Voting for OSA elections begins today

Christina Basken, News Editor

Elections for the UWO Oshkosh Student Association president and vice president will begin on Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13. Students can vote both days from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Reeve Memorial Union.

Current OSA President, Roni Howard will be graduating from UWO in Spring 2019, which will mark the end of a year-long presidency during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Howard said she has learned so much from her role in OSA that will help her get ready to transition into the professional working field.

“Time management, having empathy and understanding for others, learning how to quickly problem solve, and the difference between being a leader than a boss,” Howard said.

The PAX Campaign consists of UWO students Alina Xiong and Pa Houa Xiong, who are running for OSA President and Vice President.

According to their campaign message, their mission is to be an advocate and resource for students and work to ensure students’ voices, concerns, and ideas and acknowledged and heard.

“Together we are stronger and can push for objectives that truly matter to students such as diversity and inclusion, dining/dietary needs, campus safety, and parking spaces,” the message said.

UWO students Jacob Banfield and Ian McDonald are also running for OSA President and Vice President.

According to their campaign message, their motto is ‘putting students first’, and they plan on achieving this through changing transportation for students around campus.

“The primary issue of our campaign is replacing Titan Transit with an Uber partnership that would grant students free Uber rides every semester,” The message said. “The partnership will be innovative, cost-effective, and will be far more used than our current system; promoting fiscal responsibility in a time of financial crisis.”

The last slate of students running for president and vice president are Alicia Obermeier and Hannah Johnson.

According to their campaign message, the pair has many goals if they are elected, some of which are: creating tribal recognition on campus, building a relationship with the City of Oshkosh and creating a campus garden for fresh and organic foods.

“We want to be inclusive and allied representatives,” The messages said. “We do not want to ignore where you’ve come – but instead embrace who you are and be empowered to have a voice on campus. We will create an equal platform for anyone caught in an unjust intersection(s).”

Howard said it is important to vote in this election because students should be concerned that their concerns and needs are being met on campus.

“Overall, this has been a great experience for me in shaping my college journey and I hope that it will do the same for you, if you choose to join OSA through director positions, committees, senate, student organization representatives, or on the executive board,” Howard said.