With student government elections coming quickly students may be wondering who they should vote for as ASI president. Because Cal Poly has made it so easy to vote – all you have to do is log onto your student portal and click on a name – it is important that students are informed about the candidates and vote for the person they feel fits their needs best, rather than just clicking on the name they recognize. The ASI website offers information not only about the election, but ASI activities as a whole.
This year there are two presidential candidates – Daniel Galvin and Kiyana Tabrizi. I had the opportunity to speak to both presidential candidates and get some information about each of their campaigns. Within the next week, the Mustang Daily will be printing articles about the different candidates and their platforms. Until that happens, however, here is a brief look into what each candidate stands for.
Daniel Galvin is a fourth year sociology major with a strong interest in governmental affairs – just yesterday he was in the state capital lobbying on behalf of Cal Poly students and the CSU system. His main concern as an ASI presidential candidate is to address student concerns and make their voices heard. He said that throughout the past year, as a member of different Cal Poly organizations and clubs, he has heard a lot of concerns by fellow students. The main issues he wishes to address, however, are associated with sustainable living. Galvin says that he hopes to continue former president Angela Kramer’s program Empower Poly which would establish a green innovation fund and allow students to promote sustainability throughout the Cal Poly campus and the local community.
Galvin also explains that he hopes to increase communication throughout the university by using social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube. If elected president, he will upload weekly videos about what is going on throughout the Cal Poly campus and ways that Cal Poly students can get involved. “I acknowledge that not everybody is involved in student clubs,” explains Galvin. “It’s important that we reach out to more Cal Poly students.” Galvin wants to make sure that the student voices are heard not just by other students, but by student government, Student Affairs, and administration. Tricia Rosas, a music student at Cal Poly, says of Galvin, “he is reliable, organized, responsible and always does what he says he will do, often more. He parallels Sarah Storelli (current ASI president) in involvement, ambition … and dedication to doing the best and most that he can for students.”
In order to reach out to all students, Galvin expresses the need for a more inclusive environment at Cal Poly – one that welcomes and encourages the different types of people who make up the student body. By promoting diversity in the most fundamental way, not just diversity of race, but diversity of gender, opinions, expressions, and personal experiences, Galvin aims to be a connection between administration and students. “My number one priority is to be visible and accessible to all Cal Poly students.”
Kiyana Tabrizi is a fourth year political science student with a minor in business. Where Galvin is more on the political side of the election, Tabrizi hopes to appeal to the emotional side of student needs. She explains that even a year ago she didn’t know she would want to be the student body president, but as she got more involved with student life and started working for ASI she realized that she wanted to work to close the separation between students and government. Tabrizi explains that ASI’s “purpose is to be a resource to the students … to information, getting change on campus, to working with administration, whatever it may be,” ASI should be the connection.
Tabrizi’s main initiative is to better inform students. “[The students] view us as up on this weird platform,” she says. “We are just students, we are working for them … We hold each other accountable.” She expresses concern that there is a separation between the knowledge that is given to the student body as a whole and that which is given to the 45 students in ASI. Tabrizi wants all students to be as informed about what is going on in regards to students fees, the rec center, and any other topics which are important to and effect the student body as a whole.
The main way in which Tabrizi hopes to appeal to the voters is by encouraging and listening to the voices of the students. “I want to collaborate and I want to communicate,” she explains. “By collaborating and communicating, I want to be the students’ connection.” Tabrizi also knows what issues are important to students right now. The rec center, the food on campus, and class availability are the top three issues on her list. But it’s not just the major issues she wishes to address – she wants to hear all issues, large and small, when it comes to improving the Cal Poly experience. As ASI president, Tabrizi explains that she will do everything in her power to address those issues most important to students. Of ASI she says, “The students’ goals are our goals, the students’ plans are our plans.”
ASI elections are not for another week, but a key to having the voice that Galvin and Tabrizi wish you to have is to get informed, stay informed, and VOTE. Progress and change are only possible if you know the issues, voice your concerns, and ask questions. Both candidates will have booths set up in the UU Plaza for the next week and would love to answer any questions you may have, or just discuss what is going on throughout the Cal Poly campus.
Want to know more? Make sure you stay updated by checking out the Mustang Daily newspaper every day or by logging on to the MustangDaily website.
Also, each candidate has their own website and Facebook page with campaign information, photos, and more. Check out their links:
Kiyana Tabrizi: Facebook and Website