Candidates for SGA president

Read the candidates’ profiles:
SGA president: Nate Arnold, Daniel Becker, Justin Brown, Thomas Pressly
SGA vice president: Brett Major, Haley Murphy
SGA treasurer: Jacob Barnes, Perry Cunningham
PC chair: Kristen Chapman

Nate Arnold

Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
Year in school: Junior
Major: Marketing and e-business
Organizations: Pi Kappa Phi, Neeley Fellows, Frog Camp Facilitator, Orientation Student Assistant, American Marketing Association, E-Business Association, Active Disciples on Campus, Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta
Current SGA positions: Student body treasurer, Activities Funding Board chair, Executive Cabinet
Web site: www.natearnoldforpresident.com
I believe there are a lot of things that can be done to improve this campus. We could use better programming, student input and technology. The most pressing issue is the oversaturation of small programs with low student turnout that, in turn, fuel apathy.
I plan to consolidate our programming and funding efforts to provide fewer smaller programs and more high budget events.
If I’m elected, I hope to do what any student body president should: make TCU an even greater place than it is now. Any president can make the library open later, or look into off-campus dining; however, it takes a creative and determined leader to tackle something like bringing better programs, finding better ways to get students involved and adding new technology.

Daniel Becker

Hometown: Georgetown
Year in school: Junior
Major: Finance
Organizations: F.R.O.G.S. for our Future, Kappa Sigma
Current SGA position: SGA House Finance Committee
Web site: www.beckerforpresident.com
Like many of my classmates, I believe that the most pressing issue on campus concerns the distance of the new student union from the academic side of campus, and the implications it will have on the lunch hour rush and the availability of food to students dealing with time constraints. I plan to open dialogue about dining issues with the administration and Dining Services.
If I am elected president, my first initiative would be to unite the SGA leadership and devise a plan to address student concerns. I will aggressively move forward on my campaign issues, which include devising practical meal plan and dining options, increasing availability of study space, providing transparency in funding for organizations, providing free Scantrons during exams and promoting a “green” TCU.

Justin Brown

Hometown: Arlington
Year in school: Junior
Major: Music, political science, psychology
Organizations: Honors Program Cabinet, Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee, Chancellor’s Leadership Program, Resident Assistant, SDS Service-Learning researcher, School of Music Director’s Board, Model United Nations, TCU MWF Jazz Band, TCU Symphony Orchestra, TCU Percussion Ensemble, Political Science Distinction Program, membership in eight honors societies
Current SGA positions: College of Fine Arts representative, Executive Committee, Student Relations chair
I am running for SGA president to be an advocate for the interests and needs of the student body, because ultimately, what is best for TCU students is what is best for TCU.
The most pressing campus issue is a lack of communication between administrative initiatives and student needs. If elected, I would keep weekly office hours to hear student concerns, send surveys to access student views and work to make SGA more diverse. I would also work to offset increasing costs by giving back my stipend to student-leadership scholarships, work to set a 10-year time table to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent and get more coverage and support for TCU’s fabulous arts programs.

Thomas Pressly

Hometown: Shreveport, La.
Year in school: Junior
Major: History
Organizations: Sigma Phi Epsilon, TCU Ambassadors, Honors Program, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Lambda Delta, College Republicans
Current SGA position: Student body vice president, Campus Advancement Committee chair
Facebook group: Pressly for President
Often within student elections, campaign promises are not fulfilled. My proven track record, however, parts from the status quo. It is important to me that student government does not just end with the campaign season.
I want to be the student body president in order to maintain TCU’s high record of excellence and bring the Horned Frog community to even greater success in the future.
I believe that 24-hour access to the library is a top priority because we currently do not have openly accessible study space on campus after 1 a.m.
If elected, I plan to accomplish my five main platform points: 24-hour library access, off-campus usage of student ID cards, an improved dining plan, increased safety on and around campus, and creating a Mountain West leadership summit