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Officers claim they fulfilled 2013 election platforms

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Published: Monday, February 10, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 23:02

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Johannes Rössel

Student elections for the 2014-15 academic year are around the corner, and current officers are reflecting on campaign promises made nearly a year ago.

“I think there’s a dual responsibility in fulfilling the platform and also holding them accountable and investigating their platforms,” said Trent Morrison, last year’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences academic senator and current marketing intern for Student Services.

Thomas Rogers, Programming vice president, campaigned with a platform based on planning events appealing to “Aggies across all walks of life.”

“I think we’ve done a very good job in thinking differently,” he said.

Rogers said he organized a country concert for the first week of school and an electronic concert for the Howl. He’s planning on bringing a different genre of music for the end of year bash.

Doug Fiefia holds a highly criticized position — student body president. He’s the driving force behind many of the actions and ideas of the entire USU/SA Executive Council.

Other positions are criticized by different groups — including Athletics vice president, Student Advocate vice president and Programming vice president.

Although he pledged four goals, Fiefia led his campaign based on the idea of student body officers being transparent and working with students.

He promised to “create opportunities for students now and in the future to improve their education by bridging the gap between the students body, ASUSU (now USU/SA) and the administration.”

“It would be interesting to hear what students say,” he said. “Overall, we have bridged that gap and built that relationship, but is it perfect? No.”

Fiefia said his number one accomplishment, myVoice, addresses the platform. The Internet-based suggestion box allows students to voice concerns to student involvement officers.

The idea developed when Fiefia was a frustrated student looking for an answer. He said sometimes even student leaders didn’t know how to respond.

Instead of receiving an automated response for an organization on campus or a department head hearing the same complaint again, an answer to the student’s question comes from an assigned officer.

He said student leaders addressing those concerns means more in a response.

“There’s something different about being in the trenches and finding out those concerns,” Fiefia said.

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