An all-time high of 36 candidates are campaigning for council and executive positions in the ASEWU student government this year.
Legislative affairs, technology advancement and student services are three different council positions that have the smallest number of candidates running for those positions.
The legislative affairs representative candidates are Corey Metzner and Shelby Pelon.
Metzner is a sophomore running for the ASEWU legislative affairs. He is double-majoring in government and philosophy.
Metzner graduated from Ballard High School in Seattle where he learned leadership skills as captain of the swim team and as an Eagle Scout.
“In high school, … I was vice president [of the] slam club … which focused on educating people about suicide in recognizing the … warning signs and educating on ways to get help,” Metzner said.
“One of my main focuses I want to do is I want to make sure all the students at Eastern are more connected with the policies,” Metzner said. “[Students] don’t realize how big of an impact they can have themselves in structuring the system.”
“Whether or not you vote for me, take time and carefully consider who you are voting for and know the implications,” Metzner said.
Shelby Pelon is a sophomore running for the ASEWU legislative affairs representative position. She is studying government with hopes to get a certificate in public policy and administration.
Pelon’s leadership experience at Eastern includes serving as the vice president of standards for the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority as well as the legislative liaison for the ASEWU.
“I see it as the bulk of my training,” Pelon said. “I was over in Olympia for a quarter working with the Washington Student Association and fighting for the students at Eastern to make sure that we didn’t have any more cuts coming this next year. The legislatures over there actually heard us, so that’s what I want to continue … with this next year.”
According to an email from Pelon, if elected, she wants to make sure that students get involved in making their voices heard in Cheney and Olympia through vote campaigns, including on- and off-campus students.
“What I see as one of our biggest accomplishments is [when] the legislature released the budget a couple of days ago and there were no cuts to higher education this year, which is great,” Pelon said. “That means we’re not really going to see much fluctuation with our tuition, that was the one thing we pushed really hard for over there.
Pelon is campaigning verbally as well as using posters and Facebook.
“I feel like I really do have the experience and the passion to be a good legislative affairs representative to get the students organized to make sure that they’re participating with not only their student government, but state government as well to have their voices heard,” Pelon said.
Two candidates are campaigning for a position that deals with the technological resources that are available to students and letting students know what they have access to.
James Reisenauer is campaigning for the Technology Advancement council position for the ASEWU. He is currently a freshman planning to major in computer science.
Reisenauer has experience serving as the chair of the student technology fee committee at Eastern, along with working as a student technician in high school by fixing computers.
Reisenauer graduated from Hanford High School in Richland, Wash., where one of his teachers convinced him to start a sports broadcast club.
“I ended up directing the broadcasts,” Reisenauer said. “We had three cameras wired to the internet with announcers … We got a lot of viewers.”
Reisenauer has four years of experience with technology combining his work as a student technician and chair of the student technology fee committee.
“I hope to … unite some of the committees around campus [like] campus architecture and [the] student technology fee committee,” Reisenauer said. “People request certain items from student technology but … [don’t] ask the appropriate committee for [them].”
According to Reisenauer, he plans to talk to as many students as he can verbally and through Facebook.
“My main goal is to find some way to innovate Eastern,” Reisenauer said.
Steven Casteel is a junior at Eastern who is running for re-election for the Technology Advancement council position.
Casteel is a visual communication design major with a minor in 3D animation. He enjoys playing the red piano on the first floor PUB lounge.
Casteel is co-campaigning with Mason Clark, who is running for the Student Health and Safety Services position.
Casteel founded the Eastern Atheist club, where he is president. He also has been a camp counselor at 11 different camps.
“When I see a leadership opportunity, I … jump for it,” Casteel said. “I try to do stuff out of my comfort zone.”
Casteel was the Technology Advancement representative for the ASEWU this past year.
“One of the problems we had at ASEWU was that it takes a long time to get … trained and to know exactly what you’re doing,” Casteel said. “If I was re-elected to Technology Advancement, … I could just jump right into it.
“I could let students know the services they have available to them,” Casteel said. “Students don’t know that they have free anti-virus, … they’re paying for it. Instead of just focusing on the proposals that come from the Tech Fee Committee, I would really want to make it a priority to … advertise the services that students are paying for.”
Two candidates are competing for the chair of student services, the position that is one of the most directly involved with students.
Justin Filla is running for re-election as the student services representative for ASEWU. He is a first-year senior who is returning next year to finish his studies with social work.
Filla has finished his minors in sociology and psychology.
For his campaign, Filla has a poster on the second floor in the PUB, stakes with fliers around campus, fliers at the residential halls and a Facebook page.
“A big thing I’ve been working on this year is getting involved with the child care center,” Filla said. “In the past, our representatives have worked with people from the administrators from the child care center, but not directly with them. My goal is to work with them and see what [ASEWU] can do.”
One of the student services projects that Filla was involved with this year was partnering EWU’s Dining Services contract with WSU.
According to Filla, another big project he is working on is adding more parking for the new residence hall that is being built.
Filla has served on the student union board of control, the finance committee his sophomore year, a Student Health and Safety Services representative his junior year and as the Student Services Representative this past year.
“This is … my third year being involved with ASEWU,” Filla said. “I’m just looking forward to hopefully bring my experience and knowledge back for another year and hope to have another good [ASEWU] council like we’ve had this year.”
Kristanie Maleng is running for the Student Services council position. She is a freshman with plans on majoring in special education and elementary education with a minor in business.
“I want … to help Eastern as much as possible in any way that I honestly can,” Maleng said. “Whether [it is] bringing my opinion or sitting down with students and hearing what they have to say.”
Maleng graduated from Mt. Baker High School in Deming, Wash., where she worked on her leadership skills as a sophomore class treasurer, the jazz band head programmer, a marching band council member, an FFA Sentinel, an FBLA secretary and an ASB publishing manager.
“I like to be a leader,” Maleng said. “It’s a role I tend to take on. … I want the position just because I want not only to grow up for myself, but I really want to make an impact.”
According to an email from Maleng, she plans to use posters and business cards to campaign for the primary elections, then get more creative for campaigning for the general election.
“I know that I’m a freshman, I know that I don’t have very much experience at Eastern, but I also know that I’m really willing to work and really eager to learn,” Maleng said. “I want to be a teacher. … I’m going to be learning for the rest of my life.”