SWEEPS were held February 27 at 7:00pm in LH 2.
ENDORSEMENTS were published on March 4. Please click their name below to view whether a candidate received an endorsement from a community.
ELECTION DAY was Tuesday, March 12th from 9am to 9pm.
RESULTS were e-mailed to campus within two hours of ballots closing.
Candidate endorsed by: CIW, Hillside, Hinman, Mountainview, Newing, OC3, and Susquehanna communities.
Emma is a Junior studying political science and psychology with a minor in forensic health in Harpur College. Emma serves as Speaker of the Student Association Congress, is a founding member and current treasurer of Best Buddies, and an active member of Phi Mu, additionally she has also served as a campus coordinator for It’s On Us, Senior Consultant at the Public Speaking Lab, and Manager of New Organizations for the Executive Vice President’s Office. Emma would focus on four major initiatives for the student body: providing equal access to education; prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion; improving our sexual assault prevention efforts; and expanding of mental health resources.
Emma is a Junior studying political science and psychology with a minor in forensic health in Harpur College. Emma has a proven track record of leadership as a student leader. Emma serves as Speaker of the Student Association Congress, is a founding member and current treasurer of Best Buddies, and an active member of Phi Mu. She has formerly served as a campus coordinator for It’s On Us, Senior Consultant at the Public Speaking Lab, and Manager of New Organizations for the Executive Vice President’s Office.
Emma would focus on four major initiatives for the student body: providing equal access to education; prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion; improving our sexual assault prevention efforts; and expanding of mental health resources. See her platform below:
PROVIDE EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION
- Create an online reporting form for students with disabilities to report issues on campus, rather than having to physically go to the SSD office to do so.
- Work with the university to fight the stigma of having a disability and receiving in-class accommodations so all students feel welcomed and supported into the Binghamton community.
- Increase the use of and access to open educational materials and open access resources, to reduce costs for students.
PRIORITIZE DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
- Collaborate with both the SA and the Administration to make free menstrual care products more widely available on campus.
- Work with the University to improve the University’s grievance procedures to ensure that it adequately addresses the concerns of marginalized students, and work with the VPAA to expand the SA Advocates program to ensure students have a knowledgeable partner to support them throughout the process.
- Work with the University to expand overall shared governance by conscientiously appointing university committees that are diverse and representative of the student body. In addition to also ensuring students always have a seat at the table.
IMPROVE OUR SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION EFFORTS
- Work with the clubs and the student association to change the way that student leaders are equipped to talk about sexual assault, by shifting the focus to survivors and prevention with an understanding that each person’s assault is different.
- Work with the university to establish a yearly campus climate survey that is reported alongside the annual safety report and to be made available to all students.
- Work with the university to replace the current ‘sexual harassment prevention’ training for freshman with a convocation day that all freshman are mandated to attend.
EXPANSION OF MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
- Improve access to referrals so students who can’t get an initial appointment with the counseling center can still be guided towards the right off campus provider for them.
- Continue advocating for hiring more counselors of color and multilingual counselors in addition to advocating for counselors of different ability in order to support students who identify more closely with people who look like them or speak their language.
- Better communicate services that are available to students on campus such as the High Hopes Helpline and our free telecounseling service.
Students are the foundation of the SA. Recognizing this is the crucial first step toward improving student engagement. Therefore: As president, instead of concentrating on short-term one-off goals, I will focus on long-term initiatives to strengthen the foundational engagement between the students and the SA.
I propose the following:
- SAVE Program (SA Volunteer Experiences)
I want to use the power of the SA to unite student organizations on campus under various social causes spearheaded by the SA throughout the year. These social causes include (but not limited to) the following:
- Hurricane relief
- Cancer research
- Local charity efforts
- Sexual assault awareness
- SAIL Committee (SA Innovative Leaders)
The SAIL Committee will give students a chance to choose one student-run one-time projects every year that enhance the student experience at Binghamton University through the following steps:
- Applications will open for student initiatives proposals from the student body, where individuals or groups can submit their initiatives.
- The SAIL Committee of 5 students will then deliberate on the top 3-5 initiatives to present to the Binghamton Student Body.
- After choosing the top three initiatives, the SAIL Committee, in collaboration with the Elections and Judiciary Committee, will host an online election to all Binghamton University students to choose which approved student initiatives shall receive their requested funds from the SAIL Committee.
- Students will be expected to use all their allocated funds and have the opportunity to be mentored throughout the implementation of their initiatives to build their leadership skills.
- SAMPLE Program (SA Making Positive Leadership Experiences)
I will direct our SA leaders to engage in various activities throughout the academic year from tabling every week in Bartle to hosting monthly social events in the University Union for students to engage with student reps and SA E-Board members. With this, the SA will become more relevant and present in student’s lives.
- Expansion of the E-Board
From diversity issues to engagement efforts, we must make the SA more robust for these issues to be addressed. I plan to create various new positions to address these issues such as:
- VP of Community Service Engagement
- VP of Public Affairs
- VP of Gender and Sexuality Concerns
- VP of Disability Services
- SA FSE Program (SA Faculty-Student Engagement)
I want to create opportunities geared toward freshmen and sophomores to facilitate student-faculty relationships in casual, low-pressure environments. By collaborating with the VPF, VPAA, and VPP, I want to host dinner-like settings where students can have the opportunity to meet faculty who they have never met before. From here, they can discover connections and interests that they would have not otherwise have known about.
- SA SotM (Student of the Month)
Students deserve the recognition for their hard work and good deeds done on campus. Through online submissions, students will be chosen by the SA E-Board to be Student of the Month. This will help foster a sense of accomplishment as well as support our role-model students in their growth as leaders.
Candidate endorsed by: Dickinson community
Arsenije Markicevic is a Junior quadruple majoring in Physics, Economics, Philosophy, and Philosophy, Politics, and Law. Arsenije has held various positions within the SA, including: a Congress representative for Mountainview College Council, a member of FinCo, and a current business advisor in the VPF’s office. Arsenije’s main goals in his campaign are to increase student awareness about the SA and student representation within the SA through public forums, monthly surveys, new mutually beneficial relationships with previously overlooked outlets like Greek Life organizations, a greater degree of SA outreach, and an expanded LEAD program.
“You Matter” initiative: Want to improve student awareness of the SA Executive Board through more feedback surveys on the services the SA offers, holding public forums where all students can come in and voice their opinions and concerns, and increase SA Executive Board presence on social media. I want to spend some of my weekly office hours going to the union and talking to students so I can constantly look for feedback. Through this I hope more students want to voice their opinions, so I can more accurately convey their thoughts to campus administrators.
Mental Health Awareness week: Work with various mental health groups and councilors on campus to have a SA sponsored mental health awareness week, so students know all the resources available to them if they need help.
Higher involvement with community governments: Meet with Community governments at least once a month to get constant feedback from the communities and see how the SA can help them improve. Talk to the residents of the communities so they get more direct contact with the SA executive board and know where to go if they want to see things changed on campus.
Improve Greek Life organization-SA organization relationships: I believe SA organizations and Greek Life organizations could collaborate more. I want to work with the various Greek Life councils to help connect Greek Life organizations with SA organizations so they can put on bigger events together.
Winter-Fest: Have an event at the start of the spring semester where organizations table because some students are not here for the fall semester and miss out on U-Fest. It would help new students get acclimated to the campus more quickly.
LEAD Program: Expand on the current SA President’s new initiative LEAD which allows freshmen to shadow SA Executive Board members. Want to expand it to include more students, and work with the current president to see what his vision for the future of it is and implement it.
Improve SA Executive Board-Congress relations: Want to meet with each congress member one-on-one at the start of the year, and then meet with each communities representatives monthly to see what they have been doing and what they could do in the next month.
Vice President for Finance
Candidate endorsed by: Hinman, Mountainview, Newing, OC3, and Susquehanna communities.
Alec Somerstein is a junior studying Math in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance in the School Of Management. Alec is the current VPF of OC3 and is the Head Assistant and Advisor to the SA Vice President of Finance. Alec’s main initiatives include increasing efficiency and ease with SA finances by holding weekly workshops for treasurers and increasing the VPF Advisor program.
Hello, my name is Alec Somerstein and I am currently a junior at Binghamton University studying Math, Finance, and Spanish. I am running for the position of Vice President of Finance for the 2019-2020 academic year. Throughout my time here at Binghamton, I have garnered much experience within the Student Association, specifically in positions tailored towards SA Finances. In my freshman year, I was elected onto the Finance Committee as the Newing College Representative, and then in my sophomore year, I was appointed to the position of SA Treasurer, which is the chair of the Finance Committee and a liaison between the Finance Committee and the SA Vice President of Finance. Currently, I am the Vice President of Finance for the Off Campus College Council, OC3, one of the largest subsidiary organizations of the SA, which also possesses one of the largest allocations/budgets relative to other SA subsidiary organizations. Also, I am working inside the VPF’s office as the Head Advisor and Head Assistant.
I have spent much time over the last three years working within and around the finances of the SA and have come to terms with what needs to be changed, created, advanced, or terminated. In order to have greater SA Finances and a more successful VPF Office, there must be greater efficiency in the office and an easier process for all. The past SA Vice President of Finances have accomplished great things when it comes to efficiency, e.g. internally creating a voucher dashboard and externally creating “How-To” guides for treasurers. However, I believe there still exist ways to further increase efficiency in the office. If elected, VPF assistants will run weekly workshops outlining different processes of the Financial Policies and Procedures, as well as procedures that group treasurers typically go through on a regular basis, such as how to fill out a voucher or how to request a purchase order. This will decrease the flow of traffic in the VPF Office and lessen the amount of mistakes made, allowing for the office to go through the various forms at a quicker rate, ultimately increasing the office’s efficiency. Secondly, I want to increase the VPF Advisor program. The VPF Advisor program was officially created two years ago and has been increasing in size since. However, it has been overlooked by the majority of groups and group treasurers. Thus, I plan on increasing the outreach and accessibility of this program. This program will include a group of advisors that are assigned to specific groups as their liaison between the group and the VPF Office. The Advisor will be the groups and treasurers’ first point of contact when they need assistance. The Advisors will be trained similarly to the Assistants in the office, but will have less regulation and more informal conversation with the group, especially compared to a conversation the group would have with a VPF Assistant inside the office. This once again lessens the amount of people coming to the office which once again increases efficiency. Also, this would make the jobs of group treasurers much easier as they would have a consistent point of reference for questions and concerns with treasurer duties and the Financial Policies and Procedures.
In summary, implementing an enhanced VPF Advisor program and weekly workshops will increase efficiency in the VPF Office and make treasurer duties much easier.
Vice President for Multicultural Affairs
Candidate endorsed by: Hinman, Mountainview, Newing, OC3, and Susquehanna communities.
Representation matters/ Better connect students to Staff of color:
Many Multicultural students that attend the University feel uncomfortable reaching out to support services because they feel that they do not have someone that can understand them. However, from my interaction with students, they do not seem to know about the Staff of color on campus and where they are located. Whereas the staff of color as I went around visiting them and asking them if it is something they would be interested in and they would love to be there for the students even if it is just a simple conversation or a familiar face on campus. I would like to set up more opportunities for the students of campus to build relationships with staff. Such as a monthly lunch in, or an email list sent out with the staffs information and what they do.
Cultural Competency/ better Cultural Competency training at freshman orientation:
The school has introduced the idea a few years back and they did not follow through, however, I feel this would be something the incoming students that may not have as much experience interacting with people of color seeing that we are the minority in some of the areas they come from. I believe this would be a great way to educate the incoming students on what they will be experiencing and how they should be engaging with their fellow students.
Mental Health Advocacy:
One of the most overlooked aspects of being a college student as well as a human being is mental health. I know that Binghamton University’s campus has many resources. However, as people become more aware of the importance of mental health and practicing self-care I would like to be there to shine a light to the resources that are available to students on campus and here at the Binghamton area. As well as better funding for student organization that strive to increase the awareness of mental health.
This would be a project I would hope to work with the Vice President of Academic Affairs I would work towards a website/platform that will connect students with people who have already taken the classes they are entering. This website/ platform will be structured similarly to rate my professor but rather for classes here at Binghamton. Instead of searching and asking for students who have taken the class and looking for people who have the book you can search and find them through this website that will be organized and at least have a brief of how the class flows.
One thing that the current President and Vice President of Multicultural Affairs have done is remain visible and accessible to students. I am to continue having an open door and serving as a resource for all the students that walk into the office. I would love for students to be more aware of the resources the Student Association can provide for them.
BU Council Representative
Candidate endorsed by: Hinman, Newing, and Susquehanna communities.
Franklin Richards is a first year masters student in the Public Administration program. He is the current vice president of public relations for the MPA GSO, and a member of the BU Gospel Choir. He is a former Resident Assistant in Dickinson Community. If elected as BU Council Student Representative, Franklin plans to streamline the dissemination of information to the student body in a more efficient way so students are informed about administrative policies and decisions. He plans to create a BUCSR Instagram, write for Pipe Dream, and hold official office hours so students can share their opinions, issues, and suggestions. Franklin also plans to advocate various sustainable initiatives, such as working with the Transportation and Parkis ng Services to create more availabilities for electric cars and car pooling. As the University continues to enhance it security measure, one measure Franklin wants to fix is the timely deactivation of campus IDs for former students. As a former Harpur Students, Franklin recognizes the difficulties students often have with Harpur Advising. Franklin aims to work with Harpur advising officials in revamping and restructuring Harpur’s online information system. Finally, under his advocacy platform, Franklin will work to improve upon on campus accessibility which will include, but is not limited to the maintenance and construction of ramps for disabled students and the timely retainment of auto-door buttons. As an African American student at the University, Franklin has seen many inequalities through his tenure here living on and off campus. As BU Council Student Representative, Franklin will offer a diverse perspective that has not been present on the board for a few years. Franklin is in his fifth year at Binghamton University. He has seen many changes and growth in the University. As the University grows in population, size and reputation, the council should look to improve resources available to its diverse student population. If elected, Franklin aims to continue to push the University’s administrative board to find effective means to best support the students.
Candidate endorsed by: CIW, Hillside, Mountainview, and OC3 communities.
Richard Caldicott is a junior studying Political Science & Philosophy in Harpur College. Richard is currently serving as an SA Congressional Representative for the Hillside Community, and is also serving on the Board of Directors for the Binghamton Auxiliary Services Corporation. Richard is currently seeking to revitalize academic advising, increase accessibility to mental health services on campus, and elevate student representation in the pursuit of a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
- Revitalize Harpur academic advising through the development of a digital counselor/portal, guiding students through questions before scheduling an appointment. Furthermore, introduce interactive video tutorials to guide students through basic resources such as degree works.
- Reduce financial burden of purchasing textbooks by encouraging the universal adoption and utilization of Open Educational Resources by professors.
- Advocate for equitable access to high impact research and academic opportunities for incoming transfer students.
- Extend access to student printer funds for both graduate and undergraduate students by allowing them to rollover to the break following each registered semester.
Mental Health Resources
- Destigmatize mental health issues by equipping RAs with effective training, accurate information for common mental illnesses, and off-campus community resources in order to assist students who are seeking access to alternative resources.
- Increase awareness and accessibility for underutilized mental health resources such as group therapy sessions and tele-counseling through online resources.
- Advocate for more UCC counselors in order to ensure that students receive mental health services in a more timely and effective manner. Furthermore, advocate for a more diverse staff capable of empathizing with a plethora of diverse and unique identities.
- Collaborate with the administration, SA, on campus organizations, and community organizations to develop an effective and informative de-stigmatization campaign for mental illness on campus.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Elevate student representation by creating a culture of shared governance with campus administration that ensures that students are actively consulted for all major administrative actions.
- Cut red-tape and eliminate hidden fees for multicultural organizations seeking to host culinary events on-campus.
- Develop an accessible student-form to report areas on campus that are inaccessible to students with disabilities.
- Continue the push for free and consistent distribution of feminine hygiene products on campus.
Student Safety & Housing
- Implement overcrowding courtesy notifications, so that in the event of overcrowding students receive a minimum 72 hour notice before being assigned a new roommate, and a minimum 24 hour notice of who their new roommate is.
- Work with off-campus tenantsʼ rights organizations to ensure students are receiving fair and equitable treatment from landlords.
- Open access to Narcan training events through the University Opioid Overdose Prevention program for students living off-campus.
- Ensure students are informed of safe areas to live off-campus by providing a universal resource for off-campus students to review former places of residence
- Introduce silverware to the Union Marketplace to reduce the production of unnecessary plastic waste.
- Work with the SA and administration to develop a raffle system that rewards students for utilizing reusable bags in on campus stores and dining halls.
- Advocate for the expansion of hydro stations on campus to reduce plastic bottle waste on campus.
- Allow students to digitally submit assignments that would otherwise require the use of a color printer.
Executive Vice President
Candidate endorsed by: Hinman, Mountainview, Newing, OC3, and Susquehanna communities.
Erin Bishop is a junior double majoring in Economics and Graphic design. She is the current chartering assistant of the Student Association. Erin’s main initiatives include strengthening the internal structure of the EVP office, increase and improve communication with the student body, and foster an environment that allows student leaders to strive.
My platform focuses on creating an environment for students to strive to become stronger leaders and to be able to count on the SA for resources and constructive guidance. As EVP, student leaders will meet with me to discuss their ideas and plans to improve their organization, their passion and drive for their mission is inspiring and will be reciprocated and supported by the office. I plan to work closely with student leaders and provide answers and guidance to them as soon as inquiries arise. I also plan to strengthen the internal structure of the EVP office by creating process maps and semester timelines, these documents will allow my staff and myself to become more prepared for upcoming events and relay important information to students in a timely matter. Lastly, I intend to improve and increase communication between students and the EVP office, and between the Executive board offices in the SA as well.
Strengthen the internal structure of the EVP office:
- Process maps for all stakeholders: In order to create more structure within the SA and EVP office, I plan to create a process map that would detail all operations in which the EVP office collaborates with other offices within the Student Association and any other administration. These process maps will allow our office to communicate and operate smoothly with other parties and will give us the ability to cut down the time it takes to complete projects, the map will also allow us to keep track of our progress and improve communication within the SA.
- Semester Timelines: I plan to create a semester timeline sheet that would entail events and milestones that the EVP office could plan ahead for. These timeline sheets will allow our officers to be prepared for upcoming events and relay important information to students in a timely matter.
Improve and increase communication with the student body:
- Increasing specialization of advisors: Many of the issues that the EVP office has encountered include the lack of communication amongst the EVP advisors and student groups. I plan to increase communication with the student body by adding the following specialized positions:
- Event Planning Advisor - Advise and assist in the promotion and general structure of student-run events. The goal of this position is to provide student leaders with the knowledge of preliminary procedures necessary to organize their respective events in coordination with the SA.
- Office Coordinator - Works specifically in the internal activities within the EVP office. Responsibilities include creating the process map, semester timeline, office hours for advisors and minutes for staff meetings.
- Student Liaison - Attends GIMs and GBMs across campus to act as a vessel of communication between student groups and the EVP office. This direct line of support would allow student groups to voice their concerns and inquiries directly to us, and allow us to better understand the operations of student orgs so that we may validate and address their concerns.
- I believe that adding these specific positions would improve the delegation of responsibilities within the office, so that we may provide more effective guidance to the student body.
- Internships programs in the EVP office: Speaking from past experience as the Training and Development intern in the EVP office last year, it was truly enlightening how vital the SA office is to the welfare to the Binghamton students. Being an SA intern would be a unique and invaluable experience as the internship program would also provide a smooth onboarding process for potential staff in the SA.
Assist and develop student leadership skills:
- Provide opportunities for incentives for successful student groups: I would like to provide incentive opportunities to successful student leaders by recognizing their achievements. A recognition banquet would allow the Student Association to express our understanding of the hard work and dedication of such leaders.
- Leadership workshops: In order to assist and inform student leaders on necessary information to perform their obligations, I intend to hold leadership workshops that are categorized in the fields of clubs. By having workshops dedicated to specific categories of organizations, we can focus more on commonly addressed issues within the field, and allow those students to network amongst organizations with similar visions.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Candidate endorsed by: Hinman, Mountainview, Newing, OC3, and Susquehanna communities.
John Santare is a Junior studying biology in Harpur College. John is the current Vice Speaker of the Student Association Congress, as well as a policy analyst for the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the education policy lead of Binghamton’s Roosevelt Institute. John’s goals include prioritized research on optimizing mental health resources, improving student representation of the office through collaboration with various student groups, holding regularly scheduled forums, and continuing ongoing VPAA initiatives, such as: revamping ‘Student Feedback and Evaluation,’ expanding Technical Skills Workshops, and reviewing the Code of Student Conduct.
Exploring novel pathways to improve mental health resources.
Academia expands beyond the classroom - students live where they learn. There are inhibitory factors that may plague the undergraduate population and transfer over into the classroom. A poor mental health can drastically degrade a student’s potential academic aptitude. As such, I want to cast ‘Mental Health’ as the office’s overarching focus. During my time with the Roosevelt Institute I authored a policy (which I will strive to enact) titled In the Wake of Tragedy: Mobilizing SUNY Binghamton’s Mental Health Resources. One portion of this policy entailed the adoption of Cornell University’s Community Support Meetings - an hour long meeting, between administrators and those most intimately affected, that prioritized mental health concerns. I believe that we can look towards other schools for inspiration and implementation to make the current resources we have more efficient.
Improving inclusivity of the VPAA’s office.
Our nearly 14,000 undergraduate students are non-monolithic, they comprise multiple degrees of difference - a multiethnic, multicultural mass that varies in beliefs, sexual and gender orientation, and economic background. For the next VPAA to succeed, they must incorporate the perspectives of all identities that exist on campus. This begins by reaching out to student groups that have been previously overlooked and underrepresented. The VPAA can better address the concerns and collect the feedback of students by simply establishing a working relationship with such groups. Furthermore, the structure and output of the office would benefit greatly if the people that work within it more adequately reflect the student body. One of the most important responsibilities that falls upon the VPAA consists of appointments to various faculty committees. I believe it is in the best interest of all students to provide a voice - in the form of such appointments - to those that have been ignored in the past.
Hosting monthly forums for academically oriented organizations.
I aim to restructure the VPAA’s office to be more representative of the student populous. It would be monstrously ignorant to assume that the office staff would provide that eclectic representation alone – as there is no feasible way for an office of (about) 10 to accurately mirror the variance held by over 10,000 undergraduates – and that is why community interaction is a necessity. Ultimately, I am aiming for a monthly forum to be established between the various academic organizations on campus to discuss projects of the office and receive indispensable insight.
Inheriting and elevating the work of previous VPAAs.
My time working under today’s VPAA has afforded me many memorable experiences. I was once told that the VPAA position, traditionally, tackles years-long initiatives. It would be disheartening to see such effort fade without fruition. Therefore, I will be adopting the initiatives of the VPAAs that have come before me. Specifically, I want to note these as the revamping of Binghamton University’s ‘Student Feedback and Evaluation,’ a continuation/expansion of the Technical Skills Workshops, and a heavy interest in the yearly Code of Student Conduct review.
Vice President for Programming
Candidate endorsed by: CIW, Dickinson, Hinman, Mountainview, Newing, OC3, and Susquehanna communities.
Efficiency & Communication:
Communication with Student Groups - I believe it is integral to my office to create a programming calendar so that student groups have the opportunity to schedule events on days that minimize event conflicts with the programming board and the larger student body.
Communication with Student Body - I would like to prioritize how effectively the VPP communicates with the Student population. Not only doing so through Newsletters but regularly informing students about opportunities to get involved in all SAPB Committees and notifying them adequately about SAPB events, providing constant access to questions concerning popular events and mitigating areas of concerns for students who have expressed them.
Increased Partnerships On/Off Campus
I would like to increase SAPB’s involvement with Student Organizations and On-Campus departments. I believe it is instrumental to collaborate with different student organizations to create not only recreational but insightful events that challenge, entertain and benefit the student population through the diverse array of chartered clubs under the SA, and multiple departments that exist on campus.
If elected, I would like to give the student body the opportunity to express what they would like to see come out of the programming board through either a survey or social media suggestion polls. Though there are many different committees that exist within the VPP’s Office, there are also additional opportunities for SAPB to interact directly with student’s differing interests such as album listening parties, music and event reviews, student-run poetry slams etc. In addition, I hope to continue to create a diverse board whose strengths can be used to promote strong and well-planned programming efforts.
Whilst the Fall and Spring Survey are useful tools for gathering feedback on whom students would like to see on campus, it sometimes does not allow for the full spectrums of opinions that students on campus possess. As such, I want to give students the opportunity to share feedback not only about whom they would like to see on the survey but also on how events can be improved and what their thoughts are on the guests we bring to campus.
To do this, I would like to re-structure the way the survey is released each semester since it usually sent out during the school break periods. It is my belief that many students do not have the incentive or the opportunity to express who they would like to see. As such it is important that the office of the VPP send out the survey before classes end and with the opportunity to advertise it heavily amongst the student population. Social Media polls, suggestion boxes across campus etc, are also great opportunities to put students first, and I would like to explore all effective avenues to ensure we’re not capturing the views of only a small percentage of campus but as many students as possible. As such, it is important that I not only prioritize large events such as the Fall and Spring concert but also give students the opportunity to attend great comedy shows, diverse underground music events, thought-provoking speakers, and entertaining festivals. My number one aim is to ensure that each student has an opportunity to find enjoyment in each of the committees that exist with SAPB, and that if not for our large scale concerts, that they will have tireless opportunities to voice their opinions in all aspects of the programming board’s efforts.
Lillian Carr is a sophomore studying Econ. in Harper. Lillian is the treasurer of the Diverse Cultural Xcellence Club, an Insights chair on SAPB, and is on the women's rugby team.. Lillian's initiatives include expanding the social media marketing team, building relationship, and collaboration with Various Student Groups, spread diversity in SAPB, more effective concert planning, and the re-branding of Frost Fest. As a female African American EOP student representation matters in spaces that we aren't represented in. Growing up in my hometown I was surrounded by people of color since birth. So coming to BU was both a shock. The Student Association is a male dominate office except for one position. Often times women voices go unheard in a male-dominated space. I want to be that voice for women on campus. So it is my mission is to diversify SAPB to create a safe place in these meeting so that both women voices and people of color voices can be heard and replied to.
Candidate endorsed by: Hillside and OC3 communities.
Jillian Pizzuto is a Junior studying Spanish at Binghamton University. Jillian is the current Comedy Chair on the SAPB in addition to the Secretary of Bing Stand-Up and a DJ at WHRW, the radio station on campus. Jill’s main initiatives include improving the SA Programming Board for our chairs, increasing student involvement to prioritize hearing suggestions/feedback, advancing promotion to raise the awareness of events, and club collaboration for even larger memorable events to come!
SA Programming Board Improvements
I have had the pleasure of seeing the SAPB under two different leaders during my time as Comedy Chair. Coming into this position mid year I discovered I had to learn the job from asking a lot of questions and reading a lot of old emails. Without prior experience, the terms we use frequently as chairs can be intimidating.Therefore, to make the SAPB run more efficiently I would start doing a powerpoint at the first board meeting of the year. This would give a runthrough of the typical booking process and give tips to raise event attendance, facilitate positive interactions with managers/agents, and create a much more confident and less stressful overall booking experience.
Increasing Student Involvement
I believe the SAPB should reflect the population of students at this school and so I want to be able to hear the input of as many students as possible. As Vice President for Programming, I would have members of the board table in the union/marketplace at least once a month. Being able to talk to a variety of students will, by word of mouth, get the SAPB to reach many more friends groups that make up the population of BU. This will make more students aware of upcoming event details, chair committees, or at least what SAPB stands for. As Vice President for Programming I will work hard to inform the students at Binghamton of not only our memorable events, but all the incredible opportunities we have to offer.
As comedy chair after successfully booking a show there is nothing worse than having a student find out about the event after it has happened and utter the words, “I had no idea!”. As Vice President for Programming, I will focus on getting the SAPB on more student’s phones than ever. I am confident that over 95% of students use at least one social media. By postering around campus, boosting advertisement, and regularly updating our social media we will be able to reach a much larger audience. I want students to see all that is available to them. This starts with students knowing we are on social media, where they can easily be notified of what is happening at their school.
Working with clubs is essential to all of my previously mentioned goals as Vice President for programming. Every student has different interests and with that a different group they belong to. Having contacts with as many of the clubs at Binghamton University as we can will help the SAPB in a number of ways. First, we always want to make sure SAPB events conflict with few other activities possible. Second, working with clubs could produce even larger events! Third, by having clubs share the details of our events to their members we will produce even larger more diverse audiences than ever.