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SGA voting guide: Meet the running reps

The Student Government Association decided to announce the results of the student body officer elections in a new way. The winners of each position will be announced in the Campus Commons and a banner will be hung on the Market Square railing on Wed. at 2 p.m.

Marlon Figueroa

Student Body President Nominee

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Major: Finance and accounting

Year: Junior

Since freshman year, Figueroa said he has been a member of Frog Aides, the House of Student Representatives and the Activities Funding Board. Figueroa’s leadership positions within SGA include: Programming Council director of finance, Activities Funding Board chair, Frog Aides Leadership Team and student body treasurer. Figueroa said his experiences in SGA have allowed him to build lasting connections with administrators and faculty members. If elected president, Figueroa said he wants to start implementing his campaign platform from day one. Some goals Figueroa said he wants to accomplish include establishing a student-friendly shuttle system, putting together a safe-ride program, and finding a way to get student feedback on ways to improve dining services. Figueroa also said he wants to implement a “Campus Communicator,” that would simulate a messenger style chat between students and professors during office hours.

“My platform aims to accomplish most of the things students want to see happen or changed at TCU,” Figueroa said. “With your support I will be able to improve your college experience and the ones of future Frogs to come.”


Andrew Pulliam

Student Body President Nominee

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Major: Finance

Year: Junior

Pulliam said that from day one he has strived to make a difference within SGA. Pulliam has been in four committees and written several pieces of legislation, but he still would like to do more for students. Pulliam said his large and diverse network of friends, proactive attitude and desire to bring changes that the university will value make him the best candidate for student body president. In terms of goals for next year, Pulliam said he would like to create a “TCU Night Out” at Billy Bob’s to promote campus unity, look into building restroom facilities and water fountains on the intramural fields and work with administration to establish a three-year graduation program that cuts 25 percent of tuition costs.


Kendal Rader

Vice President Nominee

Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.

Major: Speech pathology

Year: Junior

Rader just finished her position as Homecoming director for 2009. As director she learned the ins and outs of the university and proudly calls TCU her home, Rader said. The experience gained from being in SGA since her freshman year as well as her work ethic and desire to serve her peers makes her a qualified candidate, Rader said. One of Rader’s goals is to incorporate interactive touch screens in the Union and in the Mary Couts Burnett Library to help increase communication between student organizations and the student body by allowing students to see different events taking place on campus. Rader said she would also like to increase the number of lights around buildings that students frequently walk by at night.

“As vice president for TCU, I would love nothing more than to continue to help build a strong, united Horned Frog community on our campus,” Rader said.


Jackie Wheeler

Vice President Nominee

Hometown: Dallas

Majors: Marketing and Entrepreneurial management

Year: Sophomore

Wheeler said her experience as the Class of 2012’s representative for the House of Representatives during her freshman and sophomore year and her work on the Activities Funding Board makes her a qualified candidate for vice president. If elected to the position, Wheeler said her first priority is to address the needs and concerns of the student body by listening attentively and working assertively. Some ideas Wheeler hopes to implement include improving campus parking by submitting a request to open all visitor lots to TCU students after 5 p.m. and full time on weekends, restructuring the shuttle system, reforming the Residential Life questionnaire for incoming students and pursuing more funding for concerts and bigger artists.

“I feel that I am both prepared and qualified to serve you as vice president,” Wheeler said. “Together, we will make lasting impacts on our campus.”


Blake Asjes

Treasurer Nominee

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Majors: Finance and accounting

Year: Sophomore

Asjes said he took the first opportunity to become a part of SGA by joining Frog Aides his freshman year. Following Frog Aides, Asjes joined the Programming Council and became its director of finance in January, a position he will maintain until the end of the semester. Asjes said he also participates as an executive board member of SGA’s Activities Funding Board, where he assists in allocating $70,000 each year to campus organizations. As a representative of the Neeley School of Business in the House of Representatives, Asjes said he helped reform the Finance Committee to be more efficient and has directly been involved in 80 percent of SGA’s spending each school year. If elected treasurer, Asjes said he wants to bring more well known artists to campus to perform and use creative ideas to help raise funds to make the concert a success.

“I firmly believe I can utilize my experience well to create an even better experience for the students of Texas Christian University,” Asjes said. “I am extremely excited for the what the future has in store.”


Chase Bruton

Treasurer Nominee

Hometown: Grapevine

Majors: Marketing and supply chain management

Year: Sophomore

Last year, Bruton served on Frog Aides, the freshman leadership group, and this year he served on the Frog Aides Leadership Team. Currently, Bruton is a Neeley representative in the House of Representatives, where he serves on the Campus Advancement and Finance committees. Bruton said becoming treasurer means dealing with $350,000 a year, a great responsibility which he said he is prepared for. As treasurer, Bruton said he plans to maintain SGA’s tradition of fiscal responsibility by maintaining a balanced budget. Also, by actively working with other student body officers, Bruton said he hopes to ensure that all events planned by SGA will impact the most students possible.

“Ultimately, I believe that SGA is a representation of the student body,” Bruton said. “Being such, I wish to actively seek out students and ask what they want out of SGA.”


Alex Collins

Programming Council Chair

Hometown: Fort Collins, Colo.

Major: Broadcast journalism

Year: Sophomore

Collins said her passion for TCU is what inspired her to run for Programming Council chair. Collins said she has served as a Class of 2012 representative for the past two years and she has also been a member of the House Executive, Dining Services and Student Relations committees. As Programming Council chair, Collins wants to create events that excite students and reach a greater population of the university. Next year, Collins said she wants to increase the size of Homecoming and incorporate the Fort Worth community in float design in order to foster a larger welcoming to the university’s alumni. Collins said she also wants to create more events for the spring semester, starting with bringing in local bands to play all day at TCU.

“I am a hard worker with big ideas and a lot of enthusiasm,” Collins said. “I want to work as a connection between the students and what goes on at TCU, the school that I love.”


Kennedy Stewart

Programming Council Chair

Hometown: Carrollton

Major: Strategic communication

Year: Junior

Stewart said she would be best person for the position because of her passion for SGA and TCU, as well as her experience serving on Programming Council in all five of her semesters at the university. Events she helped coordinate include Spa Day, Holidays at TCU and the Pat Green, Zac Brown and OneRepublic concerts as Programming Council chair. Stewart said some of her strengths are taking students’ opinions very seriously and putting Student Body fees to good use. As Programming Council chair, Stewart said she wants to create a higher attendance at all Programming Council events and make sure all events sponsored by the council resonate with the entire student body.

“My favorite part of PC is our consistent desire to keep traditional events on campus but always push the envelope with a ‘wow’ factor, with a new twist to the standard events that keeps students excited year after year,” Stewart said.

Voting starts at midnight Monday. Log on to my.tcu.edu to vote. Polls will close at noon Wednesday.

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