Could it be Chavon Brown?



SGA Executive Vice President Candidate Chavon Brown makes her case for why she should be the next vice president during the ‘Meet the Candidates’ event.

Kendal Manns, Editor-in-Chief

Q: Give me a short job description of what you feel is the job of the SGA Executive Vice President?
A: In my opinion, the SGA Vice President job is a position that helps bring the legislative branch and the executive board together. The main duties of this position is to help guide senators as they create intentional legislation to help the student body. They train the future leaders of the senate and assist in the daily operations of the Student Government Association and uphold the constitution and bylaws.

Q: What do you plan to do, if elected, to be more “hands-on” with the student body?
A: If elected, my plan is to host more events with the student body in a more intimate setting, such as small study groups as well as going out and sitting in the student section at games. I will also continue to be out speaking to the students and coming out to events.

Q: What are some of the goals and objectives that you would like to accomplish as the SGA Executive Vice President?
A: My goals for the school year are to Exude Power in Academics, Strive for Unity in Athletics, Embrace Uniqueness in Student Life and Promote Pride in Fine Arts. I would like to accomplish these things through the following initiatives:
Water- Partner with the communications department to help promote Tullibody Fine Arts events. Advocate for funding to fix the recital hall, choir room and practice rooms in Tullibody Music. Advocate for funding to fix the leakage and mold in Tullibody Fine Arts. Host events to connect the fine arts students to professional artists. Advocate for adjustments to the music major course curriculums. Host appreciation events for the fine arts.
Fire- Advocate to bring back club cafe culture and safe environments for student function. Host on-campus student conferences for organization e-boards and kings and queens. Host de-stress events like “Shatter your Stress” and “Playtime with Puppies.” Advocate for university excuses to accept a mental health day. Host open forums with heads of departments like housing, public safety and student affairs. Create a women’s and Men’s council on campus.
Earth- Advocate for extended I-Cafe and Library hours. Advocate for more accessible desks in academic classrooms like the Life Science building. Host open communication forums with deans and chairs of academic colleges. Host self-development events like “Get up and Grind.” Host professional development events like “Black Beauties in Business.” Create mass GroupMe’s for each of the colleges to create a better communication stream. Advocate for better communication between faculty senate, their respective committees and student representatives.
Air- Revamp the student section at basketball games. Promote sports teams like track, baseball, soccer, tennis and volleyball more. Advocate to make pep rallies more enjoyable. Advocate for shuttles services to certain away games. Hosting a “field day” for students. Partnering with local gyms and fitness instructors for college nights.
Q: If, for some reason, that you had to take over as SGA Executive President, would you continue what the former president was doing or would you implement a new agenda?
I would definitely continue the plans of the previous president, but I would also tweak it to implement some of my plans as long as they line up with the overall goals of the Student Government Association for the next year. I would make sure to create a strategic plan that is well planned and intentional.
I ultimately plan to start by addressing the main issues plaguing the student body and distributing a plan with deadlines to fix these issues in a timely fashion. I will then make sure that I am accurately advocating for the student body and communicating effectively.

Q: What would you say were the weaknesses of the current administration?
A: I believe that the weaknesses of the current administration is lack of communication, a strong disconnect between branches and a need for an updated system of information.
Q: What are the top 3 qualities you think an SGA Executive Vice President needs to have?
A: I believe the top abilities that a Vice President needs is perseverance, passion and resilience.

Q: What political experiences have you had that would make you the right candidate for this position?
A: I have served in several organizations in leadership positions. Some of these positions consist of: SGA Senate Senator-at-Large/Senate Secretary, Miss Sophomore, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Secretary/Sergeant-at-Large, Golden Ambassador Community Chair, Miss W.E.B. Dubois Honors, University Choir Treasurer, amongst other things.
I will distance myself by making sure that the student body is well versed in the positions of executive board and legislative branch through events and information distributed through social media.
Q: What are the top three issues facing the school?
A: The top 3 issues with the campus are Aramark, public safety and housing. My plan to fix these issues is:
1. Aramark- Work with Xavier Hicks the general manager to host a sit down meeting with student leaders to propose new improvements with the food, service, communication, and environment of the cafe
2. Public Safety- Utilizing the LiveSafe app to help with watching over the campus, also partnering with public safety and student leaders to increase campus patrol and dispersing information on safety to the students.
3. Housing- Connect with the housing directors to distribute information to the students about ways to fix situations in housing such as mold, rooming situations, etc. Also have more public forums with the housing directors, RA’s and student body.