Upcoming ASG elections take friendlier approach

” Students may think that their opinions do not matter and their voices are not heard. With the Associated Student Government elections in March, students can elect those who can get their voices heard. The election will be online at www.uakron.edu/vote beginning March 8 at 8 p.”

Students may think that their opinions do not matter and their voices are not heard. With the Associated Student Government elections in March, students can elect those who can get their voices heard.

The election will be online at www.uakron.edu/vote beginning March 8 at 8 p.m. and will end March 11 at noon. Results will be announced at the March 11 Senate meeting at 5 p.m. in Student Union 316.

In the past it had been difficult to let students know about the student government elections and how they could get involved.

It’s always a challenge when you have so many people working together, Samantha Fallucco, elections commissioner said.

ASG is coming up with a more aggressive marketing strategy with this year’s election. There will be more posters around campus, and candidates will do more campaigning on their own. The presidential ticket of Sedlock and Otis has a Facebook group, a Web site and even a campaigning snowman outside of the Student Union.

In addition to more posters and private campaigning, there will be a presidential debate on March 8 at 6 p.m. at Starbucks in the Student Union.

Running together for the office of president and vice-president respectively are Steve Sedlock and Samantha Otis. Also running is Kevin Waklatsi and Jamie Neufer on another ticket.

We are ordinary people with extraordinary jobs, Steve Sedlock, at-large member of ASG and candidate for ASG president, said.

This is Steve Sedlock’s third year in ASG. He was previously a senator for the college of business.

I’ve seen three presidents through the program. It’s been interesting to watch how people work together and to learn from mistakes that have been made in the past, Sedlock said.

The primary goal of Sedlock and Otis, as well as the current student government, is to bridge the gap of whom and what ASG is and to be more of a friendly and approachable student government made of first and foremost students representing the undergraduate student community. The pair will also focus on correcting funding for student organizations.

It’s important for people to get involved because ASG is an outlet to express things they like with the university and things that need improved, Sedlock expressed.

ASG does what it can to voice student opinions. Currently, Sedlock and another ASG senator are working on legislation for parking space counters once the new Exchange Street deck is projected to be finished in fall semester 2010.

ASG Senators in Associated Student Government have meetings with the deans of their colleges and there are also senate meetings every Thursday at 5 p.m. in Student Union room 316 that any student can attend.

We have the ear of the administration, Fallucco said.

In addition to voicing their opinions, this is one reason why students should vote in the ASG elections.

For students who really don’t care about having their opinions voiced to the administration, there is additional incentive to vote in this year’s ASG elections. For every student that votes, $2 will be added to their Dining Dollars on their Zip Card.