The following six pages
contain interviews with
many of the candidates.
We asked them each the
four questions listed bel-
1) Have you ever been involved in USG before? If yes, then in what capacity? If no, what qualifications do you have that make you think you would make a good USG offi- cial?
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Senate was invaluable, and that next year he will be able to take what he has learned and turn it into real progress. He hopes to carry on the traditions of his fellow Senators and add to the success of many of their programs. \u201cThe Senate is like a fami- ly.\u201d
3) Eric believes that the past semester has let many students know that the Senate is working hard. He praises the legislation that has been passed last semester, espe- cially Senator Antonelli\u2019s ALIRRT pro- gram. He believes that next year, the Senate will be \u201con the road\u201d to success. \u201cWe\u2019re going to make it happen.\u201d
4) Eric believes that he will be able to improve student life in \u201cevery way possi- ble.\u201d He finds Senator Antonelli to be \u201can inspiration,\u201d and hopes to be able to follow in his footsteps next year.
2) He is running for this position because he\u2019s \u201csick of complaining and sick of hearing people complain about the apathy, inefficiency, and anti-social trends of this campus.\u201d He says he can\u2019t sit around waiting for change to happen; someone needs to make it happen and he will try to do things in the student\u2019s best interests, because that\u2019s what he feels matters most. He asserts that he is not running for publicity or for something nice to put on a resume. He says he wants to work with the rest of the senate and hopefully make the upcoming semester effective for the USG Senate.
3) Brian feels that student apathy is a real problem. While he was petitioning for this position, he had to obtain 100 signatures to get on the ballot. He says he had to explain to at least half of the people asked to sign his petition what USG is and what he was running for. According to Brian, this shouldn\u2019t be
the case. And it\u2019s not just with USG, but with everything on this campus. \u201cWe have so many activities that go on that many students just don\u2019t know about, myself included. This goes to show that\u2019s it\u2019s not entirely the fact that the students don\u2019t care. It\u2019s that they just don\u2019t know about things on this campus. Although it may not be the official job of the senate, I want to try to inform more students and find a more effective way of informing students of what is happening on campus,\u201d he said.
4) Brian plans on getting more concerts on campus, and also more student friendly events in general. Another big issue Brian mentioned that has been going on lately is the general distaste for the current meal plan. If elected, he will do everything in his power to lower food prices to a reasonable price so that stu- dents don\u2019t have to worry about running out of meal points a few weeks before the end of the semester. He will also introduce the idea of having laundry included in our tuition. His laundry money comes out of his pocket and he\u2019s sure it does for other students. It would be nice to not have to worry about this expense, he says. He asserts that com- muter students also need a solution to some of their problems, such as the lack of parking, the long wait at the SAC for a bus to South P, and crowded lines at the SAC midday. They make up almost half, if not more than half the population of the undergraduate class, and he will try to get their needs met. Brian\u2019s main goal is to increase student awareness on campus and get their needs met, because that is why he is running.
1) Currently Ketty is serving as a sena- tor and is on the legislative, environ- ment, and rules committees.
2) She\u2019s running for re-election because serving as a senator this year was a great experience for her. She learned a lot about laws and administration and feels there is a lot she can do for the stu- dents.
3) She believes apathy would decrease through increased awareness to the fact that USG is the cause of successful pro- grams like ALIRRT and PASS.
4) Ketty will continue to fight against the smoking ban and wants to make a new, more accurate bus schedule.
1) Brian has not held a position in Stony Brook\u2019s USG before, but he feels that his leadership skills were honed as he served as Senior Class President in high school. He is currently a part of the African
Student Union, the Student Activities Board, and the Caribbean Student Organization.
2) Brian is running for the Senate because he would like to take a more active politi- cal role in the university. He is \u201cinterested in how the student government is run\u201d.
3) \u201cAt first, I had misconceptions about what the Senate did,\u201d said Brian. After doing some research, he found that the Senate was something that he wanted to become more involved in. He hopes that he can use his position as Senator to pass the knowledge to the student body that it is worth it to become involved on campus.
4) Brian hopes to effectively represent the College of Arts and Sciences. However, he recognizes that the Senate works as one body and not just a group of individuals looking out for their own issues. \u201cHopefully those who are elected from my party will help me out with that,\u201d he said.
before, but thinks that will be an asset rather than a hindrance. He is hoping to come into USG as a fresh mind, and thinks this will help him as a senator.
2) Steve is running for senator because he\u2019s \u201csick and tired of what\u2019s wrong with this campus.\u201d He\u2019s an average student that is tired of the high food and the lack of events, but wants to do something about it. \u201cI think this position would give me the best opportunity to fix as much as I can,\u201d he said.
3) \u201cStudent Apathy is definitely a problem at Stony Brook,\u201d he said. \u201cBut I think that stems from a lack of information as expo- sure. I think the average student here does-
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