Sophomore Representative Candidates
These candidates have applied to be Sophomore Representatives to the USGA. Please see their Statements of Candidacy below.
Dear Students of Loyola University Chicago:
I am very interested in serving as your sophomore representative for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 school year. I believe that USGA is a useful tool to present the voice of the student body.
I am currently a first year Biochemistry major. I am especially interested in being a sophomore representative since I have been involved in enhancing the experience of students and prospective students for some time. As the current Program Coordinator of Regis Hall Council I have gained insight about what improvements you want to see and I will make it my goal to see those improvements be addressed. Through my involvement on hall council as well as serving as a freshman ambassador I have enjoyed leadership opportunities that have fostered my skills as a leader. I have also had the chance to form relationships with students and faculty members. I hope that by being a part of USGA I can increase awareness of things happening in regards to the University.
After talking with current and previous representatives as well as the president of USGA about this position, I feel that this is a great way to get involved on campus more as well as improving the college experience for my peers as well as myself.
Thank you for considering me for this position.
Romario A. Mason
More important than anything else are your freedoms as an individual and your freedoms as a student. I’m Tyler Hienkel, a freshman running for Sophomore Representative. I am currently studying Economics and Political Science, and if elected to be one of your representatives, I will work tirelessly to ensure that no legislation is passed and no policy is implemented that would in anyway infringe upon your rights.
I have extensive experience in the field of student leadership, currently serving as the Vice President of Regis Hall and as Secretary of Loyola Students for Liberty. In high school I was twice elected as President of the Class of 2012, gaining me experience in the field of student government.
As an active member in Loyola’s RHA, I am familiar with several issues concerning housing and meal plans. I am a staunch advocate of resident and meal plan policy change. I will work towards making meal plans and on-campus housing optional for sophomores.
If elected, I will push for a repeal of Loyola’s ban on water bottles. The ban on bottled water is not only inconvenient to many students, but also impractical and established under flawed logic. As adults, you have every right to choose whether or not to buy bottled water. No governing body should infringe on your right to purchase a good, the USGA included. As for the argument concerning bottled water manufacturers and their unethical business practices, I ask then why have not all bottled drinks containing water obtained in similar fashions (such as Coca-Cola and Sprite) been banned.
If elected I will also push for a revisit (and hopefully a revisal) of the USGA’s CDO (Chief Diversity Office) Proposal. From information that I have gathered provided by the USGA, I have concluded that the CDO Proposal is a dangerous document that will threaten equality and fairness during Loyola’s admission and hiring processes. While I value diversity greatly and think it is an area in which Loyola can improve, creating a new position in the administration that will impose affirmative action policies is unjust and backwards.
When selecting a candidate to represent you next year, choose the candidate who will bring logic and fairness back to student government, choose the candidate whose primary concern is your freedom as a student. When selecting a candidate, choose me to represent you.
As I was scouting people to sign my petition to run for USGA Senate I was asked one question repeatedly: “what made you want to do this?” Rather than boring you with a page, I’ll be brief.
I picked up this form on a whim and later realized that I was running simply because I enjoy it. I have no plan to drastically change the school (yet) nor am I well-versed on the way this campus is run. (Although I did meet Father Garanzini during Orientation week and asked him how to pronounce “Gentile”, unaware of whom he actually was.) I think I’m an Econ/Finance major pursuing a degree in law but really I’m a freshman so it doesn’t matter yet. Throughout my high school years I was heavily involved in speech, debate, and multiple student government organizations that gave me the opportunity to author a bill that was later debated in the House. I loved what I did and this is my chance to continue it. I can imagine no better way to spend my next three years: serving the student body to the best of my abilities. Becoming one of the sophomore senators will give me a chance to learn more, see more, and change more and I hope that you, my fellow peers, will allow me the opportunity to do so.
Unified Student Government Association has always been something that I have wanted to be a part of and I was thrilled when elected this semester. That is why I am running again for sophomore senator representative. I feel as though my work in USGA is unfinished and there is so much more I can bring to the table. I am a creative person with a lot of ideas and want to find ways of communicating with the community in order to include them in all aspects of what happens on campus. I think it is important for the students to have a voice and as a vocal person and Communications major I feel that I can give that to them.
My specific interest of studies here at Loyola is public relations and that includes representing a company and maintaining a good reputation while making sure it stays known. I think this is similar to that of the job of student government as it is to represent the student body and make sure that they stay in the know about everything that is going on. I know that I can uphold this representation and stand for the student body as a whole and make sure to represent the student voice. I have had leadership experience in the past to prepare me for this opportunity. In high school I held positions such as leader in an organization called Global Youth Leadership Institute, I was president of a charity organization called Charity at the Seams, and I was captain of my dance squad. All of these positions helped me understand what leadership entails and how to communicate with all types of people as well as make them feel as though their voices are heard. With my attributes, experience, and approachability I can bring a lot to USGA.
I believe I would be a great candidate for Freshman Senate representing Loyola’s Class of 2016. I am seeking this position as a member of USGA because I would like to have a more active role within the Loyola community as well as to have the power to influence positive changes on our campus. In the past, I have successfully executed several leadership roles in a variety of areas. With two years of high school experience serving as the Vice-President of my student body (2010-2012) under my belt, I have planned, organized and carried out many events including; blood drives, homecoming events, food drives and teacher appreciation weeks. Being on executive board for Student Government has given me the ability to work as a team-player while also maintaining a structured and authoritative leadership role.
Moreover, I have a widespread amount of leadership involvement in regards to service which mainly include: the American Cancer Society, DuPage Convalescent Center, the Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership Conference and the Step Up for Autism Walks. One of my foremost accomplishments has been with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Carol Stream. I have served as a head member of the planning committee and also lead a team of 34 of my peers in raising a cumulative amount of $6,500 over the course of three years. I was able to have made the previous accomplishment through planning and organizing community fund-raisers, contacting local businesses, and coordinating events for my team. To add on, my involvement with the Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership Conference, both as an ambassador and a volunteer, has given me the ability to coincide optimism, open-mindedness and service to become the best and most capable leader that my potential holds to me to be.
With my background of experience, I strongly believe that my responsible nature, excellent communication skills, and knack for organization are undoubtedly the qualities of a valuable senator. These extensive leadership experiences along with my proven successes as a team player make me an excellent candidate for a Freshman Senate position in USGA. I will prove to be an asset on executive board in not only voicing my opinion, but while working towards strengthening the representation of Loyola’s Class of 2016 and acting upon bettering the Loyola experience.
The college freshman who knows exactly where he or she is headed in life is a rare find. Fortunately, I count myself among that group. I discovered exactly what I want to do with my life when I was a junior in high school—and I haven’t looked back. Politics fascinate me. International politics, especially, and how they influence social justice, humanitarian aid, foreign relations, and every thing in between.
It seems like a big jump between student government at a private Jesuit institution in Illinois to international governmental organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, and so on. But isn’t the whole point of college to “get a foot in the door?”
This is why I am running for USGA—to gain knowledge and experience of working with others in a politically affiliated realm. Governments exist—whether they be national, state, local, or organizational bodies—to determine how the desires of a constituency can translate into meaningful legislation or political action.
I believe that my previous leadership experience and my sincere passion for learning about governing bodies, social justice and human rights issues, and people, in general, will make for a fantastic sophomore representative, able to address issues from Aramark to Tivo. As a member of Amnesty International, Model United Nations, the Loyola Honors program and UNICEF, as well as an employee with the School of Law, I believe that I am able not only to communicate with diverse groups of students around campus, but also to understand and convey their requests to USGA.
With a genuine interest in hearing all sides to all issues from all students, I trust that I will be an excellent representation of next year’s sophomore class.
You probably came across this page because you wanted to know a little bit more about me, or know why I want to be on the USGA Senate. Or you’re procrastinating for something and just reading this to waste time. If you didn’t know me, you would probably see me as the girl in the hijab, or the do-rag (whatever floats your boat). I’m a freshman, Philosophy/PoliSci major, and I want to be a human rights lawyer one day. In high school, I was the captain of the policy Debate Team (hold your applause, I know I’m the coolest). Ever since I won my first tournament, I’ve been on the pursuit to bring change to the world. It’s one thing to debate whether or not we should do something, and it’s another to go about and actually bring change to the world. I’d rather do the latter. People usually classify me as “brown”, but to me, my cultural background is so much more. My ancestry hails from Bangladesh, Iran and Nepal, and my religion is Islam. Both my religion and my culture have taught me to lay importance to your service to your community. In addition, the student body that makes up Loyola is so diverse that we often forget that we are at a Jesuit university. Though I hold the Jesuit values to be my own as well, I would like to be a representative for those who are often not represented, the minority. Being able to debate arguments, sometimes that I didn’t really agree with, across the country, made me more open minded about different issues. Even though it would be awesome to be as influential as someone like Gandhi, or Mother Teresa, or even Martha Stewart, I know that there’s a (big) possibility I won’t end up there. Additionally, I am at awe over how hard some students here work, and how dedicated students are to doing their best at this university. That’s why I want to ask you, the student, to let me make your life easier. I want you to trust me in representing you, the student body, to my best ability.
It has been my pleasure advocating for you this past year. I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me and am humbled by the fact that you found me worthy to represent you. These past semesters, in talking with you and sharing your experiences, I have learned so much. I heard your frustration with meal-plan price hikes, saw and shared your disappointment with tuition increases, and felt your continual push for justice. And I have reacted. I have advocated for a better student dining hall experience in discussions with Loyola Dining staff, discussed with fellow senators options to reduce the impact of tuition increases, and have promoted the importance of service of humanity by investing my time and interest into social justice issues and initiatives. Furthermore, your academic concerns have been of concern to me. This year, I have met with deans and top administrators to explore ways to ease your academic journey at Loyola.
Though so much has been accomplished, the push to do more and for us to become better must continue to be fostered and shared. The moment I become satisfied with my promotion and support of you, the students, is the moment I fail to have your best interest at heart. As your potential representative, I plan to continue to let your best interest be the driving force in my decision making process. I hope you value my passionate service of you and I hope you allow me to continue to serve you in the future. Thank you.
Fellow member of the Class of 2016,
My name is Melinda Bunnage and I would love to serve the Loyola community again next year as a sophomore senator on USGA. After taking the first semester of my freshman year to situate myself in a college setting, I ran for an open position as a senator in USGA internal elections.
I didn’t go to a Jesuit high school, but in only one semester, I have fallen in love with the discussions held on campus about social justice. Not just with Loyola’s emphasis of it but with the amount of student concern and action about these issues. It is my strongest belief that social justice has become one with the identity of a Loyola student. I believe there is an opportunity for encouraging justice in every aspect of higher education, and I want to ensure that Loyola’s administration is constantly purusing these opportunities. In my role as a sophomore senator, I would continue to seek to hold Loyola’s administration accountable to the same values on which this university was established.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, I was drawn to Loyola due to its urban community as well as the unique opportunity to major in Social Change and Advocacy through the School of Communication. Aside from USGA, most of my involvement has stemmed off of my participation in the Multicultural Learning Community. Other leadership experiences that I had in high school came through my position as an editor on our student newspaper, as well as my role as the founder/president of our school’s creative writing club.
I look forward to the opportunity to represent my fellow classmates. Some of the issues that I am specifically interested in include defining diversity on campus, exploring places for increased transparency in the administration, and offering a student voice in developments of the university both on and off campus. Ultimately, I want to support passionate students that are working to better the community of Loyola University Chicago.