Meet Your 2011-12 Dedman II Senator Candidates

Now for our last post. Yep, ladies and gents: we’ve got all the candidates’ questionnaires posted. Links to each are in the sticky post at the top of the blog.

Your Dedman II Senator candidates are: Upama Kadel, Mohammad Khan, Hanna Kim, Bradley Krocheski, Anthony McAuliffe, Alex Mace, Alex Morgan and Kellie Spano. Info after the jump.

Student Body Vice Presidential Candidate Alex Ehmke is also running for a Dedman II seat, provided he doesn’t win SBVP. Find his stuff here.

Mohammad Khan did not return his questionnaire.

Kevin Do, Daniel Hux and Kurt Stein were running, but dropped out. Hux was expelled after being deemed a safety threat, which makes him ineligible. Do did not give a reason for his dropping out of the race.

Stein, on the other hand, dropped out because he’ll be interning out of town this summer and fall. He also has a 2-year-old son. Stein, a graduate student, said he’ll “leave this seat to someone most likely less qualified but more present.”

Stein also commented on an interesting point: graduate students are underrepresented in Senate. Stein had hoped to add the unique perspective of a graduate student to Senate.

“Graduate students in Dedman college aren’t represented on the Senate right now – Cox, Lyle, and Perkins are – but we should be. We should also NOT have to be in a position to run against undergrads for the seats. I mean, some of these undergrads might be students in a class that I TA for or a student that I have to tutor.

I think a lot of folks participate in student politics for the leadership experience or for the resume filler; I have plenty of both. I am really happy that the folks that do it can spare the time – from the minutes that I have read, it seems that they do some quality work. I am plenty confident that I could have pulled an election off, but I just don’t have the time to give the office the respect that it requires. “

Name: Upama Kadel

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

Expected Graduation: 2012 Fall

Major(s): Biochemistry

Minor(s): English

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: [Ed. note: left blank]

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: [Ed. note: left blank]

Why are you running for Dedman II Sentor?

[Ed. note: left blank]

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

Get more students involved

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

I will stand for you, Please vote for me.

Why should SMU students vote for you?

I am passionate about serving this position

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

There are many opportunities available, it’s just the matter of finding.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

[Ed. note: left blank]

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Name: Mohammad Khan

Classification: Freshman

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

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Name: Hanna Kim

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

Expected Graduation: May 2013

Major(s): Political Science and Marketing

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Pre-Law scholar program, Student Concerns Committee

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: Pre-Law Scholar, University Scholar, Dean’s List 2009-2010, 2010-2011

Why are you running for Dedman II Senator?

(Answered in the second question)

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

I am running for Dedman II Senator because I am in love with my major. I enjoy being in the Political Science department and meeting with my professors that guide me to opportunities outside of SMU. I hope to encourage students to become closer with their individual departments in order to utilize all the opportunities that pertain to their majors! Also, I hope to help students with concerns or questions regarding their major at SMU by bringing suggestions to Student Senate. I also wish to make the Tower Center for Political Studies more accessible for Dedman students because they offer amazing fellowships, talks, and other opportunities!

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

You know you Wanna vote for Hanna!

Why should SMU students vote for you?

I am passionate and reliable. I give my all in any given task and know that I am not only working for myself, but for my classmates as well. If I am elected as Dedman II Senator, I will try my best to provide my classmates with easier accessibility to information about events outside of their majors, bring them closer to their individual departments, and help voice their concerns!

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

My favorite part of SMU has to be the professors. I became a Political Science major because I enjoyed the professors and their way of bringing the material to life. Every department at SMU has this passion, which is why it is important to become close to not only the professors, but the department that can guide you to opportunities outside of SMU.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

There are many opportunities for students at SMU and outside of SMU, but many do not know about them. I think there needs to be a change in how students can access information because I know I have experienced times where I missed special talks or internship opportunities because I never received information on it. Every student deserves to know about the events and programs that are talking place at SMU, especially when the event can be significant to their major(s) and minor(s).

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Name: Brad Krocheski

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

Expected Graduation: May 2012

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s): Political Science

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Alpha Phi Omega

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: [Ed. note: left blank]

Why are you running for Dedman II Senator?

I know there are students who want changes to be made in the department and I want the opportunity to pass along their ideas

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

To meet the academic demands students have and to stand for the Dedman II student body to the best of my abilities

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

You’re Voice in Senate

[Ed. note: That your/you’re mistake is Krocheski’s]

Why should SMU students vote for you

I’m an enthusiastic individual who cares about the opinions people have

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

The amount of student organizations we have that allows students to get involved with the campus, and the resources we have to pave the way for our career.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

I would say the networking for Dedman students

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Name: Anthony McAuliffe

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

Expected Graduation: May 2014

Major(s): Political Science, Spanish, CCPA

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU:  LEAD, Alpha Phi Omega, Service House, Speech/Debate Team, Service Leadership Fellows, Student Foundation, ESL Conversation Buddy, Hispanic Youth Institute Mentor.

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU:  Honors Program, Distinguished Scholar, Veritas Scholar, Honor Roll Fall 2010, member of Emerging Leaders.

Why are you running for Dedman II Senator?

I want to provide quality representation for students at SMU. I want to make sure that all Dedman majors are given the best opportunities on campus to achieve great things. I also want to write legislation that will positively impact the SMU community.

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

First, I want to try and make further improvements to the financial aid office so that they may more efficiently help students. Second, I want to see if something can be done about the tuition increase so it only affects incoming students and does not affect current students. Finally, I want to work with the finance committee to ensure proper funding for student organizations.

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

Real plans for Real students.

Why should SMU students vote for you?

Students should vote for me because I will be fully dedicated to my position if elected. I will make sure that I write at least one significant piece of legislation to benefit all students. I will not sit around and be just a voting member in Senate, I will actively put forth effort to ensure that all students have a great experience at SMU.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

I love all the opportunities that SMU provides while in school and after graduation. There are so many organizations on campus that you can always find something that interests you. I also love the great alumni network that will help students find a career after graduation.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

I believe the financial aid office needs some reform, because I have heard many students complain about its ability to effectively provide help. Also, even though the food at Umphrey Lee is pretty good on some days, there is always room for improvement on others.

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Name: Alex Mace

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

Expected Graduation: 2013

Major(s): Political Science, Economics, and Spanish

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Student Senate (First Year Senator 09-10; Chief of Staff 10-11), Student Foundation (SF Ambassador), The Dallas Communication Institute’s Peer Speakers Program (Director), Reformed University Fellowship, and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: President’s Scholar, Robert Stewart Hyer Society, University Honors Program, Honor Roll, Alpha Lamda Delta First-Year Honor Society, Emerging Leaders

Why are you running for Dedman II Senator?

I am running for Dedman II Senator because my previous experience in the Student Senate has proven to be the most meaningful aspect of my undergraduate career. Having spent the last year as Chief of Staff has taught me a lot about how to balance committees, chairpersons, and their various goals but has somewhat distanced me from the immediate responsibility of a senator – representation. Being Dedman II Senator allows me to use my strengths and passion for the betterment of our campus and our student population.

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

I want to focus on two main themes if elected– communication and community.

  1. No representative body can succeed without constant and reliable communication with those it represents and in the past few years such communication has undoubtedly been one of Senate’s weakest areas. I want to improve the flow of information and concerns from the students to their senators by instituting required constituency reports, whereby senators present a regularly scheduled report of their efforts in and results from communicating with their constituents.
  2. While our school is, in my opinion, the best in the country, it is consistently lacking in the area community.  So many of us wake up, hustle to class, and hustle to leave immediately after. Sophomore housing in 2014 will help but we need to make a difference here and now. I want to push for more places for people to meet and socialize after class. I want to increase exposure between schools with campus-wide events that showcase the best that each has to offer. If we can build pride in what our university is and can be, we will build a community of students that prospective students will not be able to resist.

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

Currently none but if any marketing majors are interested, hit me up!

Why should SMU students vote for you?

I hope to be someone who is completely and unyielding accessible. Text me, email me, Facebook me about any issue any I will communicate it to the chamber without fail. Many people do this for the title. I do it because I love this school and want it to be the best it can possibly be.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

Opportunities. This school, this city, and this student body revolve around an immense potential for greatness. Whether through our accomplished and accessible faculty or the bevy of scholarship/fellowship opportunities available to our students, SMU will help you accomplish some pretty amazing things if you put your mind to it.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

Community – whether built around the on-campus experience or SMU traditions, we need a stronger sense of community on this campus.

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Name: Alex Morgan

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

Expected Graduation:

Major(s): Political Science, Religious Studies

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: [Ed. note: left blank]

Awards/Honors You’ve Been Given at SMU: [Ed. note: left blank]

Why are you running for Dedman II Senator?

I am currently a member of the 96th Student Senate and love the job.  The opportunities that Senate has provided me to give back to the student community have been exceptional and I hope to continue working on behalf of my peers in Deadman.

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

There are several key issues that I believe Senate needs to address in the up coming year, the first of these being reading days.  Many campuses offer their students up to a week to prepare for finals; SMU currently offers one day in the fall and none in the spring. It is essential that Senate advocate for more reading days, so that students might have additional time to prepare for their tests.  The second issue I hope to tackle involves campus unity.  During football season our campus unites around boulevard shenanigans and school spirit, but in the spring, when the season is over, we lose that sense of SMU pride.  If Senate were to provide activities the whole campus could participate in and enjoy, I believe we could avoid losing that unity in the spring semester.

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 am experienced in the Senate, know how the organization works, and am capable of getting things done.  Furthermore, as a Religious Studies and Political Science double major I am fully invested in the Deadman community and therefore know what the students of that school need.

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

The most unique thing about SMU is the endless opportunities the school has to offer.  The school is overflowing with scholarships and grants that provide students the chance to gain valuable experience in both the working and academic world.  These opportunities are simply not available at most larger state schools and make SMU a great place to go to get an education.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

[Ed. note: left blank]

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Name: Kellie Spano

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

Expected Graduation: May 2012

Major(s): Philosophy and CCPA

Minor(s): Studio Art

Activities/Organizations You’re Involved In at SMU: Senate, Greek Life, Mock Trial, Catholic Campus Ministry

Why are you running for Dedman II Senator?

I have a great deal of passion for SMU and student senate. I have enjoyed creating legislation, instigating real change and helping the students voice be heard.

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

I hope to continue working on lowering the cost of McFarlin for those groups charging entry and for the use of the facility. I plan to advocate for more scholarships for students with the current change in the economy.

Why should SMU students vote for you?

I have experience, passion and good intentions to make SMU a better place!

What’s your favorite thing about SMU?

The people. We are so diverse and we all bring something unique and that is what makes this university so wonderful.

What, if anything, needs to change at SMU?

Transparency in Student Funding and transparency in Faculty Senate.

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About Meredith Shamburger

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