Story by Hayleigh Syens
Elections for Student Senate Executive Board positions will take place on Monday, March 31.
Positions being voted on are student body president, vice president of student life and vice Elections for Student Senate
Executive Board positions will take place on Monday, March 31.
Positions being voted on are student body president, vice president of student life and vice president of student activities.
Candidates for student body president are Joseph Gale and Mark Reiter.
“Everything I do, I believe in making difference, and I believe in creating a better future. At Drake, I want every student to have the best college experience possible. So I’ve made a plan to do so. It’s called the Five-Star Plan. Each star represents a goal or vision to make Drake a better place. Star one is to create the first ever Senate 60. This year the senate created a list of goals that helped keep us actionable and accountable. But the problem was, these goals came from us, not you. If elected, I will create the first ever Senate 60: 60 goals, ideas, projects and initiatives that are gathered from the most important people here, the students,” Gale said.
Reiter did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this report.
Candidates for vice president of student life are Joshua Schoenblatt, Joshua Duden and Olivia O’Hea.
“I am running because I want more ideas that the students want accomplished actually accomplished and not just talked around the Senate table. I was the creator of the Dog Days of Finals and brought priects were ones attempted by senators in the past, but I was the only one to pull them off. I will take that vigor and bring it all new projects I will take on for Senate in the future. My platform is to continue taking on projects that the students want, and accomplishing them within one term. Some of those projects I am looking into are to bring to Drake are a full time dog available to be played with during school hours, and my second project I am looking into is to bring rental cars to campus,” Schoenblatt said.
“My top three priorities for the student senate include accountability, interconnectedness and continued dedication to results. These are important because senate can and should be accountable to the students. For interconnectedness, it is more than transparency, it is the willingness to reach out and include other organizations in a manner that helps them grow and develop, as well as making campus better overall. As for continued commitment to results, it is extraordinarily important to continue a commitment to tangible results to campus—a duty of senate’s above all else. If elected, I hope to continue to provide for fun activities like the puppy party, but also advocate for changes like building renovations, improved resources, cool projects like the 24 hour coffee shop that I wrote, advocated, organized,and helped pass for the senate during midterms and finals and into the future. I hope to provide additional opportunities like this in order to constantly improve and provide for the student body,” Duden said.
O’Hea did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this report.
The candidate for VP of Student Activities is Adam Graves.
Voting will take place on Monday via blueView. Voting closes at midnight.