Junior Vanessa Charubhumi and sophomore Alexa Solimano advanced to the the general elections for Student Union (SU) President and Vice President, receiving a total of 199 votes.
Both Charubhumi and Solimano have experience inside and outside the SU. Charubhumi was freshman class president, sophomore class president and is currently SU Vice President.
Solimano was on the Freshman Advisory Council and is a member of the Sophomore Advisory Council.
“Our campaign is centered around reforming the SU,” said Charubhumi. “The SU is a valuable resource for the students but it’s not used enough.”
If elected, they hope to update the SU Web site to include services such as budget requests for clubs.
Charubhumi and Solimano will also post minutes from SU executive council meetings and School Leadership Team (SLT) meetings on the new Web site. “[This will let] the students know about what we’re doing for them,” said Solimano.
Charubhumi said, “A problem with the SU has been communication with the student body.” The ticket plans on keeping the student body informed about SU events by distributing newsletters during homeroom.
Solimano said, “The entire student body should be informed so that they at least have the option to go to these meetings and dances and really be a part of all these activities.”
Part of their platform involves re-modeling the SU. Solimano said, “We [are] hoping to get more students involved in the SU by making it a more comfortable and open place.”
They intend to continue the Stuy Mural Project, which Solimano founded to paint the outer SU walls. In addition, Charubhumi and Solimano wish to fix the broken computers in the SU for student use and buy new furniture.
The pair plan on creating a student information center in the SU, which will contain new funding request forms for clubs and publications and a student suggestion box.
Charubhumi and Solimano will continue having two Elective Days next year.
In addition, their platform includes improving the Supplyline Web site, which allows students to exchange review books, organizing more student-faculty sporting events, continuing the SU t-shirt design contest and expanding the SU Video Homeroom sub-committee in order to produce more frequent video homerooms.
“Most people have this misconception that the SU is elitist. It’s not,” said Solimano. “The SU is made to help out students. We want to open the SU up.”