Candidates for Senate Position: At Large

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  1. Caleb Gray
  2. Chelsea Jones
  3. Jazmin Mercer
  4. Kenneth Kennedy II
  5. Lindsey Pierce
  6. Khalid Williams
  7. Gabriella Woodland

 Caleb Gray

Caleb GrayWhy are you running for a position within the Student Government Association?

I am running for the position of at large senator to represent one of the most diverse communities in Tennessee. To be a liaison and convey, to the administration, student's opinions and new ideals about how to best improve our great university. MTSU is known as the student's university for many reasons so above all I intend to represent the students with that title in mind.

If you were elected to the SGA, what would you do to improve the quality of student life at MTSU?

It is very evident, especially in the last few years, that our university has been evolving and changing in order to be of convenience to students. My focus as a representative will be to build upon that by pushing for more programs and events that are designed to enrich the campus experience and level of involvement within campus life. With the new parking garages expected to open next year, campus safety will also be a big part of my agenda as a representative. Establishing an annual meet and great with senator were the student body can ask questions and give suggestions as to what they want to see done by there representatives to better improve there experience here at MTSU.

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 Chelsea Jones

Chelsea JonesWhy are you running for a position within the Student Government Association?

I strongly want to run for an At-Large Senator position simply because of my passion for helping and serving others. I know I would make a great senator because I have had the experience of having a position, Student Council President in high school and MTSU 2012-2013 Senator, which allowed me to serve my peers, be creative when it came to school events and activities, and to be able to make important decisions throughout the year.

If you were elected to the SGA, what would you do to improve the quality of student life at MTSU?

To improve the quality of student life, I think the best option is to get involved in campus life. I believe the best way to help improve student life is to interact, become involved, and stay involved with the students. From participating in different organizations to conversing with others, I will be sure to understand the needs and wants of the student body.

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 Jazmin Mercer

Jazmin MercerWhy are you running for a position within the Student Government Association?

Student Government has played an important role in my life beginning as early as the 6th grade. I truly believe that no matter where you are at in life, impacting others and making a difference is a key element to ones character. The opportunity to be a Senator At-Large here at MTSU is a way to not only represent one college/area on campus but each and every student here at MTSU. A way to make a difference in the lives of the students is by letting them know I am always available to hear what they have to say.I am ultimately running for the Senator At-Large position so that I can not only enhance the communication between the students and the faculty, but also to help students realize that their opinion/voice does matter and it can make a difference.

If you were elected to the SGA, what would you do to improve the quality of student life at MTSU?

I feel as if the percentage of student involvement in activities would increase if the school's opportunities to get involved were better communicated to the students. So often students miss out on opportunities to make a difference because they are not aware of what is going on around them. I will implement a convenient way for students to become aware of the opportunities to get involved. A way to go about this could happen by creating an app for smart phones that sends reminders to students of events taking place on campus. Also, being intentional with students is a key element to improving the quality of student life. I would make a conscious effort to make students from each social setting know that SGA truly cares to know how they feel about what is going on at MTSU, after all we are "TRUE BLUE".

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 Kenneth Kennedy II

Kenneth Kennedy IIWhy are you running for a position within the Student Government Association?

I am running for this position because I really feel like I can help better MTSU if I was elected. I am involved in many organizations through MTSU and I am familiar with how it operates and where we can improve. I am all about True Blue and I want to have that feeling transcend to our student body and to our student representatives for the betterment of student life at our great university.

If you were elected to the SGA, what would you do to improve the quality of student life at MTSU?

If I am elected to serve my fellow students on SGA, I would want to help find ways to control our unnecessary spending on campus. I also want to keep emphasis on the importance of our student organizations and try and help make it easier for them to operate and have functions on campus. I also want to help strengthen our advising and admissions counselors so that our admissions, retention, and graduation rates are always increasing. Another thing that I want to accomplish is to get more student feedback on things that they like that MTSU is already doing and also where they see the university needs to improve on. The most important people at MTSU are the students and I will make sure that our voices are heard and our issues are met with solutions that better our university.

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 Lindsey Pierce

Lindsey PierceWhy are you running for a position within the Student Government Association?

I am running for an At Large position on Senate because I love being involved here at MTSU. As Vice-President of Freshman Council, responsibility and involvement are of high importance and will continue to be a priority. I am committed to making sure the student body's voice is heard and will continue to assist in developing legislation that will help to provide a positive experience for the students at MTSU.

If you were elected to the SGA, what would you do to improve the quality of student life at MTSU?

MTSU's Student Government Association would be nothing without a student body. As campus continues to grow and change, the students will as well. I will do everything possible to make sure the voice of the students are heard and will assist in implementing legislation that will propose change and better their education experience. I will continue to encourage students to be involved in campus organizations and make a difference while at college.

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 Khalid Williams

Khalid WilliamsWhy are you running for a position within the Student Government Association?

To earn a position as a Senator would fulfill my reasoning for being an active member of the freshman council. Working together alongside my peers to create or promote action in order to obtain success is a goal of mine. However, being an indispensable contributor; a man of value is my personal goal. My objective is to be an asset to whomever or whatever I am involved in. Getting along with people is one of the most valuable characteristics I have to offer. I believe what happens right now sets the stage for the rest of my life; therefore, I feel I should seize the opportunities for growth at hand.

If you were elected to the SGA, what would you do to improve the quality of student life at MTSU?

What I try, and how much time and effort I put into it matters. I have found that I often work backwards starting with the basic structure of my desired achievement first. I represent my constituents. It is my duty to hear the student's wants and become their voice of change to ensure that we as the Student Government Association make decisions that benefit others by finding things that lie in between the gaps and opportunities where we as a university could use some improvements. Analytical thinking and planning is required to measurably change any of our campus habits. We as SGA would like to make sure that everyone has room to voice their opinion, therefore, implementing a suggestion box for those students who have ideas that have yet to be voiced would help improve our relationship with students while opening a direct line of contact. The quality of our relationships with others is highly correlated with the overall quality of SGA.

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 Gabriella Woodland

Gabriella WoodlandWhy are you running for a position within the Student Government Association?

I am running to be a part of Middle Tennessee State University's Senate so that I can get more involved on campus, and by doing so I hope to get MTSU's students more excited about going here while also getting them more involved in student activities. I believe that part of being a great leader is about getting others just as excited as you are about what is going on, and by getting them involved and excited they also become leaders of their community.

If you were elected to the SGA, what would you do to improve the quality of student life at MTSU?

If I were elected I would first get to know the students on our campus and hear what their needs are. After this, I would then try my best to consistently bring up their ideas and work my hardest to make this school a true "peoples school," doing everything I can to implement what the people need and want.

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