SGA Election: Benjamin Askew

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In a new Q&A series, The Echo reporters ask Student Government Association candidates about their Spring 2016 campaigns. Elections will take place April 6-7 on Org Sync.

Q: Who are you and what are you running for?

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Benjamin Askew

Who I am running for is all students of all classifications, majors and extra-curricular interests. I have always tried my best to reach a wide range of students when considering student concerns because I have been voted in by many different kinds of people, so I should try to represent many different kinds of people. As for my reason for running for Vice-President of Operations, I am running for this position because I feel that it would allow me to do what I love at a greater capacity. Winning this position would give me the opportunity to more effectively raise awareness, to the students, of what is happening with their student government. I would like to be able to do this because I think that it is very important to know what the people who represent you are doing with their time in office.

Q: Why did you decide to run for SGA?

I decided to run for student government because I liked the idea of being able to have a platform to speak on behalf of other students, and I felt that I could lend a hand to any student who needs help whether that be with making their own RSO, seeking information on the various resources available to students at UCA or rectifying any concerns they may have about certain policies or usage of student fees.

Q: Why should UCA students elect you?

UCA students should elect me because I have two years of experience on SGA, and I have specific goals that I want to meet as member of SGA before I graduate. Also, I am extremely passionate about the work we do in senate. Having knowledge about university policies and networking skills are certainly good qualifications for potential senators, but what makes a great senator is the passion to serve their fellow students. With that, the rest will come. That is why students should vote for me.

Q: Have you been in a leadership position before?

I have been a member of the student government for the past two years. Last year, I was the Freshman Class Vice President, and currently I am a Sophomore Class Representative. I am also currently the co-chair of the campus resources committee.

Q: What’s something unusual about you?

I enjoy going on hikes at odd hours of the night. I’m not exactly sure why. I guess I just like hiking in general no matter the time of day.

photo courtesy of Benjamin Askew

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