Candidate statement:

Greetings! My name is Bill Campbell. My dog’s name is Ute. I began attending Western in the summer of 2010 and have developed a great fondness for this campus, we live in an amazing community and we are all fortunate. I truly believe that each and every one of us can, and does impact this campus, our environment, and the world in general. In our own way each of us has the innate ability to MAKE A DIFFERENCE! I have realistic ideas, I have passion, and the enthusiasm and desire to see those ideas through. My challenges have been great and my successes have been many. I see nothing but great things ahead for this wonderful University and I look forward to serving.

Why are you seeking this position?

When I first sat to look at running for AS president, I thought to myself, “What can I do to essentially make a difference in the campus community?” And even more than that, I was originally set to graduate this spring and, I though, “What’s the best way for me to give back to not only this community that we have in Bellingham, but to the world in general?” And from there, I really decided that I can make a difference by being an officer on the AS Board of Director. Western is a fantastic place of individuals.

There is so much diversity when it comes to individuality on this campus, and I wanted to find ways in which we can bring those individuals togethe. I decided to run because I thought it was the best way to make a difference.

What do you believe is the role of president?

The AS president is primarily an advocate. They’re an advocate for the ideas, desires and passions that the student body has. This is in Olympia, this is on school grounds, this is with the administration and this is with the Bellingham community.

After that, the AS president is primarily a leader. We often forget that when we say the Associated Students, we should not mean the bureaucratic process that goes on in the Viking Union. The Associated Students are the 14,000 students that make up Western’s campus and community, [and the president’s] main responsibility is providing leadership to the 14,000 students we have on this campus and in this community.

What is one issue affecting students that you would like to work on next year?

The AS/student divide is quite problematic. Students need to be able to approach the AS. We can do that by making the Board of Directors more approachable. I want to be able to create more voices in the AS. For me, that means adding a vice president for sustainable development. After next year, I want to see the Student Senate chair elected and mostly likely given a vote on the Board of Directors. This way we can give the student senate an actual capacity to see their ideas through, more than just recommending things to the AS Board.