Reevaluating Spirit’s platform
SA e-board answers questions regarding progress
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 22:09
The Spirit Party promised transparency, inclusiveness and efficiency in its “TIE” platform.
The Spectrum checked up with the e-board to chart their progress.
Platform: A database to track University Heights landlords
What they promised: A program that helps track landlords in South Campus’ troubled neighborhood and rates them on how well they maintain their houses and how student-friendly they are.
What they’ve done: Vice President Lyle Selsky has met with Sub Board Inc., for the legalities of the program. It was put on the backburner, however, due to the transition and preparation for the first week of school.
What SA said: “One of the things we are looking to do is – myself and a couple of the collaborative club services coordinators – [we] are heading to the South Campus Collaborative Sept. 17 to really discuss with them … how we can work together to better the South [Campus],” Selsky said.
Platform: Re-hauling SA’s website to improve transparency and communication with students
What they promised: An effective way for clubs to advertise and expand. Also, to remove clutter from the website to make it easier for students to understand.
What they’ve done: Updated contact information for the e-board staff and club information so students can contact clubs for more information.
What SA said: “Dude, let me tell you this website is more broken than you expect,” President Nick Johns said in an interview on Monday, Aug, 26. “There is a lot of stuff that happen with the aesthetics of it that were focused on more so than the actual functionality.”
Platform: Emergency $25,000 line for clubs
What they promised: To have a $25,000 “emergency line” that would allow clubs with sufficient funds, but no direct access to their budget, to “temporarily borrow at the discretion of the e-board.”
What they’ve done: A $25,000 emergency line doesn’t exist and is “not that feasible.” Treasurer Siddhant Chhabria, who came up with the idea, said he is now looking into other options to make up for the insufficient funds.
What SA said: “It’s a lot different when you stand outside and run the campaign and then actually physically see when you have the budget in your hand what is feasible,” Chhabria said.
Platform: Utilize $94.75 student activity fee
What they promised: To use the fee to its maximum potential to benefit all students.
What they’ve done: SA has put on two small concert series outside of Spring Fest and Fall Fest. The idea is to target students who don’t typically listen to “rap or cliché genres of music,” Chhabria said. By doing so, SA feels this is utilizing each student’s activity fee fully.
What SA said: “It’s going fabulous,” Chhabria said. “It’s really hard to obviously make each and every student happy. However, me along with my fellow e-board members and our entire staff along with our pro-staff have been working diligently hard so that each one of our students actually get’s the most out of that $94.75.”