John Falke

Editor’s Note: There are eight University-wide representative positions, for which 15 candidates are running. Eighty percent of University-wide representative candidates responded to the Daily Texan Candidate Questionnaire, and we judged the candidates based on the quality of their written responses as well as their performance at Monday’s candidate debate. All photos were provided by the candidates. Voting takes place Wednesday and Thursday at utexasvote.org.

 

Kallen Dimitroff, history and government junior

Kallen Dimitroff has been involved in numerous school organizations in her three years at UT. She previously worked as a first-year representative and a Liberal Arts representative in Student Government. With this experience, she is inspired to create a yearly conference sponsored by SG in which leaders from every major student group discuss issues of importance. She’s devoted to increasing unity on campus and helping students get connected. We strongly recommend Dimitroff.

 

John Falke, BHP, finance and government sophomore

John Falke is committed to student participation in the University. With ideas involving larger and more involved student organization fairs and an increased emphasis on student organizations at freshman orientation, Falke wants students to recognize all their options. As a current member of the Assembly, Falke has the experience needed to be an effective representative of all UT students and a desire to improve the internal culture of SG. We strongly recommend Falke.

 

Anika Agarwal, biomedical engineering freshman

Anika Agarwal does not believe that Student Government cannot effect real change. By “getting the student body more involved in the process of student government and by making the process of enacting legislation more transparent, SG can effectively mitigate this misconception,” Agarwal believes. This freshman’s solutions to campus issues like hours of operation in dining halls and bus route timing are practical and appeal to all ages and types of students. We endorse Agarwal.

 

Hayley Cook, advertising junior

Hayley Cook believes firmly in a “commitment to excellence” and strives to be a good leader. We were impressed to see that she has a specific goal targeting the availability of online recording of lectures to students on campus, and using technology to document SG progress. We liked her idea that by engaging and informing students, SG has an opportunity to empower the student population at UT. We recommend Cook.

 

Alejandrina Guzman, psychology sophomore

Alejandrina Guzman is dedicated to improving handicap accessibility around campus because she does not believe the amenities in place are enough. Guzman displays an initiative to speak on behalf of a group not always represented in Student Government. For her interests in student safety and updated accessibility, we recommend Guzman.

 

Kevin Helgren, psychology and neuroscience senior

As a newcomer to SG, Kevin Helgren makes up for his lack of experience with passion. Helgren believes in transparency and plans to implement an open-door policy — complete with monthly assemblies open to the student body —  if elected. Helgren has the drive and unique perspective to turn this campus around. We recommend Helgren.

 

Santiago Rosales, finance and economics freshman

Santiago Rosales is well aware of the necessary improvements that need to be made within SG and the University as whole. A first-year representative, he cited outreach as a major source of improvement, as well as internal communication. His long term goal is to “see a stronger UT challenge the Ivy League and lead the nation in research and alumni notoriety. That begins with a firm investment in the student life of my peers and a dedication to opening more doors for all students at UT.” We recommend Rosales.

 

Spencer Schredder, economics and international relations & global studies junior

Spencer Schredder understands the problems that exist within Student Government. For him, accountability and ethics play a large role in his life and will surely transfer over if elected. He plans on opening clear lines of communication between SG and the student population as well as increasing cross-cultural understanding and eliminating wasteful spending that could easily be more responsibly allocated to deserving groups and causes. We recommend Schredder.

Editor’s Note: The college-specific representatives were judged based on their responses to the Daily Texan Candidate Questionnaire. The response rate for each college is included below. We have not endorsed contests in which the candidates were uncontested.

 

Architecture —  Uncontested

 

Business — 3 spots, 100 percent responded

Business sophomore Sapan Patel demonstrated an impressive and in-depth understanding of the issues affecting campus, including the University’s Shared Services plan. His interest in serving on the Legislative Affairs committee demonstrates that he knows his own strengths and is interested in doing the best by the assembly. Strongly recommended.

Business honors freshman John Falke has experience both in UBC and internal Senate, indicating that he can serve as an effective bridge between the two organizations. His legislative ideas are not terribly exciting, but his resume is impressive and indicative of his ability to do the job.

Business sophomore Jackson Clifford is attuned to the needs of the business school and has innovative ideas for involving minority students in Student Government, including the creation of an external position in black student groups. His answers demonstrated a clear grasp of SG’s jurisdiction and mentioned concerns about late-night dining options and parking availability, both of which have appeal beyond the business school.

 

Communication — 2 spots, 66 percent responded

Public relations freshman Ruben Cardenas demonstrated an understanding of Student Government’s jurisdiction and mentioned several pressing student issues, including pedestrian safety, stealth dorms and the need for a longer Thanksgiving break.

 

Education — Uncontested 

 

Engineering — 3 spots, 50 percent responded

Architectural engineering senior Jamie Nalley has been involved in more than four engineering student organizations, making him a strong representative of his college. His answers were well-reasoned, eloquent and specific. Issues he is interested in pursuing include Campus Climate and the Urban Rail. Strongly recommended.

 

Fine arts — Uncontested 

Geoscience — 1 spot, 50 percent responded

Geological sciences senior Jessica Sherman was well spoken and seemed to understand the issues affecting her college.

 

Liberal Arts — 4 spots, 66 percent responded 

Government junior Tanner Long has the experience with on-campus organizations, including Hook the Vote and University Democrats, to serve as a student leader. His idea for a “civics week” on campus, which would highlight civic engagement, was particularly engaging.

 

Natural Science — 5 spots, 50 percent responded

Biology junior Anish Patel is involved in several Natural Science student groups, including Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society and SURGE (Science Undergraduate Research Group). His answers were well-phrased and demonstrated an understanding of and an interest in Student Government. 

 

Social Work — Uncontested

 

School of Undergraduate Studies — 1 spot, 50 percent responded

Undeclared sophomore Sachin Chandiramani, the only candidate for this position to respond to the Texan, understands that the primary goal of UGS students is to transfer into another college and will work to ease that transition.

 

Co-op Board of Directors — 2 spots, 50 percent responded

Accounting senior Alex Bryan shows an impressive understanding of the problems facing the Co-op today and hopes to increase funding for student organizations from its current allocation of just $20,000. He brings key experience to the position, having served as the scholarship chair of the Inter-Fraternity Council.

Business sophomore Garrett Neville wants to make the most of the UT relationship with the Co-op by looking for ways to increase the student rebate program a well as pushing for more affordable course materials.

 

University Unions — 2 spots, 33 percent responded

Communication studies junior Vicky Nguyen, although the only University Union candidate to respond to the Texan, is interested in better utilizing the union spaces as well making it an appealing place for student to spend their study time.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly used feminine pronouns to refer to Jamie Nalley. Nalley is actually a male.