Student Assembly Elections take place on Monday at Cornell University.
Eighteen young and excited candidates took the floor last Wednesday night at the Robert Purcell Community Center Auditorium on Cornell University's North Campus. Each candidate received forty-five seconds in which they got to explain why they believed they would make a strong Freshman Representative on Cornell’s Student Assembly. After their opening remarks, the candidates were asked three questions. What many candidates focused on in answering the first question, what they believed to be the most pressing issue at Cornell, was the limited dining hall hours and transportation. Some deviations from the aforementioned topics included Cornell’s investment in fossil fuels, the adverse effect of Collegetown partyers on the local community, and ethics in the housing system. One candidate even invoked good old John Winthrop, saying that although we may be “a shinning city on a hill” we still need to fix the accessibility of financial aid to students. The next round of questions tested the Freshman on their knowledge of the Student Assembly. Half of the candidates were asked to “comment on one Student Assembly resolution passed last year, and whether [they] agree or disagree with it?” The other half was asked what criteria they would use to give out Student Assembly byline funding. Here a few candidates were tripped up, unsure what exactly the Student Assembly has accomplished. Therefore the final question, which all of the candidates were required to answer was particularly apt. The question was sent in via a Tweet from Lindsay Wershaw, one of the current Student Assembly Representatives for the school of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Wershaw asked, “once elected to the SA (Student Assembly), how do you plan on engaging students while improving the SA’s image on campus?” The use of social media, meeting constituents, and suggestion boxes were all popular answers to solving the current lack of knowledge that the Cornell student body has on the Student Assembly.
Elections will be taking place this upcoming Monday, September 16th from 8:00AM until Wednesday, September 18th at 10:00AM. You can learn more about the Cornell University Student Assembly at http://www.cornellsa.com.