that have improved our campus and fought for what was best for our campus. My next concern is about improving the accountability of organizations and other senators. Through my strong connection with our next Speaker of the Senate, I will ensure that each of your senators answers to you and voices your opinions on the senate floor. Too often, senators go unaccounted for simply because members of our student body don’t know who they are. My goal is to change that. The student body shouldn’t need to reach out to their senators in order to receive answers or help. It should be entirely the other way around. Senators should answer to their constituents, and reach out to them to hear their concerns in due time. In addition to this, given the recent rise in antisemitism around our country and the world, I will work for the Jewish community at Butler and will hold those who are anti-Semitic responsible for their actions. Antisemitism on college campuses is also a very large concern. At the University of California-Los Angeles, the Student Government Association passed anti-Semitic legislation. However, this type of rhetoric is very common on college campuses. I am determined to defend groups like the Jewish community on our own campus, in order to prevent such atrocious actions from happening here. I will dedicate this type of ferocity to any group of students on campus, as it is only right to do so. My final concern is that our campus fails to do enough outreach in the local community. We as a community are very lucky to have the funds to do our daily activities, with plenty left over. However, many members of the local Indianapolis population do not. It is evident that even the local neighborhood surrounding our beautiful campus struggles to live like many in our student body do. So what have we as a community done to uplift those surrounding us? Not enough. We as a campus should strive for greatness, in honor of those who live an unfortunately less glamorous lifestyle as us. My goal as your senator is to work with members in our senate and in our student body to lift the burdens of life for those in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood and expand that outreach to the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area. We as Dawgs can do better, and I intend to push us to do so. This is why you should vote for me as your College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senator.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I have been privileged with the opportunity to acquire the best experience possible: being a member of the SGA Senate. As I look towards my re-election, I look back on my time as a senator for Residential College with great pleasure in the work that I have been able to accomplish. Because of my time as an SGA Senator, I am aware of the requirements and processes of completing work around campus. I am well equipped with these skills and will be able to immediately begin advocation for my goals as a senator, rather than needing time to adjust like someone previously unaffiliated with SGA might be. As an SGA Senator, I have had the opportunity to serve on the University Life Commission. In this commission, I work with other senators to improve our campus, whether that be improving the safety of our campus or simply adding to the enjoyment of campus life. One fun thing I have been working on recently is installing a volleyball court so that the student body has another way of living a fun, yet active lifestyle. And, as I’ve already stated previously, my work on installing flashing lights at our crosswalks is something I say with great pride. I am beyond excited to see how they turn out once they are finished, and am certain that my work to do so will vastly improve the safety of our campus. In addition to this, I operate a soccer league in my hometown of Milwaukee. While many may be wondering how that helps my abilities as an SGA Senator, I can honestly say that it does. As the president of the league, I have learned to successfully listen to criticism and concerns, and eliminate those concerns the best way I can. I am used to answering to others who need my help, and my time as both a senator and president of a soccer league has taught me well. I will be able to answer to you and any of your concerns. These two experiences alone give me much more ability to fulfill my duties than any other candidate has. Thus, I am your best candidate, and your vote for me would not go wasted.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

As I have stated in my previous answers, I have many concerns and areas I have identified as places for growth on our campus. However, there is one that stands out much clearer than the others. While campuses grow more and more accepting of those who live different lifestyles than their so-called “majorities,” there is also an uptick in antisemitism. This is happening all over the world and is a great shame. Last semester, a well-intended event on safe and peaceful protesting and boycotting was tainted when anti-Semitic verbiage and portrayal were presented in the event. The Jewish community was enraged and had no one to voice their concerns. So, I took up the cause along with several other members of the senate and fought for them. Fortunately, the situation did get better, albeit not perfect, and the situation was solved. This event has instilled great determination in me as a person to fight for those who need fighting, no matter what identities they uphold. It does not matter if you look different, sound different, act different, or are different. You are you, and I will fight for you. Our inclusion as a community, despite a great presence of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on our campus, is at times lacking. I intend to change this once re-elected.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

My strengths are not just beneficial to this position, but instead beneficial to the university as a whole. My willingness to fight for the vulnerable is something that unfortunately not everyone holds, and is something that I pride myself in. In addition to this, I am also a culturally inclusive individual, which boosts my abilities to fight for those who live differently than me. One moment I think about often and even as I write this is my experience at Hillel. For those who don’t know, Hillel is our Jewish organization at Butler, and Shabbat is the day of rest, often celebrated with a Friday night service. I was invited to a Shabbat ceremony on Halloween Eve, and will not forget it. While I did not understand a lick of the Hebrew being spoken, the ability to be with others in such an important moment for their culture was an experience that you cannot get without being there in the moment. This single experience has pushed me to better myself as an individual by learning about even more cultures. My open-mindedness and willingness to learn will suit me well as your SGA Senator.

Jake Overman

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I am interested in representing the students of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences because I want to strive to make their college experience better. As a student pursuing a major and minor in the college, I have deep ties to the students, faculty, and professors within the college. These relationships push me to work on their behalf to make sure their voices are being heard as well as actions are being taken that will have a positive lasting effect on them as well as the college.

What is your campaign platform?

Going to college during a pandemic poses a lot of challenges for everyone. I think a great way to work though is to implement more robust connections. In my experience, we as Senators, can accomplish more and achieve more meaningful outcomes when working directly with and for our constituents. I want to set out to accomplish this by making sure all students know their Senators and who they can reach out to for any suggestions or concerns they may have. It is unquantifiable how much of an impact maintaining consistent communication between constituents and representatives will have. I also want to make sure that all students know what SGA is, how it operates, and how it can benefit them. It is apparent now that there is a disconnect between SGA and some populations of students. If the vast majority of students understand SGA and the processes involved, it will allow the governing body to make better decisions and put on events that students want to see. This will also aid in my goal of increasing communication between SGA Senators and constituents. When students exhibit a better understanding of SGA, they are more likely to reach out with ideas, thus allowing SGA to better represent students.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I think my time served on the Academic Affairs Commission will prove beneficial in the coming year. I have gotten the opportunity to develop relationships with Deans in a few different colleges. I have sat in meetings with them so that they are able to see that we, as student Senators, are a resource available to them. Reaching out to them has not gone unnoticed. As a LAS Senator, I have developed a great relationship with Dean Howard. My fellow Senator and I are in continual contact with him and receive emails from him on a weekly basis. He has even reached out and asked us to help in ways outside of SGA. I also think that the drive I possess for educating others about new topics or ideas will help me greatly. This trait will prove valuable when explaining how SGA works to those outside of SGA as we strive to get the campus more involved. It will be much easier for SGA to work on meaningful projects when a greater number of students are knowledgeable about the body and how it can help them.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

I think that there is room for improvement in the mental health projects and initiatives SGA is putting on. I believe that it will be very important that we continue to expand on the already well-established events, as well as communicate and promote them further. In a recent survey sent to LAS students, a frightening number stated that they never know what is happening in SGA or what events are being put on by SGA. I have seen the amount of time and effort our organization puts into making sure these events are well put together and will be meaningful to the students. This time commitment furthers the need for communication surrounding the event to get out to more students to make sure it has the biggest possible impact on our campus community. I will work to accomplish this through maintaining and building strong ties with the LAS Dean. This will allow for access to means of mass communication. I will also share my experiences and encourage other Senators to do the same, so that their constituents are better kept in the loop regarding these events.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

I believe the hard work and dedication I have shown in my first year of serving in Senate is very important and will be something that I will strive to not only uphold but surpass. I also think that I have a unique ability to contact and connect with a wide array of people. This will help me in my decision making as well as the resolutions that I propose. It will also help the Senate as a whole, as it is our duty to represent the students. As a student pursuing a major and a minor that are very different from each other in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, it has allowed me to form relationships across a wide array of not only students in LAS, but also faulty and staff. This has allowed me to see the different desires that students across LAS have and the initiatives that they want to see. Given that LAS is the largest college at Butler, there is not one idea or a consensus that the students have. Working across different curriculums in LAS will allow me to better understand what the students want to see.

Lacy School of Business

Alyssa Furry

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

I am interested in running for a senate seat because I have found a passion for bettering the Butler Campus. Being on campus before and during COVID has really shown me how as a community we need to band together and create the most out of a terrible situation while remaining safe and doing an effective job. I am running as the Lacy School of Business Senator because that is where I spend the majority of my time. I am very passionate about my education as I know my fellow students are within the program. This is a driving factor for me and I am hoping to be able to voice the concerns of my constituency and reach some overall goals for the students within the Lacy School of Business. Being a senator will be an honor but with that honor comes great responsibility, that I will take with the utmost integrity and respect.

What is your campaign platform?

One of my main goals for the Student Government Association as a whole includes better communication within the organization. As COVID has taken away some of our abilities to be together that should never change our ability to communicate. If elected I will be sure to not only express effective communication between myself and my constituents but between the branch leaders and the administration. I believe that the idea of implementing change is an ongoing process. With new students coming to campus and professors and administrators ever changing, selecting one thing to change is so difficult. I think the biggest goal I have for myself and my role as a Senator would be to continuously reach out to my constituency and take in recommendations to what they would like to see changed on campus or in the Lacy School of Business. Another approach that I would be adamant in taking is researching and speaking with constituents about possible changes in the future. Obviously predicting what will need to be done in the future is very hard. But I feel that brainstorming these ideas with my fellow Lacy School of Business students based on the possible situations could better prepare us if such situation should arise. I am very excited about the future possibilities and being the voice of my constituents. If elected I will remain faithful to their thoughts and opinions while persistently voicing their concerns and suggestions.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I have gained a multitude of experiences before coming to Butler and while being a Butler Student. In high school I served on my Student Council for my graduating class. With that we worked together to plan our prom, graduation ceremony, senior trip and fundraised to fund the previously stated events. I also served in the National Honors Society and helped to give back to my community and school. Both of these organizations have helped me gain leadership skills and an understanding of working with others to obtain a common goal. I also was the Captain of my cheerleading team and with that came responsibility. I learned how to lead efficiently while maintaining a bond with my teammates. While at Butler I was and will continue to be a Student Orientation Guide, helping students understand their new campus and the different resources they have access to. I am also in the Delta Lambda Chapter of Delta Delta Delta and am a member of the Pi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Both of these have given me the opportunity to meet new people and widen my horizons. I am also the current Exploratory Studies Peer Mentor Student Coordinator. With this I have been able to create surveys and analyze them while taking in feedback from my peers. The experience that I believe pertains to my becoming a Senator the most is that this previous year and currently I serve as the SGA Senate Secretary. With this experience I am already aware of how a meeting is run and different topics and discussions that happen within the Senate. I also recently began helping at my own county government level with Council and Commissioner meetings. I have taken my knowledge from working as the Senate Secretary and applied it to these meetings, helping them to run smoothly and in an efficient manner. I feel that this specific experience along with my other various experiences has fully prepared me to take on the role of LSB Senator if I am elected.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

Some areas of growth on campus would first and foremost be communication. I have encountered many different situations where one person within an organization was told but another wasn’t. That is unacceptable and can be detrimental to an organization. I also believe that having more access to outdoor hangout spaces year round would be very beneficial. With COVID it has been very hard to be able to socialize with friends that are not within your specific living situation. I believe that implementing such initiatives would help with socialization on campus while maintaining a safe environment from COVID or any other virus that may pop up. One way that I can do this as a senator is by planting new trees to gain more space for hammocking. This is a large activity across campus and with more trees there will be more students participating. Also with planting new trees we will be more environmentally friendly. Another initiative that we can try to put forth is selling Butler themed hammocks and possibly creating an organization for the people who do it frequently. This idea will not only benefit the students but the university as well. That is why I think it should be something worked on.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

With many experiences comes many strengths and the ability to gain new ones. I have, over the course of many years and many different situations, gained a multitude of strengths that I believe will help with my success as a Senator. First and foremost I am very organized and meticulous. I have a knack for making sure everything is in order and grouping things together based on the organization that I feel is necessary. This will benefit not only myself but the Senate as a whole through my ability to enact organizational changes within the Senate. I am very determined and when a goal is placed in front of me I will not only achieve it but I will achieve it in a timely fashion. I am also very approachable and easy to talk to. I feel that my people skills are very important when it comes to reaching out to constituents in regards to different issues. My dedication and determination help me reach goals that could be considered difficult in achieving. I feel that through these attributes I can not only help my constituents but also the student body. Bettering the Butler community will always be my first priority as it is important to me. I am also knowledgeable on the current Senate guidelines and how the Senate works as a group under the Student Government Association. I am aware of how meetings proceed as this understanding came from my experience as the Senate Secretary.

Mark Morrison

Why are you interested in running for Senate?

By being a part of Senate, I want to make a positive impact on not only our student body, but our community. I want to effectively represent my class and what they stand for. I want them to know that their ideas are heard and respected by not only myself but the administration here at Butler. I want to hold strong relationships with all my fellow classmates and administrators.

What is your campaign platform?

Instagram and Snapchat are going to be the main campaign platforms.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified for this position? How do you anticipate these experiences helping you to best fulfill your senate responsibilities?

I have been a leader in my community and school. I’ve led many school groups and also led groups within my community (Examples: Student Board, Student Government, Peer Listening, Eagle Nation, Student Ambassador, Bible Studies, and WyldLife). I will strive to improve Butler school morale and school spirit for all. I look forward to an opportunity to support our athletic teams. I led Eagle Nation in high school which provided enthusiasm and school spirit for sporting events. I also led and organized school assemblies and pep rally’s. I naturally strive to know everyone’s story. Because I am a trustworthy person, many students have shared their concerns with me. This was particularly helpful because I was chosen to be a peer listener. When necessary, I would address student concerns and comments to the school administration. This along with my leadership skills and enthusiasm were very efficient ways to improve my high school. I am confident with my background and experiences, we can accomplish a lot of positive things here at Butler University together.

What do you see as places of growth for our campus? Suggest one way that you, as a senator, could implement this change.

I foresee our campus to have less divide, put our differences aside, and unite together as a Butler community.

List your strengths that are directly beneficial to this position.

Leadership and strong communication skills. I will be an open advocate to listen to my fellow classmate’s concerns or questions and I will do whatever it takes to get my constituency’s voices heard and create solutions!

 

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