Lake Orion, MI
Hey, I’m Alexis Sargent! I’m in the James Madison College & Honors College here at MSU. I am in the James Madison Student Senate, & have started three organizations on campus–the Undergraduate Social Policy & Affairs Association, the Women’s Collegiate network, and MSU’s American Enterprise Institute Student Executive council. Our university is currently struggling with policies surrounding sexual assault, and my goal is to make the process for survivors more transparent with MSU. I personally knew Dr. Nassar, and understand how his scandal happened, & want to work on preventing that in the future. Campus research shows that MSU Greek Members are disproportionately affected by sexual assault, and this is a problem. I am a member of Greek Life, I believe it is important to have people in Greek Life at the table when making decisions about MSU’s Greek System’s future.
Hi There! My name is Kelsie Luokkala and I am running for JMC’s seat on the ASMSU General Assembly. This year I served hals a term as the GA representative for the College of Arts and Letters (I am double majoring in Comparative Cultures and Politics and Spanish) and as the Academic Affairs intern for ASMSU. I am very involved in Academic Governance at MSU through my current position in ASMSU. I have also been very involved with class councils within ASMSU, having served as the Sophomore Class Council President. If I were elected to JMC’s GA seat, I would like to advocate for my fellow students and their ideas, as well as incorporate a survey system into the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that all students voices are heard in that area. If you have questions or advocacy ideas, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to continue my position as JMC rep because my goals and plans for this campus are just beginning. As your representative, I have advocated for automatic voter registration, Title IX reform, a fund for sexual assault survivors and holding the administration responsible for the atrocities that they have committed on campus. My plans for 2018-2019 are electing a female ASMSU president, creating a campus that is safe from gun violence, and continuing my advocacy for survivors’ rights. Email me any time with suggestions or questions: email@example.com.
My name is Samuel Richard Klahn, and I’m a Junior in Comparative Cultures and Politics. I think in a broad sense, I feel a deep sense of conviction to be useful and of service to the campus community. In the past, I’ve fulfilled this need by being an Intercultural Aide on campus, but I’m looking forwards, towards a new experience at MSU.
During my undergrad, I’ve been involved with 4 colleges, I’ve lived in 3 neighborhoods, and I’ve spent a lot of hours involved in various groups and activities. I feel like the network will be useful to advocate for student needs in the next year. This interaction with my community is also the motivation I have for running. I care very deeply about people not only being successful academically, but feeling at home on campus. Feeling enabled towards success, as well as safe, valued, and connected to others. MSU has been transformative in the way I love those around me, and I would relish the opportunity to give back. Please contact me with any questions!
Hi everyone! My name is Stacey LaRouche, and I hail from the small but mighty town of Pinconning, Michigan! On campus, I am currently involved in James Madison College Student Senate. I am a perfect candidate for the position of JMC representative on ASMSU’s General Assembly because of my outgoing personality, strong work ethic, and massive dedication to the students of JMC!
A question I commonly ask myself is: “If I don’t, who will?” This is why I want to run for GA. I have faith in myself that I can listen to my constituents effectively, and bring the concerns of JMC students to the larger MSU table.
I also want to be a member of GA so I can increase my awareness of the issues that plague all of Michigan State University, not just James Madison. I was inspired to run for this position because of recent events on campus. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are problems that will not go away until we do something about them. As a victim of harassment, I know first hand how detrimental the impact of people’s words and actions can be. I want to prevent other students on campus from feeling this way ever again.
Although this is a lofty goal, I have faith in myself that I am the person who can work with others to achieve this. Thank you for taking the time to read my statement, I hope you consider voting for me, Stacey Rouche.
Walled Lake, MI
My name is Thomas Hojnacki and I currently study International Relations in James Madison College with a dual major in political science. I am an active member in many student organizations including the Foreign Service organization and the fundraising committee within Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-law Fraternity. I have many other credentials which have prepared me to become a James Madison College Representative such as my time interning in the Michigan House of Representatives, as well as my current efforts in assisting to manage a federal congressional campaign for Michigan’s 11th district. As Michigan State transitions leadership and takes the next step towards progress during this sensitive time for the student body, it is imperative we have the student leadership necessary to represent all the voices that seem to be drowned out in such a large and diverse campus. Throughout my experiences, I know how easy it can be for individual voices to be lost and let the ideals and goals of a candidate override the desires of the very people they are running to represent. As your James Madison college Representative, I aim to create a more active student body in which will I represent the voices of all James Madison students. With my help, I will make sure we are heard among the crowd so that we may come together to create a more unified MSU.
Las Vegas, NV
Hi. My name is Dylan Westrin, and I am currently one of the General Assembly Representatives for James Madison College. I first got involved in ASMSU during October 2016 when I was hired as the intern for the Academic Affairs Department. Within a month, I was serving as the interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and I held that position until the next election in April of 2017. During my time at ASMSU, I have been heavily involved with Michigan State’s Academic Governance structure. I’ve held a seat on the Steering Committee, University Council, Faculty Senate (Ex-Officio), University Committee for Academic Governance, and the University Committee for Undergraduate Education. In this time of institutional turmoil, I am ready to continue my involvement within this system to keep representing our interests as students.
Within ASMSU, I have served as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. There, the committee and I worked hard to pass landmark legislation that funded projects such as ElectHer, Project TIME, and the student roundtables across campus to address Campus climate. Now, we are currently working to design a budget that works to the benefit of all students.
Now is the time to unite our voices and channel our emotions into the academic governance structure. As someone who has been doing it for two years, I am ready to do it again. Now is the time to push for change, and I believe I have the connections and the drive to make it happen.