Rocío Hernández /Nevada Sagebrush CABNR candidate Michael Upton responds to a question posed by moderator Saundra Mitrovich at the first senatorial debate of the year. Three candidates are running for the two open CABNR seats, while eight candidates vie for four open COLA seats.

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CABNR candidate Michael Upton responds to a question posed by moderator Saundra Mitrovich at the first senatorial debate of the year. Three candidates are running for the two open CABNR seats, while eight candidates vie for four open COLA seats.

By Nathan Brantley

The election cogs began to grind last Monday, Feb. 9 as hopeful senatorial candidates convened for the first of three debates. The debate included candidates from the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and the College of Liberal Arts.

Each candidate was allowed the opportunity to present their platforms before being asked a  set of questions. Topics given special focus include community outreach, the state of the ASUN website, student engagement and job and internship opportunities on campus.

Jacob Boult

College of Liberal Arts

Platform:

– Offer workshops to help students decide on complementary minors

– Incorporate a speaker series to the “University of Local Professionals,” an organization that connects students to businesses, to offer insight, advice, and networking opportunities to COLA students

– Partner with the ASUN vice president to continue building the Pack Internship Grant Program and offer more paid internships in liberal arts-related fields

Cecilia Cervantes

College of Liberal Arts

Platform:

– Create a webpage where constituents may electronically voice their concerns regarding the College of Liberal Arts

– Increase environmental awareness on campus with eco-friendly facilities by increasing the number of recycle bins in classrooms

Bailey Gamberg

College of Liberal Arts

Platform:

– Implement a “Be Kind” program that would encourage random acts of kindness among the student body

– Revamp billboards around campus to improve their “liveliness” and provide accurate and updated information to students on upcoming events

– Create an internship database to connect students to local and virtual internship opportunities

– Increase civic engagement opportunities through events and ASUN senate internships

– Maintain communication with liberal arts clubs throughout the senate session

– Improve the ASUN website to create a more efficient and easy experience for browsers

Toby Garcia

College of Liberal Arts

Platform:

– Connect students to clubs and community service opportunities

– Improve community outreach by expanding job, internship,  and scholarship opportunities for liberal arts students

Zachary Jacoby

College of Liberal Arts

Platform:

– Increase funding for the Pack Internship program

– Use the Green Dot Program to educate students about sexual violence and how to prevent it

– Promote NoCampusCarry, a movement that lobbies against laws allowing concealed weapons on campus

– Work with ASUN to purchase the land south and east of campus to allow for more student-run businesses

– Create a WebCampus equivalent to “Rate My Professor”

Courtney Kinsella

College of Liberal Arts

Platform:

– Enhance community involvement on campus through events and partnerships with local businesses

– Create more paid internships and scholarships for students

– Improve student academic success through peer motivation and campus-wide educational enrichment

Ashley Loera

College of Liberal Arts

Platform:

– Increase student club and organization involvement by creating a club bulletin board

– Add professor contact information and office hours to MyNevada to improve student to faculty communication

– Create transportation services for students who are injured or disabled and improve buildings such as Cain Hall and Mack Social Science to make them wheelchair accessible

– Connect students to clubs and organizations

Kyle Sharp

College of Liberal Arts

Platform:

– Improve and expand Campus Escort through legislation to include services to students under the influence of alcohol for a small fee

– Advocate for medical amnesty for students under the influence of alcohol to allow them to seek medical assistance without fear of negative repercussions

Gabriel Golez

CABNR

Platform:

– Create a student advisory board within all colleges to better address each college’s specific needs

– Encourage students to visit their professor during office hours and meet regularly with their advisor

Makayla Ragnone

CABNR

Platform:

– Expand Wolf Pack Meats, an on-campus program that provides fresh meat to UNR eateries, to local businesses across Reno

– Create a farmers market on campus

– Host events centered on diversity such as black history month and other ethnic holidays

– Provide additional club and organization informational events to attract new potential members

– Create seminars focused on scholarships and veteran benefits

– Double the number of research programs available within CABNR

– Establish required advisement meetings annually to promote academic success

Michael Upton

CABNR

Platform:

– Establish advisory boards within all colleges to ensure student integration

– Plan campus events that would bring together university alumni and current students

– Create a research database to connect students to research opportunities

ASUN elections chair Matt Dragan has confirmed that Cassandra Scroppo, candidate for the open CABNR seat, has dropped from the race.

Nathan Brantley can be reached at rhernandez@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.