Senate candidate James Cajete, a senior majoring in computer engineering, said the biggest problem facing ASUNM next year basically is student apathy. “A lot of the funding questions allocations and safety issues, but student involvement it the biggest problem right now,” he said.
M. Nicol†s Cabrera, a sophomore double majoring in Communication and Journalism and Spanish, is the only independent candidate running for the ASUNM Senate. “I just believe students have a right to have a independent voice that reflects their needs, and I didn’t agree with the slates, so I am running alone,” he said. He describes an ASUNM senator’s as a person who is servant leader. “A senator is a person who unselfishly works on behalf of others without expecting anything back in return,” he said. Cabrera said he feels qualified to serve as a senator because of his dedication to students and previous experience serving in local, state and national offices with DECA, an association of marketing students. If elected, Cabrera said his top priority would be to streamline the election process by letting students vote online via I-TEL-UNM. “I know GPSA already does it and I think it would be a good way to make elections easier on students,” he said. Cabrera said he also would like to consistently visit students, faculty, staff and organizations; establish an ASUNM calling card with proceeds benefiting a charitable civic organizaiton; improve access to alumni activities and career services; and promote ASUNM as an outlet for aspiring student leaders. He said the biggest challenge that ASUNM will face is working with students. “I think it’s a matter of bring the Senate back down to earth and maintaining the student government as it’s intended to be,” he said. When asked to name three members of the Board of Regents, the president of the University and three student groups, Cabrera named Begay-Campbell, Anaya and Herrera as regents; Dr. Gordon as president; and Phi Eta Sigma, Hispanic Honor Society, and American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
Sen. Tim Serna, presidential candidate on The People slate, says he will hold senators accountable for their actions and will work hard to make sure students are the focus of the University. “I don’t want to say people haven’t been doing their jobs — because they have — I just think it can be done better,” he said. Serna said ASUNM President Jennifer Liu and past presidents have been respectful at Board of Regents meetings, but have not established that the regents are there because of the students.
Angelina Flores, a sophomore majoring in nursing, decided to run for office because she is a nontraditional student who is not involved in any organization but wants to make a difference. “I don’t know much about ASUNM, and I need to educate more of the general public about ASUNM and make sure their voices are heard,” she said.
About 20 students marched to Scholes Hall chanting "No tuition increases" after an election rally sponsored by M.E.Ch.A in Smith Plaza Monday. Their voices echoed through the administrative hallways as they knocked on and tried to open doors that said, "Please Come In," but were locked.