ASEWU elections are here again! It is time to choose student leaders who will best represent the student body and strive in every possible way to better shape and direct policies that impact the entire student and university communities. ASEWU needs your help in insuring that the most qualified candidates are chosen.
As a student, it is up to you to make an educated voice by voting. We are hoping that you will help educate your friends and peers on the importance of voting for their student leaders. There will be a candidates’ forum in Baldy’s, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where the students may address the candidates. Candidates are excited for the opportunity to present their views at different speaking opportunities. Please contact the ASEWU office in PUB 303 if your organization or club would like candidates to speak at your meeting or event.
Elections are not just a silly popularity game. The students who are elected have opportunities to shape and direct policies that will directly effect the students. For the 2002-2003 year the ASEWU was directly in charge of allocating $1,033,198: fine arts $69,158, student services and activities $809,823, clubs and organizations $110,642, and supplemental accounts $43,575.
The ASEWU also chairs and appoints four students to the Tech Fee Committee who in turn allocate about $800,000. We also appoint students to the SUBOC committee who allocate around $90,000; SUBOC Committee has helped in projects such as redoing the lighting in the MPR, recovering couches in PUB, and putting more plants around the PUB.
ASEWU also established the Cyber CafÃ© and information center in the PUB. Current political figures, such as Jim West and Laurie Dolan, were brought to EWU by ASEWU to discuss and address their views on higher education. Each legislative session the ASEWU sends to Olympia a student lobbyist to represent the interests of EWU students and other students seeking a higher education in the state.
Currently, we are working on establishing $10,000 in scholarship funds annually that we raise from pop machines. We are also working on establishing a leadership conference during spring quarter that students can take for credit. In addition, we are sponsoring a diversity project called Writing on Wall. The list of duties, projects, and improvements goes on and on.
Individuals participating in student government have a great deal of responsibility and retain capabilities and resources to make awesome changes. So please help get the word out about ASEWU. If only a select few students vote, the power could be in the wrong hands! Encourage your peers and friends to vote for their representatives. Voter’s pamphlets have been distributed to help students make an educated voice. Chose the candidate who will work for the students.