2017 Spring Campus-Wide Elections Candidate Statements

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Student Government

Executive Alliance (1)

Blake Burley / Robert Guerra

We are running to be the next student body president and vice president of the University of Texas in order to ensure that all students on the forty acres feel safe, as though every longhorn is a valued member of the UT community, and that every voice on campus can be heard loud and clear by their student government.

We want to fix real problems for you, the real students. We plan to provide more study spaces on campus, improve your registration process, put a fall break on the calendar, rid the school of transcript fees, and bring better dining options to campus. We aim to unite students through campus-wide initiatives, such as an annual MLK day of service, where students will come together to serve our school, each other, and the Austin community throughout the day. We want to improve student seating in DKR, by getting rid of assigned seating in student sections. Finally, your safety is our priority. We are calling for a free ride-sharing service for students, to ensure students are safely transported during vulnerable hours. Additionally, we plan to introduce more blue light police call boxes and improved lighting on campus.

Our campaign has given us the opportunity to meet students across the forty acres with whom we wouldn't ordinarily cross paths. The overwhelming majority of students we've spoken to feel disconnected from student government. If elected president and vice president, we promise to be accessible to the entire student body. We are running to give every student a real voice by providing a platform through which students can enact meaningful and necessary change on the forty acres. We are running for the forty; we are running for you.

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Alejandrina Guzman / Micky Wolf

Our names are Alejandrina Guzman and Micky Wolf, and we are so excited to potentially serve as your next Student Body President and Vice President! The vision of our campaign is driven by the two meanings of our slogan, "Let's Rally" - the definition and the acronym. To rally is to come together for common action, and we RALLY to Represent All Longhorns Like You!

To us, representing all Longhorns means creating a more connected and inclusive campus that serves as a home base for every student. While a fun-loving and quick-to-laugh pair, we are an action-minded team that will implement tangible solutions and collaborate with student advocates at the forefront of our initiatives. We will often be the only students speaking to 100+ administrators. In this capacity, we will be approachable, engaged, and listen with an open-mind to student problems.

Our 6 platform points are tied by the common thread of connecting all Longhorns to the resources they need to have a more positive student experience, wherever your home base on campus might be.

Unity Starts with UT focuses on better connecting Longhorns to each other and making our campus more inclusive to marginalized groups. Be the SolUTion addresses interpersonal violence by funding VAV and Title IX's peer support program, and RA education. Access Granted, not Denied makes campus safer for differently-abled students by making apartment complexes and safe rides home more accessible. Forty Acres for the Price of 39 makes college more affordable with tangible, realistic solutions. What Starts Here Serves Austin more deeply integrates service into the Longhorn culture. Finally, Rally for the Rivalry will start the movement to revive the Texas-Texas A&M football game.

We believe that our passion for you and this university will improve campus for all Longhorns, so join us and Let's Rally!

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Isaiah Carter / Sydney O'Connell

If you watch the news, you're given every reason to worry about our future.
We are running for Student Body President and Vice-President because we want to lead the charge against all rhetoric that seeks to divide us. We're challenging you to embrace what makes you unique and different from those around you. Whether you're white, black, gay, straight, rich, or poor, you have a perspective that matters and you deserve the opportunity to be proud of yourself. Our campaign message, "Come As You Are" challenges every student  to be proud of where they come from, and optimistic about where they are going.
Isaiah and Sydney come from drastically different backgrounds, but we've learned so much from each other. This campaign journey has taught us that most of the learning we do comes from people with different backgrounds. However, these ideas are not something we are coming up with just because we are running a campaign. These ideas define our time on this campus.
Isaiah created the Campus Climate Advisory Board that brings together students from 20 different communities to talk about the hard topics that face our campus. He re-established the partnership between Student Government and the Multi-Cultural Engagement Center, expanded SURE Walk to reach record numbers, established a relationship between the African American Community and UTPD, among his other achievements.
Sydney was one of the founders of Not On My Campus as a freshman, and served as its President for the past year. She has worked to create a campaign that went viral and reminded every student on campus that sexual assault has no place on the Forty Acres.
We challenge you to challenge us, our commitment to our platform, and the vision we have for the University. We aren't asking just for your vote, we want your voice.

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University Wide (8)

Chloe Harfield

Sitting on the Undergraduate Business Council as a Sophomore Elected Representative, Chloe Harfield is a girl after our own hearts.  A sophomore studying Finance, and hopefully Art History, she has concrete plans and the drive to follow through with them. As your University Wide Representative, Chloe will increase the availability of opportunities for less involved students, advocate for formal education for sexual assault and consent on campus, and will work to continue and broaden the established platform for inclusive social commentary and action. She finds the perfect balance between vocalizing her late night Mccombs' study sessions and failing to own a suit. She's found her way at UT through trial and error and plans to work towards creating an environment characterized by growth and development. Let's help her get there.

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Anthony Dragun

My name is Anthony Dragun and I am on the ballot for a campus wide representative position in the upcoming election. I am a chemical engineering student, but as a representative for the entire campus, I will work to promote issues relevant to the entire student body, including initiatives to provide greater access to tutoring and academic advising services as well as the upkeep and improvement of study spaces around campus. Additionally, I believe that transparency of and easy access to the governing bodies is vital, and will strive to increase both for all students. I am currently involved with the Invest in Texas campaign, which works with student government to advocate the Texas legislature on behalf of UT students, and thus have already begun understand the workings and processes of student government. I care deeply for this position and would put forward the effort needed to be successful.

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Maher Rahman

As University Wide Representative, I will continue to uphold the same values and initiatives that I contributed as First Year Representative. I will continue to push for agendas benefiting the student body, such as the Reuse water initiatives, which could save the University millions of dollars and take money off of student Tuitions. I will continue to be a strong Mental Health and Environmental Advocate as a student ambassador for CMHC and a member of the green fee committee. I will continue my policy of transparency, holding myself and allowing others to hold me accountable for all actions that I take, and I will continue to consult my constituents for all major decisions, making sure that at the end of the day, I am doing my duty, as a representative of the University.

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Madison Huerta

Believing in individuality brings us together. Building Unity makes us stronger. As your University Wide Representative, I commit to building unity by embracing individuality; giving every student a voice on their campus. As your Representative this past year, I worked to represent all students, supporting legislation that gave every Longhorn a voice. This year as your Representative, I commit to working for tangible, positive change that enhances your daily life as a Longhorns by:

Embracing Individuality, Building Unity – my commitment to you as your University Wide Representative. Vote for a Representative that prioritizes you and Stay Hooked with Huerta!

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Charlie Bonner

My name is Charlie Bonner; I am a government and Plan II major running to serve you as University-Wide Representative. I am excited about the opportunity to give back to our campus community and represent our growing and diverse student body.

Should I be lucky enough to be elected, I will focus on:

Diversity: I hope to be a voice for marginalized communities and foster opportunities for comprehensive diversity and inclusion trainings across the 40 Acres.

Civic Engagement: I will work with university administration and locally elected officials in an attempt to increase voter registration to 100% of eligible voters and expand opportunities on campus to be involved in the civic process.

Resources: UT has some of the best student services of any institution, but these resources are underutilized because students simply don't know they exist; I will prioritize expanding access across our campus to previously underrepresented groups.

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Lauren Beard

Hello! My name is Lauren Beard and I am a sophomore Government major from Arlington, Texas. As a former student-athlete at UT, I have learned the value of putting your teammates before yourself and that is what I plan to do in the coming year in Student Government with the entire student body. Through my involvement in the Student Conduct Advisory Committee, I am dedicated to improving the awareness of academic integrity on the UT campus. When it comes to academic dishonesty, students may think they are doing something that is harmless, but in hindsight it is not upholding the high academic standard of UT. If elected as a University-Wide Representative, I plan to produce projects and ideas that will help students better understand what academic integrity entails as well as try to educate the student body on why it matters so much.

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Robert Durbin

Hey Longhorns! My name is Robert Durbin, and I am a junior economics major from San Antonio, Texas I am running for University Wide Representative, and want to discuss my platform.

First, as a University Wide Representative, I plan to better the relationship between student organizations, and student government.

Secondly, the rising cost of tuition is very concerning to me, and student representation must have a greater say on this issue. I will work hard to insure that our student body has pivotal voice in all tuition decisions.

Third, I propose to diversify the eating options on campus to include healthier, varied choices.

Finally, each and every student will be represented and accounted for by me. My door will ALWAYS be open. Now more than ever, as Longhorns, it is imperative that we act together to strengthen and safe guard our incomparable heritage for future generations!

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Nahiyan Khan

Longhorns! My name is Nahiyan, and I am a Business major and proud cadet in the Army ROTC. Amid political turmoil and social change on campus, we must come together as Longhorns now more than ever. You can count on me to unite us no matter on which side of the spectrum your opinions lie. Whether you fight to conserve or fight for change, my goal as your representative will be to make sure one thing never changes: that the University of Texas is the greatest learning institution on Earth! I aspire to be a unifying force in Student Government – against issues that polarize us and bring this country's politics to the forefront of our lives, allow me to remind our student body that at this University, we are TEXAS before it all. I will address our most basic, pressing issues and make sure every student is represented with respect!

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Kristen Peña

If elected to be University Wide Representative, I would make it my mission to pass legislation that makes UT a safe and comfortable environment for all students. I would work to increase campus safety, especially at night by increasing the amount of security officers present and continuing to expand the sure walk program. Furthermore, I would want to continue the work of this past legislation in order to continue to help sexual assault survivors and prevent future assault. I would also make it a goal of mine increase campus unity and host more events on campus to strengthen our UT community. If elected I would always have an open mind to new ideas and listen to what UT students want and need.

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Sarah Ogunmuyiwa

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Alexis Allen

My name is Alexis Allen, a 2nd year Plan II Honors & Government major and I am running to become your University Wide Representative. UT has a huge student population, but I believe that I can represent you and a wide range of students because I am involved all throughout campus. Through my platform, I want to put an emphasis on improving student life and the university for all students. Through my platform, I will push for initiatives that will promote transparency in student government, solutions to improve student costs, and diversity & inclusion. To me, it is crucial to increase the number of voices that are heard on our campus. By including more voices in the conversation, we can work towards a better campus for everyone. Thank you & Hook 'em!

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Anthony Matthews

Hi, my name is Anthony Matthews and I am a sophomore Marketing major from Abilene, TX. I'm the Founder & CEO of iGoRepair: the iPhone repair that comes to you. We are currently located in two cities and employ two other technicians. I have personally done business with over 1,500 clients and know what hard work is. My skill strengths are in leadership, team building, and community engagement. As your U-Wide Rep I will cover a broad range of topics from: creating a website where students can voice their concerns; promote entrepreneurship by locating money from a fund each semester to new student initiatives; implement a $200 textbook scholarship; provide free tampons / pads to women; overhaul the class registration system; and provide free direct shuttles to the airport. I hope that I can count on your vote and I promise you that I'll fight tooth and nail to pass my platform.

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Vikram Sundaram

I'm running for University Wide Representative to unify our student body. To build a culture that fights for free speech for all its students and that doesn't become incensed by unheard perspective. A culture that prioritizes the physical and mental health, and safety of its peers. We frequently utter the phrase, "What Starts Here Changes The World". But there is little to no effective change or action. I'm going hear every single voice and fight to address every single issue. I'll strive to kick off of campus the unhealthy, tasteless and manufactured food from Aramark. I'll create an environment that enables productive discourse. I'll ensure that anyone who feels unsafe, receives the help they are entitled to. It's time to bridge the gap between the ever-present, over-bearing voices and those who never got the chance to speak. Let's be real now. Let's conquer the divide.

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Charlotte Fitzpatrick

I would be honored if given the opportunity to serve again as a University-Wide Representative! I was elected University Wide Rep this past year and it's been such a privilege. I've loved being in Student Government and working on different legislation, initiatives, and serving on multiple committees. Some of my favorite experiences have been being Vice-Chair then Head Chair for both Ethics and Oversight Committee and Legislative Policy Council. Another was being on the Director Team for the First Annual Improve UT Challenge! Due to my experience, passion, and commitment, I know I'd be a great fit to serve again as a University Wide Representative. My goals for next year are improving mental and physical health along with boosting unity among peers. These will be done by knocking mental health's stigma, implementing nutritious food options on campus, and creating exciting events for all students to enjoy! Thanks & Hook 'Em

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Jordan Grundhoefer

One of the main reasons I am running for student representative is that I am extremely invested in this university. Much of my family has gone here going all the way back to my great-grandparents and I want to see nothing less and this university to be even better for its students. I have three main goals in running for campus wide representative the first goal is to change registration so you can see how many seats are open when you register for a class. Another is to change the plus and minus system so that possibly an A plus will be worth more than just an A and third to possibly get a Whataburger on campus in place of taco cabana or somewhere else on campus.

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Camron Goodman

My passion for UT runs deep, but my passion for people runs even deeper. As the current co-policy director for the Transfer Students Agency, I have seen the tangible change that Student Government has on this campus. However, in my experiences with student government, I have seen people give voice to underrepresented and non-traditional students, but I have not seen many students from said communities as elected representatives in the Assembly. As a non-traditional and underrepresented member of UT's community, I am ready to fill that void. My goals are the following: (1) make Student Government an arena that assures that ALL of the student body is--not just heard--but represented, (2) create a system that allows for increased transparency from administrators about their initiatives that are aimed at benefitting the student body, and (3) initiate and finalize a plan to create an official UT entrance.

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Jake Davis

My name is Jake Davis and I'm running for your University-Wide Representative. I'm enrolled in the McCombs School of Business and hail from Columbus, Ohio.
As a freshman, I'm new to the university, and would be representing fellow newcomers. A powerful freshman voice is essential to the success of Student Government and to our university in general. We are the future of UT. Having our ideas and opinions in play at a high level will be very significant.
When it comes to my goals as a University-Wide Rep, I would like to further involve the Greek community in campus activities, increase student involvement in SG activities and roles, and connect different communities on campus in an effort to build culturally diverse relationships. With experience in legislative activities, I feel I can serve a positive and influential role as your representative. Thank you for your support, and Hook 'em!

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Peter Driscoll

I am running for U-wide representative to improve our campus community. First and foremost, I am a staunch advocate for campus security. I aim to pass a Student Government Resolution requesting the city improve the lighting of poorly lit walkways on and around Campus by installing more street lamps. Further, this resolution would request more emergency telephones on campus, focusing on higher risk areas.

Giving back to the Austin community is another of my highest priorities. I want start a Student Government initiative to improve Guadalupe Street. This initiative would encourage businesses to relocate to the abandoned store fronts on Guadalupe, while also providing University support to local charities that provide shelter and job training to the Austin homeless.

To act on these changes, and make our University a more vibrant and safe community for learning, I seek your vote. Thank you.

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Jacob Read

The stakes are high in this political climate. State and national government leaders are attacking science, education, and the truth itself. UT will be on the front lines in the coming months and years.

Student Government is often criticized as having little direct power. To this I reply: words are power; they make the news and reach top UT officials. It is vital that someone stand up, call wrong for what it is, and loudly campaign for the interests of students. I humbly ask to be that someone.

I currently serve as Engineering Representative where I have worked on election code reform and defended free speech.  I am also involved in SG's efforts to lobby state officials on non-partisan issues such as sexual assault laws.  I hope, through resolutions and strong lobbying, to promote moderate and common sense policies, and to defend science, education, and truth whenever they are attacked.

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At-Large Graduate (2)

Tony Li

I would like to thank Student Government for the opportunity to represent the student body. I am going to primarily represent the graduate student -- a group of students who might be less involved with the school affairs. I am the one stand out to help.
Graduate students are more likely to endure mental pressure, with more possibility of needing mental health intervention. One and a half year ago, Santiago Gonzalez, a graduate student suicided. While our school has great resources to help depressed student, I would like to improve the mechanism.
Our school is currently constituted by silos of different schools. As a business student, I am unable to utilize critical resources of any other school. However, today's world is integrated. Our school needs to reduce the silos to help students who can change the world.

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Business (3)

Vivianne Tu

Hey, McCombs students! My name is Vivianne Tu, and I currently serve as your 2016-2017 McCombs representative. I want to run again as your McCombs representative because I understand how important experience is needed to be a successful representative and to bring change in student government. I was one of the most active representatives in the assembly this year and was recognized as representative of the month in November! Getting to work closely with each member of student government, leading the financial affairs committee that gave over $200,000 to student organizations, facilitating the inaugural Improve UT Challenge, and actively working on campus-wide mental health awareness initiatives this year has been an amazing opportunity to serve the student body and McCombs students.

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Suchin Kundra

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Jacob Duvall

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Daniel Noorily

My name is Daniel Noorily and I am a sophomore in McCombs currently involved in the Undergraduate Business Council and working as a Study Abroad Peer Advisor. My exposure to the different facets of McCombs – including student organizations, the Office of Student Life, and the Study Abroad Office – has given me a unique perspective on what McCombs has to offer as well as its constant endeavors to be the best business school possible. I aspire to be an agent of those endeavors and I believe that being a part of student government will allow me to do just that. As your McCombs representative I plan to achieve the following goals:

  1. Develop methods to create transparency and awareness of student government legislation.
  2. Poll to gauge student sentiment and share the student voice with the appropriate people.
  3. Increase McCombs' visibility on internal and external levels.
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Zak Kuzbari

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Kiyahn Ebrahimi-Navissi

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Dhrov "Drew" Subramanian

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Ching Liuhuang

I am running for the Student Government as the Business Representative because it is time for a better involvement of business students across campus operations. Many students, including
those in business, often lack direct communication with leaders on campus and up-to-date
knowledge of the policies discussed that impact us on a daily basis. As the result, my goal of
serving the student community as a representative, seeks to better connect the business student
population with the rest of campus. My experience serving on the Interfraternity Council (IFC) as
Director and interning at a sales & trading investment firm, will seek to provide me with a
foundation to better serve those that I represent. After all, business is about inspiration and
providing the next generation of world-changers. Together, we can strive for a better

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Srikar Sonti

"But I'm not politician"

Do you want Phi Chi Lambda's (PCL) revolving door fixed? Do you want Speedway construction to be speedier? Do you want to be able to touch the metal balls in East Mall? Do you want the Atrium to be renamed the Ventricle? Do you want to elect me as your Business Representative? Of course, you do! As part of my first 100 hundred days in office, I will see if I can think about possibly pushing your rather tentative initiatives to be considered by my Campaign team to see if they want to think about possibly forwarding these immensely grandiose propositions that will most radically enhance the diurnal life of the student. My cabinet, most likely excluding me, will tediously work around the clock and pass these executive orders for you, the people. I am excited to serve as your representative. But I'm not a politician.

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Communication (2)

Emily Mackay

Hi there! Thank you for participating in the elections of your Student Government Representatives. As your potential Representative for Moody College I would like to emphasize my commitment and passion for the betterment of the students of the College of Communications and ultimately our University. It is my personal priority that all Moody students pay tender consideration to their mental well-being, are aware of all the opportunities that Moody and the University offer, and feel welcomed into a thriving atmosphere of diversity, welcoming students of all walks of life. As your Moody Representative, it is my responsibility to ensure that these are also the active priorities of the College and University. Vote for me, and you are voting for a Rep that speaks for you. Thank you!

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Adina Smirin

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Abby Shosid

Born and raised in Dallas, becoming a Longhorn has always been a dream of mine. What drew my to UT was its balance between academics and campus activity. While some people fear large institutions, I am excited by all its opportunities. Nonetheless, it is easy to feel lost in a sea of prospective clubs and organizations. Student government provides a vital service to UT students. As a Communication Representative, I want to highlight the value in choice. The primary function of a student government is to foster an engaging environment for its students. Having been a student council representative in high school, I am excited by the opportunity to make a different on the UT campus. I hope to be a valuable resource to other students by being approachable and attentive. Hook em!

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Molly Ross

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Education (1)

Jeremiah Leventhal

My name is Jeremiah Leventhal, and I am a junior from Houston, Texas studying Sport Management while also receiving the Business Foundations Certificate. My goal as a representative will be speaking for all students in the College of Education, and I will focus on increasing communication between the colleges two departments: the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. As the College of Education representative, it will also be my duty to help strengthen the culture of diversity and inclusion at the University of Texas, and I will strive to stand for what the students in the College of Education believe is the right course of action to support this culture.

If you wish to contact me feel free to reach out either in person or through email at jleventhal@utexas.edu

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Alex Mosch

WE have the power. The STUDENTS have the power. Let's make that clear.

TEACHERS need to be held accountable. Some classes pile on work and for what? Let's turn busy work into hands on, efficient learning.

Let's keep the amount of work we have in check by setting up a rating system for professors. Let's create an interface like Rate My Professors and MyEdu that actually changes how we learn and whom we learn from.

Far too often teachers get caught up in PowerPoint and syllabus mode. Let's establish a UT council filled with professionals and students that help low-rated professors reform teaching strategies so that they will be more receptive to students.

We are the school of education. Reforming education begins with us. Let's bring power to the students to improve our own education.

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Engineering (3)

Sophie Belton

Hey everyone! My name is Sophie Belton, and I am a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. As one of your Engineering Representatives, I would work to:

As the Sophomore Representative for the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Advisory Board, I am committed to improving the undergraduate engineering experience. Also, I enjoy serving as an Engineering Ambassador and Peer Assistance Leader for the Women in Engineering Program.
Hook 'em!

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Jon Butler

My name is Jon Butler and I want to be the student representative for the Cockrell School of Engineering in your Student Government.

I want to create an open dialogue between students and the administration about the quality of teaching that we receive. My goal is to ensure that teaching evaluations are heard by every professor and that administrative intervention is an option, if necessary. This is not to criticize professors, but rather to foster efficient and constructive teaching in our community whilst providing a framework for rewarding professors who go beyond their required duties.

As your representative, I would promote inclusivity by helping incoming students find their place within UT. One way I intend to do this is by reducing the strict rules governing student organizations that limit tabling and fundraisers in an effort to make it easier for new students to find organizations relevant to their aspirations.

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Michael Liu

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Becca Spencer

Hey there! Here is a brief summary of who I am:

At UT, I take every opportunity to be active on-campus. For the majority of my time here, I have served as a member of Student Government, promoting organizations that are classified as Spirit or Serves Organizations. Through this experience, I understand the importance and the dynamics of the assembly I would serve in. As a student of Cockrell, I maintain a presence in our organizations: studying abroad, researching, and being a member of the WEP community.  I believe in complete transparency and the importance of communication between the assembly and our college. I would make my priority to preserve and promote all affairs related to the diverse identity of the Cockrell School of Engineering.

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Shan Ali

Hey fellow Longhorns and Cockrell engineering majors! My name is Shan Ali and I am running to be your Engineering Representative this spring. If I know anything about engineering majors, it is that they are the masters of the 'work hard, play hard' mentality. As your engineering representative, I will work diligently to only push and support legislation that directly supports you in all aspects of your life, whether it's in school or extracurriculars. Additionally, after spending the last year as a member of student government as a Longhorn Legislative Aid, I am eager to be able to utilize the skills that I learned and developed to implement effective and beneficial change that directly affects the quality of your life, both as a student in the best engineering school in the nation and as a student in the greatest university in the world.
Vote Shan Ali for your Engineering Representative.

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Basab Ghatak-Roy

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Fine Arts (1)

Lily Gonzales

I use theater (and art making as a whole) to address a growing trepidation on the UT
campus. In these trying times, it is important to amplify the voices of those who are more
vulnerable. It may not seem effective to use the fine arts to do so, but the diverse lineup for the
New Works Festival this year is a testament to the importance and pressing nature of amplifying
these voices. Personally, I am working on a piece about interpersonal queer violence. I want
others to see the effectiveness of fine arts and how well it can address the issues that surround
the changing political climate. The fine arts is not a self-involved craft, and should not be
dismissed for that assumption. To better understand, communicate, and live with one another -
the fine arts is one of the solutions to do so.

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GeoScience (1)

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Law (1)

Jake Beach

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Liberal Arts (6)

Jordan Cope

As cofounder of the Facebook page, "Humans of the Forty Acres," I believe my experience as operator has best prepared me to serve you in SG. Through creating a forum which celebrates the individuality of our classmates, I have demonstrated my commitment to preserving the diversity and individuality that blesses our campus. Through conducting interviews, I have developed listening skills. These skills remain most necessary for a representative.

I am also a man of my word, but please don't ask me about the time I fulfilled a lost bet by belly-dancing before my professors.

Seriously, however, I hope to advance campus by endorsing initiatives regarding the following.

  1. Advancing the Ideas of My Constituents
  2. Promoting Mental Health Awareness
  3. Combatting Sexual Assault
  4. Making Textbooks Cheaper
  5. Preserving Intellectual and Academic Diversity
  6. Refocusing SG's Attention to Relevant Campus Matters

Don't forget to vote. Don't Lose Hope, Vote Cope!

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Eli Rolfes

My main focus lies in publicizing the efforts and accomplishments of Student Government to students. It feels as though SG has been self-serving and focused internally on promoting and building the resumes of its members.
This perception overshadows the great things Student Government does, and I believe that's resultant of a lack of outreach and generally being out of touch with other students. If elected, I plan to focus on making sure every student feels like they have a voice in the decisions and initiatives SG undertakes. I don't want SG to continue to feel as exclusive as it has in the past.
Can you name the people who represented you in Student Government this year? What have they done for you? Do you feel like they've represented your opinion?
I will."
Thanks!

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Bailee Ufert

Hi y'all!

I'm Bailee, a first-year history and anthropology double major running for Liberal Arts Representative. A little about me: I love waffles, hiking, and Anderson Cooper.

I'm running because I've spent a year on this campus and have fallen in love with everything about UT. I love this university so much, and I want to continue changing it for the better.

I'm passionate about campus safety, stopping sexual assault, and putting an end to the hate speech and vandalism that has become more and more common on campus this year.

I'm passionate about stopping sexual assault, campus safety, and putting an end to the hate speech and vandalism that has become more and more common on campus this year.

I want to represent these values AND yours. I'm passionate and dedicated to this campaign and these causes. If you are too, I hope you'll put your faith in me.

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Jay Anand

My name is Jay Anand and I am running to be your Liberal Arts Representative. I'd like to focus on improving access at UT- access to research, access to food, and access to help.

I'd like to expand the opportunities provided by LAUNCH, the Liberal Arts Council for Undergraduate Research, specifically improving research for minority faculty and providing a match system for students to find research opportunities.

Unfortunately, UT currently does not provide enough fresh produce at an affordable rate. I'd like to work with DHFS to expand their farm stand into a monthly event that promotes eating healthy and buying local food.

Longhorns take care of each other. I'd like to expand upon services provided by the UT CMHC to victims of stressful encounters as well as provide a stipend or forgiveness program for students who may not be able to afford services but would like to use them.

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Mariano Bracamontes Akle

Hello, fellow Longhorns! My name is Mariano Bracamontes Akle and I am running to be your Representative for the College of Liberal Arts. I am second year Government and International Relations, majors. Although I am from Mexico City, I have lived in Austin for 5 years. As an international student and transfer student, I am very accustomed to the difficulties we face when we arrive at UT. As your representative, I will work to better the conditions that students, and transfer students, at COLA feel like need change, whether it is in the academics or in the social spectrum. I believe in direct communication, and so if there is anything you would like to discuss, I will be more than open to talk. I believe in diversity and as a Latino, I will work to preserve our diverse community and give a voice to those who feel silent

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Kenwoo Kim

The College of Liberal Arts is home to a diverse population of students who pursue a wide variety of studies. From inquisitors of philosophy to proponents of the marginalized, COLA is the forefront of ambition, social activism, and creativity at the University of Texas. Although it would be difficult to represent such a colorful group, I, Kenwoo Kim, want to be your Liberal Arts Representative. As a first-generation college student, member of Liberal Arts Council, and cadet in ROTC, I hope that my background and experiences can reflect the mindset of the most vibrant college on campus. My involvement within the LAC provides me with exposure to problems that afflict the student body and gives me concrete ideas on what policies should be developed in order to benefit liberal arts majors. Should I be elected, I plan to address the concerns and ideas of the COLA community within student government.

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Varun Hukeri

Hello hello! My name is Varun Hukeri and I am a first-year Government major from Katy seeking
the honor of serving as your Liberal Arts Representative.
Qualification and competency are imperative, so I am proud to say that my time in the Senate of
College Councils and Liberal Arts Council, as well as my time as a writer for The Liberator, the
official publication of the College, is indicative of my deep understanding of student life and
legislative affairs.
My platform objectives are four-fold. One, increase transparency between Student Government
and the student body and student groups. Two, broaden access to internship and career
opportunities through synergy with Liberal Arts Career Services. Three, expand undergraduate
liberal arts research opportunities. Four, promote intellectual diversity and discourse through the
empowerment of marginalized groups.
This March, stand with me, because a vote for V is a vote for a better UT. HOOK 'EM!

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Fabiola Barreto

Hello Liberal Arts friends!

My name is Fabiola Barreto, I am a first year Government major, and I am running to be your Liberal Arts Representative. As a Latina on campus, I will bring a unique perspective to Student Government legislation. My previous experiences advocating for the Latinx community has allowed me to acquire the skills necessary to represent the needs of Liberal Arts students. In such a diverse campus, it is important that we have representatives that reflect the student population. My platform highlights issues important not only to COLA students, but all students at UT.

Highlight resources available from the Liberal Arts Career Center, as well as the research opportunities available to liberal arts students.

Increase awareness of Title IX and increase our awareness about, and prevention of, sexual assault.

Protect undocumented students on campus, so that we may sustain an inclusive environment at UT.

Hook 'Em Horns!

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Jason Lyu

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Raphael Jaquette

Longhorns! My name is Raphael Jaquette, and I am an IRG and Middle Eastern Studies double major with a sonorous baritone. As an avid Beyoncé fan, I value the usage of a powerful voice to further societal change, and there is no better outlet to foster campus-wide change than through Student Government.

My platform objectives are four-fold.

  1. Expand discourse pertinent to sexual assault awareness and resources through the 360 connections program.
  2. Heighten financial and political transparency in Student Government
  3. Foster opportunities to get students more involved in service opportunities.
  4. Increase cooperation between Student Government and other LSOs to formulate more effective policy solutions.

Let's make UT a more inclusive and safe environment while increasing inter-organizational cooperation. Vote Raphael Jaquette for Liberal Arts Representative!

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Nathan Smith

"What Starts Here Changes the World." — A motto surely unforgettable in the eyes of UT students. My name is Nathan Smith and I am asking for your support in fulfilling this motto, not only with respect to the world but the university itself. I am a first-year International Relations, and Government major and I am running to be a Representative for the College of Liberal Arts. Having seen the University of Texas at Austin from a student as well as an employee perspective, it is my intention to enact and legislate change holistically. Accordingly, I intend to push for change in a well-rounded way, addressing both the social and economic needs of all UT students. It would be an absolute pleasure to serve you in addressing what is important and imperative to the success of your collegiate careers and lives.

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Daniela Cos

Hello! My name is Daniela Cos and I want to be your College of Liberal Arts representative. I am an International Relations and Italian major from Austin. I proudly serve as a Camp Texas counselor and as a social committee member for the First Year Leadership Organization. I love interacting with all of my fellow students especially about how this campus can improve.

I would love to have the honor of serving as your Liberal Arts representative because I know that student input drives progress at our University. I want to listen to your ideas and bring them to SG while fighting to make this campus more inclusive to everyone.
I'm passionate about cake, traveling, and puppies, but what I am most passionate is about is making COLA the best college on campus. So, if you want the same; vote for Daniela Cos as your Liberal Arts representative!

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Ellen Teuscher

Liberal Arts students deserve a representative who is going to listen to them. I am only one of over 10,000 students in the college and we all have different perspectives, ideas, and needs. The core ideas of my campaign are cooperation and transparency. Cooperation comes into play with the idea that we should work with the Senate in order to request UT release grade distributions for classes along with past syllabi. This one idea is just an example of the type of cooperative attitude I want to embody as a representative. Transparency is also a key part of my campaign because you the students deserve to have say in and know what is going on in Student Government. Vote Ellen Teuscher for Liberal Arts Representative if you want a Student Government that represents you the students.

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Nolan Burdett

I'm a first year Economics major and part of the LAH program.  I'm very passionate about the CLA and feel that sometimes, we don't get enough credit.  I'm running because I want to see positive change and truly believe I can be what brings that.  I want to introduce legislation regarding sexual assault, diversity & inclusion, concrete research / internship / career opportunities for liberal arts majors, funding for study abroad, and a generally more unified college.

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Katarina de la Rosa

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Medical School (1)

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Natural Sciences (6)

Justin Ahamed

My name is Justin Ahamed and I'm beyond excited to be running for Natural Sciences Representative. I am a second-year Neuroscience major with a passion for mental health and promoting overall well-being. My main goal is to help you all be your best. College isn't easy and the atmosphere can have a large impact on mental health. Currently, I run the Counseling and Mental Health Center's student organization and have been blessed with the opportunity to work closely with the CMHC. I plan to use my experiences in these roles to promote more connections throughout the college in order to develop a better sense of community among peers, to increase the availability of mental health resource information within CNS, and to promote better mental health across campus. I hope to make attainable changes that produce significant results. If you have any questions, please contact me at justinahamed@utexas.edu.

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McKenna Richards

I'm so excited for the opportunity to run for Natural Sciences Representative! I'm only a semester in, but I already love UT and have found my home in CNS, and I want to work to ensure that every student in CNS feels this way. After working with GSA's Undergraduate Mentorship Agency program this year, I discovered a passion for getting involved on campus and making UT better in any way that I can. As a Polymathic Scholar, I'm always excited when I get the chance to combine science with other disciplines, and I think that student government is a perfect way to make that happen. As a CNS Rep, I would give the science community a voice so that we can use our talents, passions, and ways of thinking to make a difference on campus. I hope you'll say "Yttrium Einsteinium" to voting for me! :)

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Mahima Ginjupalli

"Hey fellow longhorns! My name is Mahima Ginjupalli and I'm a second year Biochemistry major, minoring in Anthropology. Currently I am a PLE with the Leadership and Ethics institute, a member of CMHC's student advisory committee, and the co-founder of a new organization on campus that promotes ethics discussions on healthcare topics. My reason for running is to get to know more of y'all so that we work together to address our concerns regarding the College of Natural Sciences. The following are a few initiatives I'd like to put forth:

- Strengthen relations and communication with the various science organizations on campus
- Make SG more transparent / accessible through social media
- Promote Mental Health awareness within our college and campus wide
-Work with Dell Medical School to provide pre-health undergraduates with networking opportunities

There's many more causes to work towards, and ultimately my goal for becoming representative is to help

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Evan Weiss

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Benjamin Solder

The College of Natural Sciences is the largest college on campus. So why is CNS so underrepresented in student government? If elected as your representative, I will advocate on behalf of CNS organizations to increase the funds they receive from student government.

Additionally, I plan on sitting down with the School of Undergraduate Studies to modify Eureka!—the online program that matches undergrads with labs on campus--to be more user-friendly and effective. Because let's be honest; working in a lab is an important step towards most of our career aspirations.

Outside of CNS, I will advocate for other gender codes to be options for the transcripts of students who don't fall in an "M" or "F" sort of box. And I want to play an active role in shaping campus culture to be more inclusive for all.

Sold on making these changes a reality? Vote for Solder.

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Angela Kang

I'm Angela Kang and as Natural Sciences Representative, I believe that the campus could benefit greatly from conversation, and escaping our echo chambers to discuss difficult topics. Despite UT's position as a world-class institution, it still struggles with issues such as sexual assault, mental health, and discrimination. I will advocate for expanded SURE Walk hours and visibility, increased first-year and transfer education about campus resources such as CMHC, and the establishment of a peer mentor program to better facilitate the transition of students to the 40 Acres. I want to also increase civic engagement and participation by expanding transparency about student government actions and establishing an avenue for student petitions. I hope you consider me as your Natural Sciences Representative.

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Saarem Azmat

Hi Longhorns! My name is Saarem Azmat, I'm a Mathematics and English double major, and I'm running to be your CNS Representative. I want to make positive changes on campus and ensure we all are progressing forward academically and socially. Focusing on equality, I'll be working on eradicating racism, hate speech, and other actions of the same nature. Naming CNS (and other) buildings after racists and sexists and allowing white supremacists on this campus is absurd and with your vote we can work together on fostering a safer, inclusive, and more well-connected college and university.

I'm so excited to work with everyone and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at saaremazmat@utexas.edu.

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Abhi Kamboji

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Nithin Kakulavaram

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Nursing (1)

Kelsey Mumford

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Pharmacy (1)

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Public Affairs (1)

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Social Work (1)

Natalie Engel

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Undergraduate Studies (1)

Graduate Student Assembly

GSA President / Vice President

Kareem Mostafa / Isabel Chou

Hello, we are Kareem and Isabel, and we are running for the 2017-2018 GSA President and Vice-President positions.

Coming all the way from the land of the Pyramids, Kareem has obtained his bachelor's degree in Civil engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. During his undergraduate life, Kareem served as one of the founding members for the Peer Advising Leader Program, a program aiming to improve the experience of first-year students. With the same passion and drive, Kareem joined UT right after finishing his undergraduate education to pursue his Master's degree. Kareem brings to the table his critical mindset, his enthusiasm, as well as a thing or two regarding how things are done "across the pond."

Coming all the way from… California, Isabel came to UT to pursue her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Isabel received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego and worked with international students upon graduation. She is passionate about student development and success, and cannot wait to utilize her theoretical knowledge to better serve GSA. Also, she is very excited to be a Longhorn.

As the prospective GSA President and Vice-President, we aim to increase the visibility of GSA by working with existing campus partners and establishing new connections. Through our connections, we hope to create a stronger community for our graduate students.

We vow to fight for transparency regarding university policies through fostering strong communication channels between the university departments and the graduate student community.

We strive to actively solicit feedback from graduate students to improve the quality of existing services and adopt new initiatives to enhance the UT experience for graduate students.

We hope to see you take part in our decision-making process, and have an active voice in your UT graduate student community. Thank you and Hook'em!

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University Unions

E+E President (1)

Chioma Ujari

Campus Events and Entertainment was the first organization I joined on campus, and the love and dedication I have for this organization has grown every single year. I've had the privilege of serving as an executive officer and currently as the chair for African American Culture Committee. Each committee in E+E puts on their own amazing and unique events, and if I were elected as E+E president, my main goal would be to increase the exposure of the work our members are doing to bring relevant and fun events to the students of UT. If I had the ability to poll the student body, I'd want every single student to be able to say they've attended and enjoyed at least one E+E event!

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Gaby Gutierrez

My E+E journey began freshman year, Spring of 2015. Since then, I have become a member of five different E+E committees and as a result, find myself volunteering and attending events practically every week. This level of involvement may seem daunting to others, but I have a deep appreciation for event planning and student-run programs. E+E is a place where I feel welcome. E+E is a place where I feel encouraged, supported and a part of something bigger than myself. Being in E+E has given me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and exercise my leadership capabilities to their fullest potential. My time in this organization has been so rewarding and I look forward to moving up the leadership ladder by becoming the next president of E+E. I am determined to continue making an impact within the organization that has had such a big impact on me.

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Arden Wheeler

Hello! My name is Arden Wheeler and I am one of the candidates for Campus E+E President this election cycle! The following is my statement that I would like to be attached to the ballot. Thank you so much!

Statement of Purpose:

If elected to the position of Campus Events and Entertainment President, I would work to strengthen and expand E+E's name recognition on campus while striving to optimize the programming of each of our nine committees and co-sponsorship board so that we as an organization can provide the best we can for students, by students.
As president, I would support a safe and inclusive environment within the organization and in the student body as a whole through our diverse events. Furthermore, I would continue the traditions and institutions of the organization that make it a premiere student group that promotes and grows the leaders of tomorrow.

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Nick Nieman

Fellow longhorns, as a member of Campus Events + Entertainment (E+E) since stepping foot on campus, I have come to love and enjoy the work E+E does for students. It is an honor to have the opportunity to represent you all as your E+E president. Serving as Executive Vice President of E+E over the past year has prepared me incredibly well for this position. Working closely with the current president, I have gained a unique perspective on what it takes to be an effective president. Outside of E+E, I have attained the honor of Eagle Scout, served as an officer for the Residence Hall Council, and actively engaged in the UT community via sports, service, and academics. Paired with my strong communication, leadership skills, and work ethic, my in-depth understanding of E+E and the UT community will enable me to lead this organization in creating impactful and student-centered events. Thank.

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University Unions Board of Directors at-Large (2)

Cambell Westmoreland

Hi, my name is Cambell Westmoreland. I'm in my third year as a Supply Chain Major in the McCombs School of Business. I am currently a member of the Tejas Club and Texas Cowboys, and spent my first two years on the University of Texas Cheer team. As a University Unions Board of Director At-Large Representative, I'd like to see the Union and its facilities grow and become a greater part of student's everyday lives. I plan on listening to the students and organizations that use the Unions facilities and doing everything I can to implement change. Coming from a business background I understand how important budgets are. I will ensure every penny spent is with the students in mind. I thank you for your vote and hope to be your University Unions Board of Directors At-Large Representative. Hook 'em!

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Wendy Lopez

I am a 3rd year Journalism major from Dallas, Texas. I am the current chair of Showtime, one of the 9 committees under Campus Events+Entertainment. Through this, I have been able to interact with students regularly and I have gotten the chance to work with organizations and University staff. I hope to expand my reach and work with more students and improve campus life and events for everyone. I also hope to build on the relationship between Unions staff and students because together, we can make for a better experience for campus and visitors alike.

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Helen Lei Yang

Hey Longhorns! My name is Helen Lei Yang, I'm a sophomore Accounting and Economics major running for the University Unions Board of Directors. As a current Unions Board member, I have in depth knowledge and experience with making decisions on matters that would improve student life on campus. Furthermore, I am heavily involved in other University Unions activities as an officer of Campus Events + Entertainment: Asian American Culture. With passion for enriching the experience of students on campus, I would like to contribute to the UT community as a student representative on the University Unions Board of Directors.

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Lilli Stevens

As an at-large representative on the Union Board of Directors, I will dedicate myself to serving our community and striving to provide the best events and services for all students across the forty acres. I am a hardworking, engaging, and accepting individual who would be honored to serve as your representative. I am looking to give back to the school and the student body who have given me such an incredible and inspiring college experience. Your support would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Texas Student Media

Editor in Chief, The Daily Texan (1)

Laura Hallas

My name is Laura Hallas, I am a Plan II, Economics and Health and Society sophomore and have been involved in journalism since my freshman year of high school. I have worked for a full two years in the opinion and copy editing departments of the Daily Texan, and have outside experience in professional publication, research, and graphic design. I will create more partnership opportunities for student journalists, actively expand Texan recruiting, and establish a work study program in order to make make the Texan a more inclusive space for all opinions. Student voices are more important now than ever, and I hope to promote yours.

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Janhavi Nemawarkar

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University Co-op

University Co-Op Board of Directors (2)

Sarah Fulthorpe

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Lara Garton

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Katherine Harclerode

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