Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Rachel Stella
VIDEO: SGB Presidential Candidate Brittani Alston Addresses How She’ll Handle Student Concerns
Rachel Stella, Copy Editor
Shane Gustafson and Amanda Foresta contributed to this article.
With the Student Governing Board’s (SGB) election coming up on March 19-20, Rachel Stella created a series of video interviews and profiles on this year’s candidates.
Brittani Alston, a presidential candidate, is the first profile in the series.
Candidate: Brittani Alston.
Major: Music merchandising.
Resident or commuter: Resident.
Current and past leadership experience at Lewis: SGB member at large and director of training, general manager of Gospel Choir, secretary of Book Club and public relations for Sophomore Class Council.
Other interests: Music (particularly religious/gospel) and praise dance.
If you are elected, what would you bring to your position?
“I would bring better communication with the student body as well (as) with the general assembly. I feel that the e-board this year is doing a great job with making sure organizations are on task, and they’re making it to all the events that they put on, and they’re informed — but just making that better, continuing to develop that, so we have a greater relationship with the students, and not just (with) the organizations, to get them more involved.”
What do you see at Lewis that needs improvement, and how would you go about changing that?
“I would say the greatest improvement that is needed is to change the view that students have of student organizations. I’ve noticed, over the last couple years, that there aren’t as many students involved in the organizations or councils as it could be … Getting the campus excited about that again will just help the campus be more of a community, and we will be able to develop leaders.”
What specific ways do you plan to address student concerns?
“I think the system that we have now to address student concerns is good, but I think also just forming the closer relationships with the students, so that it’s not so formal … but just having those conversations that bring up things that they would like to see changed or improved on campus, and then after that, just continually following up on those concerns, so that they are solved, not just bringing them back to the general assembly and leaving it at that.”
Text is abbreviated from the video interview.
To view the profile on vice presidential candidate Brittany Miller, click here.