Candidates running for SGA positions in Hammond and Westville

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Ronit Bhardwaj, graduate computer science major, is running for College of Engineering & Sciences senator in Hammond.

Bhardwaj thinks the role of SGA is to promote a greater degree of unity, respect, spirit and cooperation among students. He feels that SGA’s approach to waiting for student feedback is ineffective and wants to connect with students via social media.

“I want to meet more people and make changes to better the student body’s experience. This is a very good opportunity for me to open up and would be a great experience as a senator. I want to become more actively involved with my school life,” Bhardwaj said.

Autumn Bright, junior biology major, is running for College of Engineering & Sciences senator in Hammond.

Bright believes the role of SGA is to be the voice of the student body to the administration and would like to hold events to bring the students from the College of Engineering & Sciences together.

“I want to run for senator because I want to continue representing my fellow students in the College of Engineering & Science and because I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the rest of the senate to accomplish things which benefit the whole student body,” Bright said.

Megan Carden, senior computer and information technology major, is running for College of Technology senator in Westville.

Carden hopes to bridge the gap between students’ needs and department decisions and to achieve technological equality between the two campuses. She wants to introduce a positive and productive discussion by examining the bylaws, processes, procedures, policies, as well as checks and balances within the College of Technology.

“All students’ opinions matter. My role is to listen, coordinate, communicate and take action to their ideas. I look forward to hearing what they have to say,” Carden said.

Pulkit Singhal, graduate industrial engineering technology major, is running for College of Technology senator in Hammond.

Singhal wants to make a difference in the College of Technology and believes he has the necessary skills to do that. He plans on addressing scholarships, jobs and events for students, as well as the electronic and software needs of the students.

“The SGA has many different purposes. It oversees all of the colleges of PNW, organizations, events and communicates with the college leadership in order to voice PNW student concerns. So, that they can make the entire institution stronger, healthier and a better experience for all of our fellow students,” Singhal said.

Kristen Bright, sophomore political science major, is running for CHESS senator in Hammond.

Bright thinks SGA is a good way for her to put to practice the skills she is learning in her major. Since it is her first year at PNW, she wants to learn more about the university and become involved to help fellow students.

“I think the role of the SGA is to make the school better for students, as well as keeping them informed on how issues are being addressed and being the student body’s voice,” Bright said.

Kevin Calderone, junior human resources and philosophy major, is running for College of Business senator in Hammond.

Calderone thinks the role of SGA is to serve its constituents to the best of its ability and ensure their needs are met. He wants to address additional fees incorporated with tuition and ensure that students are benefited by rising tuition.

“I want to run to help protect the interests of my fellow students,” Calderone said.

Matthew Ruiz, junior political science major, is running for CHESS senator in Hammond.

Ruiz thinks the role of SGA is to actively address the concerns of the students in an effort to ensure that they can reach their potential while pursuing a degree. He would like to address student participation, extending library hours and extending the FRC hours on the Hammond campus.

“I want to run for senator because I care about solving the problems students face here on campus and I believe that there are some issues that need to be addressed that are not being talked about,” Ruiz said.

James Schooley, freshman history and political science major, is running for CHESS senator in Westville.

Schooley wants to ensure that students from Westville are properly represented and served at PNW. He believes the role of SGA is to advocate student concerns and to lobby for policy that benefits students.

“Over the past several months I have worked with Senator Dustin Thibideau to design and implement a House of Representatives to increase both the power and outreach of SGA. This body, if successful will give students a less intensive opportunity to serve with SGA to become familiar with the inner workings of both the organization and the university,” Schooley said.