Candidate Statements for
Student Union Senate
(In alphabetical order)
Arts & Sciences:
WashU is so much more than just a top-tier university. It’s also an exceptional place to spend
four prime years of our lives. In my time here I’ve grown into an ardent WashU enthusiast, and my hope
is to promote a dynamic relationship between the university and its students. I want to ensure that
WashU continues to generate rewarding opportunities that its students are eager to snatch up. The
university should continue to enrich and refine campus life through every relevant avenue, working in
tandem with the desires and vision of its undergraduates.
I have served in community leadership positions for years, participating as an executive member
of student government, college council, and other influential service organizations. I’m an easy person
to get along with, and will gladly make myself accessible to every student who wishes to contribute
ideas and judgments. I realize the importance of the undergraduate body I would be representing, and I
understand the consequence of their concerns and opinions. My skills will establish me as a proficient
legislator, and my excitement will foster a rewarding atmosphere. I would really love the opportunity to
use these strengths in serving our community as a Student Union senator.
I, Becca Craig, am running for Student Union Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. I have also
been running under the whimsical and kitschy campaign slogan, “Put a Checka for Becca!” While this
quirky, rhyming motto might appear to be more appropriate for a sixth-grader’s battle for ‘homeroom
rep.’, I assure you that applying this slogan to your voting habit today is just as applicable in the colligate
setting. (Although I can also boast that the slogan worked like a charm back in the day as well.) By
voting for me, you are voting for a Senator that will work tirelessly to improve campus life and ensure
than your voice is heard, considered and represented. By placing a checkmark next to my name, you are
voting for an experienced leader, a dedicated advocate and a promise to improve the Washington
I possess the experience, leadership ability, and many beneficial ideas to bring to the SU table. As a
previous high school Student Council President, Illinois Congressional Debate Association President and
National Honor Society Vice-President, I have the experience required to make effective decisions on
campus. I know exactly how to express student concerns and change policy for the better. After being
appointed to a cabinet seat of the Freshman Class Council, I worked closely with Student Union and
other groups to foster an understanding of the wants and wishes of the Washington University
community. As a senator, I will utilize these skills to contribute to a successful term .
Student Union Senate’s role is to advocate for it’s constituents, acting as a mouthpiece to voice the
general concerns for all WashU students. As a senator, I will advocate on your behalf, ensuring that your
advice and ideas become a reality. As much as I love to talk, I love to listen even more. I am committed
to holding open office hours in the Student Union office weekly to hear grievances, complaints, or ideas
from my constituents. Washington University is our campus and I can assure you, my passion and
commitment will produce a positive change for the WashU community.
Your voice and opinions come first and foremost, I intend also to bring my own ideas so we can make
relevant change together. I will work with the new senate to push for the ability to use Washington
University campus cards at off-campus restaurants. I would make it my personal project to provide
programming to ease the transition for transfer and January Program students. I believe the time has
come for the student’s voice to be heard directly by the administration. I am running to build direct
dialogue by advocating for open public forums between students and administration.
In conclusion, when you vote for you ArtSci Senator today- check for experience, check for dedication
and check for the promise of a better Washu. In other words, put a checka for Becca!
Why do I want to be a part of Senate?
First of all, I have always seen myself as an active member of the community and often feel the need for
constructing a community that is socially connected and vibrant. I think being a part of Senate is a good
chance to represent the community and take the responsibility in improving our community. Moreover,
as an international student from China, I want to hone my leadership skills in a new environment and
bring my new thoughts to the campus by becoming a senator in Washington University.
Why am I a good candidate for this position?
I think my passion for engagement in campus life is the most important reason for me to apply for the
position of Senator in Student Union . I am a person with great passion and believe in that a passionate
life needs you to put your one hundred and twenty percent of your effort. Currently I am active in Artsci
Council and have held a lot of events with my friends. I am also a person who is happy to meet new
people no matter where on campus, like in subway lines, in my dorm at Hitzeman, in my classroom.
Moreover, in my past experience in my college and high school, I have culuminated experience in
leadership. As the only son of my family in China, I also learned the importance to take the
responsibility. I am aware that our community in Washington University needs the active participation
of our community members to achieve a higher goal, a better community life experience. Therefore, I
am willing to give my efforts to the betterment of my community. I hope I can contribute to the diversity
and activity of the Senate and the campus.
Hello Wash U Community, My name is Liz Jordan and I am running for Student Union Senate. I am a
freshman in the school of Arts & Sciences. I am pre-law, and intend to be a history major. In high school,
I served as Secretary of my class, and President of The National Honor Society (which served as my
school’s student government). I used these posts to focus on increasing community involvement, and
fostering relationships between students and administration.
I am a good fit for SU Senate because I understand that the university has a responsibility to hear the
desires and concerns of the student body. I will help SU act as a catalyst between the students and
administration. I want to organize initiatives to connect with the student body on a real, individual way,
and get their opinions. I also understand that, whenever feasible, the administration should act on the
student body’s desires. Often times, opinions get expressed but are forgotten about by those in power. I
will not forget. I will work with the other members of the senate, as well as SU as a whole, to express
these desires and see that they get fulfilled.
During the campaign period, I will be dorm-storming to hear what the student body has to say, and if
elected, I will bring these issues to the Senate immediately to see what we can do about them.
VOTE LIZ JORDAN!
During my time at Washington University, I’ve always sought to be involved in student groups
and student activism. As a Student Union Senator, I would like to bring my experiences and knowledge
of student activism and involvement to our student government, and find new ways for Student Union
to encourage and enhance student activism on campus. Additionally, I would like to see that Senate –
and Student Union as a whole - becomes more transparent and accessible to the student body, and that
students have greater opportunity to play a role in the decisions and actions that Student Union takes.
Throughout my time as a Student Union Senator I will work to achieve these goals and improve
Washington University in whatever ways I can.
Hi my name is Joseph Marcus and I am running to be a Senator for the school of Arts and Sciences. As a
member of the Senate Academic Affairs committee for the past year,I have learned a lot about Senate.
By putting on events that brought students together with faculty (titled: Meet the Profs), I could really
see the purpose of this organization: to help students through representation. To accomplish this goal,
Senate needs to be composed of members who are hardworking, communicative, receptive, and also
idealists. One of the major problems with the current Senate is that it does not effectively let the
student body know what it is doing. For example, the group is currently working with the Career Center
to build an extensive alumni mentoring program that spans the country, and even the world. This
program will eventually be a very important resource for students, yet it is currently hidden from the
student body. On programs like this, Senate really needs to do a better job disseminating information.
Coming into Senate I have quite a bit of leadership experience. This year I started an initiative via
facebook called Bear Buddies, to connect current freshmen with incoming students or students
interested in WashU. The program has gained recognition by the Office of Orientation and was even
written up in Student Life Newspaper
_bears-1.1311511). I currently run an operation that includes roughly 80 incoming freshmen and 75
current freshmen as well as roughly 15 upperclassmen who serve as advisers. Coordinating such a group
has been quite time consuming, but well worth it. I learned so much about what it takes to lead a group.
One of the most important of which was to give people what they want, rather then what I think they
may want. By providing services requested rather than extraneous services, one can provide what the
student body actually needs.
Over the past year, I have worked hard as an SU Senator to improve WashU. I sponsored and wrote SU’s
resolution advocating the expansion of gender-neutral housing. I helped bring flu shots to the DUC last
semester. I have worked to better connect Senate and the student body as one of the new Senate
Constituent Outreach Chairs. As the CS40-Student Union liaison, I have helped fix relations between the
two governments. And, most importantly to many students, I brought mashed potatoes back to the
DUC (sesame chicken should be on its way!). Right now I’m trying to make nutritional info accessible
and visible in dining areas, and also make it easier for students to get back their final essays and exam
scores at the end of the semester.
In my senior year at WashU, I want to continue ensuring that administrators’ policies follow student
opinion, and that the administration follows through on its promises. I want to make sure that Senate
keeps listening to students. Finally, I want to broaden Senate’s focus to cover bigger issues that affect
students’ lives, like WashU’s lack of need-blind admissions and the current disconnect between students
and the administration.
Please re-elect me, Chase Sackett, as SU Senator in Arts & Sciences so I can keep working to improve
Senate, WashU, and your own undergraduate experience.
President, Justin X. Carroll Residence Hall Honorary
CS40 Sports & Recreation/RCO Co-Chair & Assembly Representative
Chimes Junior Honorary Vice President
Campus Y Y-Tutor
What I bring to Student Union
Experience with Senate and the WashU community, and a deep passion for change.
Why I’m the best candidate
I want to make WashU a better place than when I came here. In my first term, I worked on many
different issues on students’ behalf. I hope to keep improving the little things (like bringing mashed
potatoes back), but also make lasting and significant improvement to WashU.
What I hope to change about Student Union
Student Union needs to be more transparent, accountable, and effective. In my second term as Senator,
I hope to make SU a better way to enact change at WashU. We have a responsibility to students to
make WashU better.
Hello, my name is Jake Novick, and I’m a sophomore here in Olin, running to be YOUR SU Senator. I’ve
had a great deal of experience as a leader in a student government position, as I am currently the
Speaker of the Congress of the South 40, which as you may know, puts on large and exciting programs
for nearly 3,000 students every year.
I want to be YOUR Senator because I believe that it will allow me to voice the true opinions of Olin
Students, which seem to sometimes go unheard. Through my role as Speaker this year, I have been able
to establish many positive relationships with administrators in various areas of campus life that pertain
to students – from Dining Services to Transportation to WUPD. I know that the relationships that I’ve
built will allow me to hit the ground running in Senate.
One issue that I would like to pursue as a Senator would be the lack of general transparency in the
decision-making process pertaining to numerous issues on campus, from room rental fees in the DUC, to
the increase in food prices.
I am an organized, motivated and ambitious person, and I know that I will be able to succeed in this
position, representing YOU.
I appreciate your support and look forward to hearing any of your comments, questions or concerns
that I can help to support as a Senator. Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.