by Indira Moosai
UT Student Government election and campaigning will occur on April 1. The positions that are being campaigned include student senator, speaker of assembly and president and vice president.
James Meslener, Student Government president and management major, said that when voting for a candidate one should not consider the party the candidate is. “Student Government is non-partisan. I would vote for who you think is able to leverage their skills to improve the quality of life of the students on campus.”
He said previous leadership experience is a sign for success and a lot of leaders have been able to build experience but some people are natural leaders.
“It’s important to vote because it’s your right to. In the city and on campus, it’s the best way you can exercise your thoughts and what you want to see. If you want change you should go out and vote,” said Meslener.
Student Government is responsible for about 1.5 million dollars, according to Meslener. It is used for funding activities on campus from gym activities to Party in the Park. Students fund it and Student Government is able to distribute and allocate the funds.
On April 2 at 7 p.m. in Reeves Theatre, the Supervisor of Elections for Hillsborough County, Craig Latimer, will be a keynote speaker.
“He’s really interested in voting and how UT plays a role in the Tampa community regarding both the municipal and national elections,” said Meslener.
Student Senators meet every Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm. During this meeting they discuss and debate the allocation of Student Government funding as requested by registered student organizations through appropriations. They also debate by-law changes and implementation, all while mindfully representing the interests of their constituents.
To hold office one must commit to serve in the position the full academic year and diligently carry out the duties expected of the position. Presidents and vice presidents may not be a president or editor of any other organization; exceptions may be made as deemed necessary under the discretion of the Student Government Advisory.
Campaigning begins on April 1 and voting will take place from April 1 at 9 a.m. to April 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Indira Moosai can be reaches at firstname.lastname@example.org