Candidates for the presidential election for the Student
Government Association were announced, and campaigning started following last
week’s senate meeting.
Running for office of president and vice president are
freshmen Daniel Rawley and Michael Howard. Their opponents are current SGA
executive board members Student Life Issues Director Ryan Specht and running
partner Interim Legislative Issues Director David Boardman.
Each team has a month to campaign and reach the student body
before the general election on Friday, March 15. While each duo has different
views concerning the student body, all four candidates intend to serve the
student body of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“As relatively new students to UWSP, we have a fresh,
unbiased approach to the current issues facing this campus,” Rawley said. “We
have gathered many different opinions from our fellow students on what they
would like to see changed. We must provide them with an explanation of what a
Howard-Rawley presidency would look like.”
“Each generation of campus leaders needs the preceding one
to help develop it to its fullest potential, and in the office of the
presidency I can work to not only better this campus today, but to also grow
leaders to continue a strong tradition of student leadership for years to
come,” Specht said.
Howard and Rawley’s plan is to focus on many on-campus
services such as snow removal and parking issues. They seek to raise awareness
of the SGA bike rental program, inspect dining services policies and support a
green fund for the campus.
Concerning the construction of bike overhangs in certain
areas around campus, Howard and Rawley explained that it would both save
students money and encourage year-round sustainable transportation. The support
for a green fund could further sustainability and help the campus seek greener
pathways for implementation.
The pair would also focus on the removal of snow and ice
during the winter months to further ensure the safety and cleanliness of the
Parking at UWSP is one of the most affordable services
offered by the university but continues to be inconvenient to Howard and
Rawley. They would establish a task force that would include members of Parking
Services, faculty and students to discuss and implement changes to fix the
Finally, the duo will look at and review current policies of
Dining Services to ensure that students are provided “with a more efficient and
economical way to purchase food on campus,” according to their platform.
Specht and Boardman wish to continue working on current SGA
legislation in their current positions and expand on many others if voted into
office. Issues include the general education program, services offered by the
university, campus safety and inclusivity and diversity.
The team is for the establishment of a green fund for which
students have the maximum control and input on to “solidify the university’s
commitment to environmental and sustainability issues.”
Similarly, they also plan to dedicate time increase the
promotion of existing health and wellness programs on campus, while also
looking at new initiatives like the Healthy Communities initiative for a
They also wish to ensure a smooth transition into the
revised general education program by offering support to advising resources, as
well as the continuation of current academic programs like the Tutoring-
Learning Center and Health Services. They wish to ensure students are getting
the academic and personal help they need.
Both SGA members wish to welcome a diverse population onto
the UWSP campus to maintain a liberal arts education, as well as ensure the
improvement of campus safety to maintain a welcoming and stable campus
Finally, Specht and Boardman intend to work with local,
state and federal leaders to keep tuition from rising. They look to find
alternative solutions to maintain the quality of service that the university
offers to its students.