Meet Your 2011-12 Cox Senator Candidates

With the polls opening in three days, we’ve got three categories left to post: Cox, Dedman I and Dedman II. All will be posted today.

So without further ado, meet your Cox Senator candidates: Gregory Barro, Ted Belden, Jack Dawson, Tyler Harris, Zahra Khan, Caroline Langley, Jaywin Malhi, Michael Mitchell, Cameron Skreden and Jaison Thomas. Info after the jump.

Student Body Secretary Candidate Martha Pool is also running in this category, provided that she doesn’t win the SBO position. You’ll find her stuff on the SBS post.

The following people did not submit photos or questionnaires: Cameron Skredon and Jack Dawson.

Austin Poynter and James Noel had signed up to run for Cox Senator, but later dropped out for reasons unknown.

Name: Greg Barro

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR):Sophomore

Expected Graduation:2013

Major(s):Finance

Minor(s):CCPA

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Intramural Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Softball

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: The National Society of Colligate Scholars

Why are you running for Cox Senator?

I am running for the Cox Senator position in order to establish a connection with the leaders of the student body and contribute my attributes to help lead the student body in the most beneficial direction for the SMU community

What do you hope to accomplish as Cox Senator if you’re elected?

I hope to accomplish effective communication with the student government, promote positive leadership, and set achievable goals to improve what is already a very active and strong student life at SMU.

What’s your campaign slogan (if you have one)?

Not yet finished. Still in the process.

Why should SMU students vote for you?

I believe I can promote leadership among the student government and contribute creative ideas to better student life at SMU.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

My favorite thing about SMU is the diverse group of students that the University draws from all over the country each year. Also the Boulevard during football season.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

I believe one of the most important things that SMU holds are the traditional organizations that make up the fabric of student life. In order to keep these traditions alive and well there needs to be a strong student government that is able to work with the University to achieve goals that promote these organizations and keep them beneficial for the entire student body.

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Name: Ted Belden

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Sophomore

Expected Graduation: 2013

Major(s): Finance/English

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Student Senate

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: Hunt Scholar

Why are you running for Cox Senator?

I’m choosing to run for re-election as a Cox Student Senator because in the last year I have felt such a sense of accomplishment passing legislation within Senate, and I believe the experience I’ve gained can only further serve the Cox student body.

What do you hope to accomplish as Cox Senator if you’re elected?

First and foremost, I plan to address any and all concerns of the Cox student body. From a personal standpoint, I want to work towards enlarging the Student Senate endowment, so that more students can benefit from Senate’s scholarships.

What’s your campaign slogan (if you have one)?

[Ed. note: left blank]

Why should SMU students vote for you?

SMU students should vote for me because my time on Senate has allowed me to gain a better grasp of the legislative process here at SMU, and provided me an avenue to apply my passion and concern for this school and its students in a way which benefits both.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

My favorite part about SMU is its potential. Many colleges have either reached their peak or a plateau; but SMU continues to grow and improve. So many things about SMU, from the sports to the academics, seem to get better each year, and I believe this presents very special opportunities to SMU’s current students and all its future generations.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

I would like to see more spirit here at SMU.

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Name: Jack Dawson

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Finance

[Ed. note: Dawson did not return questionnaire. Photo obtained from the Student Senate website.]

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Name: Tyler Harris

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): SO

Expected Graduation: May 2013

Major(s): Financial Consulting and Political Science

Minor(s): American History

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Sigma Chi, Debate Team, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, SMU-in-Taos Ambassador, Political Science Symposium, Honors Community

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: President’s Scholar, BBA Scholar, Honor Roll Spring 2010 and Fall 2010, Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society

Why are you running for Cox Senator?

Student Senate is the most effective way for the students of SMU to have their needs and concerns voiced to the SMU Administration. Exchanges between students and administrators can lead to a better college experience for current as well as future students.

I want to play as active a role in this exchange as possible.

What do you hope to accomplish as Cox Senator if you’re elected?

One of my main goals as a Senator will be to include reading days in the academic calendar. Moving right from classes into finals is a harsh transition for students. Giving students a day or two to review materials before finals will give them better preparation. Reading days are a standard practice at several universities, SMU should be no different.

Another goal is to provide more study areas outside for students to utilize. Being in Texas, we have several months of weather that would be great for studying outside. Unfortunately there are not nearly enough tables to take advantage. I would like to see more tables placed in open areas.

What’s your campaign slogan (if you have one)?

[Ed. note: left blank]

Why should SMU students vote for you?

I represent many different aspects of the SMU community. As a member of Sigma Chi I represent Greek life. At the same time, I represent the academic side of SMU through my participation in the Honors program. I also represent the extracurricular side of SMU as a member of the SMU Debate Team.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

The opportunities presented by SMU are one of its biggest pros. Experiences such as SMU-in-Taos, study abroad and Tate lectures open up new perspectives on the world we live in.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

SMU needs to improve the on campus experience for students. Unless SMU works to improve the on campus experience, students will continue to simply attend classes during the day and leave as soon as they get out of class.

If SMU does make improvements, the SMU community will be more unified, creating a better experience for current and future students.

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Name: Zahra Khan

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Freshman

Expected Graduation: May 2014

Major(s): Business, English with Specialization in Creative Writing

Minor(s): Medieval Studies

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Muslim Students Association, Dedman College Ambassadors.

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: SMU Academic Excellence Award, SMU Distinguished Scholar.

Why are you running for Cox Senator?

I would like to bring light to our fantastic department. I also want to develop our resources, bring new opportunities to our Cox students and engage more organizations and companies in the SMU campus through involvement with Cox students.

What do you hope to accomplish as Cox Senator if you’re elected?

I feel that, from a Cox student perspective, SMU needs to expand the facilities it has available for Cox students. For example, the BIC is not large enough nor is it complete enough for our business students to receive adequate help and opportunities in the business world.

What’s your campaign slogan (if you have one)?

[Ed. note: left blank]

Why should SMU students vote for you?

I hope to better distribute funds on the SMU campus and help allow everyone not just a voice, but a face too at SMU.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

I love that SMU is a school that is focused on its students and is willing to provide its students the best opportunities to succeed.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

Too many groups are underrepresented at SMU. What we all need to do is bring more inter-club involvement to SMU. By breaking the walls that hold us in our club ‘cliques’, we need to become a genuinely diverse community, socially, culturally, and mentally.

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Name: Caroline G. Langley

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Sophomore

Expected Graduation: 2013

Major(s): Business, English

Minor(s): Psychology

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Environmental Society, CUL Student Advisory Board, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: n/a

Why are you running for Cox Senator?

I want to take an active role in the communication between the students of Cox School of Business and the rest of the university, and the resolution of students’ issues.

What do you hope to accomplish as Cox Senator if you’re elected?

I hope to foster the relationship between the Cox School of Business and the rest of the university, and take part in the allocation of funding for scholarships and student organizations.

What’s your campaign slogan (if you have one)?

I suppose: “Caroline Langley for Cox Senator!” (My name doesn’t rhyme with anything catchy or cool).

Why should SMU students vote for you?

SMU students should vote for me because I genuinely care about their comments, concerns, and ideas.  Also, when faced with a problem, I excel in finding new and inventive solutions.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

The gorgeous campus and the unified feel of a small, close knit community.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

Student support of SMU athletics.

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Name: Jaywin Singh Malhi

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Freshman

Expected Graduation: May 2014

Major(s): Business Management and Political Science

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: University Honors Program; Student Senate, First-Year Senator; Student Ambassadors, Member; Honor Council, Member; Student Foundation, General Member; Student Senate Finance Committee, Committee Member; Intramural Sports, Participant

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: President’s Scholar, Edwin L. Cox BBA Scholar, Pre-Law Scholar, National Merit Scholar. University Honor Roll with High Distinction, Fall 2010

Why are you running for Cox Senator?

With about 7 seats in Student Senate every year, the Cox School of Business undoubtedly has the most representation in student government on this campus. However, to most effectively utilize this, we need Senators who are articulate and passionate in chamber. Having served in Student Senate for almost a year, I feel like I have the experience and confidence necessary to, without hesitation, voice my opinion on crucial pieces of legislation that affect the entire campus, thereby influencing the decision-making process of the Student Senate. Thus, my primary motivation in running to be a Cox Senator is my desire to make SMU a more student-oriented campus complimented with my steadfast belief in my ability shoulder a portion of this burden upon myself.

What do you hope to accomplish as Cox Senator if you’re elected?

As a Cox Senator, I hope to make Student Senate accessible to every student in the Cox School of Business by being consistently available for questions and concerns, resulting in a more transparent student government. In addition to voicing my constituents’ opinions on general university legislations (such as parking, reading days, and campus dining), I would like to introduce pieces of legislation specifically intended to foster the Cox School of Business’s rising national rankings. Finally, I hope to provide particular attention to bridging the gap between MBA students and BBA students at SMU.

What’s your campaign slogan (if you have one)?

WIN with JayWIN

Why should SMU students vote for you?

My record speaks for itself: I have attended and actively participated in every Senate meeting this past year as a First-Year Senator. The experience that I have garnered can prove crucial in influencing controversial decisions in chamber. A committed and experienced Senator is exactly what Cox needs and what I bring.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

My most favorite aspect of SMU is definitely the relatively small size of the student body. Because of the limited number of students admitted into the university, SMU is able to provide a very welcoming and homely atmosphere for every individual on campus. This proves especially beneficial in ensuring that each student is given the extensive individual attention necessary to succeed throughout his or her college experience.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

Something that students at SMU have struggled with for a long time is the lack of responsiveness from university administration to student concerns. Even when the Student Senate passes a piece of legislation, very few of those legislations actually go into effect and those that do require a tremendous amount of effort by student leaders to bring them about. This lack of efficiency and effectiveness is absolutely despicable for a university as renowned as SMU. Therefore, I would like to see this process of bringing about change on campus become more productive by becoming more student-oriented.

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Name: Michael Mitchell

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Sophomore

Expected Graduation: May 2013

Major(s): Finance and Psychology

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Sigma Phi Epsilon, RUF

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: President’s Scholar, BBA Scholar, Pre-Law Scholar, Taos Scholar

Why are you running for Cox Senator?

I’m running for Cox Senator because I love this school and all of the opportunities it has provided me, and I’d like to return the favor.

What do you hope to accomplish as Cox Senator if you’re elected?

As a Cox Senator, I hope to increase school spirit. This starts with a successful football team and an enthusiastic student body, but it requires more student involvement here on campus, especially by upperclassmen.

What’s your campaign slogan (if you have one)?

Because two first names are better than one!

Why should SMU students vote for you?

SMU students should vote for me because I have their best interests in mind. I feel like the student body is not always aware of what issues Senate is dealing with, but I’d like to be a voice for them. The campus community should not only be aware of issues, but they should be able to voice their opinions and have an impact on the University. I want to make Senate more transparent and therefore, more accountable to the students.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

My favorite thing about SMU is the incredible opportunities that it provides: SMU-in-Taos, study abroad, Richter fellowships, undergraduate research, Tate lectures, and so much more. There are so many great opportunities, it can be difficult to find time for all of them.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

I think there is a problem with communication at SMU. The most obvious example was the lack of communication during the snow days earlier in the semester. I believe that more transparency within the Senate is a stepping stone to better communication throughout the school as a whole.

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Name: Cameron Skreden

Classification: Freshman

[Ed. note: Skreden did not return a photo or questionnaire.]

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Name: Jaison Thomas

Classification (FR, SO, JR, SR): Sophomore

Expected Graduation: 2014

Major(s): Accounting, Biology

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, Indian Student Association—Executive Board, Program Council—R2B2, Asian Christian Fellowship

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: President’s Scholar, BBA Scholar, Community of Scholars Award

Why are you running for Cox Senator?

I want to be able to represent and further the goals of organizations and students within the business school as well as further the perception of the business school within the university.

What do you hope to accomplish as Cox Senator if you’re elected?

As a Cox Senator, I hope to increase the representation that the business school receives through Senate, therefore increasing its programs’ success.

What’s your campaign slogan (if you have one)?

[Ed. note: left blank]

Why should SMU students vote for you?

Students should vote for me because I can best represent their interests and goals for the future of the business school and its programs. Also, I am extremely approachable and am willing to listen to and voice any concerns that students may have regarding the Cox.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

Everything—but especially the scenic days with great weather when everyone goes outside and relaxes on the grass!

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

I feel like there needs to be greater interaction between the students and faculty and trustees of SMU. This would increase the communication of concerns that can be addressed by important decision makers of the university.

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About Meredith Shamburger

Meredith is a journalist working for the Longview News-Journal in Longview, Texas.
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