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Get to know your Student Senate candidates

Alex Geli
Editor-in-Chief

It’s that time of year again.

Student Senate elections are now open and will remain open online through Get Involved for the rest of the week. The final polling stations will be available Thursday in the SMC Atrium from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and outside North Side Bistro from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Before you go out—or stay in—and vote, get to know the two presidential candidates from our Q & A with Christian Copeland, a junior from Philadelphia, and Marcus Sterner, a junior from Easton, Pa.

(Photo courtesy of Facebook)
(Photo courtesy of Facebook)

CHRISTIAN COPELAND

What year and major are you here at Millersville?

I am a Junior and my major is Communicatons with a concentration in Comm Studies.

Where are you from?

I am from Philadelphia.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to write poetry, write speeches and enlighten myself with historical facts.

What’s one fact people may not know about you?

One fact people may not know about me is that I love to cook. I love trying new recipes.

How long have you been a member of Student Senate?

I have been with Student Senate for three semesters thus far.

In what roles?

I began as a senator, then became a financial representative, then director of membership.

Are you involved with any other clubs or activities on campus?

Currently, I am involved with NAACP as the education chair, Artists Rocking Together as a street team member; I’m a peer mentor, peer specialist and a supporter of the BSU. … I was the youngest BSU president ever.

Off campus?

Off campus, I have done community service with students at an after-school program in Lancaster.

What do you think students need most from Student Senate?

Students currently need an organization that will implement a standpoint that embraces the unity of all students and understand the diversity of each individual. Everyone is not the same and we need to come to a common ground that is concise and that will further move the university in a position that complements everyone’s needs. We need to be able to communicate correctly with students so we can incorporate the changes that are necessary to make Millersville a more sufficient university.

What do you hope to achieve if you are elected president?

I hope that we achieve the purposes of Student Senate. I want to promote the general welfare of the university and to stimulate the cultural and social areas of university life. More so, I hope the whole executive board, including myself, meet all of these requirement s to help the student body. There is no “I” in team. We need each other to make this campus a special one.

sternerMARCUS STERNER

What year and major are you here at Millersville?

I am a [junior] Government and Political Affairs major.

Where are you from?

Easton, Pa.

What are some of your hobbies?

On my free time I attend concerts, play Magic the Gathering and enjoy nature.

How long have you been a member of Student Senate?

I have been with Senate since spring, 2014.

Are you involved with any other clubs or activities on campus?

[No.]

Off campus?

Every summer, I run a fireworks stand over the Fourth of July.

What do you think students need most from Student Senate?

Transparency. The student body needs to be informed about the many issues facing this campus so their opinion can be adequately heard by the Senate so that we may act in the interest of the students.

What do you hope to achieve if you are elected president?

As president, I hope to work intensively to make sure Student Senate does three things. One, to roll out the Student Activity Funding Reforms as smoothly as possible, making sure the student body remains informed. Two, to make sure that Student Senate reaches out and becomes more transparent to the student body by holding meetings regularly in public places such as the SMC Atrium and the area in front of the SMC. Three, lastly I expect myself to adequately represent the voice of the students to the administration.

See all of the 2015 Student Senate candidates state their cases (video by Mark Yang):

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