My name is Phillip-John Puzzo and I am junior studying political science and international studies with a minor in peace studies. I am running for president of USGA for several important reasons; however, my most significant motivation is to “maximize the student experience.” This phrase is the slogan of my campaign and embodies the overarching theme of my future presidency. My undergraduate career at Loyola University Chicago has been the most exciting and wonderful time of my life and I want all other Ramblers to feel the same joy I have when I walk through campus.
My extensive and diverse student government and extra-curricular experiences make me the most ideal candidate to be president of USGA. I have served on the Communications Committee before it was absolved, the Spring Elections Board twice, the Events Planning Committee, and the Safety & Wellness Committee as both a senator and chairperson over the past 2½ years. I have sponsored and co-sponsored over 20 pieces of legislation and worked with over 75 administrators in every Loyola department since my freshman year. Furthermore, I served as a Peer Leader in the Office of Student Leadership Development where I received comprehensive training in social change theory as well as developed my personal leadership style. I have committed over 400 hours of community service to the greater Chicago community and Loyola through serving as philanthropy chair of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and leading multiple volunteer groups to Northside Housing and Miseriscordia through the organization Loyola4Chicago. In all, I believe I have the unmatched work ethic, unrivaled networks, and unparalleled knowledge and fortitude to lead the Loyola student body.
In my platform, I advocate for 3 C’s to “maximize the student experience.” First, I am, “committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community.” I believe diversity is one of the most salient issues troubling our campus and I want to increase the opportunities for racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and age minorities to attend Loyola. I believe the creation of a Chief Diversity Officer in Fr. Garanzini’s Cabinet who can coordinate all diversity initiatives on campus is essential to the future success and diversification of our school. Second, I am, “cultivating sustainable initiatives” by continuing to support the incredible steps Loyola has taken to be one of the most green universities in the country. However, more needs to be done, including heavy advertisement of the Green Initiative Fund so all of $50,000 available for student projects is used, making all dining facilities 100% compostable, and providing recycle bins to students who live off-campus in order to be more sustainable. Third, I am “confirming the value of your academic degree” through fostering innovation and creative thinking on campus to make Loyola University Chicago one of the best institutions in the world. Our school has the potential to compete with top Jesuit universities like Georgetown and Boston College and I want every person with a Loyola degree to become more proud of their alma mater as each year passes. Conclusively, I have the vision to create positive and forceful change at Loyola and I am the best-equipped person on campus to handle the responsibilities of USGA president.
I am from Bensenville, Illinois, which is a small suburb near O’Hare Airport, and I attended Fenton High School. I have 3 younger brothers named Matthew Paul, Joshuah George, and Joseph Wringo, and they are my best friends in life. After commencement, I want to attend graduate school for public administration or higher education. I love to read fiction, listen to rap music, write both short and long stories, and spend time with my family and friends. Thank-you for reading my statement of candidacy and I urge you to vote for the most experienced and most diverse executive ticket. Thank-you.
My name is Samantha Juarez and I am junior majoring in Political Science and International Studies. I am running to be the next Vice President of your Unified Student Government Association. My running mate, Phillip-John Puzzo, and I could not be more excited to “Maximize Your Student Experience.” I whole heartedly believe that we embody the ‘Loyola Experience.” As active student leaders who have taken advantage of all that Loyola has to offer, we’ve fallen in love with Loyola as an institution and consider it our home. For this reason, we want to create a better campus climate in which all students feel this way.
I have an extensive list of previous USGA and extracurricular experience that make me an ideal Vice Presidential candidate. On USGA, I served on the Justice Committee and was the Chair of the Residence Life and Dining Committee, while also serving as the USGA Speaker Pro Tempore. My freshman year I was active in the campaign to prohibit the sale of bottled water on campus because of the human rights abuses and environmental harm bottled water causes. As chair of Residence Life and Dining, I led the discussion concerning meal plans with administration and succeeded in excluding the Class of 2016 in being forced into purchasing expensive meals plans they were never informed of. My extracurricular experience has included serving as a brother and board member of the Loyola’s Pi Eta chapter of the national co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, a Peer Leadership Team member of the Student Leadership Development, a participant of 2 Alternative Break Immersions, a Loyola delegate to several national conferences, and this list continues while I am currently abroad at the John Felice Rome Center.
As an influential extension of the Loyola University Chicago, the John Felice Rome Center has been my home for the 2013-2014 academic school year. My passion for having the student voice being heard continues abroad as I currently serve as the Chair of Advocacy for the Student Activities Committee. As the only student organization on campus, this group functions not only as the student programming organization, but also as the central voice between JFRC students and administration. As chair, I am currently working with other members to establish a final mission statement of this organization, which will establish in writing the cultivation of an open, developmental and safe environment for students to be able to voice their comments and concerns. My goal is to act as an instrument for the cooperation of students, faculty, and administration, to provide an open forum for the dialogue and a voice for student opinions concerning the traditions, ideas, and affairs of the John Felice Rome Center.
I have put in countless hours of my time and energy in making sure the student voice is heard on the Senate floor and as the Vice President of USGA, I would act as the primary representative between University Senate and the Unified Student Government Association. This job requires a strong, confident, experienced person, who has worked with numerous administrators in the past. I am that person. As a recently selected member of the Maroon and Gold society for the 2014-2015 academic year, I was ranked among the top student leaders on campus by a selection committee comprised of current Maroon & Gold Society members and Student Development staff. My acceptance into this society serves as a strong testament to my commitment to the Loyola community and my leadership abilities.
Throughout my time at Loyola I have gained a passion for advocating for the rights of my fellow students, creating a safe space to dialogue the needs of students with the administration, and fostering a sense of community with my peers. Loyola continues to vigorously raise my awareness of countless social justice issues by giving me the foundation and opportunities to examine privilege and responsibility, as well as ways in which I, a college student, can indeed create positive social change. Becoming Vice President of Loyola’s USGA would allow me to serve for and with my fellow Loyola peers and advocate for their needs.
I humbly consider myself an ideal Vice Presidential Candidate. I am a hardworking and passionate individual with integrity and drive and I believe our executive ticket, which is the most diverse and most experienced, is the absolute best for the job. My desire to excel in all that I do has allowed me to go above and beyond what is expected of me as a student and as a leader. I would be honored to serve as your Vice President for the 2014-2015 school year.