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Executive alliance candidate guide: Part one


By Megan Menchaca

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On Monday, executive alliance candidates shared their platforms at a debate hosted by the Daily Texan.

 

At the Student Activity Center, candidates for President and Vice President of the university shared their platforms and questioned the other students on their policies. The candidates primarily talked about the importance of increasing student engagement and how they would counteract the negative reputation that Student Government has accumulated.

 

Here is part one of the profiles of the six executive alliance candidates who attended:

 

Guneez Ibrahim and Hannah McMorris

 

 

Guneez Ibrahim currently serves as the Advocacy Policy Director of Student Government, and she was formerly a member of the Texas Orange Jackets and the Editor-in-Chief of Orange Magazine.

 

Hannah McMorris currently serves as editor-in-chief of Orange Magazine, Director of External Relations for Afrikan American Affairs, and as a member of Student Government’s Campus Climate Advisory Board, and she was formerly the Student Government clerk of the assembly.

 

Parts of their platform include extending hours for Riverside buses, building a Riverside Student Center, bring halal and kosher food to the dorms, include locally sourced foods in dining halls, creating Identity-based representative positions in the Student Government General Assembly, and removing the filing fee to run for a representative position.

 

Their other platform points can be found here, at their website.

 

Colton Becker and Mehraz Rahman

 

Colton Becker currently serves as Vice President of Not on My Campus and Vice President for Philanthropy for UT’s InterFraternity Council, and he formerly served as Director of Communications for Student Government and Director of Public Relations for UT’s Inter-fraternity Council.

 

Mehraz Rahman currently serves the Diversity and Inclusion Agency Co-Director and the Academic Co-Chair for the Plan II Students’ Association, as well as a Peer Educator for the Counseling and Mental Health Center and a member in Texas Orange Jackets and Sweetheart.

 

Part of their platform includes ensuring that undocumented students have as much legal support as possible, implementing consent education in Freshman Interest Groups, creating more reflection spaces on campus, developing a student financial aid “bill of rights”, establishing an LGBTQIA+ support fund, and extending fall break.

 

Their other platform points can be found here, at their website.

 

Aakash Saraiya and Daniel Noble Hernandez

 

 

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Aakash Saraiya is currently a writer for the Texas Travesty.

 

Daniel Noble Hernandez is currently a member of Texas Blazers, the public relations chair of Men Can End, an admissions officer with Guides of Texas, and formerly served as an Orientation Advisor for two semesters.

 

Their platform includes making it OK to open carry beers around campus, install fog machines around all fraternity events and houses, raising transcript prices, building a pub on campus to foster discourse, renaming the Robert Lee Moore building to literally anything, rewarding swipes into UT health facilities with points redeemable for Bevo bucks, and replacing the empty Confederate pedestals with black icons.

 

Their other platform points can be found here, at their website.

 

The other executive alliance candidates who attended the debate included Bryce Fuller and Vikram Sundaram, Austin Goss and Denny Lee, and Joshua Richardson and Chison Liu, who will be featured in part two of this series.

 

And along with the executive alliance candidates, Janna Sayfie, Adam Bergman, Natalie Engel, Camilla Kampmann, Andrew Harmon, Angela Kikkeri, Cole Deutch presented their platforms for university-wide representatives. Camron Goodman, Fabiola Barreto, Adraint Bereal, Kristen Pena, and Emily Rosuck are also candidates for university-wide representative, but did not attend.