(Originally posted on The Sojourn’s website on February 20, 2015)
Becca Noveroske (jr) and Michelle King (jr) debated their platforms for the upcoming Student Government Association presidential election Feb. 19 in the Barnes Student Center Commons.
One main thread that persisted throughout the event was the dichotomy of experience vs. novelty.
Noveroske is a veteran of SGA with two years of experience in the organization. As a sophomore, she was the representative for the Division of Business and this year is the vice president for Academic Affairs.
She emphasized her previous involvement as an advantage for her candidacy.
“There’s a really big impact that SGA does make,” she said. “And having that background in SGA is helpful because you can see the inner workings of what goes on.”
King, on the other hand, has not yet been involved with SGA, but plays on IWU’s women’s basketball team and is the secretary for the John Wesley Honors College Student Association, essentially “the SGA of the Honors College,” King added.
The VP for Student and Spiritual Life candidate in King’s cabinet, Charlie Hurlocker (so), said having new people in SGA provides “fresh resources” and is a catalyst for change.
If Noveroske is elected SGA president, she said she would like to “take Tim’s [current SGA president Tim Scurlock] ideas and run with them,” such as focusing on letting students benefit from chapel and the forums SGA holds once a month.
She also would like to improve IWU’s facilities, such as having better hours for Baldwin, Wildcat and the Recreation & Wellness Center.
Some of her goals include having off-campus involvement, such as having monthly spotlights on local businesses and “promoting diversity on and off campus.”
Noveroske says she has noticed how lots of students do not stay on campus over the weekends so she said she would have her team get the “word out there about events happening on campus.”
King also has some plans for what she would do if elected. She wants to work to improve parking spaces, the timing with swiping in side doors, WiFi problems and laundry systems.
She added she wants to put the “needs of students over everything else,” ensuring that student needs are what drives the SGA agenda.
To accomplish this, she plans to keep a comment box in the student center for students to put in requests and complaints. King pledged to send a personal response to every person filing a complaint, updating them on how SGA will handle it.
In addition, King emphasized diversity and plans to create a committee of minority students as a part of SGA in order to ensure they have a voice on campus.
More information on both candidates is available on their respective Facebook pages: Noveroske’s is “Vote Becca Noveroske for SGA Student Body President” and King’s is “King 2015.” Voting will open for students Wednesday, Feb. 25.