On the final day to submit nominations for the upcoming elections, HSF president Ahmend Tahir told Skedline he is planning to seek re-election on the strength of his record.
Tahir’s administration secured a five-day reading break that will begin on the Thursday before Thanksgiving 2016. Tahir also has new initiatives should he get a second mandate. “We’ll be launching a food feedback online form so right after a student has an issue with food on campus they will go to it say where they got their food say what the problem was and we will get that feedback right away and bring that forward to food services,” he says. “I think that’s going to solve a lot of problems on campus.”
Election Day is Mar. 7, 2016. Students will elect their HSF President, as well as Vice Presidents for Student Life and Student Affairs. The Vice Presidents are assigned to the either the Lakeshore or North campus.
The HSF is responsible for making first year students feel welcome. For 19 year old Guilherme Soares the efforts of HSF were crucial part of his first semester as a police foundations student. “It affected me strongly because I was nervous coming to college for the first time,” he says.
HSF’s First Year Experience program helped Soares to quell his nerves. The program gives students peer mentors and organizes daily events to help students make friends and get to know the campus. “I did frosh and I went to FYE every day and I made a lot of friends,” he says. “If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be as involved.” Soares is excited about the upcoming election and looks forward to casting his ballot.
HSF customer service representative Layna Lubimiv encourages students to engage in the democratic process and vote. “Students should care because it’s their chance to empower their voices” she says. Lubimiv says more students should get involved and have their say in how they are represented by the organization. She takes pride in her job and says that in HSF “your job is connecting to the students, talking to them and getting to know them”.
The campaign begins Feb. 22.