by Adrianna Gardner
Associated Student Forum President Travis Berry is facing competition in his campaign for re-election next week, marking the first time in three years that the position of presidency will not go uncontested.
ASF Vice-President Wendy Schwartz is running for next semester’s presidency against Berry.
“Make It Happen” is the mantra by which the junior social science major is leading her campaign.
In her current position, Schwartz said she has the basic knowledge and understanding of the University’s system and believes she can effect change in activities and empowerment students.
“We as students have a lot of potential,” she said. “It is not about me. It is about the students.”
Schwartz would like to see the student body more involved in philanthropic activities and, in doing so, become more a part of the community.
Schwartz’ campaign has not affected Berry’s decision to stay in the race.
He is in it for the long haul, he said.
Berry’s goal of maintaining his position reflects his ambitions to see his long-term goals for the school realized, she said.
Recalling the significant outreach the Forum accomplished in targeting commuters, Berry said that many of the activities and projects of ASF under his leadership have been successful.
“Students should elect me as president because I represent the goals of the student body,” he said.
Schwartz said that more focus should go into doing research before putting on events so that students’ money is spent wisely.
However, Berry said that it is not about change but about leadership:
“Leadership is someone who is dedicated to the cause they are working for, unselfishly dedicating themselves to the goal they are working for.”
According to the candidates, they bring different attitudes toward leadership to the table. Schwartz opts for an assertive approach with an organized plan of action, while Berry relies on an intuitive sense of the students’ concerns.
Schwartz said that while ASF has put on many activities, more attention should be paid to what the students like to see.
Elections will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 through March 31 at the Seal and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Davenport Dining Hall.