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Candidates attempt to win votes in Greek Town Hall

February 24th, 2015 Posted in Opinion

Utah State University Student Association candidates gathered Monday evening in the Taggart Student Center to present their campaign platforms to members of the USU fraternity and sorority community at the annual Greek Town Hall.

Candidates for all offices proposed a spectrum of changes to improve the experience of Utah State students and fraternity and sorority members.

Brian Speckhard, the president of the Utah State InterFraternity Council and a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, said Greek Town Hall was a crucial part of how he determined which candidates to vote for.

“I don’t vote until after the Greek Town Hall,” Speckhard said. “When I was a freshman I didn’t really pay attention to voting but since joining the Greek system, this is kind of where I decide who I am going to vote for.”

As the candidates explained their campaign platforms, students involved in fraternities and sororities on campus asked questions about each candidate’s plan of action for the upcoming school year.

Miles Brooks, a candidate for student body president, said the support of Greek-system students is important to his campaign.

“Pretty much all of them vote. Not only that, I feel like getting a good relationship with them now is important because I do plan on working with them next year if I am elected,” Brooks said.

According to Kappa Delta member Camille Strong, 80 percent of each fraternity and sorority chapter was required to attend the event.

The Greek-system community currently makes up 3 percent of the USU student body population.

“Being informed is important because Greeks are ultimately deciding the culture and the direction of the school,” said Jacob Butterfield, a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Primary elections end Tuesday at 3 p.m. and finalists will be announced at 5 p.m. in the TSC Hub. More information about the election process can be found at http://www.usu.edu/ususa/docs/ElectionsPacket.pdf.


Hillary Dodd, Samantha Kiser, Jillian McCarthy, Kayla Watanabe and Olivia Webb contributed to this report.


– mdl

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