On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 14, the candidates for next year’s Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) elected offices gathered in the Recreation Center Auditorium for a Q&A session about their platforms and plans for the 2017-2018 academic year. Questions were moderated by current AUSA President Ashley Neu (senior, public relations), and ranged from “Why do you want to be a part of AUSA?” to questions on commitment and time management.
Deborah Weithers, Dean for Student Life and AUSA Sponsor, was in attendance and has been managing the election process.
Weithers said, “I’m excited for these new student leaders. I’m proud to see them wanting to continue their service next year.”
Neu echoed Weithers’ excitement about the experience the candidates for next year’s AUSA elected offices have already obtained.
Neu said, “It’s encouraging to see a group that has already served.”
Each candidate for AUSA elected officers has already been a student leader in some capacity at Andrews. Jessica Yoong (junior, business administration, pre-medicine), who is running for AUSA President, is currently the Executive Vice President. Gideon Moyo (junior, electrical engineering) who is running for Executive Vice President, has been serving this year as Senator-at-Large. Running for Social Vice President is Jordanne Howell-Walton (junior, psychology) who currently is working as part of the Student Activities Team in the Division of Student Life. Kyrk Defino (senior, English, pre-law) holds a section editor position in The Student Movement as well as Executive Secretary in AUSA. Running for Senator-at-Large is Linda Mosheti (junior, behavioral sciences public health) who is already active as an AUSA Senator.
When asked what specific ideas she was excited about after Feb. 14’s Q&A session, Weithers said she is excited by Defino’s (senior, English, pre-law) desire to start a video platform for The Student Movement.
Mentioning the dynamic of this set of AUSA candidates, Neu said, “They’re already excited. They’re bringing so much positivity with them.” She also spoke to a desire of this group to encourage “Andrews pride,” which has been a goal for Neu during her presidency.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, the candidates will be giving their campaign speeches to the campus at the Howard Performing Arts Center.