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Jason Schaffer

Senate candidate Jason Schaffer said that being a senator means to directly represent a diverse population of UNM students and responding to their needs and wants.

Schaffer, a sophomore double majoring in political science and economics, said the Associated Students of UNM is a great way to get involved and help students out because he is very interested in all student organizations around campus.

He said he is a resident assistant in the dorms and he’s gotten to see how things work around campus and his desire to get involved helped him decide to run for Senate.

Schaffer said he wants to help senators become more connected with student groups and keep contact with student needs and support them, instead of just allocating funds to them and then leaving it at that.

“It can be accomplished by attending actual meetings instead of just telling students what to do and promising this and that,” he said.

Shaffer added that senators should also help those students who want to establish new student groups.

He said the biggest challenge ASUNM will face in the next year is getting the new senators used to working with students. He said ASUNM is going through a lot of changes right now and the new senators need to move with those changes.

“A lot of debate has been going on since last semester and depending on how the election turns out, it’ll be a huge challenge to work with,” Schaffer said.

He said that as the University expands the Senate needs to reach a diverse group of students and as long as it continues to do so things should go well.

When asked to name the UNM president, three members of the Board of Regents and three student organizations, Schaffer identified Gordon as president.

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