By Jacob Solis
Fabbi, a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying political science and international relations, holds extensive experience within the Associated Students of the University of Nevada. Fabbi was elected two times in a row to represent the College of Liberal arts in the ASUN Senate. Fabbi currently serves as Speaker of the Senate, a position he was elected to at the start of the 82nd session.
Fabbi has also been involved with a number of organizations outside of ASUN, including the Interfraternity Council, Up ‘til Dawn, the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board, and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
Fabbi’s platform revolves around preparing UNR and ASUN for the future through a variety of methods, the specifics of which are available on his platform online. Among other goals, Fabbi has expressed the will to replace ASUN’s current long-term plan, Joint-Vision 2017, with an updated strategy as most of the goals in that document have already been accomplished.
“My vision and what I would like to do in this next year is not going to impact us today, it’s going to impact the students of tomorrow,” Fabbi said. “That’s why we came up with ‘Big Future, Little Doubt,’ because we’re trying to hit 22,000 students by the year 2020 and us, as the associated students, need to accommodate for that.”
Feuer, a graduating senior in his sixth year at UNR, has run one of the more unique campaigns in ASUN history by campaigning on the premise that undergraduate students should not vote for him. His rationale takes two forms. The first, and in his opinion, most important form, is that for the democratic process to work, a candidate cannot run unopposed.
“Some people say that this looks bad that I’m running,” Feuer said. “Say what you want folks, but I think it looks way worse when you only have one person running. In all my six years here…I have never seen a presidential race go uncontested.”
His second line of reasoning is that a campaign for an ASUN office caps of his career as a student at UNR. In his time at the university, Feuer has been a part of the rugby club on campus and a member of Sigma Nu in addition to creating the figure of J.C., whom Feuer calls “one of the most iconic figures” on campus. Furthermore, Feuer will graduate at the end of the semester with a degree in mining engineering.
“I would definitely say that [my campaign] is a little strange,” Feuer said. “But the situation I was faced with made it that way. Don’t vote for me.”
VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Jonas, a senior studying English literature and political science, currently sits as a member of the ASUN Senate representing the College of Liberal Arts. As senator, Jonas also chairs the Public Affairs Committee and was recently elected Parliamentarian of the Senate in February.
During his tenure, Jonas has seen both highs and lows in the senate chambers. Toward the end of the 82nd session, the senate passed his resolution in favor medical amnesty in Nevada, which would limit legal consequences for underage students calling emergency services while intoxicated. However, opposite the victory of the medical amnesty bill is Jonas’ censure by the senate early in the session, which he received for missing mandated office hours.
In his platform, Jonas has indicated a want to expand the Pack Internship Grant Program; a program instituted just this year by current VP Alex Bybee. Additionally, Jonas has expressed a will to continue lobbying the Nevada Legislature and provide volunteer opportunities in list form to students.
“When I first came to this university, it wasn’t my first choice,” Jonas said. “Because of this, I was kind of apathetic on campus, but the more I got involved…the more I started liking my university. I want to have an active hand in making my university better.”
Salsman, a junior studying political science and English linguistics, has served for two years within ASUN as part of the Department of Legislative Affairs. Currently, Salsman holds the position of Assistant Director within the department and has played a significant role in organizing events such as Late Night with a Legislator and Rock the Vote.
Salsman has expressed concern over a number of campus issues, but has put most of her focus on addressing student apathy across the university. She plans to first address it internally through holding ASUN officials accountable for their office and by making ASUN itself more transparent. Moreover, Salsman has stressed the need to expand the scope of traditions, making events such as homecoming or Mackay Week, which have been traditionally catered toward the Greek community, more inclusive to all students.
Furthermore, Salsman has demonstrated a desire for an expanded Pack Internship Grant Program, specifically by connecting with internships in the arts, K-12 education and youth development. She also wishes to expand volunteer opportunities on campus through UNR’s Office of Service-learning and civic engagement.
“I love this university with my entire heart,” Salsman said. “I’ve been involved with ASUN for two of my three years here…and I want to get other students involved. I want other students to love this university as much as I love this university.”
More information on candidate platforms and the ASUN elections themselves can be found at www.nevadaasun.com/elections. Jacob Solis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.