ASUAF Fall 2012 Elections Preview

Compiled by Claire Baalke/Sun Star Reporter
November 20, 2012

The bitter sting of the winter cold is setting in and so is the end of the semester. With Thanksgiving coming up and the end of the semester rolling our way its easy for everyone to get a little antsy. Candidates running for the ASUAF senate and the Concert Board are also antsy in anticipation of their upcoming election. Elections will be held Nov. 29 and 30. Students have a variety of times and places to get their vote in on who is to be elected. These include the Wood Center between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Lola Tilly Commons from noon to 2 p.m. or from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Reichardt between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Community and Technical College anytime from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and online at www.asuaf.org.

Three of six candidates running for Senate Spring 2012 submitted the following biographies.

Name: Matt Dakus

Age: 19

Major: Mathematics

Minor: PolySci

1. Why are you running for the Senate?  I have always been politically minded, and I feel like I have good leadership abilities. I’m running for reelection because I feel like I will be able to provide the leadership, creativity, and dedication necessary to help make ASUAF work for the well-being of the student body.
2. What are your goals? What is the legacy you want to leave behind from your time on the Senate? I’m currently working on running a committee. In this term, if elected, I plan on focusing on my committee work as much as I can and to get the University Staff and student body on the same page on as many issues as possible. In addition I would like to pass legislation that directly benefits a broad range of students.
 
3. What is one thing that is of the upmost importance to you in relation to the Senate?  I’d like to do more things to increase student involvement in ASUAF. I feel like the reduction in senate size was a poor decision and I plan to pursue the reversal of that change and to pursue alternate means of increasing awareness and involvement.
 
4. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know?  I am a Canadian Citizen, but was neither born in Canada nor have I ever lived there.
 
5. What is your favorite quote? “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” -George Patton
 
6. Who is your role model? Who inspires you? FDR. The strength and leadership he displayed while in office were unmatched by any person I am aware of.
Dakus is currently a member of the Senate.

Name: Beth Steele

Age: 20

Major: Petroleum Engineering

Minor: Mathematics and Communications (double minor)

1. Why are you running for the Senate?  Well, because I want to help. There are a number of things that could be improved at UAF, and the Senate is the best place to collaborate with other students to make those improvements happen.
2. What are your goals? What is the legacy you want to leave behind from your time on the Senate? My goal while on Senate would be to learn as much as possible from other Senators and Directors. I would like the legacy I leave behind to be one of an unbiased, informative, and reasonable voice that helps the students of UAF as much as possible.
 
3. What is one thing that is of the utmost importance to you in relation to the Senate? The most important thing about Senate for me is the experience with working with groups of people to draw up a presentation or piece of legislation to further develop and improve our University. The interpersonal communication and professionalism skills that the Senate develops will be invaluable to my future career; and knowing that I’m helping my fellow students with every day life (heated side walks? Underground parking garages?) is a great feeling.
 
4. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know?  Well, I’ve lived in Alaska for 17 years and I still can’t snowboard.
5. What is your favorite quote? It’s a tie between “Stand, and Be True” by Stephen King, and “If you even Dream about beating me, You’d better wake up and Apologize.” by Muhammad Ali
 
6. Who is your role model? Who inspires you? Stephen King is definitely one of the most inspiring and influential Person-I-Don’t-Actually-Know in my life, but I wouldn’t consider him role model; he’s a bit too weird for that. My role model is Geoffrey Canada, and he inspires me to grow up, get rich, and donate to his schools.

Name: Ashley Strauch

Age: 20

Major: Psychology

Minor: Secondary Education

1. Why are you running for the Senate?   I am running for the Senate to use the experience and involvement I have garnered over the past five semesters to help make a difference in the student community.
2. What are your goals? What is the legacy you want to leave behind from your time on the Senate? I have several goals I would like to achieve, which include: speaking as a representative for the students who live on campus as well as off, making sure that I find effective and responsible uses for their ASUAF student fees, and finding ways to branch out to students who may not know that they are also a part of ASUAF and can get involved. I would like to leave behind me a commitment to active listening and a legacy of genuine, honest service to the student body.
 
3. What is one thing that is of the utmost importance to you in relation to the Senate? My main goal in running for a Senate position is to use the knowledge I have gained of UAF student issues to better the campus community. I support the academic interests of students as well as extra-curricular involvements. If I believe that supporting an issue would help students maintain a well-balanced curriculum, than I will gladly advocate for it. In particular, I hope to see student fees put to use responsibly and to the benefit of the greatest number of students.
 
4. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know?  Most people probably don’t know that I love to climb mountains. I consider myself to be a “state-highpointer” where my goal is to climb the highest point in all 50 states. Currently, I have climbed 31, not including Denali. Colorado was my favorite peak so far.
5. What is your favorite quote?  My favorite quote, because I am a nerd, comes from Gandalf: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” I used it as my senior quote in high school.
 
6. Who is your role model? Who inspires you? My role model is my Grandma because of the generous, loving person that she is. She inspires me to work hard and grow older gracefully.
Name: John Seiler

Age: 26

Major: Journalism

Minor: Sociology

1. Why are you running for the Senate? I think there has been a problem with ASUAF and their outreach to students. In the past as a student, I’ve been to meetings where senators treat each other and students disrespectfully and if we want students to feel welcomed when they come to meetings, this needs to change. ASUAF needs a better outreach to students and get them involved because ASUAF is making important decisions that effect there student life.

2. What are your goals? What is the legacy you want to leave behind from your time in the senate? Getting Students involved and having people more aware of what’s going on at meetings. I want to have the meetings play on KSUA TV, KSUA TV YouTube page and KSUA radio because not everybody can get to a meeting at 4pm on a Sunday. Along with more awareness, I think students will get more involved so we wouldn’t have an election where we can’t even fill seven seats.

3. What is one thing that is of the upmost importance to you in relation to the senate? I want a better environment for senate meetings.

4. Tell us one thing about yourself that people do not know? I host a talk show at KSUA called Spoiler Alert. I talk about and review the biggest things in Movies, Games, Comics, TV and more.

5. What is your favorite quote? “Be excellent to each other and party on dudes!” Abraham Lincoln

6. Who is your role model? Jim Sterling. As a radio personality and writer, he is what I strive to be.
Mickey Wilson did not respond to the requests for interviews.
One of two candidates running for the Concert Board submitted the following biographies.

Name: Matthew Harris

Age: 21

Major: Anthropology and Philosophy (Double Major)

Minor: N/A

1. Why are you running for the Concert Board?   I am running for Concert Board because I have always had a strong passion for music and would like to have to opportunity to serve the campus community by being a part of the concert selection process.
2. What are your goals? What is the legacy you want to leave behind from your time on the Concert Board? My goal is mostly to just be apart of the event/concert planning. As far as a legacy, I would like the self satisfaction that I was apart of something that let students have a good time.
 
3. What is one thing that is of the utmost importance to you in relation to the Concert Board? Something of the utmost importance would be my +7 years of concert and event planning for the Fairbanks community. During those years I have worked directly with venues, bands and anybody involved in the concert planning process.
 
4. Tell us one thing about yourself that most people do not know?  I’m a founding member local ska band Naked Men and was a founding member  Eating For Two and have played in various local bands over the years.
5. What is your favorite quote?  “Nobody knows everything we know this to be true.” Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad
 
6. Who is your role model? Who inspires you? A role model of relevance to concerts and music would be Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto. He is an amazing song writer and never stops being hands on with fans.
Olivia Bowen did not respond to the request for interview.
Ballot questions:
There will also be a ballot question asking to raise the student government fee from $35 to $42.  The fee increase would also include a restructuring of the fee distribution so that the fee increase goes directly to supporting the governance groups.  The ballot question was sponsored by Concert Board member RJ Mikulski, ASUAF President Mari Freitag, KSUA General Manager Rebecca File and Sun Star Editor Elika Roohi.

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