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Congrats to Dylan Lustig and Taylor Carr for running two great campaigns. Dylan Lusig won the election, and it was hard not to know that he was running for the presidency of Student Association. While reaching for a napkin at Ernie Davis last month, I saw Lustig’s face on the side of the napkin dispenser and my newsfeed on Facebook has been flooded with reminders to vote for him.

His campaign did bring a lot of attention to Student Association, but after attending a SA meeting last week, I was left disappointed by our school’s student governing body. Last Monday, the association debated for nearly 45 minutes about allowing a student cultural society to hold an event entirely in Mandarin. SA has even denied JERK its funding because of a human error concerning scheduling.

Neal¬†Casey, the current Student association president seems to be in love with his gavel, having¬†banged it several times when he was not happy about the direction the debate was going.¬†At one point I turned to a person sitting next to me and said, ‚ÄúThis is intense, man.‚ÄĚ

This is only one meeting that I attended and cannot say that this is how all¬†the group‚Äôs meetings take place, but it was disappointing to see the high school style¬†atmosphere. In my interview with Dylan Lustig last month he said there was not much¬†interaction between the group and the student body and one can see why. I hope Lustig accomplishes all of his goals and brings the changes he wants to SA, but I will not call¬†him ‚ÄúMr. President.‚ÄĚ

-Brysan Brown

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Dylan Lustig, a sophomore international and economics major, and Taylor Carr, a junior public relations major, are both vying for the position of Student Association President. While both candidates will instantly inform you that they are friendly and cordial with each other, they disagree on policy and the direction of SA. For instance, many students do not know what SA is and its role on campus, and both candidates have sharply different views on how to fix this.

Carr believes a heavier¬†emphasis on communication will lead to more awareness of SA. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had a¬†really lackluster public relations effort since January,‚ÄĚ Carr said. Lustig, meanwhile, agrees with Carr¬†on the issue of communications and marketing of SA, but strongly believes SA should¬†change its name from Student Association to Student Government Association. On the other hand, Carr¬†disagrees with this name change. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not about changing the name, it‚Äôs about how we reach out to students,‚ÄĚ he said.

Whether SA changes its name or attempts to reach out to more students, it will have a difficult time acquiring the attention of an unaware and, at times, oblivious student body that does not know much about the inner workings of its university or student leadership.

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Sophomore,¬†Dylan Lustig, ¬†and junior,¬†Taylor Carr,¬†are the two candidates¬†running for Student Association President this year. Both Lustig and Carr have graciously¬†agreed to take time out of their hectic schedules to be interviewed by me in the coming¬†weeks. God bless both of ‚Äėem. I have a hard enough time attending boring ass lectures¬†and keeping up with readings. The prospect of becoming the head of SA would makes me¬†want to drive down to Ithaca and jump off a gorge.

Whoever emerges as the new SA leader will have a daunting task: making sure students actually know what the Student Association is and does. Not all of the seats in SA are filled and not every college is fully represented, which recently led to one member of the association to encourage his peers in Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts to join the student governing body.

Perhaps the most important responsibility SA has is that it allocates a large¬†portion of the $189 student fee that every SU student paid this fall. So if you do the¬†math, because I really can’t, that is a lot of dough. This means that Lustig or Carr will have to¬†listen to the whining complaints of every organization on campus from the Anthropology¬†Club to University Union.

But Lustig and Carr have both shown great eagerness to become president having already set up Facebook and Twitter accounts for their campaigns and utilizing campus media such as Citrus TV and the WERW radio station to generate awareness of their campaigns. Fortunately, voting will take on MySlice so there will be no chances of hanging chads. (Yes, I am that corny.)

-Brysan Brown