u'Benjamin Brockman'

u'Benjamin Brockman'

AS Review:  Why do you want to serve on the AS board of directors? What motivates you to seek this specific position? What do you believe the role of the AS board of directors is?

Benjamin Brockman: Virgilio Cintron, the current VP of Business Operations, says this position serves as the chief financial officer for the AS. Given my experience in finance, I am the most qualified person for this position. I am running to deliver accountability and efficiency to the AS. With regards to the role of the AS board of directors, I believe their job is to create a student-centered AS. This means efficiently using the $2.3 million AS budget for the benefit of the 13,000 plus Western students and not just AS employees. There is a lot of stuff in the budget that most students have never heard of, so we need to ensure all students have access to all programs and cut the expensive pet projects that benefit only a handful of people.

ASR:  If elected, what specific things will you do to ensure that you represent all students?

BB: I want to use a balanced approach to audit the gigantic AS budget, top to bottom, so we can stretch our dollars and maximize our investments in students. I’d encourage all Western students to come into my office next year and talk to me anytime to make sure I am doing my job.

ASR:  Since you have been at Western, what has been an important issue facing students that went unaddressed or was dealt with poorly? What has been an issue that was addressed particularly well?

BB: Well, state budget cuts to Western are inevitable. This means students are going to pay more tuition, incur greater debt, or drop out of college because they can’t afford it anymore. The board of directors makes recommendations for the setting of student fees, and while fees have traditionally rose in proportion to tuition, there is no good reason why fees have to rise next year too. With the exception of the tiny Green Fee that students vote on, I’ll make sure fees don’t rise with tuition next year. What went pretty well was, I think, the diversity and outreach programs on campus have been fantastic. Western is a very accepting school and these parts of the AS deserve some credit for that.

u'Loren Bronczyk'

u'Loren Bronczyk'

AS Review:  Why do you want to serve on the AS board of directors? What motivates you to seek this specific position? What do you believe the role of the AS board of directors is?

Loren Bronczyk: The reason that I decided to seek this position is that it is a very natural fit in my experience. Being a business grad student gives me the experience, if necessary, to perform that function. As far as what motivated me to seek this position, I do feel the experience I will gain from it would be very valuable as well as letting the student body benefit from my experience. [The role of the AS Board of Directors is] to oversee the budget for the AS and make sure that is effectively and efficiently used.

ASR:  If elected, what specific things will you do to ensure that you represent all students?

LB: Well actually that is an interesting question because one thing the AS board of directors thus far has been very poor at is representing graduate students. If I was elected that would be one area that would automatically ensure that more students were represented than currently are. As far as specific measures that I would take, open door policy is the most obvious one, making sure that if someone has something to say, they’re heard.

ASR:  Since you have been at Western, what has been an important issue facing students that went unaddressed or was dealt with poorly? What has been an issue that was addressed particularly well?

LB: Actually in a lot of ways the issue that I have in mind has been addressed well, but has also been addressed poorly. The issue specifically is rising tuition prices. How much power the AS actually has to address that is limited, practically speaking, it just is. I believe it went up 14 percent last year. One issue, one way the AS addressed this is typically the salaries of the board members and other[s] through the AS has gone up proportionate to the amount of the tuition increase. However, because that is not sustainable and because that would result in a large increase in student fees every single year, what they have decided to do is to cut back on that, on the increase in student salaries. So that is something that I see is being well done and a sacrifice made for the overall student body. So that is the way I think is has been addressed well. The reason it has been addressed poorly is that more hasn’t been done to address the overall problem of increasing tuition prices.

u'Natnael Tekeste'

u'Natnael Tekeste'

AS Review:  Why do you want to serve on the AS Board of Directors? What motivates you to seek this specific position? What do you believe the role of the AS Board of Directors is?

Natnael Tekeste: Well first off, I believe the AS board of directors, I believe their job is to maintain the school overall through budgeting, academics and governmental. I want to run for this position because I feel like I have a big passion for business and budget authority. I like to oversee things. I like to look at budgets. I like to fix things. I’m a very big person in budgets. I’ve been in government and business issues since middle school, as far as student council goes and ASB. And what motivates me is to be successful in life and this position, I feel like, is one of the main ones that really describes me.

ASR:  If elected, what specific things will you do to ensure that you represent all students?

NT: Well, as far as being in ACC [Afro-Caribbean Club], the club, and BSU [Black Student Union], I noticed that the ESC [Ethnic Student Center] is low budgeted and a lot of diversity students need the money for that to pertain their club and also to show their events and show their culture. I’m going to start putting money in academics and activities and diversity clubs more because those are the students that mainly need it as far as financial-wise. And I feel like we’re spending a little too much money in some areas. That’s not necessary and we need to cut down on that.

ASR:  Since you have been at Western, what has been an important issue facing students that went unaddressed or was dealt with poorly?

NT: Well so far I haven’t seen anything poorly addressed. I mean, most people I hear from or most of the things that happen to me when someone addresses a person in charge, it’s usually handled. I’ve never seen, as far as Western goes, there is nothing really handled in my eyes. There could be something to enhance, something that could be better, but nothing poorly done. And I think that they keep the students always going, jumping, everything.

ASR:  What has been an issue that was addressed particularly well?

NT: There hasn’t been an issue with me as far as that goes.