EDITORIAL: Vote Joshua Hoffman-Senn for Union president
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 01:04
This year’s Student Union elections have arrived, and six students are contending for the Union presidency. Although several of these candidates demonstrate qualities and goals that the leader of next year’s student government should possess, one in particular stands out. This board endorses Joshua Hoffman-Senn ’13 for Union president because of his tangible goals and unique approach to improving student life here.
Mr. Hoffman-Senn is impressive because of his specific solutions to problems that many students on this campus note on a regular basis: a lack of dining options and difficulties with club management and funding. His plans to bring food trucks to campus and encourage outside sponsorships of clubs to increase their budgets are novel concepts that mark a departure from typical solutions that students have posed in the past. However, we believe Mr. Hoffman-Senn should also consider that clubs may be reluctant to allow outside sources to potentially influence their activities and interests. Mr. Hoffman-Senn must include club leaders in the discussion to ensure productive relations with private sponsors.
Even if his specific initiatives turn out to be unattainable, we hope that, if elected, Mr. Hoffman-Senn will continue to take a creative approach to solving pervasive on-campus issues.
Mr. Hoffman-Senn’s experiences—both within the Student Union as an assistant treasurer and as a club leader through the Economics Society and Business Club—indicate that he will be able to handle the responsibilities as the next Union president. Moreover, his platform and goals demonstrate that he possesses a mindset that can make the Union more effective moving forward. By approaching club chartering and funding pragmatically and forming visible, tangible solutions to student concerns, Mr. Hoffman-Senn will be able to improve the functionality and efficiency of the Union.
In that vein, this board would also like to commend candidates David Fisch ’13 and Dillon Harvey ’14 for their desires to unite the student body through various public relations campaigns and Union-sponsored events. It would behoove the winning candidate to combine Mr. Fisch’s and Mr. Harvey’s commitment to fostering sense of community and good will between the Union and its constituents. As these candidates have proposed, we hope that the next president recognizes the importance of remaining connected to the student body through social functions that promote school unity, such as the party earlier this semester commemorating the opening of the pool at the Joseph M. Linsey Sports Center.
While each candidate has ambitious ideas and plans to transform the University, we hope the next president will realistically approach these issues and remain open to student input. While this year saw some impressive candidates, this board endorses Mr. Hoffman-Senn for Union president because he has identified problems that affect all students on a regular basis and has proposed ways to address those issues that go beyond traditional approaches.