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Students to square off in Senate electons soon

If you’ve ever wanted to become involved with Student Senate, your chance to do so is approaching quickly.
There is a mandatory informational meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Michel Student Center room 5 for anyone interested in becoming a student body officer.
“In order to run, you have to show up to the meeting,” Student Body President Jordan Ticaric said. “Interested students will learn about what it takes to run, and any other important details about running. Later, you’ll need to pick up a petition at the Student Activities Office and get 150 signatures from students to be able to run. The students who sign your petition don’t necessarily have to vote for you.”
Ticaric said she doesn’t know if all the officers from this year will be returning next year.
“On average, students are only senators for one year, but people who have been on senate can return for quite a few years,” she said. “I’ve been on senate for four years now, and I’m with 15 to 20 students who have also been on senate before.”
It is important for interested students to start thinking about what they would do if elected as one of the four officer positions, which are president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.
“It’s definitely good to know how you want to improve things and how you’re going to reach out to students,” Ticaric said. “You want to be able to reach out to students and see what you can do to make their experience at Bradley even better.”
Ticaric also said she wants students who aren’t interested in running to know how important it is that they take part in voting during elections.
“The amount of students who vote shapes how the administration sees the student body,” she said. “The people who are elected will shape how the next school year will go. It is very important to be involved in the elections, regardless of whether or not you plan on running for senate.”
Freshman mechanical engineering major Ethan Blank said he doesn’t plan on running and is not sure whether or not he’s going to vote.
“I think it’s important to vote, but I don’t know enough about it yet to be able to say whether or not I’m going to vote,” he said.
Junior civil engineering major Matt Smith, who also is not running, said he agreed.
“I’m not sure whether I’m going to vote or not,” he said. “I don’t know much about the election yet, but voting is important, so I’ll probably end up voting.”