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April 22, 1983     Bellevue College
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Page 4 The ADVOCATE Bellevue Community College Friday, April 22, 1983 J ELECTIONS Candidates voice platforms Next week students at the College will elect seven new officers and a president to the Associated Students of Bellevue Community College (ASBCC). Three candidates James Brennan, Craig Donovan and Eric Needham are running for ASBCC president.The following are summaries of their campaign platforms. S. Beouin photo James Brennan believes student government has three main purposes: to obtain ideas and concerns of students, to provide information to students and to represent the College in local and state affairs. Brennan's campaign platform emphasizes communication between students and officers. He wants to develop more information sources for students, such as the informer booth and a sandwich board that announces events. "Surveying students in the cafeteria on various subjects and issues is a good way of finding out what our students really want," he said. Student government needs to become more professional, Brennan said. Officers need better orientation before taking office on college administration, campus resources and personal interaction. Donovan wants to standardize sequential courses, classes covering introductory material in three quarters, such as accounting. He believes instructors of these courses should emphasize the same material and have standard tests. M. Musburger photo Craig Donovan said "student government should exist primarily to make the quality of the education, the facilities and the support institutions ... the very best they can be for the students." Donovan's campaign goals range from improving facilities for students, such as copying services, to eliminating the closed nature of student government. Donovan believes the majority of students on campus are not well represented by student government. "Student government needs to become more accessible and responsible to night students, older returning students and to women," he said. Like his opponent, Karsten Moen believes representing students and managing the special service budget appropriately prove the two main purposes of student government. Moen hopes to fight budget cuts and keep the College accessible and affordable to everyone. He emphasizes student govern- merit needs to work together as a team. Communication between students and government and among officers is vital. M. Musburger photo Eric Needham emphasizes representing students on campus committees and in budget hearings proves student government's main purpose. Needham's campaign platform stresses communication between students and government and between the executive board and the senate. Providing more funding to the library for books and support materials also concerns Needham. Needham also believes students needs should be well represented and informed on higher educational issues at the state level. Two candidates, Leah Alden and Karsten Moen are running for vice president of student affairs. M Musburger photo Leah Alden believes representing the students and handling the budget wisely prove the main purposes of student government. Alden hopes to protect students' rights and College budgets. This involves working with our legislators in Olympia, she said. Alden's campaign platform covers revising the grievance procedure, working with student programs and clubs and increasing student involvement in government. M. Musburger photo Running unopposed for the vice president of communications is Connie Wurm. Wurm contends that communications proves the main purpose of student government. Wurm's campaign platform st/esSeS communication and rdsising the grievance procedure. Commu- nication between students and officers is a must, she said. Wurm hopes to revise the grievance procedure's language and the amount of time it takes to get through the process. Six candidates are running for five senate positions. ..i: ..i. :/i .  :: ii ; .... }" M. Musburger photo For Tony Anderson, the main purpose of the College's student government is to be the voice of the students. Anderson's campaign platform covers many areas, from preserving campus landscaping to starting new clubs for students. One of his major goals is to increase the fundraising abilities of clubs. By having independent fund raising activities, each club will be less dependent upon student funds, he said. Anderson wants to expand the nn to meet the current demands of students. The wjht room especially needs an increase in size and equipment. gSahd C. Wadsmorth photo Lee Bower said the main purpose of student government "is to .provide responsive decision makingfor the student body in areas of policy and organizational funding.  Bower's campaign platform covers two main areas. First, the equitable allocation of student funds to organizations. Student organizations should be self funded, he said. Student funds should be used to benefit all students, not just special interest groups. If student funds are going to student organizations, these organizations should be investigated to make sure the money is being used appropriately and honestly, said Bower. Second, Bower hopes to put a paved walkway in between the gym and the hack of the parking lot. t M. Musburger photo, Substantiating the individual rights of students and responding to their needs and desires are the main purposes of student government, said Tracy Burris. Burris' campaign platform focuses on finding alternative ways to fund student programs. Student programs should be maintained at least at their present level, he said. Creating a community awareness of the College and its programs and activities proves an important goal of Burris'. M. Musburger p Representing students and the school is the main purpose of student government, said Mat Frank. Frank's senate campaign platform centers on the need for more communication between students and government. Frank hopes to represent and. understand the College's clubs and intramural athletic programs. A. STRAND PHOTO Heaven's campaign platform encompasses three main .points. Communication between students and government must be improved, said Heaven. Brian Heaven believes representing students to the administration and legislature prove the main purposes of student government. Heaven wants the school to install workable, safe bicycle racks. The current bicycle racks on campus do not allow people to lock their bikes safely. Anyone can easily steal the bikes from the racks, he said. M. Musburger photo To Ands/Strand, the main purlxxse of student government is to represent students. Students should be represented at both the local level and the state level, he said. Strand's campaign goals range from providing stronger student legislative 'contact to acquiring a student ex- office member on the College's Board of Trustees. Educating students on campus and state issues proves another goal of Strand's. There must also he more information given out to students, he said. Strand believes quarterly funding for chartered clubs should he made consistent.