Mar 262003
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

Six tickets are running for the executive positions in CSU’s

student government this year, compared to the one ticket that ran

last year.

The candidates represent a wide variety of experience and

viewpoints, which they expressed in a debate Wednesday night.

Jesse Lauchner and Katie Clausen both have experience working

with the Associated Students of CSU since they arrived at the


Lauchner and Clausen believe their experience makes them good

candidates for the executive positions.

“I feel very in touch with the direction of the organization,”

Lauchner, a junior computer information systems student, said.

“I’ve seen a lot of things that could be improved.”

Lauchner and Clausen both emphasized that they are a team.

“When you are voting, you are voting for a team,” Clausen said.

“We make a really complete and all-encompassing team.”

Cord Brundage and Melissa Snow also have experience with ASCSU.

Brundage is a senior majoring in zoology while Snow is a senior

majoring in English.

“They are very experienced people,” said Erin Collins, the

ticket’s campaign manager. “They really have passion.”

Collins, a sophomore technical journalism student, said one

thing they hope to do if elected is create a 24-hour computer lab

on campus.

In the Wednesday night debate, Brundage said he hopes to make

students’ experience on campus “as wholesome and exciting as


While Brendan Burns is the current director of student

activities for ASCSU, his running mate, Joe Marshall, does not have

much experience with the organization. They feel that this is a

strength for their campaign.

At the debate, Burns said one thing he would like to do as

president would be to start a car pool program.

“I would like to see a car pool program instituted at CSU,” said

Burns, a senior political science student. “I think that would be a

huge service to the school.”

J.P. Murray, a senior electrical engineering student, and his

running mate, Kurt Kionka, a senior in civil engineering, are both

going into the elections with no previous ASCSU involvement.

“We feel our strength comes from not being directly involved

with ASCSU,” Murray said in an email interview. “Because of this we

know that we can bring new and innovative ideas into the student


Murray said at the debate one of the goals of their ticket is to

promote awareness of ASCSU.

Self-proclaimed co-presidential candidates Todd Ewing and Chris

Fry have no previous ASCSU experience.

Ewing and Fry, seniors in political science and sociology,

respectively, kept the debate lively with some of their responses

to questions.

When asked what cuts they would make in student activities due

to budget constraints, Fry said, “We’d like to cut things that we

aren’t in.”

Ewing later said he would like to see the Student Fee Review

Board eliminated.

“(We should) eliminate the fee review board and institute a

voucher system,” Ewing said.

The final ticket on the ballot is Aaron Harris and Ben


Neither has prior experience in ASCSU, which they feel is

strength of their campaign because they represent the majority of

students on campus.

Harris said that while he and his running mate have different

political views, they have the ability to compromise, which is

important when dealing with the rest of ASCSU.

Harris, a senior history major, and Martin, a senior in wildlife

biology, say a lot with their slogan, “hug a tree and cut it


“It’s all about compromise,” Harris said at the debate.

Voting for candidates will be conducted on RAMweb starting

Monday and running through April 3.

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