The Destiny of Your Dollars: Student Senate Elections

Why ASMSU Is Important (really)

The Associated Students of Montana State University — or ASMSU — is the student government on the MSU campus.

According to Dean of Students Matt Caires, because it is student funded, ASMSU is student elected —  the student vote has significant weight and the potential to impact the university. By electing trusted officials to help supplement the college experience with clubs, athletics and concerts, students can vote to bring positive change to MSU.

For members of ASMSU, the organization provides real world political experience with real life consequences. Caires said, “As a land grant institution, we have a responsibility to teach students how to function as citizens in a democracy.”

Historically, college student governments have acted as the voice of the students, responsible for the introduction of athletics and clubs to college campuses. Because universities were reluctant to give money to the students, student governments created special fees as a means to provide themselves with a budget. Here at MSU, those fees come from the students.

So, what exactly does ASMSU do with that money, anyway?



Senate Candidate Bios

College of Agriculture

Name: Rachel Abeh
Major: Agriculture Education and Relations
Hometown: Livingston, Mont.
Key Issue: Ag. advocacy and parking
Why you should vote for me: “I’m passionate about getting College of Ag. issues to the university level.”

Arts and Architecture

Name: Eric Oak
Major: Film
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
Key Issue: Attendance and tuition costs
Why you should vote for me: “I can promise that tomorrow the sun will rise, no giant rock monsters will attack Bozeman, and it will not rain scorpions.”
Name: Cara Thuringer
Major: Photography
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Key Issue: Campus safety, student resources and fiscal responsibility
Why you should vote for me: “I know the areas where Senate is effective and where Senate can be improved.”

At Large

Name: Lana Lake
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Frenchtown, Mont.
Key Issue: Veterans and responsible fiscal spending
Why you should vote for me: “I do not wish for students’ money to be spent irresponsibly.”
Name: John Stiles
Major: Business
Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.
Key Issue: Student perks and benefits
Why you should vote for me: “Fiscal responsibility, innovation, student benefits, and Bobcat pride.”
Name: Gianna K. Vanata
Major: Applied Psychology
Hometown: Cody, Wyo.
Key Issue: Fiscal responsibility and student involvement
Why you should vote for me: “I am passionate about MSU and dedicated to its students.”
Name: Kellan Standley
Major: Agriculture Education
Hometown: Missoula, Mont.
Key Issue: Student activities
Why you should vote for me: “I will strongly advocate for the students’ best interests.”

Business

Name: Josh Stevens
Major: Business Finance
Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.
Key Issue: Student involvement
Why you should vote for me: “I believe senators need to be accountable.”
Name: Erica McKay
Major: Business Management and Psychology
Hometown: Sandpoint, Idaho
Key Issue: University transparency
Why you should vote for me: “I have a passion for making the student voice prominent.”

Name: Katrina Wilhelm
Major: Business Finance
Hometown: Sidney, Mont.
Key Issue: Student Involvement
Why you should vote for me: “I can bring fresh ideas to the organization.”

Name: Edward Kingman
Major: Business Marketing
Hometown: Orono, Minn.
Key Issue: Safety and spending
Why you should vote for me: “I’ll make sure every student is heard.”

Education, Health & HS

Name: Al Horn
Major: Technology Education
Hometown: Logan, Mont.
Key issue: Food and beverage options
Why you should vote for me: “I have a maturity that allows me to not be intimidated by elders.”
Name: Simone Scafide
Major: Technology Education
Hometown: Sewall, N.J.
Key Issue: Food and beverage options
Why you should vote for me: “I’m not afraid to work on difficult initiatives.”
Name: Hannah Mulick
Major: Early Childhood Education and Business Management
Hometown: Newbury Park, Calif.
Key Issue: Keeping campus clean
Why you should vote for me: “I put my whole heart and mind into everything I do.”

Engineering

Name: Michael Townshend
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Key Issue: Transparency within ASMSU
Why you should vote for me: “I will reach out to constituents about ASMSU issues and developments.”
Name: Timothy Denty
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Livingston, Mont.
Key Issue: Education
Why you should vote for me: “My leadership experience gives me the ability to make positive changes.”
Name: Coleman Vick
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Key Issue: Fiscal responsibility and promoting a positive culture
Why you should vote for me: “I will keep each current student mind with each decision I make.”
Name: Kate Lamm
Major: Biological and Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Bigfork, Mont.
Key Issue: College affordability
Why you should vote for me: “I am passionate about increasing the number of scholarships and job opportunities available to MSU students.”
Name: Charles French
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Political Science
Hometown: Paradise, Mont.
Key Issue: Fiscal conservatism and student involvement
Why you should vote for me: “I have experience, enthusiasm and enjoyment in the legislative process.”

Letters & Science

Name: Hannibal Clayton
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
Key Issue: Education
Why you should vote for me: “I will always be available to students for ideas!”
Name: Ben Goldstein
Major: Political Science and Religious Studies
Hometown: Conifer, Colo.
Key Issue: Non-academic spending
Why you should vote for me: “I will keep the well-being of the student body as my primary concern.”
Name: Schuyler Kinneman
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Key Issue: Parking
Why you should vote for me: “I understand the frustrations of dealing with the administration.”
Name: Steve Rowe
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Billings, Mont.
Key Issue: Student involvement
Why you should vote for me: “Together, we can collectively share ideas and manifest a better MSU!”
Name: Tiffany Kostelnik
Major: Economics
Hometown: Belgrade, Mont.
Key Issue: Budgets
Why you should vote for me: “I have a lot of experience with time management and budgets.”
Name: Hannah Mains
Major: Global and Multicultural Studies
Hometown: Mequon, Wis.
Key Issue: Safety, the Sub Pub, and parking
Why you should vote for me: “I’ve served in Senate already and know about the issues.”
Name: Nick Vergara
Major: Paleontology
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Key Issue: Visibility and scientific achievement
Why you should vote for me: “”Students deserve a Senator who wants to change the campus, not their social status.”
Name: Jason A. Donin
Major: History
Hometown: Billings, Mont.
Key Issue: Student/teacher ratio
Why you should vote for me: “I want to help fellow students become fully prepared for their next stage in life.”

Name: Luke Howard
Major: Political Science and Economics
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colo.
Key Issue: Smarter spending and campus freedom
Why you should vote for me: “I believe I can squeeze more out of every dollar the students pay in fees.”

Nursing

Name: Katie Reid
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Ore.
Key Issue: Student involvement
Why you should vote for me: “I would be dedicated to MSU.”

University Studies

Name: Lukas Smith
Major: University Studies
Hometown: Olympia, Wash.
Key Issue: Sustainability
Why you should vote for me: “I am a reasonable, fun and caring guy.”

Others

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