The AS Review: What motivates you to seek out this position?
Nate Wallace: Well, let’s see. Well, first of all, I want to be more involved with the AS and I want to gain experience, like, real-life experience, and I feel like I could do both through this position. Secondly, I feel like I have really good leadership ability and also organizational type skills and stuff, and so I wanted to use those to help benefit Western students and I felt like I’m a business major, and so I thought that through the Vice President of Business and Operations, that’d be a good way to do that. Also, I’ve been a member of a lot of the committees through the AS this last year, and I want to kind of … I just want to get more involved and I thought this would be a cool way to get more involved with the AS, have more of a say, always try to help have a voice for the students more.
ASR: What groups of students might be easily overlooked by the AS Board, and what will you do to ensure that you represent them in your work?
Wallace: Well, first of all, I feel like the people that really use the resources from the AS—I feel like there’s a big void between this core group of people that benefit and know how the AS works and really use it and a big chunk of the Western campus, and, so, I guess I feel like I’d want to try to extend to that big majority that doesn’t know that much about the AS, that doesn’t utilize its benefits, that it doesn’t know about it.
I think, a lot of times, the people that are overlooked are the people that don’t utilize the AS, that don’t understand how it works and so, I guess, maybe not a specific group, but more or less, more outreach to the people that don’t use it, currently, and I feel like the Board does overlook that because they’re not involved in—or, they don’t use the AS, and so, definitely the majority of campus that doesn’t really know much about it. I think that’s who I would want to reach out to.
ASR: Since you came to Western, what has been the most important issue facing students that went unaddressed or was dealt with poorly? What issue would you say has been addressed most positively?
Wallace: One of the most important issues that I feel has been addressed positively, definitely the diversity. I feel that Western has great diversity and great programming, and everybody up here’s very open to diversity, open to, you know, transgender, transsexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual. I feel like that issue is promoted well and dealt with well, both through the AS and the community and the Western campus. As far as a negative issue goes, I feel, probably, it’s the transparency of the budget, like, I guess, maybe just the trend, the transparency of Western’s finances as a whole, and the process of how money is allocated and how we’re affected by the budget cuts, how we’re affected—you know, like, I hear a lot of candidates—well, not necessarily the candidates, but just everybody that we want to cap tuition, we don’t want to increase, the state needs to rearrange their budget, they need to reallocate their budget, but, I guess I feel like just saying that, I mean, is that reasonable? And I don’t feel like there’s a good answer, but, as far as, I think that’s a very, very important issue and negatively dealt with, as far as the transparency of it and that kind of stuff.
ASR: What are your three biggest goals for the next year?
Wallace: My three biggest goals for the next year are: If elected, I want to work to improve the transparency of the students’ money as it flows through the organization, going back to what I previously said. A lot of people don’t know how the inside of the organization works. They don’t know the inner workings of it, and I want to create a program that gives people better access to where their money’s going, how it flows, to what programs, to what outreaches, and then, hopefully, if people have more access to that, they can get better feedback, and so we can continue to evolve as an organization. Number two, I would like to exploit the limitations of the AS. I would like to continue to evaluate what limits the organization from achieving a higher goal and then try to exploit those limitations. And then, lastly, I want to bring new ideas to the table, new ideas to the Board of Directors, a fresh perspective on the current issues and, yeah, just bring a new outlook.
ASR: Last question. When a student comes to you with a question that is beyond the scope of your job, how will you help respond to this student?
Wallace: I’m writing it down, because this is some good questions. It’s good stuff to think about. If a student came to me with a question beyond the scope of my position, I would assist them to get to the right level, whether that be personally walking them up and introducing them to the person that I feel they should be talking to, doing a little bit of research. I mean, I’m sure it can’t take that long to point somebody in the right direction, as far as that. So, yeah, I mean, if somebody came up to [me with] a question that’s beyond the scope of my position I would do everything in my power to help point them in the right direction, if not actually walk them up to the person they need to talk to, to get their issue resolved.