ASUAF Senate Candidates
Compiled By Jeremia Schrock
Sun Star Reporter
Name: Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita
Candidate for Senate Seat S
Hello, my name is Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita, but I either go by Sophia or G20. I have been attending UAF for two years and have always been involved in activities and organizations on campus. I have worked at the SRC and been a resident assistant in Stevens Hall. This year I am living off campus and looking forward to my last winter before I leave for a deployment to Afghanistan sometime next year. I am passionate about ASUAF and welcome any concerns you have, and look forward to discussing possible solutions.
Platform: I want to help lower the tuition for UA students while working on getting more input from students as to how they would like to see their $35 student government fee put to use. I plan to do this by helping with the allocating money process and going to the Board of Regents meetings. I am also very interested in diversity issues and addressing the needs of all of UAF’s students, such as single mother/fathers, non-traditional students and off-campus students.
Why do you feel you are qualified to run? I have been a senator for two terms now and I feel that I understand the rules of procedure and bylaws as well as how ASUAF fits with other campus organizations and I feel that this year ASUAF could really benefit the students with our talks of a needs/merit-based scholarship as well as our continued lobbying efforts to the Board of Regents to keep the tuition low.
Hobbies: traveling, fishing and stargazing.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry if people don’t recognize your merits; worry that you may not recognize theirs.”
Name: Tachit (Tay) Chairat
Candidate for Senate Seat T
I came to the United States from Bangkok, Thailand my junior year of high school and settled in the Seattle area. After graduation, I went on to study at Highline Community College where I became very active in campus events. At Highline I was chosen as a member of the International Leadership Student Council, a team of six students who act as mentors and plan events to help international students adjust to life in America. I have continued my campus involvement at UAF by participating in the Alternative Break program and I am a current member of the ASUAF Senate and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Platform: As a senator I want to be able to listen all students problems if possible and be one of the senator who help out and solve those problems.
Why do you feel you are qualified to run? Because I live on campus, it’s easier for me to identify the problems that currently occur to students.
Hobbies: Playing soccer and computer games
Favorite Quote: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein
Name: Dillon Ball
Candidate for Senate Seat K
My name is Dillon Ball. I was born in Soldotna, Alaska, and I am a graduate of Soldotna High School. This is my first year at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and I currently have a sophomore class standing. I enjoy taking a wide variety of courses at the university and currently reside on campus.
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Platform: I aim to make the Senate more effective by increasing competitiveness. If we as senators were forced to run against one another, we would be inherently more accountable to the voters.
Why do you feel you are qualified to run? I am a hard-working motivated individual and greatly enjoy working and participating in student governments. I was the student body president of my high school my senior year, and this semester I served as the chair of the Public Relations Committee. This semester my committee organized a debate between US Senate candidates Joe Miller and Scott McAdams that was held on campus, and had an incredibly large turnout from students and the general public alike.
Hobbies: Backpacking, archery, photography, rock climbing
Favorite Quote: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert Heinlein.
Name: Robert Kinnard III
Candidate for Senate Seat R
I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is currently my third year at UAF. I was a 2010 New Student Orientation Leader and in the 2010 spring semester I also had a radio show for a semester. While meeting my goals in life through higher education, I also want to make a positive difference by giving back to my community. I believe as a student it is important to get involved in both on and off campus communities because students have a major impact in both areas. I want to be on the Senate to be a voice for the students that make UAF what it is today, but also what it will be in the future. I have been involved with many activities and organizations on and off this campus.
Minor(s): Political Science
Platform: I hope to get more students involved with their student government, increasing voter participation, increasing awareness for all members of ASUAF. I also hope to advocate for a universal plus/minus grading system all throughout the campus.
Why do you feel you are qualified to run? I am qualified to run to become a senator because my main goal is putting the students first. I have the ability in communicating with residence life, classmates, faculty, staff friends, and community members to benefit this campus to the best ability. The most important reason I’m running is to be both a service and represent the students and be the voice.
Hobbies: I really enjoy just hanging out with my friends and family. Whatever I’m doing I just enjoy having a good time.
Favorite Quote: “I come as one, but I stand as 10,000.” –Maya Angelou
Name: Jesse Cervin
Candidate for Senate Seat O
Jesse Cervin is a second year non-traditional student studying Mining Engineering and running for a second year as a student senator. Cervin declined to fill out the candidate questionnaire.