My name is Thomas Ashton and I am a freshman from Louisville, Kentucky. In my first year, I have joined First Year Council, which has given me the opportunity to collaborate with freshmen to improve campus life. I am also a part of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. As a freshman student, being involved in multiple organizations has diversified my view of campus and motivated me to become more involved. I am running for the senate position to become further involved in SGA and assist in the focus of helping students within the Culverhouse College of Business. I will be a voice for students and represent what students want changed on campus. Some things I am focusing on in my platform are creating a contact book for university resources and local Tuscaloosa restaurants/stores, increasing electrical outlets in classrooms, improving wifi on campus, and creating more student events on the quad and other campus buildings. Not having power in certain classes has been a problem for me and other students when needing to charge computers. My classmates and I have experienced wifi outages while taking tests and during class. By implementing a contact book, all students will have easier access to campus resources and essential places for students. Lastly, creating more student wide events on the quad will bring a diverse group of students together resulting in a more unified campus. I plan to work towards these objectives and listen to my classmates’ ideas to better The University of Alabama.
My name is Nicholas “Nico” Boyd, and I am excited to announce my campaign to become your next senator for the Culverhouse College of Business. I am from Dallas, Texas and am majoring in Finance here at The Capstone. I am currently serving on the Student Government Association’s First Year Council (FYC), where I work and collaborate with others as representatives of our freshmen class for the betterment of the first-year experience here in Tuscaloosa. FYC has allowed me to advocate for my peers, while also garnering SGA experience that has further prepared me to run for Senate. My high school’s motto was “Men for Others”, and this is a sentiment that I strive to embody, not only on campus, but through my everyday actions; I feel I would be an excellent senator as service continues to be one of my top priorities. I want every member of the UA community to feel they are well represented. I believe that some aspects of safety need to be updated and/or improved for the betterment of our community. I would be honored to be elected senator and have the opportunity to work alongside others in SGA as well as administrators to continue the deep-rooted tradition and legacy here at The University of Alabama.
My name is Athena Critides, and I am excited to announce that I am running to be a senator for The Culverhouse of Business. I am from Dalton, Georgia, and I am currently majoring in General Business. This year, I have had the opportunity to serve as a First Year Counselor. I have been able to make firsthand changes to the UA community and support my peers in passing their legislation. As a senator I promise to advocate for the entire student body at UA, and voice your opinions. I am outgoing, involved, and eager to better our community both academically and socially. I hope you will consider me for The Culverhouse of Business senate and remember to #AdvanceWithAthena March 8!
My name is Judson Fair, and I am honored to have the opportunity to
represent the business school as an SGA Senator. I am from Memphis,
Tennessee and am currently a freshman here at the University of Alabama.
Some of my primary campus involvements include being an SAE active
member, a member of the Alabama club lacrosse team, and an SGA student
affairs committee member, among other things. I have a history of being
involved in student leadership, and I would love to continue furthering my
passion for bettering my peers and this university. I love the thought of being
in a position to make a positive impact in our community. As a leader I look
forward to finding innovative ways to represent the voices of our students and
to add value to the Business School as a whole, and if elected, I will make a
constant effort to use my leadership abilities to make positive changes in our
University, while also serving to further connect the student body.
My name is Johnny Foster and I am from Fairhope, Alabama. I am currently a freshman majoring in Finance. This year I have been involved in the Honors College and Freshman Forum. I am running for SGA Senate because I know that I can be a positive influence to this University. I believe in my ability to enact change and lead others in the right direction. Throughout my life, I have been exposed to a variety of leadership positions where I have learned and developed a multitude of skills that the SGA Senate and the University can find applicable. My platform that I plan to introduce to the SGA Senate is called Career Confidence. It is an immersive experience for first and second-year business students that allows for a better understanding and grasp of the majors the college offers to its students. It has become apparent to me that fellow peers within the business college have no real knowledge of their own majors. This is a problem that doesn’t need to be recognized multiple years into one’s college education. Through my platform, I hope to shed light on the different majors and give students the base knowledge to be confident with their major.
My name is Myles Gollop and I am a freshman from Huntsville, Alabama majoring in finance. I am running to be your senator because I know I will represent your best interests without being influenced by outside organizations. I have experience working in student government in high school and college, most recently serving as a councilor in UA SGA’s First Year Council. In FYC, I sponsored many bills to improve student life and authored a successful resolution calling to establish a campus-wide Nick Saban Day. I have many ideas I would like to implement as a senator, including mitigating the everlasting struggle of parking on campus and working with the elections board to ensure fair elections. I am confident that I will be someone my constituents can rely on and contact at any time. I promise to work for you constantly, devoting time every day to brainstorm new ways to make your life easier. If you would like to contact or meet with me to discuss my campaign platform, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Hunter Howell and I am a freshman running for a Culverhouse College of Business Senate seat. I want to serve students here at UA, and if elected, I would work tirelessly to improve this campus and would make sure the needs of each student are met. There is room for growth on this campus, and I firmly believe I can help direct this University on a new path. It would be a true blessing to serve the students that make this University great.
My platform is one that is based on growth. First, I would write legislation that gives students here at the Capstone the whole week off for Thanksgiving. There should be no reason that fellow classmates from across the country can not go home due to our shortened break. Second, I would fight for my fellow students financially. Laundry loads can cost up to three dollars in dormitories, and there are plenty of other small financial inconveniences in other spots across campus that can add up in the long run. I will fight for reduced costs, and make sure that low resource students are taken care of. Finally, within the Culverhouse College of Business I will petition for upper and lower division classes that connect students with companies, and help students find internships and jobs that will help them succeed. The current structure of GBA and other business classes need to be rewired to prepare students for success after their time at the Capstone.
John McLendon is a sophomore from Atlanta GA, Majoring in Finance and Minoring in Spanish. He is excited to get to work in Senate and looking forward to making positive contributions in SGA for the students of the Capstone.
My name is CJ Pearson, and I am currently a sophomore here at the University of Alabama where I currently serve as Senator, representing the Culverhouse College of Business. I am excited to be running for reelection to build on the incredible progress that I, in partnership with my fellow Senators, were able to able to make this past term. This progress includes legislation that introduced free feminine products to the UA campus,, increased transparency of SGA functions and actions, and an innovative mentorship program targeted towards at-risk populations within the state of Alabama with the goal of encouraging them to pursue higher education here at the Capstone.
This year I am running on the following: to improve the overall wellness, safety, student experience, and inclusivity on our campus. This includes increasing funding for the UA Counseling Center to provide for more mental health services and offerings, requiring that all Greek houses, dorms, and UA buildings have Narcan to mitigate the issue of accidental drug overdoses, building on the progress of my current initiative to provide free feminine products by taking it campus wide, creating a UA wide Day of Service to perform charitable acts throughout the Tuscaloosa community, and partnering with UA Athletics to broadcast away football games within Bryant Denny, similar to the University of Georgia, to cheer on the tide.
On March 8th, I hope you will #CountOnCJ and I would be honored to have your support.
My name is Lexi Grace Sims and I am a freshman from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, studying finance and fashion merchandise. I want to run for the Student Government Association Culverhouse Senate because I want to be a voice for every student on campus. Every student at the University of Alabama deserves for their problems and suggestions to be heard and discussed, and I hope to contribute to a forum that enables these conversations for students. Furthermore, as a Tuscaloosa native, I’ve had the opportunity to see this campus grow over time, and I would like to use my knowledge as a Tuscaloosa resident and student to help our campus move toward the future. As a Senator, I will set up programs for students to learn more about Tuscaloosa businesses, connect students with campus organizations, and help students adjust in a post-COVID learning environment. I hope you join me on Tuesday March 8th, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to become Stronger With Sims. Thank you for your consideration, and Roll Tide!
I am Lucas Weldon, a Wetumpka native studying Operations Management with a minor in Supply Chain Management. Being a student on campus I would like to see the university be utilized to its maximum potential and I believe there is no one better for the job than the students themselves. With that being said, in my first two semesters I have been able to see the issues within the campus and the Culverhouse College of Business. I want to be a voice for my fellow peers to be able to bring meaningful change to the Capstone. I have spent this most recent semester shadowing a current SGA senator, even proxying for him. I have become familiarized with what it takes to become an SGA senator and feel confident in my ability to bring change on this campus for the better.
If elected as an SGA senator one of the first changes I would work towards is the increase of the Add/Drop date for all courses at the university. Currently, students have one week from the first day of classes in the semester to join or remove themselves from a course without it appearing on their transcript. I also plan to modify the distribution of basketball tickets to avoid waiting in line and having the possibility of not obtaining a ticket. Students should not be stuck waiting in line without the guarantee of a ticket. I will also push for the expansion of parking availability for freshmen. As current freshman enrollment continues to increase, students that live in the dorms farthest away from the Ferguson Parking Deck are forced to walk late which creates a potential safety hazard.
My name is Tyler Zuspann, I am a freshman majoring in Finance from Naperville Illinois. The Student Government Association prides itself on preserving and defending the rights and privileges of student self-governance, guaranteeing a student voice and involvement in University decisions, serving the common interests of all students, training themselves on democratic government, and promoting citizenship on campus and in the community. Upholding these core values will be my main focus as a member of the senate; furthermore, I will implement various platform points to enhance the student experience at the Capstone. Firstly, I plan on adding self defense courses as class options at the university. In today’s world and especially on a college campus, it is important for students to be able to defend themselves from attackers. Next, I would like to add vending machines to Hewson Hall. I think that the building currently lacks an option for cheap and accessible snacks as well as drinks for students and staff. By adding vending machines to the building, Hewson Hall can become a more productive place to study and teach. Finally, it is a necessity to add a police officer to the intersection outside the student center in order to direct traffic. With such a high amount of foot and car traffic, this intersection has become increasingly busy for motorists and dangerous for pedestrians. With the addition of an officer during midday hours, the intersection will become safer and more efficient. I believe that I possess the leadership skills and compassion that will allow me to serve the Culverhouse student body’s interest, further enhancing their college experience.