Students get chance to meet ASI candidates

By Guillermina Rodriguez

Candidates running for student leader positions within Associated Student, Inc. gathered on April 23 in the University Quad at the “Meet the Candidates” event to promote their candidacy and platform to students.

Besides ASI presidential candidate Aisha Razzak, candidates running for senator positions within the ASI Senate were also present.

One of the senatorial candidates present at the event was third-year Civil Engineering student Jasmine Andino.

Andino is running for the Engineering Senator position against Steven Taylor, a second-year civil engineering student.

Andino said she wants to be a voice for engineering students and let them know about ASI and about the resources ASI has to offer.

“I feel like a lot of people don’t know what ASI does,” said Andino. “I just want to get out there and go to their club meetings, go to wherever they gather, and just show them what ASI is doing for them and then encourage them to be more involved.”

The underlying theme for many of the senators running is to represent the students within their college.

“I am excited because it’s a really big position and I really want to represent the students very well,” said Jai Oni Sly, a second-year anthropology and gender, ethnic and multicultural studies student.

Sly is running unopposed for the College of Education and Integrative Studies Senator position. If elected, she wants to keep students informed about the Student Success Fee and reallocation of funds within ASI.

A focus for Jared Tolbert, a first-year animal science student and the College of Agriculture Senator candidate, is to increase foot traffic between Cal Poly Pomona and the College of Agriculture.

Tolbert said he would suggest many of the agricultural clubs to move their meetings closer to the campus center, so other majors could join the clubs the College of Agriculture has to offer.

“They have amazing stuff up there and you don’t necessarily have to be in the College of Agriculture,” said Tolbert. “If they would be willing to bring [their meetings] down here that would make it so much easier to incorporate different majors and possibly make new connections.”

Another senator candidate present at the event was Colin Danahy, a first-year mechanical engineering student. Danahy is running unopposed for the position of Inter-Hall Council, Senator-at-Large position.

“I plan on incorporating ASI and IHC together in terms of programing and events for residents on campus as well as the general student population here at Cal Poly [Pomona],” said Danahy.

Danahy is currently a senator for Montecito Hall in the Inter-Hall Council and is looking forward to taking on a larger leadership opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to moving my leadership experience to a larger platform because ASI is a huge corporation,” said Danahy.

Voting for ASI student leader positions begins on May 13 and runs through May 16.

Students get chance to meet ASI candidates

Kyle Thurin/The Poly Post

Students get chance to meet ASI candidates

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