ASSP Elections

Welcome to 2013 ASSP Elections. Here we have some information from the candidates themselves!

ASSP Vice President of Finance: Adam Hutchinson

Why are you campaigning for this position?

With my experience in ASSP, on Senate, Finance Board, and Allocation Board, I am ready to help the student body create a more transparent, efficient, and streamlined ASSP. ASSP provides students with services that we all use every day, like bus passes and discounts to local restaurants. ASSP also hires student workers, provides funding for clubs, and organizes awesome events like the Talent Show and Tradition. But what if ASSP could do more while YOU pay less? Wouldn’t it be great to lower student fees, while providing more funding for our SMCs and freeing up the budget for new events and programs? Our budget is something that affects every student at SPU, and as Vice President of Finance, I look forward to helping ASSP fulfill its motto of “students serving students.”

What unique skills and talents would you bring to this position?

I currently serve as the Humanities Senator for ASSP, sitting on the Finance Board and Allocation Board, the two committees that deal directly with ASSP's budget. Experience in these positions is crucial to the role of VP Finance, who chairs both of these boards, and throughout the past year, I have learned how and why the ASSP budget works the way it does. While I love every minute of being an English major, I also have a passion for my minor, Business Administration. In fact, back in my high school days, I managed the French Club budget for three years, and you won't find anyone who was more excited to take Financial Accounting. Additionally, my experience this year as the Student Programs Office Assistant has forged many close relations with university administration, which will be beneficial for an open, healthy dialogue about the future of ASSP.

Describe three to four specific goals you would like to accomplish during your term.

It’s time to help the budget work more efficiently and listen to student input when it's really needed, which will be my central goal as VP Finance. Together, we can create a more transparent, efficient, and streamlined ASSP.

A transparent ASSP thrives on clear communication. As VP Finance, I will help students at every step of the financial proposal process, to not only give reasoning behind Finance Board’s decisions, but also to make sure proposals are in the best shape possible before reaching Finance Board. I will ensure that we can continue successful events and encourage new events at SPU.

An efficient ASSP utilizes the budget to its full potential, while being mindful of students’ bank accounts. Currently, every undergraduate student at SPU pays $80 per quarter (or $240 per year) to ASSP as a membership fee. I believe our budget is currently over-allocated, and I would love to see the student fee reduced. Even a $5 reduction is an extra no-whip, no-foam, vanilla, double-shot latte per quarter, without needing a drastic change to the ASSP budget.

A streamlined ASSP makes it easier for you, the students, to share your input and create new programs for our university. Many aspects of our government, such as Ministries or Campus Activities, have many levels of hierarchy, and while the support student leaders receive from each other is very beneficial, we can make it easier for them to have access to the resources they need. For example, SMCs currently receive only $50 to spend connecting with their entire floor. By tightening up administrative expenses like coffee meetings and training costs, we can provide our SMCs with much-needed access to a larger budget, giving them the flexibility to minister to their floors in their own, unique ways.

If you have more questions about my specific vision for ASSP, feel free to contact me at hutchinsona@spu.edu or at www.facebook.com/adamVPF