Three tickets are running for Student Senate this year, with vastly different platforms and ideas for the future. Get to know Green Light:
Presidential candidate: Landen Lama is a political science major and has two years of Student Senate experience as parliamentarian and chief of staff. He is also a Democratic central committee member for Fairfield County, representing the Democratic party in Lancaster, and interim chair of the Ohio Student Government Association.
Vice Presidential candidate: Nicole Schneider is a journalism and political science pre-law major with two years of Student Senate experience, working as the university life commissioner and currently as senator at large. She is also the executive vice president of the Women’s Panhellenic Association and served as VP of member development for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi.
Candidate for Treasurer: Zach Woods is a biological sciences and sociology double major and has worked as a teaching assistant, resident assistant and an executive for his service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. He has been involved with Senate since his freshman year in various capacities, most recently under Student Activities Commission (SAC).
— GreenLight4OU (@GreenLight4OU) March 27, 2017
Green Light’s Platform:
- Red initiatives need to be stopped: better voting practices in SAC, and stop the strict language departments’ class attendance policies
- Yellow issues need to be reworked and thought over: More RA benefits, expanded gender neutral housing, and brainstorming on how to make the cost of tuition for affordable
- Green issues are new or need to be continued: Implementing incentives for student organizations to go through diversity and inclusion training, providing free menstrual products in university bathrooms, and creating ways to use Bobcat Cash uptown
“We developed our platform by talking to our members. We didn’t want it to just be ideas that (the execs) came up with; we wanted it to be what they care about as students,” Schneider said.
They also stress inclusivity and letting students be heard.
“I always molded it as, ‘I don’t want to talk at you, I want to talk with you,’” Lama said.