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treasurer, and junior Erich Pohanka for
secretary. There is a write-in option for
uncontested elections. The Guilfordian sat
down with the three presidential candidates
to find out what's most important to them in
this year's election.
What strengths and skills will you bring
Alazrak: I've been involved in a lot of
clubs, and I work in the Greenleaf. It's helped
me learn to share leadership roles and to
work in a consensus-based process.
Tm a convinced Friend and I would
work to uphold Quaker values, process
and principles. I see the role of Senate
president as more of a clerkship than a true
presidency. I've developed the skills to talk
to the administration that I would need as
Dacosta: I'm a really good listener; I
like to hear from all sides before making a
decision. I'm really open and I love talking
to people and hearing what they have to
say. I'm committed to everything that I do,
from being in CAB to being an RA to going
to Pride meetings.
Schurz: I've made it my goal to be as
involved as possible in this community.
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Presidential candidates Yahya Alazrak, junior, and
Elijah Dacosta, junior, during the Senate executive
election debate at the Senate meeting on March 31.
given me political knowledge and
experience. I've done internships
that taught me how to delegate and
communicate. I've been juggling
work and school. If I can do all that
now, then as president, the issue
won't be the task at hand as much as
what needs to be accomplished.
What do you want to see happen
in Senate next year?
Alazrak: I want to continue
working on the social honor code
and make it something that students
can get behind to use as a platform
to make institutional changes. Senate
should protect students' rights
but also work with the students,
administration, RAs and Public
Safety to make sure that everyone
is respected. Senate should foster
collaborative relationships and figure
out ways to bring people together.
Dacosta: I want to have a unifying
rather than aggressive policy. People
should be a part of and aware of the
changes that Senate makes. I want to
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Transforming our core values into action is
important to me — we should practice what
we preach. I also want to have more efficiency
and transparency in fund allocation. I want
to reform Inter-Club Council so it's actually
useful to clubs, not just something they have
to go to, and increase support for student
Schurz: My priority is unifying the
campus. Every student wants to have
the best possible Guilford experience. If
students can vocalize what that means to
them, then Senate would be a better place —
its reputation would improve, participation
would improve (and) it would be more
Senate is a place for everyone. I don't want
anyone to feel that their idea, their voice, is
less important is anyone else's. That is not
the way Guilford is supposed to be.
The Quaker business meeting process
has fallen apart and transformed into a
process of voting. With voting, a few voices
can dominate the floor. I'd want to appoint
someone to oversee the business meeting
process who can hold the meeting together
and keep us on track. This would restore the
integrity of the Senate process.
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Clubs call for more 'transparency'
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issues," said Alex Knox, senior and ICC chair. "These
clubs were put on probation in order to guarantee their
budget is being used respomibly, and month by month
we will work with them to ensure that."
The money from the cuts, totaling $11,250, will be
recycled into the Senate general fund and used for
allocations and student activities. The money is made
available to organizations and student projects upon
request through the Student Budget Committee.
According to Fox, at the end of each fiscal year, unused
funds go into the Senate rollover account, which has
been used in recent years to fund the WQFS webcasting
initiative and provide the campus Wi-Fi.
"This is the first year the student organization manual
policies are implemented to ensure programming and
service to the student body, and it puts us in a difficult
position when there are functional problems," said
senior Dana Hamdan, president of Community Senate.
The cuts came as a surprise to some student
"There wasn't anything brought up to us during the
midterm review that suggested tiiere was need for us to
be concerned about cuts," said JJ Crass, junior and vice
president of the GuilCo Gamers club. We understand
that our budget was cut because we did not spend
enough in the beginning of the year, but we had stated
our case for future spending."
GuilCo Gamers' remaining budget was cut by the
maximum 50 percent, despite putting forward plans to
use their remaining budget.
"This year's Senate has done a really good job being
true to the policies they created," said Fox. "But if student
organizations state specific plans to use the money and
can articulate clearly their intentions, I do not think it
is a good morale booster to have those resources taken
without substantial cause."
The 2010-2011 Student Organization Manual and
descriptions of the ICC policies are made available to
dubs online. Even with these outlets of information
available, some student organization representatives
felt like communication between Senate, ICC and clubs
could have been smoother.
"I understand the dedsion behind probation and
its fine," said Brittany Ford, senior and co-president
of Blacks Unifying Sodety. "But I do think it would be
benefidal to receive more detailed explanations about
budget changes as well as a pre-determined schedule
for checking in with ICC so there is less discourse about
when is best to meet."
"More transparency about dedsion-making would be
good," said Ali Krantzler, president of Hillel. "I think it
would be nice to get more thorough explanation as to
why decisions are made. I know there are documents
available to us, but sometimes it's hard to come forward
with specific questions because it's intimidating."
GuilCo Gamers experienced delays after asking for
clarification on budget cuts.
"It took three week to get a response," said Crass.
"I think their (GuilCo Gamers') concern is
understandable," said Hamdan. "It was a big delay on
Senate's part on returning a response, and I am sorry
for that. It is hard to have such a large-scale process go
perfectly for every club."
According to Hamdan, Senate has been working with
student organizations that have questions or concerns
about the ICC decisions.
"Following the mid-year review I met with ^eive
clubs that had questions, and with three clubs we
reversed our initial decision," said Hamdan. e are
flexible and open to discussion." • . j
"I don't think there's need for fingers to be pointed
at anyone," said Crass. "I just would like more
Senate remains open for clubs to engage in discussion
concerning the student organization policies.
"To get the process to run as smoothly as possible is
a hard task, but hopefully this was a step in the right
direction," said Hamdan. "We want to continue a line of
conversation between student organizations and Senate,
and we look forward to feedback."
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