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Meet the candidates for ASWU Exec

Vice President


Angel Park

My goal as Vice President of the Associated Students of Willamette University is to represent all

students and working to make ASWU efficient and effective for the student voice in official

matters on campus, making it an open and collaborative organization for students who want to

make a difference and inspiring students to be active in what they believe in. I want everyone to

recognize that the bigger changes aren't always the best and the smaller ones can have

meaning and the same power to impact student life for the better. In order to achieve this, I want there to be more transparency between administration, faculty, and students like the current ASWU body and exec has been working towards. If given the opportunity I hope to take on the project even further and hope that every student feels supported and represented.


Dani Garcia-King

To the Willamette Community,

My name is Dani Garcia-King and I am a second-year Sociology major with a minor in Women’s

and Gender Studies, who uses they/them/theirs pronouns. While this is only my second year, I

have found myself on this campus for five other years from my time in the college access

program, Willamette Academy. Being able to experience from the outside what the Willamette

Community was, helped me to see how, as the ASWU Vice President, I could try to listen to the

voices trying to be heard. In the two years so far on the inside, I found that there is always room

for growth. Since my time in ASWU as a first-year senator and now this term as a senator for

the second-year class, I have come to the conclusion that the only way to reach towards

improving the way in which students experience this campus, is to ask them directly how to

help. As a candidate of the ASWU Executive Branch, I envision a legislative body that directly

communicates with the students in hopes of supporting the belief that students deserve to have

their voices lifted up.


Mary Robicheaux

Hello Bearcats! My name is Mary Robicheaux and I am running for the position of Vice

President of ASWU for the 2020-2021 academic year! I am a class of 2021 psychology major

and have served as an ASWU senator for the current school year. Through my experience as

an ASWU senator this past year, I have worked on three campus improvement projects,

including putting content warnings on the list of suggested syllabi language, the current caucus

project, and a project focused on helping students notarize their absentee ballots. I have also

served on the dining advisory committee, which involved creating strategies to improve

students’ dining experience at Goudy and holding themed dinners at Goudy, and on the Food

Recovery Network, which helped Salem’s homeless community by bringing food to the Union

Gospel Mission. As Vice President, I would look forward to working with senators on their campus improvement projects and ensure that each senator is able to have their voice heard in

Senate. Please remember to cast your vote between March 18th – 20th, and I hope you choose

me, Mary Robicheaux, for Vice President of ASWU!


Treasurer


Michael Burke

My name is Michael Burke and I’m running for ASWU Treasurer. I’m from Portland, just an hour from Willamette and have lived in the PNW all my life. Over the past year, I have gathered

experience in Willamette student government while serving as an ASWU Senator. Through this

position, I have gained experience working with the allocation of ASWU funds. Working side by

side with other Senators and the current ASWU Treasurer, I have personally worked to interpret

and discuss funding procedures for clubs. This same experience I have from being an ASWU

Senator has prepared me to fill the position of ASWU Treasurer. As ASWU Treasurer, I plan to

focus on ensuring all clubs and student organizations are treated fairly and without bias. When

serving the whole of campus as ASWU Treasurer, it will be my utmost priority to ensure the

needs and desires of all students are met as fairly as possible.


Jordan Samuel

Hi Willamette!

Are you a member/officer of a club? Do you want to join a club? Student organizations are an

integral part of Willamette culture and I plan on streamlining the process for funding them. Club

officers know that applying for funding can be a big procedure. There are three funding rounds

per semester and you have to exchange several emails to submit purchase plans, wait for those

plans to be approved, get money into the club account, and then actually buy the items and ask

to be reimbursed from the account. If at any point ASWU forgets to respond, or the proposal

fails to pass through the bylaws, or market prices change, the process has to be restarted and

clubs have to wait until the next round. Also funding is always capped at a precedent set when

the club was created or earlier, and club members and officers have no influence in how these

precedents are set and no way to change them. As a former treasurer of Nerf Club and your future ASWU treasurer I would do all I can to simplify the funding process. I will give club members/officers a seat at the table for


Juan Vargas

Hey Bearcats! My name is Juan Vargas and I am running for treasurer of the ASWU Executive

Branch. As an Oregonian for almost my entire life, I am an outdoors lover. I am also part of

Willamette’s cross country and track team. During high school, I have been part of several

student organizations in my community. I have experience with budgeting for non-profits and

using the limited amount of resources strategically to get the best out of it. As the treasurer, I will focus on efficiently managing the ASWU finance system. Working with the rest of the ASWU

Executive branch to create and plan awesome activities for y’all, I will use all of my knowledge

to carefully administer and serve as an advisor. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, my email is

<jpvargas> and my instagram is @juan9_vargas. Hope y’all have a good day, vote Juan

Vargas for treasure it only takes “Juan” second.

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