Voting for student senate president and vice president is today. Voting will be taking place electronically in the Great Hall of the Brehme Centennial Center from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
There is only one candidate for each position, so the voting option will be to confirm or not confirm those candidates. Outgoing seniors are also permitted to vote in the election.
Bob Book, junior double major in Bible and theology and English, is currently student senate’s commuter director. Book is running on a platform of transparency in what the student senate does.
“Senate is supposed to be a bridge between the student body and the administration,” Book said.
One of Book’s suggestions to implement this transparency was to better use the student senate’s Facebook page.
He also hopes to get the senate more directly involved in community service in what he described as “breaking down our own personal bubbles as well as Malone’s.” By orienting the senate toward volunteer work in the Canton community at the beginning of the school year, he hopes to change the tone of what senate does.
Book described himself as motivated to serve the Malone community.
“I’m the type of person that will go speak to whoever I need to speak to in order to represent the student body,” Book said.
Book has also been involved in Malone’s chorale for the past three years, and is currently serving as the chorale chaplain.
Book, who currently commutes, said that he has made the decision to move to campus if he is elected.
Vice presidential candidate
Samson Toe, junior music education major, is not currently serving on the student senate. He also served on student government in high school including as executive student body president his senior year.
“Student government has always been a passion of mine,” Toe said.
Toe described his potential role as vice president as one of assisting the president.
“I feel that Bob really has vision,” Toe said.
Toe is the more organized of the two candidates, according to Book.
“I’m not the kind of person who can keep a calendar,” Book admitted. “I think Samson is really able to complement me in that regard.”
Toe has also been involved in the chorale for three years.
“I really do care deeply about the Malone community,” Toe said.
Lack of candidates
Joshua Eck, the current student senate president, also ran unopposed.
“We have this problem frequently,” Eck said.
There has been more student interest in participating in student senate than in previous years, according to Eck. However, there doesn’t seem to be as much interest in being the organization’s president.
If students are opposed to a candidate, Eck thinks that they will take advantage of the opportunity to not confirm him or her.
Stephanie Morton is arts and entertainment editor and contributing writer for The Aviso.