As the school year begins to come to a close, Student Government elections will soon be held to dictate what the government body will look like next year.
From April 5 through April 12, students will be able to vote for those running for various positions of power in Student Government.
Two sets of candidates have entered the battlegrounds to fight for the positions of next year’s president and vice president.
One set of candidates is Adam Scherman and Michelle Trudeau. The former is running for the position of president, while the latter is going for the vice president position, respectively.
Scherman and Trudeau discussed the plans and challenges that lie ahead of them.
“This whole epidemic on campus has really changed our campaign strategy, and what we’ve been doing so far,” Scherman said.
The epidemic is COVID-19, a virus that has caused ripple effects across the world ever since originating from Wuhan, China.
Capital is among many universities around the world that has stopped holding in-person classes and events to prevent further spreading of the virus.
Originally, the pair aimed to engage with various student organizations on campus. Up until this point, they met with PRIDE, the Interfraternity Council (IFC), and the Panhellenic Association (PHA).
“We want to go to their meetings and hear their voice about what they would like to see at Capital,” Scherman said.
Due to the university ceasing student organization functions because of the spreading of COVID-19, Scherman and Trudeau now must utilize an online presence.
“We’re about to launch our website and we’re going to be doing videos throughout the next week and a half,” Scherman said.
In addition to adapting a campaign for online, Scherman and Trudeau have identified qualities that they feel will make them perfect fits for the positions, along with distinguishing them from their opponents.
“I think it’s our leadership,” Scherman said.
During Fall 2018, Scherman served as the executive vice president of Kappa Sigma here at Capital. In Spring 2019, he jumped into the presidency of the fraternity.
This is Scherman’s first year serving as a senator of Student Government, but he believes that his prior experiences with other organizations have prepared him for what might lie ahead. He also helped construct and pass several bills.
“I have a lot of experience with how to run committees, how to run a whole organization, and serving as a liaison to Capital,” Scherman said. “I think with my experience, I can really shed light on what Student Government is doing, and how to improve the Capital experience.”
Scherman’s running mate, Trudeau, founded Capital’s own Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed business fraternity, during her first year, and is the current Chancellor. She’s also the president of Capital’s Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.
“I’ve helped grow that from a four member organization to almost a 40 member organization this year,” Trudeau said.
She also touched on the amount of experience they have.
“Another thing is that we’re both juniors, whereas our opponents are both sophomores,” Trudeau said. “So we have that extra year on Capital’s campus to see the transitions from previous leadership, along with an extra year of leadership development.”
It must be made clear that Trudeau is talking about experience in a general sense, not specifically Student Government.
In terms of their plans for next year, Shcerman and Trudeau are wanting to leave an impact on the student body as a whole by fostering a sense of inclusiveness.
“We talk about CapFam, but do we necessarily live CapFam? Are we as one?” Scherman said.
The two are hoping to create a faculty orientation session that will help educate faculty members on using the correct pronouns for their students. They acknowledged that some older professors might not be aware of the rapidly changing landscape of LGBT+ community.
They propose that during syllabus week, professors take the time to openly encourage students to specify what pronoun that would like to go by.
“We want to start with a strong inclusive community day one,” Trudeau said. “And that will then translate into a welcoming classroom that can have better dialogue where people can feel more safe to ask questions without feeling ignorant about asking them.”
The pair are also hoping to encourage students to attend more sporting and Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) events. The plan to do this by partnering with these organizations to promote and support their events.
Scherman and Trudeau ended by sharing their thoughts on their opponents, Senator Chance Conaway and Senator Emily Dietz.
“I think [Conaway and Dietz] have done a great job in Student Government,” Scherman said. “I don’t view them as enemies, I view them as friends.”
“Our end goal is just for the student body to vote for whoever they feel will have the biggest impact,” Trudeau said.
Conaway is running for the position of president while Dietz is going for vice president. Though they are sophomores, Senator Conaway and Senator Deitz have spent two years with Student Government.
“The theme of our campaign is to better connect the campus,” Conaway said.
One plan that they have for next year is to give away more raffle prizes at sporting events in order to boost student engagement.
At a Capital versus Otterbein game, Apple Watches were given away to some Capital students. Conaway and Dietz are planning on doing that more often in the future.
“That drew a lot of students into the game and brought a better student section,” Conaway said.
They also want to host a gathering of all the organization leaders on campus so that networking can be done between various organizations. This also includes making a GroupMe, so that all leaders can communicate and bounce ideas off each other.
Even more details on the ins-and-outs of their campaign can be found on www.chanceandemily.com.
This pair is also facing challenges in the face of the spreading of COVID-19.
“There’s a lot of craziness in making sure everyone is safe and aware of everything that’s happening while also trying to be active at the same time,” Conaway said.
The two were planning on hanging posters around campus in addition to attending various events in order to get their names out there. They are now focusing on utilizing their campaign website and Twitter account.
In terms of credentials, Dietz has served as parliamentarian, an executive board position, since her first year, and still holds the position as a sophomore. She was elected unanimously both times.
“She’s been with two different administrations and has seen how Student Government operates,” Conaway said.
Conaway, a sophomore as well, served as a senator his first year and was promoted to the Academic Affairs Committee where he helped work on legislation to address academic issues. This year he serves as the vice president of finance.
“The energy and spirit that we’ve seen from Adam Scherman this year has really inspired us,” Dietz said. “We’re honored to run against them.”
As stated earlier, voting will be held from April 5 through April 12, so make sure to check your Capital emails around that time. Winners will be announced immediately after polls close.