Election Issue – Candidate Profiles

Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 29, 2011

The following biographies were submitted by four (of seven) students running for the Fall 2011 seats on the ASUAF senate. There are a total of 10 vacant senate seats. There are also two individuals running for one vacancy on the Concert Board.

Christian Burns-Shafer. Photo by Jeremia Schrock.

Name: Christian Burns-Shafer
Age: 19
Major: Mathematics
Class Standing: Freshman
Position Running For: Senator
Reason for Running: To take advantage of my abilities with discussion and debate by participating in an organization that helps out the students of my university. Go UAF!
Goals: To respond to all student suggestions and interests. To create a better environment for students to (1) graduate quicker, (2) receive quality advising, and (3) be involved with the UAF community.
Motto: Flexibility. Virtue. Love. Diligence.
Hobbies: Economics, Piano, MMA, Debate, Writing, Graphic Art, Social Networking.

Robert Kinnard. Photo by Jeremia Schrock.

Name: Robert Kinnard III
Major: Justice
Class Standing: Senior
Position: Senator
Reason for Running: I am running to be a service to the Associated Students of Alaska Fairbanks. I believe it’s imperative to have representation that listens to the concerns of students and acting in the best interest of the students. I enjoy being a service to the students and helping students in anyway possible.
Goals: I believe ASUAF needs an paid advisor to hold the students accountable and create a sense of awareness of what students who represent the University.
Role Model/Motto: n/a
Hobbies: I spend my free with family and friends that is the best hobby above all things. I love volunteer work though because it is very important to give back.

Fred Brown. Photo courtesy of Fred Brown.

Name: Fred Brown
Age: 20
Major: Journalism
Class Standing: Sophomore
Position: Senator
Reason for Running: I want to help bridge the gap of disconnect between the students and their government.
Goals: My main goal is to be a sound voice for the student body based on fact and not speculation.
Role Model/Motto: My personal motto would be a question, “what would the students want?”
Hobbies: I am an avid sports fan and enjoy writing.

Rusty Young. Photo courtesy of Rusty Young.

Name: Rusty Young
Age: 18
Major: Linguistics
Class Standing: n/a
Position: Senator
Reason for Running: I am running because I think it is important to be involved with the goings on around me.
Goals:  The most specific thing I want to work on this next semester is the issue of the water quality. Other than that, I just want to do what I can to make being a student here as easy as possible.
Role Model/Motto: I have always admired Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein.  I look up to them as examples of people who used common sense and knowledge to solve problems.
Hobbies:  I like photography and being outdoors as much as possible. I enjoy keeping myself informed about current events and world politics.

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