Welcome to the 2011 elections issue of The AS Review! In the following pages you will find interviews with all the candidates running for the AS Board of Directors, information on the proposed Heating Costs Initiative, as well as how and where to vote.

For the interviews, each candidate was asked to answer the same four questions: Why are you seeking this position? What do you think is the role of [position title]? Tell us about one issue affecting students you think the AS Board of Directors should focus on next year. The AS has had to deal with funding cuts and tough budget decisions. How will you help maintain the quality of AS programs, services and events if these budget issues continue?

Great care was taken in selecting questions that would be fair for all candidates.

The transcriptions included here are, for the most part, verbatim. However, verbal fillers and hedges (e.g. “um,” “er,” “like” and repeated words) were omitted for clarity. We limited each answer for the printed edition to 150 words due to space constraints so many answers are edited for brevity, but the substance of each candidate’s response has not been altered in any way. Since some candidates had more to say than others, the full versions of each interview are available below.

Voting for the AS elections will be held from Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Students can vote electronically by visiting www.wwu.edu/vote and following the e-ballot instructions, by clicking “Vote!” under the AS Elections tab on the myWestern homepage or by visiting the polling station in Red Square between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

The AS Review would like to thank all of the candidates for taking time during their campaigns to be interviewed.

We hope you enjoy the issue, and encourage you to make an informed decision. Now, get out and vote!