WEB-EXCLUSIVE: New Student Senate president talks about vision, goals
By Rachel Luchmun
The newly elected Student Senate president already knows what she will be focusing on at the start of her term next fall.
Awista Sherzada was elected following elections held on April 3-5. She came ahead of Lara Blomberg, the other candidate for president.
Sherzada, who is currently treasurer of the Student Senate, said her past experience as an officer will help her with her new duties.
“Some of the events that we do are done annually,” she said, “so because I’ve experienced those events before I can consider if I want to do things differently for next year, how I want to do it bigger and better, more awareness on certain things.”
Such events include the Trick-or-Treat for children and the Photos with Santa events that were held during the fall 2011 semester.
“I definitely want to build more awareness on [these events],” Sherzada said. “I want to get the word out there, I want to get more people to come to these events because we all work so hard to make them happen and they’re so fun.”
Other than raising awareness about the events organized by the Student Senate, Sherzada said she also had ideas about the issue of the smoking ban.
“From the town hall meeting we had a couple of months ago, Dr. [Dennis] Day and Dr. [Dana] Grove made it clear that it’s probably not something that’s going to change and they also said why smoking huts are not an option either,” she said. “[The goal would be] to get people to understand it better. This is the first year this has been going on and of course there is controversy and people are angry and asking questions.”
Sherzada, along with other elected officers, will assume their roles within Student Senate in fall 2012. Until then, they will shadow current officers to learn what exactly their roles will consist of.
“I’m really excited [to be president],” Sherzada said. “It didn’t hit me at first, but after people started congratulating me, asking me questions, I was like wow, I’m really going to be the president next year, so exciting.”
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