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Get to know your Student Senate presidential candidates

Hunter Kiburz, Reporter

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The final two candidates for Student Senate president for Wayne State were set and voting began on Feb 25, and will end on Mar 1.

Jorge Adame: 

The first candidate is junior Jorge Adame, originally from Nebraska City. He is majoring in business finance and his minor is pre-law. Adame plans to go to law school and get a law degree, he knows that being the president of the student body is the highest honor as a student, and wants to show his leadership on WSC campus.

“This is not a position to be taken lightly whatsoever,” Adame said. “We’re going to be looking at policies, you’re going to be dealing with students all the time, dealing with administration so it’s definitely a position for somebody to fill and we believe we are those people.”

One of Adame’s fun changes to campus if he is elected president of student senate is to plan to renovate the nature trail on campus.

“We can all agree that the nature trail is an asset at Wayne and that needs a facelift,” Adame said. On a serious note, he and his junior vice president Morgan Sudbeck would like to make sure the student voices on campus are heard more. Adame and his vice president Sudbeck want to make sure the voices are more transparent and help bring the administration and the students together.

Adame believes the biggest change coming to the academic’s side is the growth in classes added as well as majors. With the addition of the Cat building, it has only benefitted the students and administration tremendously. Even with the new science building, WSC will able to attract other student to attend and raise the population, provide more funding and expand more.

“It’s just good to see Wayne is moving in that direction, a very positive direction and we hope to continue next year,” Adame said.

Adame and Sudbeck want to be able to get to know the students around campus and want to continue
“Coffee With the Senators” started by current president and vice president Cody Wagemen and Ashly VanMeeteren.

“It’s a hit and miss,” Sudbeck said. “Hopefully we want to make it every time next year by not only having Coffee With the Senators but implementing fun things to make coffee with senators’ various things to know students.”

According to Adame, students can expect a president that will always be present, listen to student voices on the outside and hear what they think should change. Adame has received tremendous support from classmates and friends in what they have to say, as well as their campaign.

“Students can expect a President that will not only listen but that will act,” Adame said.

Adame is running for president to help give back to his fellow students and Wayne community, and wants to help improve the life of the students at WSC. He feels grateful of these opportunities that were brought forth to him and he wants to make everything count.

“I decided that running for president was a good idea after spending a semester working alongside current President Wageman and V.P. VanMeeteren,” Adame said.

Both Adame and Sudbeck were inspired by how the vurrent president drove ideas and made them into reality, and Adame wants to continue doing that with his V.P.

As Adame and Sudbeck go through the whole process of running for president and vice president, they both think they will make some lasting memories and hope they can tell their grandkids someday.

Adame wants to remind everyone to vote for Adame-Sudbeck 2020 and join us in the better future of Wayne.

Adam Smith: 

The second candidate is Adam Smith, a junior at WSC who is currently majoring in communications and political science with a minor in pre-law.

Smith is involved in many various clubs and groups around campus, including a position on the Student Senate since his freshman year. He has been involved in a lot of sub-committees and committees during his time on campus.

Jackson Riching, the vice presidnet candidate, expressed confidence in Smith’s abilites.

“Something I learned back when I was in high school as a senior, I was the chair of committee counsel, its constituents were every single person inside of Grand Island that was in elementary to senior of high school, something I learned was to just being honest,” Richling said.  

Smith, after three years of working with administration and earning their respect, decided to run for president. With that being said, he wants to make the campus a safer place for incoming freshman as well as international students, residential students and anyone who else who may feel unsafe.

“I knew [Student Senate] would be a good venue to do that,” Smith said. “Obviously being in student government, I had those opportunities but this just takes it another step higher and do and allows me to do it in a different capacity.”

As a candidate for president, Smith started a campaign called the We Said campaign. With this campaign Smith wants to help expand the diversity on WSC campus, as well as hear from students on what they would like changed or what they feel would help the campus.

Smith, after talking to some his close friends here on campus that are minorities, they feel they are not really supportive and feel their voices are not always heard from.

“I want to change that, I want to work with groups like P.R.I.D.E, as well as the Black Student Association, they do a lot of great work, and Latinos United,” Smith said.

WSC supports people of different races, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Smith wants to promote the diversity across the board and help make it richer and more unique. International students from 25 different countries attend WSC, so helping them connect with various groups and students will help keep them here.

“We want to take initiatives that kind of promote that idea, whether that’s more funding for various groups on campus that promote diversity,” Smith said.

Safety has always been the one of the top focuses on WSC, according to Smith. Minority students around campus have expressed that they feel they have unique challenges compared to others. Because of a fellow student,  Devon Davis, the vice president for BSA, with other members came up and wanted their voice heard and were able to get an inclusion chair in the senate.

Going through the whole process was stressful but a great learning experience for everyone. As Smith has gone through all of this all the way to the final two sports, he was able to lean the on the current president and vice president of student senate right now.

“I’ve been able to ask Cody Wagemen and Ashley VanMeeteren, they are someone I kind of go to, to ask questions or what can I do to make this campaign stronger,” Smith said. “They been such a guiding light for Jackson and I during this whole process and just them giving us the ins and outs of what they experienced when they were on the campaign trail.”

Students may vote until Mar. 1, for president of Student Senate.

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