Candidate statement:

For the past two years, I have had the privilege of working in the AS Productions office as a productions assistant and event coordinator. I have gained valuable experience planning events that serve and entertain students while navigating the sometimes confusing AS. I want to use the knowledge I have gained to empower clubs to reach out to our WWU community in fresh and innovative ways and connect other student leaders to the many resources the AS has to offer. If elected, I will be an advocate for these indispensable places where students find entertainment, community, and support. I would be honored to serve as your AS VP for Activities in 2012-2013.

Why are you seeking this position?

I’m really inspired by people who are in the clubs, and I want to use the experience I’ve gained the past year working in the AS to really empower these people and go beyond just facilitating club activities and making sure that people are given the hardest ingenuity and tried what has never been tried before and know that AS VP for activities is completely behind them and supporting them 100 percent.

What do you think is the role of VP for Activities?

The job description says strategic advisor, which can seem a little ambiguous. The way I can see that is when you’re helping clubs to make decisions that can support the long-term predictions of their club that they are really supporting the longevity of the clubs in the best interest and making sure that these activists and these support groups get to continue. Also, in the event planning, making sure that the events are serving students and that the publicity is getting out to students.

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

Overall, the accessibility of the AS to students. Making sure that students and the general population knows what the AS does. I want to do that by implementing a mandatory training, possibly, for freshmen, like the domestic violence [training] people need to go through. Student money is supporting these activities and we owe it to the students to makes sure they are aware of what the AS gives them and how to access those resources.