Sam Akins

My name is Sam Akins and I am a freshmen at The University of Alabama. I grew up here in Tuscaloosa so I am very passionate about the local community and this University. I am apart of First Year Council and I have also served as a member of Al’s Pals.

The reason I am running for a senate seat is because I would like to bridge the gap between the students and SGA here at The University. After my exposure to how SGA works here, I have noticed that some students feel their voices are not heard and their concerns are not always addressed. I would like to make sure that every student has the opportunity to have their voices heard so that they can thrive as students. I will strive to remind students weekly about how to get in contact with the Senators of their respective colleges and discuss with them what kind of changes we can implement to better their experience at The University.

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 3 (PDF)

Jonathan Benton

My name is Cade Benton and I’m a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama majoring in Environmental Science on the STEM Path to the MBA. I’m pleased to announce my candidacy as Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences in The University of Alabama’s Student Government Association. As a senator, I promise to work for change and support causes that I believe will benefit the whole student body. I plan to implement legislation requiring mandatory video recordings of lectures for all College of Arts and Sciences classes. I also plan to introduce academic flow charts for all College of Arts Sciences majors. Finally, I will place more recycling bins in Academic Buildings and Residence Halls. I will strive to represent the College of Arts and Sciences with integrity here at The Capstone. Roll Tide!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 3 (PDF)

Maria Derisavi

Hello! My name is Maria Derisavi, and I am honored to run to represent the students of the College of Arts and Sciences. A freshman International Studies major, I’m dedicated to ensuring the voice of A&S is heard clearly throughout our university.
Passionate about our college, I’ve dedicated my time to a wide variety of activities on campus, with the most relevant being my participation in First Year Council.
In SGA’s FYC, I dedicated my time to initiatives aiming to benefit my academic community, notably authoring and passing legislation urging UA to install water bottle filling stations in Blount Hall. If given the opportunity to represent our college in the Senate, I would strive to be even more proactive in ensuring the betterment of UA through similar legislation, prioritizing students, their safety, and their experiences.
If given the opportunity, I will use my time in Senate to advocate for solutions most important to A&S students. In light of recent events, student safety on and around campus will be of highest regard, I would ensure our university does not take issues of public safety lightly, and feasible solutions are implemented.
In addition, I hope to improve my fellow students’ academic experiences as well, aiming to extend the add/drop date and advocating for more convenient class scheduling systems are among potential initiatives.
My commitment to the betterment of our college and its students is strong. I hope to have your vote on March 8th!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 3 (PDF)

Samuel Estreicher

My name is Sam Estreicher and I am a freshman from Mountain Brook, Alabama. I am campaigning to be a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. My major is mathematics with a minor in general business on the STEM path to the MBA. I am running for this honorable position to give back to the student body that I have grown to love over the last semester here at the capstone. I know I can accomplish this by bringing my past-gained leadership skills here to the University of Alabama. I have been involved in extracurriculars my entire life. In high school, I served as regional president for an international religious youth group, helped run the annual junior United Nations assembly of Alabama, and participated in the Youth Legislature. I want to be a senator to help improve daily student life at the Capstone with intentions of writing legislation in regards to academics, campus needs, and any concern in the student body. Finally, I will do everything necessary to help better the College of Arts and Sciences and the University as a whole.

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 3 (PDF)

Hannah Ford

My name is Hannah Ford and I am eager for the opportunity to run as a Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. To introduce myself, I am a freshman Political Science major from Overland Park, Kansas. Within my first semester, I have been able to get involved on campus in various aspects including multiple committees in my sorority, the Honors College, UADM, and other philanthropic organizations! I am confident in my abilities to advocate for my peers within the College of Arts and Sciences for the betterment of student success.

As a devoted student, I will implement a mentorship program for students of the Arts and Sciences in order to foster relationships with older peers, faculty, alumni, and businesses within the Tuscaloosa Community. I am determined to strengthen the bonds between students in my college and enhance the student experience. I plan to lead in a steadfast and strong manner in order to create a well-thought-out plan that genuinely makes a difference here at The Capstone. I intend to actively listen to my peers and advocate for every individual in an equal manner.

The opportunities granted to me along with the experiences I’ve been a part of while being a member of this campus make me confident that I will execute this position as best as possible and have the best interest of the entirety of The Capstone at heart. Thank you for your time and I hope you decide to move Forward with Ford on Tuesday, March 8th!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Olivia Frazier

My name is Olivia Frazier, and I am excited to announce my candidacy for Arts and Sciences Senate. I am a freshman from Birmingham, Alabama, and I am currently majoring in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. I have enjoyed every second of my time at UA so far. As Senator, I would make it a priority to do everything in my power to promote unity and inclusion so that every student can feel at home at the Capstone. Through my experience with mock legislation in high school and my current studies in political science, I believe I can make a meaningful contribution to the College of Arts and Sciences to represent the student body in the best way possible. If elected, I pledge to listen to my peers and promote positive change for the University of Alabama. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope you #FocusonFrazier on March 8!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 3 (PDF)

Eyram Gbeddy

Hello, my name is Eyram Gbeddy and I’m proud to announce my campaign for arts and sciences senate. I love the University of Alabama and I’m running to make the Capstone an even better place to live, learn, and thrive. I am a proud member of the Blount Scholars program, future black law student association, and environmental council. I strongly believe that the best government is a responsive one, and listening is one of my strong suits. My goals lie in a set of principles that I call the E.Y.R.A.M values. If elected, I promise to make these attributes my main priorities. They are Equity, You, Reform, Accountability, and Maturity. They are explained more in-depth in my campaign announcement video on Instagram, which I highly recommend you look at. To me these principles are more than just buzzwords. That’s why I’ll be stationed at the student center plaza during the week of the election to hear the concerns of students. For those who can’t reach me, my email is eygbeddy@crimson.ua.edu. I can’t wait to hear from you and make student government work for all students!

Preliminary Budget

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Taryn Geiger

Hello all, my name is Taryn Geiger and I am thrilled to announce my candidacy once again for The University of Alabama Student Government Association Senate as a representative of the College of Arts and Sciences. I am currently a Sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri double majoring in Biology and Psychology on the Pre-Medical track. In my short time here at the Capstone, I have been given the incredible opportunity to foster connections on campus that have allowed me to make this university my home. As a Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences this past year, I was given the opportunity to enact meaningful change in collaboration with my fellow Senators. Now more than ever it is important that every student’s voice is heard and that their concerns are addressed on campus. I will use my platform as a Senator to ensure that this not only happens, but is accomplished in a way that allows every student to be included.

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 3 (PDF)

Mitchell Gilbert

My name is Mitchell Gilbert and I am a Sophomore from Kennesaw, Georgia with a Criminal Justice major and a minor in Political Science and History. I am running for SGA Senate for the College of Arts and Sciences and what I can provide to the SGA Senate is a person who has a diverse background and a great knowledge of the political landscape. This past summer, I worked for a Congressman in Omaha, Nebraska as an intern. There, I took part in legislative research for bills in the U.S House of Representatives and wrote speeches for the Congressman to present on the House floor. Not just beyond this campus have I taken part in community engagement but also here at the Capstone. I am an active member of several political organizations where I have engaged in community service and volunteer events both on and off campus. As well, I am a proud member of the Jewish community on campus and currently am an active member of multiple religious programs around campus. Within these programs, I teach the Jewish youth in the Tuscaloosa community about the faith as well as activities that branch to university students. As a candidate for Senator, I plan on expanding the current efforts for diversity and inclusion on our campus. As well, I want to continue the efforts to help students have the resources they need on this campus to succeed from here and beyond. I will introduce legislation that accomplishes both of these goals through my experienced background to help create a community that is ready for what is beyond college. I want to be able to make the University of Alabama a welcoming place for all and an example of both academic and community excellence. The way in which I will achieve such goal is by passing legislation such as adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of Anti-Semitism which would prevent all forms of hate directed towards the Jewish community on campus. As well, I will work alongside advocacy groups on campus to help raise awareness for the right for all to vote and the knowledge of how to vote in U.S general elections. Lastly, I will work with organizations to help further the effort on making UA a place for all to learn. I hope that through my experienced background and great knowledge, I can be a great asset to both the Student Government Association and to my fellow peers. I will work hard for your voice to be heard and together, we can Keep Alabama Rolling!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Sawyer Griffy

I am a second-year student here at the University of Alabama. I am a University Fellow from Clarksville, Tennessee with a concentration in Statistics & Optimization with minors in Computer Science and in Social Innovation & Leadership. I have served SGA as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the SGA Vice President of Academic Affair’s cabinet. I am a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Golden Key. I currently serve as Lambda Chi Alpha’s Scholarship Chair. I hold a part-time internship as a Strategic Data Analytics Intern for UA Athletics and am an Information Specialist on the UA Honors College Strategic Planning Development team. I am a licensed youth soccer coach and certified referee and contribute my time and talents as a volunteer coach for Holt High School’s soccer team. I enjoy a good competition in intramural recreation and, time permitting, on a golf course. My strength lies in my ability to collect and manage information and data in order to make well-informed decisions. As your Arts & Science SGA Senator, I will be dedicated to listening to your concerns and challenges, seeking data informed resolutions, and acting on your behalf.

Preliminary Budget

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 3 (PDF)

Margaret Jutze

Hi, I’m Maggie Jutze and I’m incredibly excited to share my campaign for Arts & Sciences Senate! I’m a sophomore studying Political Science and History, and I would be extremely grateful to have the opportunity to serve the University of Alabama as a Senator. During my time at UA, I have served as an executive board member of Generation Action and URGE, as well as a councilor on the Advisory Council on Wellness. My campaign centers on three main ideas:

Transparency. As an independent candidate, I strongly believe that SGA needs to do better in terms of accountability and representation. If elected, I will ensure that Senate meetings, voting records, and legislation will be more accessible for students. Additionally, I will continue the fight for ranked-choice voting and other measures to ensure free and fair elections.

Equity. The University of Alabama must work to provide an equitable and inclusive environment for all of its students. If elected, I will work to create more accessibility and inclusivity in housing, athletics, campaign finance, and other aspects of campus life.

Education. If the Senate is to create policy that affects the entire university, they should have the proper training to know what they’re talking about. If elected, I will make it a priority for SGA to strongly encourage all Senators to participate in WGRC Harbor Training, QPR training, and NCBI workshops.

Feel free to contact me at majutze@crimson.ua.edu with any questions, and Vote for Justice with Jutze on March 8th!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Mitchell Lynn

My name is Mitchell Lynn. I’m a Tuscaloosa native and love to call this town home. I’m a part of the Blount Scholars Program and Honors College. My majors are Political Science and History with minors in Blount and Public Policy Studies. In April of 2021, I was elected to be the Director of Campaign Coordination for UA’s chapter of Amnesty International. I have also had the privilege of working with other non-profit organizations in the Tuscaloosa area.

I decided to run for SGA Senate to represent the College of Arts and Sciences because I have seen firsthand the positive effects that our university can have on the Tuscaloosa community. My personal dream is to help guide our university towards becoming a more fair, progressive institution that can act as a beacon, inspiring significant change among other universities and the communities that they affect. My platform is based on my promise to promote progressive policies on campus. These include efforts to provide complimentary menstrual products in on-campus bathrooms, increased transparency in SGA operations and elections, and pressure on the university to accurately and responsibly acknowledge the troubled past of our institution, especially regarding racial injustice.

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 3 (PDF)

Kieghan Nangle

My name is Kieghan Nangle, I am a freshman from Plano, Texas studying Political
Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship. From the beginning of my time at UA, I have had the
opportunity to serve in many campus organizations. This includes Alpha Delta Pi, Turning Point
USA, and the Free Thinkers Project. Today, I am humbled to announce my candidacy to become your Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences.

My mission is transparent from start to end, from my platform points down to my slogan. At UA it’s impossible to know everyone around campus, but we all go through the same things. All the difficulties we have been through from the pandemic to the everyday struggles of being a college student enable us to learn about the importance of coming together, acting as one, and
what we need to work towards a common goal as a student body. If I am elected as Senator, I
pledge to build on this mission to work towards the goals of all UA students. If given the opportunity to serve as A&S senator, I will work to take UA to the “Next Level with Nangle” through standing firm in my platform and bringing students campus transparency, proper communication, and interconnected community. I will work to achieve my mission with dignity and clarity. I hope you join me on Tuesday, March 8th, and vote to bring our campus to the “Next Level with Nangle”. Thank you for your consideration, and Roll tide!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Xzarria Peterson

My name is Xzarria Peterson and I am a sophomore here at the Capstone. I found a loving community in several organizations like Women of Excellence and Black Student Union. I am running for SGA senate.

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John Richardson

Hello everyone, my name is John Richardson, and I am a sophomore running for re-election as a Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. Over the course of this past year, I have advocated for students across campus on issues that transcend any traditional platform. Most recently, I sat on a student panel in front of some members of the Board of Trustees and spoke about the need for a change after Autherine Lucy”s name was paired with former Gov. Bibb Graves. Furthermore, when all the issues arose with the Homecoming election, I stood up and advocated for student interests. This led me to become the Chair of the Homecoming Task Force which is currently working on drafting a new selection process for our Homecoming Queen. Last year, I ran on a policy that focused on helping revamp the advising process in the College of Arts and Sciences, although that process takes time, I am still having meetings with faculty and full-time advisors to help make that flow chart a reality for students. But enough about what I have done. Let’s talk about what I will do. If elected to serve, I will continue to work on advising within the college, partner with programs such as MARS, and help make this large community feel small by seeking to pursue, know, and champion students across campus. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or ideas that you wish to see implemented. Thank you.

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Claire Roberts

My name is Claire Roberts. I’m a freshman from Tuscaloosa and I’m majoring in Psychology and Spanish. Since starting at the university, I have been involved in campus activities through First Year Council with SGA and as Junior Panhellenic Delegate for my sorority. I have decided to run for Senate because I believe in serving my community and want to serve my fellow students. My parents instilled service of others in me from a very young age and I have since grown to understand that the same applies to those in our government, including student government. Being from Tuscaloosa I have always loved this university and it has been an honor to work with our SGA through the First Year Council. I want to continue serving all of you and to help our university continue to grow. Mental health awareness and education have always been very important to me and will be a major focus for me in SGA. I will work within student government and with the university administration to enhance our mental health services, access to those services and to further mental health education. If elected, I will seek your input and ideas on this and other issues important to you. I am so excited for this opportunity to run for the University of Alabama Arts and Science Senate!

Preliminary Budget

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Carter Sheldon

My name is Carter Sheldon and I am a sophomore at The University of Alabama pursuing an education in Religious Studies and Creative Media. Originally from Grayson, Georgia, I decided to attend the Capstone because of its welcoming environment and incredible religious studies program. In my time on campus so far, I have become a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Omicron-Xi Chapter and have overseen the success that the organization has earned through its recent growth as a member of the executive board. I am also a member of the Religious Studies Student Association and a representative for Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault. I am campaigning to become a senator for the College of Arts & Sciences because I feel passionate about both the University as a whole and my college and want to give back to the community that has already given me so much. My view of this role is to be a responsive leader and work with my peers in the Senate to serve the students of UA and meet their needs intentionally. I’m running on the core principles of magnifying the voices of those often excluded, reducing the evils of sexual assault, and improving student involvement at athletic events such as basketball and softball. I look forward to working with the student population through the course of my campaign and my hopeful Senate term to make the campus the best that it can be.

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

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Brian Szczotka

My name is Brian Szczotka, and I am a sophomore from San Diego, California. I am seeking your vote for the College of Arts and Sciences Senate. I am Interdisciplinary Studies Major with a Depth Study in International Security through the New College, on the pre-law track. I hope to attend law school and be a US Navy Lawyer. I am a Tide Watch Mentor on campus, mentoring a group of freshmen placed on academic warning, to help put them in the best position possible to achieve success academically and personally. I am also the President of an on-campus political organization and have completed a Congressional Internship. I am running on a platform of reaching out to groups on campus who have traditionally not had a large role in the SGA, specifically our two ROTC Groups and the New College, a division of the College of Arts and Sciences. I hope to provide easier access to resources to organizations, tutoring, and professional development experiences within the Pre-Health advising offices of the College of Arts and Sciences. If elected, I will serve as a voice for you in the SGA and ensure all groups and students within the College of Arts and Sciences are not overlooked. As a candidate, and hopefully an elected Senator, I will represent transparency, honesty, and ethics for all students, and I hope you will consider me for your vote.

Preliminary Budget

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Tyler Tannehill

My name is Tyler Tannehill, a junior majoring in History and Political Science. I am an independent candidate running to be your next senator of the Arts & Sciences College.

I first became involved in student politics because of the chaos of the Homecoming Queen Election. A winner was declared despite lacking the majority of the campus-wide vote. I was inspired to speak out, to protest at the SGA office sit-in, and to stand for all unrepresented students of the Capstone. Now, I ask that you vote for someone who is willing to criticize the SGA without hesitation.

I will introduce legislation that seriously revamps the records of votes and creates transparency in the SGA. It is inexcusable to me that not all votes casted by senators are recorded and available for the public to view. It is common sense to accommodate all students and to hold senators accountable for their actions. I will work to require SGA to promote students every week to participate in senate proceedings, senators to have substantial debate before voting, and to open SGA to all students.

I believe that the health of students is incredibly important. For the last three semesters, I have worked with Generation Action to pressure this campus to provide universal free menstrual products. Equality and equity of resources and opportunities must be provided, including more counseling services and anti-drunk driving initiatives. Our campus health deserves more funding so that we are fit in both body and mind.

Vote for Tannehill!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

Financial Disclosure 2 (PDF)

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Eleanor Wiltanger

My name is Ellie Wiltanger and I am from Olathe, KS. I am majoring in Environmental Science on the STEM Path to the MBA with a minor in Spanish. I am running for an Arts & Sciences Senate seat because I’d love to engage with the UA student body to create beneficial legislation.

As a senator, I will encourage UA to educate students by establishing an elective financial literacy course. This class will better prepare UA students to enter the real world. Additionally, I’d like to foster creativity at UA. Through New College, students can piece together their passions and create a major that suits them. However, these majors are not readily advertised in the UA Catalog. By listing New College majors in the UA Catalog, we can enrich our curriculum and appeal to more potential students. Lastly, I’d like to expand UA’s sustainability services. On average, residential college students waste 142 pounds of food per year. When food is wasted, so are the time and resources that go into its production. By implementing composting in dining halls, we can expand UA’s environmental protection and initiatives.

Engage with Ellie for Arts & Sciences Senate!

Preliminary Budget (PDF)

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