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Junior Dillon Casados was elected the Associated Students of Linfield College president, and junior Jake Baker was elected vice president on March 12.
Casados won with 387 votes and Baker won with 299. A total of 42 percent of the student body voted in the presidential elections, and 42 percent voted in the vice presidential elections.
“I’ve realized that when you put your mind to something and you put every ounce of passion that you embody into it, there are no limits” Casados said in an email.
Within the next few weeks, ASLC will be hiring for a new Cabinet. There have been around 15 applications. A board consisting of Casados, Baker and a few other past and present ASLC and Senate members will interview all of the applicants. Casados’ main goal for electing the new ASLC Cabinet is to go into interviews with an open mind to find the right person for each position.
“Over the next few months, I plan on being in constant contact with Nic [Miles] to better understand what my obligations consist of as president,” Casados
said in an email.
Casados is also excited to be working alongside Baker, and said he believes that their personalities complement one another nicely.
“We are on the same page in terms of ASLC and what we want to do,” Baker said. “This makes a big difference.”
Baker is excited to meet new people and have the chance to work with different groups around campus that he would not otherwise be able to interact with.
His goals for the upcoming year include meeting with organizations around campus, such as Greek Life, social programs and clubs to generate ideas for new projects.
“I want students and faculty to know that I am taking this job very seriously,” Baker said. “I would really like to leave Linfield knowing that I made tangible changes around campus.”
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The results of the 2012-13 General Election results are finally in.
The Associated Students of Linfield College’s new president is junior Nic Miles, who ran unopposed. The new vice president is junior Susana Fajardo, who ran against sophomore Jennifer Derke.
The new president and vice president officially take office May 1.
“It feels great to have the election season over,” Miles said in an e-mail. “My unique situation of running unopposed left me eager to see the official results on Thursday night.”
Sophomore Clara Martinez, the ASLC secretary, organized many of the election events. These included the announcement of the candidates, Q-and-A session and primary elections, which allowed students the chance to win a free, catered dinner with the candidates.
Miles said he was disappointed by the low turnout of voters this year. For the president, there were a total of 357 votes, which is only 22.5 percent of the entire student body. Out of those students, 308 voted for Miles while 49 chose to abstain from voting.
For vice president, 357 students voted and 187 voted for Fajardo, 136 voted for Derke and 34 chose to abstain from voting for either candidate.
While voting for the ASLC candidates, students were also given the option to vote for or against bylaw changes, with the proposed change being a change to special elections. Approximately 351 students voted for this: 257 for yes, 18 for no and 76 chose to abstain from voting.
“The vice presidents ran a clean, friendly race and I’m happy to see [Fajardo] win,” Miles said. The process of elections for the candidates included getting their petitions signed by students, passing the bylaws test, preparing their campaign platforms and attending the Q-and-A sessions.
“I was hoping that another student would campaign against me as a write-in so I could have the opportunity to argue my viewpoints and goals against another candidate,” Miles said.
Rather than doing this, Miles prepared for the elections by spending time reflecting on his experience at Linfield as both a student and a leader.
“I had a huge amount of positive encouragement from friends, teammates, professors and other people around campus,” Miles said.
The new ASLC members are accepting applications for the ASLC Cabinet positions and will spend the upcoming week interviewing applicants and putting the 2012-13 Cabinet together.
“Since I ran unopposed, I decided to focus my time and energy planning for the upcoming Cabinet transition rather than publicize my campaign and the elections in general,” Miles said.
For the next few weeks, Miles said he hopes to plan the budget hearings for the different entities that are funded by the ASLC budget, such as the Linfield Activities Board and Wildcat Productions.
“I hope students and leaders across campus will feel the shift in momentum and energy that will come about,” Miles said. “The fresh faces and attitudes are guaranteed to stir up some great ideas for next year, and I can’t wait to solidify my Cabinet and start planning a productive, fantastic, wild and proactive year of student government, activities and extracurriculars.”
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The 2012 Associated Students of Linfield College elections are coming up, and Linfield has three prospective candidates running for leadership positions. Junior Nic Miles is running for ASLC president, while sophomore Jennifer Derke and junior Susana Fajardo run for the position of vice president.
Miles is running unopposed for ASLC president this semester, and he said he feels he would be a good candidate because of his belief that he has “the appropriate skills, connections, experiences and mindset to serve as the representation of the student body,” he said in an email.
Since working with ASLC, Miles said he has reached a place where he feels confident in running for the highest leadership position.
“I want to climb the ladder and create a Cabinet of students who have similar goals and ambitions as myself,” Miles said.
Miles has worked as a residence life advisor on campus for Campbell Hall, music entertainment chair of LAB, ASLC club director and chairman of the Activities Council.
In addition to these leadership positions, Miles runs varsity cross-country and track for Linfield, works for the Office of College Relations, has been an Upward Bound tutor for two years and is a “contributing and enthusiastic member to Linfield’s rock and roll music scene.”
“The biggest reason that I think I am the best candidate for president [is] the well-rounded experiences and leadership roles [I] have held during the past three years,” Miles said. “With experience comes confidence.” With no one running against Miles, he feels as though that says something about his character and reputation.
During the upcoming year, Miles has many goals for the future of Linfield. Miles’ main goal is to reconnect students with ASLC.
“With the exception of the recent taxi service, which has been a tremendous success, most of our work isn’t directly visible to the students,” Miles said.
Miles wants to pursue projects that get students excited about being at Linfield and enthusiastic about the “fantastic cabinet that serves them.”
While the presidential race is all but over, the vice-presidential campaign is set for some competitio
Derke is running for vice president this semester after being a senator for the past two years.
“I enjoy working with peers in Senate and want to continue solving problems and working together,” Derke said in an email.
Along with being a senator, Derke is also a part of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and is their programming council member. She is also involved with the outdoor club, French club, work study and the curriculum committee.
She is a philosophy major and environmental studies and French minor.
Derke’s plans for the future include focusing on a strong unified student body voice and working together for positive outcomes. This would be done through more proclamations and attention to what students are saying and wanting.
“I am a fun person to work with and I will continue to make Senate meetings productive and enjoyable,” Derke said. “I am responsible, compassionate and creative and I bring these attributes to the environments I am in.”
Fajardo is also running for ASLC’s vice president this semester after deciding that she had the qualifications and felt that was the place for her.
“I really believe that student government, especially at Linfield, can be such a force for good,” Fajardo said. “I remember getting out of Senate meetings and feeling like we had actually made a difference. I want to be part of that again and I feel like I have a lot to offer the Senate and the student body.”
Fajardo has held other leadership positions such as being president of her Japan Adventure club and the Gay-Straight Alliance in high school.
Since coming to Linfield, Fajardo has been active in both the Senate and her sorority, Sigma Kappa Phi. During her freshman year, Fajardo was senator for the Ballroom Club, and she gave a special report last year in Senate on bringing back fall break. For the past three years, Fajardo has been the pledge class president, historian, treasurer and vice president for her sorority as well. She is currently the junior pledgemaster and co-chaplain for her sorority.
Fajardo feels she would be the best candidate for this position because of her compassion for the college.
“I truly care about Senate and about the well-being of the ASLC,“ Fajardo said. “Even when I was studying abroad I would always make sure to read Senate reports and keep as up-to-date as I could.” Fajardo makes it a priority to be well informed or become well informed when new information is presented.
Fajardo’s goals for the future are to “reconnect the Senate with the rest of the student body.” Fajardo feels as though having a smaller group, campus-wide email and stronger committees are all good things, but what makes a student government what it is, is a mouthpiece for students’ thoughts and concerns.
“Through [the mouthpiece], the student body can cause change and improve campus.” Fajardo said. She feels the foundational mission has been lost in the reconfiguration of Senate and current disconnection between senators and their constituencies.
“I want to reconnect senators with the rest of campus in order to get a real dialogue going,” Fajardo said. “Student government exists to aid and represent the student body. Student voices should be heard loud and clear.”
Fajardo is aware of the face that students are concerned about sustainability, food and a host of other issues. She believes students have the power to fix them, or at least to bring them to the attention of the college and Board of Trustees.
“Students can wield so much influence at Linfield, but sometimes we forget it,” Fajardo said. “We are the force and next year I want to make magic happen.”
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The Associated Students of Linfield College elections appear to have been plagued by low voter turnout, as indicated by a 123-student-vote drop from last year to this year.
ASLC higher-ups said that many factors may have contributed to the slump and that decreased voter turnout may not be such a major concern.
“We’d rather have ‘educated voters’ than ‘voters just voting because they feel forced to,’” senior ASLC President Ashlee Carter said in an e-mail.
ASLC president-elect junior Colin Jones shared Carter’s views.
“I don’t believe that voter turnout is the be-all end-all of importance,” he said. “I think what matters is that those who do vote are informed.”
Although one goal of sophomore ASLC Election Committee Chairman Bradley Keli’inoi was to improve turnout numbers, he said the goal was not accomplished, but he added that there was little more he and ASLC could have done.
“It’s really sad that it’s so hard to get people to simply click on a link and fill in two bubbles, but we really don’t know how much easier we can make it,” Carter said in an e-mail.
Everyone involved in the election planning said that awareness and publicity were major snags in the system that may have caused the low voter turnout.
“The results showed that either people didn’t know about [the election] or our elections committee and the candidates failed to advertise that voting was taking place,” sophomore ASLC vice president-elect Katie Patterson said.
To Keli’inoi, it was a bit of both.
“Walking around, I’ve just wondered, ‘Is there an election actually going on?’” he said, adding that he saw only one campaign poster — belonging to Patterson — appear in Dillin Hall this year. “If you’re running, you should be busting your behind getting people to vote for you.”
In fact, Keli’inoi said that when he got the link to vote March 9, he wasn’t sure he knew the candidates well enough, even as the elections committee chair.
Some students have said that the e-mail with this link to the ballot looked a lot like spam. That’s because it was.
“The e-mail is sent through Survey Monkey, so it technically is spam,” Jones said.
He explained that this had to be the format because Survey Monkey was the only program that would provide unique links for every student. Jeff
Mackay, associate dean of students, could not send these distinct links in a campus-wide e-mail, Jones said.
He also mentioned that the content of the publicity may have been a problem. He said that it was necessary to convey both the event and its importance. Without this, the information overload from fliers
and campus-event advertisements causes students to filter information that they don’t perceive as exciting.
Assumed similarity of the candidates may have prevented students from realizing this importance, Jones said.
“If you have two candidates that maybe aren’t as polarizing, people look at it and say, ‘Eh, I’d be OK with either one,’” he said. “You don’t go to bed Monday night thinking, ‘I need to vote because I really don’t want that person to be president.’”
The 2009 presidential elections may have featured a higher voter turnout than this year because of this candidate polarization, Keli’inoi said, referring to the differing backgrounds, views and goals of Carter and senior Duncan Reid, who were the presidential candidates last year.
The March 1 primary debate was also affected by lack of promotion, resulting in low attendance. In fact, fliers for the debates were not posted until the same day.
“The publicity for the first debate went up the day of in a panic that I had totally spaced on publicity,” Carter said in an e-mail. “I was only reminded about publicity the day before it went up from Bradley, the election committee chair, and thank goodness he reminded me of this.”
The debates also provided challenges. For instance, Jones said sparking student interest for debate attendees was an arduous task.
“We’re not giving a sermon or an eulogy; we’re talking about things that are hopefully important to the student body,” he said. “It would have been nice if there were more people there and they were a little more rowdy.”
In a partial attempt to pinpoint key student issues, the March 8 debate featured a box for students to deposit questions in. But questions were still fielded by the moderators, Carter and Director of College Activities Dan
Part of the reason for moderating questions is that no uncomfortable, awkward questions are asked. This arbitration maintains decorum and control, Carter said.
Keli’inoi agreed, adding that Carter and Fergueson controlled the debate’s duration.
“It’s not like an actual American presidential debate,” he said. “We’re students; we don’t want to be here for three hours.”
While Patterson agreed that refereeing the questions prevented personal attacks on the candidates, she also said that it may have contributed to the candidates imparting analogous responses.
“Having questions basically put together by the elections committee, I feel they are basically asking us to give cookie-cutter answers if they are going to ask cookie-cutter questions,” she said.
Other problems with the election included what seemed to be great haste in putting it together.
Jones said that the election schedule, which is supposed to be approved in November, did not get presented until the last meeting of Fall Semester, and Senate had to suspend ASLC Bylaws in order to vote on the schedule in the same week.
And Jones’ write-in candidacy caused more than a few problems for the election organizers. Carter said that write-ins rarely occur, so there was a lot of debate about when he could publicize, how his name would appear on the ballot and how to interpret the bylaws’ discussion of a write-in candidate.
Some may wonder why a write-in option isn’t included on each ballot. According to ASLC Bylaws, only write-in votes for an official, declared write-in candidate are valid. So this year’s votes for the likes of junior Ryan Henderson, Mickey Mouse and Kim Kardashian were disqualified from the ballot count.
But despite write-in confusion, Keli’inoi said that Jones’ candidacy was beneficial to the overall election.
“I do think had Colin not become a write-in candidate — I don’t even want to know what the number would have been,” he said. “It would have been so low.”
Besides the ambiguous write-in candidate details, Carter’s abrupt takeover of election duties threw another wrench in the election system.
The duties of heading elections were passed to Carter once junior ASLC Secretary Shelby Simmons put in her candidacy. The secretary’s duties of running the elections, by ASLC Bylaws, are passed to the president or vice president. Carter said that she underestimated the amount of responsibility and time that would be added to her already busy schedule. She also said that she wants to look into changing the bylaws to potentially allocate the responsibilities to a different Cabinet member.
But even with all of these problems cropped up around the elections, the organizers were, overall, happy with how it went.
“It’s organized chaos,” Keli’inoi said.
He said he will write up an election timeline to help future election committee chairpersons clarify when deadlines occur.
Carter also said she wanted to create guides for future ASLC members that outline the roles of the election committee chairperson and the head of elections (the secretary) to ensure that no confusion, overlap or forgetting of tasks occurs. She also said she wanted to draft an outline for overall elections.
“There are no set guidelines to follow to make sure that every piece is covered,” Carter said. “I’m planning to put together a step-by-step guide for the election process, and how soon things need to be accomplished in advance, to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future.”
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The final vote between Jones and opponent junior Shelby Simmons, the current ASLC secretary, was 438, 61.2 percent, to 199, 27.8 percent. Fifty-four voters, 7.5 percent, abstained, and 25, 3.5 percent, votes were disqualified by the ASLC Bylaws.
Between Patterson and opponent junior Sarah Spranger, the final vote was 450, 62.8 percent, to 211, 29.5 percent. Fifty-five voters, 7.7 percent, abstained.
However, following a now annual trend, only 716 students votes this year, compared to 839 in 2009 and 861 in 2010. That’s only 46.7 percent of the student body.
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