This is part 1 of my ELECTION SELECTIONS. And don’t forget, it’s Condorcet so it’s not just the top pick that matters.
Reminder: VP Academic is responsible for working with the university in most university matters outside of the AMS.
#1: Justin Yang
This guy has twice as much experience as most candidates do for any position usually. He’s getting the AUS out of the red, redeveloped the SUS club and student grants last year, and did a solid, error-free job with AMS Mini School including piloting the fantastic Rezgo system (thereafter available to all clubs), all while completing a dual degree. He effectively makes specific statements that are not aggressive yet strong, and he knows how to prioritize (like re-instating undergrad research support following the demise of the Undergraduate Research Office). His goals are key issues right now that are fundamental to the sustainability of the university.
#2: Jennifer Wang
She has some experience dealing with campus issues in regard to her position in an AMS committee but the Equity Office isn’t worth being the top priority she is making it. That top priority should be an afternoon’s work, illustrating her lack of big picture change that’s possible from this position. She gets points above Parson for being able to articulate a concrete position on Gage South but the position of VP Academic has more potential than Jennifer Wang will utilize. She at least needs another year to gain perspective and vision.
#3: Matt Parson
His biggest priority is improving the summer semester. It’s good that he understands the portfolio but this is an issue that already has lots of momentum among members of the Senate and Board of Governors. It demonstrates that he’s not familiar with the present state of the university’s governance (which is key for this position). Also, his experience as top dog in the Greek system provides little benefit to this portfolio.
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