2018-2019 Arts and Sciences Senate Candidates
If re-elected as a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, I will continue to strive for the betterment of the Capstone. Every student deserves an equal voice on campus and in the Tuscaloosa community. Therefore, I will continue to work diligently with adminstors and community professionals to improve the university. Having already held a position, I have gained extensive knowledge from writing legislation, creating initiatives, and implementing policy at the University of Alabama. I have written, passed, and sonspored legislation addressing environmental affairs, mental health awareness, and diversity. My goal is to further my impact in environmental protection and conservation by cultivating purposeful connections with those in the community that also have a vision for change. Furthermore, my attributes will contribute to the collectiveness of leaders and the overall success and advancement of my peers.The role that I hope to play is one of leadership and sincerity; whereas I will be able to utilize my strong character traits to make a true difference. I know every state across the country is unique in its own way and it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to execute change. I intend to expand upon those focused experiences and continue to be a transparent voice for our student body. I humbly request your support to elect me as senator and to be your voice for change.
My name is Erin Elise Behland, from Chicago, IL, and I am a junior in the Honors College majoring in History, International Relations, and Anthropology with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. I am the Vice President and co-founder of the Chinese Culture Club, an Emerging Scholar, and have previously worked on campus as a Peer Advisor at the Career Center. Having three majors within the same college has allowed me to view different practices, problems, and communications between multiple divisions within the college of Arts and Sciences. My goal is to better the advisory system within Arts and Sciences and create more open channels of communication between majors and minors. I want to create an environment where students feel they are in the best of care and are being understood and heard by advisors and professors for their needs. Another aspect of the College of Arts and Sciences that I believe can be improved is the career fair. I believe an Arts and Sciences specific career fair would certainly benefit many students looking for internships and jobs after graduation. A common trend among career fairs at The University of Alabama is that many of the employers are looking for Business school and Engineering school students. I am exceedingly passionate about the success of students and want to develop a space that allows for the highest level of success available.
March 6 Financial Disclosure
Hey I’m Baylor Bearden and I am a freshman here at the Capstone from Memphis, TN. I am biology major on the pre-med track. As a senator of the Student Government Association at the University of Alabama, I vow to serve the student body to the best of my ability. When making all decisions and pushing for legislation, I will keep in mind the best interest of students and the University itself. I believe that I am an optimal candidate for this position as my experience in the area of student leadership has prepared me adequately for SGA. Having been Student Government President in high school, I know how to work with those in administrative positions and the surrounding community to work towards progress in student needs. Even as a freshman I have become greatly involved on campus, foremost as a member of Capstone Men and Women. My involvement gives me an advantage because I am already familiar with the process and people of our university’s student government. I have a passion for involvement and a passion for the University of Alabama. Combining that with my experience and work ethic, I have a specific skill set that will substantially contribute to the greater good of the students. Thank you and I hope to have your vote on March 6th!
Ever since coming to UA from New York nearly two years ago, I have been involved heavily both on and off campus in a wide range of student organizations. As well as serving as the Director of Records for SGA, I am also the Chief Administrative Officer of the Alpha Mu Omega service fraternity, and a delegate for the B+ Foundation to name a few. In other words, I’d like to believe that I am no stranger to the stressful and sometimes-overbearing experience of a college student, especially here at UA. A student’s mental health has become a big issue nowadays and one we should confront. With my experience in SGA and as a student in general, I am running for Arts & Science Senate in order to better represent my fellow students and make their experience here a stress-free one. I believe that the ways we can do this is by raising awareness around mental health and make student counseling more accessible than being far from campus. Concerning academics, I believe we should broaden the choices a student has for classes and opportunities. And as we all know, the little things in life can add up and because of that I believe we should expand the number of places for Dining Dollars to be used and more benefits to ROTC members for some examples. Being a college student is a rigorous life, but that does not mean we shouldn’t take steps to make it easier.
My name is Cara A. Clay, and I’m a sophomore majoring in Economics & Geography and minoring in French. This is my second time running for SGA senate (which I won previously). My campus involvement includes Sustainability Coalition, Pre-Law Student Association, Future Black Law Students Association, Capstone Journal of Law & Public Policy, UA College Democrats,etc. My time in senate has made me more knowledgeable about the in and outs of UA , and I’ve learned about more issues that I hope to address if re-elected. First, I would continue to address issues pertaining to the environment and sustainability. Currently, I work alongside Sustainability Coalition to find ways to best make discussion on sustainability more widespread on campus. As an active member in the environmentalist group on campus, along with my newfound relationships and experience, I will fight to increase rates of recycling on campus, increase campus discussion on the environment, and finally end the use of styrofoam on campus. I would also promote diversity and inclusion on campus by supporting more overall involvement in multicultural/racial tolerance events and organizations. These actions would further educate people on race and, overall, be beneficial for the well-being of the university. In addition, I would call for improvement in SGA outreach to people interested in SGA. I definitely think this needs to be improved in recruiting First Year Council members. Encouraging people, who are underrepresented in SGA, to be get involved will promote diverse opinions and address more students’ problems.
I, Parker Cobbs, am running for the Arts & Sciences senate because I have a strong desire to represent my fellow students at the Capstone. I will strive to produce real increases in the relationships between students and the administrators of our college. I plan to work to improve the communications within the college by helping to integrate a program that makes information about career and internship opportunities more available to our students. Through this program, we will give our student body more experience in their future fields as well as build relationships with possible future employers. Aside from this, I will make constant steps to foster a feeling of community amongst all students at the Capstone.
The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama demands a representative voice to support their aspirations and ideas through the Student Government Association. As your Senator, I will be your voice for improvement of both the campus and A&S. By being attentive to your needs, I will promote legislation that will encourage growth and change throughout our community. My previous experiences have prepared me for this responsibility and demonstrated my diligent work ethic and dependability. As a Senate Page, I learned the rules and processes to debate and pass legislative articles and resolutions. I’ve also worked collaboratively with other cabinet members and Colleges. For example, as the current Assistant Director and Senate Liaison for the Environmental Affairs Cabinet, I helped create a cross-branch committee with the Senate and Cabinet to pass environmentally geared legislation. In my freshman year, I was mentored by the Senate’s Executive Secretary and for the past 4 years, I have been a Congressional Intern for a United States Congresswoman. I am confident in the skills I have acquired through these experiences both within and outside of the SGA and would love the opportunity to use these skills to serve The University of Alabama community. I pledge to make the University better by championing causes important to the College of Arts and Sciences’ ambitions in alliance with fellow Senators. I hope you will vote, Lauren Compton, Senator, College of Arts and Sciences.
My name is Alli Counton and I am sophomore majoring in Political Science, running for SGA Senate for the College of Arts & Sciences. I have decided to run for this position because I have a strong will to give back to the University. Throughout my time on Senate I will work to enforce transparency between the College of Arts & Sciences and its students by increasing communication between students and the administration.
My name is Aaron Hurd and I’m running for SGA College of Arts and Sciences senator. I’m a math and biology major on the pre-med track, and currently maintain a 3.999 GPA. During my time at the University of Alabama I’ve been a member of Al’s Pals and Serving Bama, two youth mentoring programs centered on helping elementary school children in the Tuscaloosa area. I’m currently the academic chair and a member of the standards board for my fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, where I’m in charge of monitoring and improving the academic performance of fellow members, as well as providing input on disciplinary actions and ensuring that my fraternity runs safely and efficiently. In the future I plan on attending medical school and will use that education to pursue a career as a trauma surgeon. I’m running for senate because I would love to opportunity to represent the College of Arts and Science as a member of SGA. I can provide a new and refreshing insight with my passion about the issues and events on campus that would be discussed and voted on by myself and my peers. I feel I can be a part of making positive changes on campus that would benefit all members of our student body. As a senator, I hope to increase student involvement across the board, especially in fraternities on campus. In organizations such as Al’s Pals, there’s a large gender gap that I hope to close by incentivizing legitimate participation in community service.
As a senior here at the Capstone, I have experienced so many amazing programs that the University of Alabama has to offer. My biggest goals are to give back to the students, have more platforms for students to share their ideas on how to make the college better as a whole, and provide resources to make their overall university experience more enjoyable. I am very passionate about environmental affairs on campus, and have many ideas on how to make the university more environmentally friendly, like increasing the amount of reusable materials on campus. I know a lot of students work full time to cover the costs of their tuition, and I want to see more events put into place that make their time here just as memorable. As a fourth year cadet in ROTC, I have honed in on my leadership abilities, and work extremely well on a team. I love our nations military, and am very invested in the success of our veterans on campus, and having resources for them to make their transition as seamless as possible. I have been apart of my prior institutions SGA, and I am truly proud of the work that my team and I put in. I will work just as hard for my classmates at the Capstone of Higher Education. Roll Tide!
My name is Julia Landon, and I am a current junior at the Capstone. I am running for SGA Senate because I want to work for more performing arts visibility on campus, as I am a part of the Theatre and Dance department. I would also like to work towards more mental health services being more prevalent on campus, as the Counseling Center is currently not the most prepared to handle a campus of 37,000.
Hello, my name is Jason Rothfarb and I am a freshman aspiring for a Senate seat representing the College of Arts and Sciences. With such a large, diverse community in the Arts and Sciences department at this great University it is hard for everyone’s voices to be heard. If elected, I will make it a priority to ensure that all voices will be heard and all opinions will be put into consideration. Our diversity makes us strong and it is imperative that all voices are heard and ideas are brought to the table. With me as senator I will represent the people of the college and make sure this department remains thriving and have strong representation on campus.
My name is Hunter Scott, a freshman from Birmingham, AL. I am announcing this campaign for Arts and Sciences Senate to bring transparency and reform to SGA, while supporting my fellow students in all of their endeavors. I currently serve as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee for SGA’s First Year Council, where I have represented freshman living in Riverside North. I also am a member of Freshman Forum. I intend on enhancing the University’s commitment to the Capstone Creed and renewing our commitment to the SGA’s mission of “Students serving students.” One proposal I have is to update the outdated Morgan Hall and Gordon Palmer with a better heat and cooling system. I also would like to expand the variety of food and drinks available in the Science and Engineering Complex POD store. In addition, I will focus on providing fast, easy, and simple communication with your senators.
My name is Reagan Tonner and I am running to be an SGA Senator to represent the College of Arts and Sciences. I currently serve as an SGA senator and I wish to continue working for the student of the University of Alabama. I am running because I believe that everyone deserves a voice in what is happening on campus. I want to be a representative for the College of Arts and Sciences and I believe I am the right person for the job. I am here to serve the students and want to create a sense of transparency in the Senate. My goal is for students to feel their voices are heard and by SGA and that is why I am running to be an SGA Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Hello! My name is John Martin Weed, and I’m proud to be a candidate for the College of Arts and Sciences in the SGA Senate. We’re all a part of some organization that we love on the Capstone, and my vision for the ideal Student Government Association is one that fully enables students to live out their passions socially, academically, and professionally. The current convoluted method for student organizations to receive funds from the SGA stifles the growth of powerful and unique communities on the Capstone. If elected, my highest priority is streamlining this critical process for the benefit of the entire University. This is the fundamental and most important purpose of SGA and it has been neglected for far too long. On a campus recently struck by disturbing instances of intolerance and ignorance, we must move forward together as a campus with dignity and responsibility. It is far past time to remind the nation that the University of Alabama has much more to be proud of than the prejudice which seems to make national headlines. The ideal Student Government Association celebrates the plentiful victories of diverse individuals and talented groups, and uses these shining moments to give everyone on campus something to be proud of. I’m running because I want to make this idea a reality, and I hope that you share this vision with me and vote for a Student Government Association that represents us all.
My name is Hunter Whann, I’m a Political Science and Classics major in Arts & Sciences, and as your Senator I will work to improve accessibility for women’s healthcare at the Student Health Center as well as scaling down barriers to public expression of opinions on campus. A majority of students here at UA are women, yet simply making an appointment to see a physician is a time-consuming ordeal. An online portal for scheduling, similar to that for general appointments, would streamline access for women across campus. I also believe the restrictions on assembly and free speech on our campus, that of a public university, are curbing our rights as citizens and preventing valid discourse. The ability to bring to light and advocate for issues we deem important is a cornerstone of democratic society that belongs to everyone, especially students. As your Senator, I will strive to address these issues and create a more inclusive, engaging atmosphere at the University.
My name is Butler Wilbanks, and I am a first-year student at the University of Alabama. I am currently serving on the SGA senate after winning the special election at the beginning of the semester. I am a member of the SAE fraternity where I serve on the alumni board, and I serve as B+ delegate for SAE. I am majoring in Biology on the Pre-Med track, and I hope to attend medical school after I graduate. I am running for senate again in order to serve the students of UA to the best of my ability. I wish to represent the views of as many students as possible during my tenure in the senate.