SAS Senator At-large Candidates
Adeel Ahmed (UnScrew RU)
Dear Students of Rutgers University,I have always wanted to get involved with student government since senior year of high school, a time where I held the position of student council treasurer. However, what really drove me was my passion to enact change and ability to get others to stand up. That passion was revealed to me two years ago, Freshman year at Rutgers, when Bernie Sanders ran for president. He inspired me to realize my potential and helped me see that true power is vested within the people, which is what RUSA needs now more than everâ€“the power of the students. During the spring of my Freshman year, I got involved in RUSA and ran on the ticket Scarlet Knights for You (SKY). That election changed my life, leading me to get involved with the Rutgers Commuter Student Association (RCSA) where I then became the RUSA Rep. of RCSA.In the Fall 2016 election, I ran a ticket called â€œRU Progressiveâ€, a team of 12 people fighting for a vision of student unity and advocacy. After 75% of my ticket won, I realized that it was no longer about me being just a member of RUSA anymore, it’s about me being a leader and having people looking up to me. Although that experience provoked the thought of being a student leader, it was only the beginning of what was yet to come. The journey continued in RUSA, where we were updating the Constitution and an amendment was made to take away voting rights of special population organizations like RCSA, RHA, Asian Student Council, ROTC, LGBTQ Caucus, etc. I organized over 30 voting RUSA members to combat this ridiculous amendment through debate, coalescing organizations, etc. And so after all the organizing, we won the fight against the amendment. After that is when I had decided that enough is enough, in RUSA it has to be ensured that it serves to represent the student body through the vision of uniting with student organizations to solve the major issues. Last year this even drove me to run for Vice President of RUSA. And despite losing, I did not stop and kept on pressing forward. It is because, in the end of the day, the issues facing the student body shall always exist.I realized the necessity of this vision for student unity as I was one of the primary organizers and speakers for the Rutgers No Ban No Wall March against Donald Trump’s policies, a march that had a turnout of over 1000 students. When I organized the march with others, it was successful in getting President Barchi to sign the letter against Trump’s travel ban, not because there were just Muslims there, but because everyoneâ€“ Black, Latino, Asian, White, LGBTQ, etc all stood in solidarity. We need to do the same with the major issues, which is why currently as the Chairman of the RUSA Civic Engagement & Voter Registration Task Force, I am working with organizations of every political belief whether it is RU Progressive, Rutgers Republicans, Rutgers Democrats, Rutgers Conservative Union, Rutgers Young Greens, Young American for Liberty, and many others. I believe we should put our political differences aside and come together to solve the major issues that matter, like boosting voter turnout. The same action is what RUSA generally needs to do in the aspect of working with other organizations in order to solve the major issues. These issues include ending the stigma on Mental Health, raising awareness on Sexual Violence and rape culture, and organize to ensure that RUSA opposes the updated policy which makes it vague about what is or not prohibited in social activism, and fighting for the little things the average student has to face. At the end of the day, the administration does not listen to simply one student, but rather hundreds and thousands of students coming together. Which is why solidarity is the most powerful strength a student body can have and that is what our ticket is based on. Which is why solidarity is the most vital asset that our student body depends upon, and what our ticket is built on. With all that being said, I am proud to announce that I, Adeel Ahmed, am running to serve you as SAS Senator At-Large. Together we will fight to bring face the major issues and ensure that we put an end to the â€œRU Screwâ€ that has been facing Rutgers for way too long. In Solidarity,Adeel AhmedCandidate for SAS Senator At-LargeUnScrew RUhttps://www.facebook.com/FixRU/Experiences: RU Progressive- Co-President RUSA Civic Engagement & Voter Registration Task Force- ChairmanRUSA Off Campus Caucus- Former ChairmanRutgers Commuter Student Association (RCSA)- Senior Initiatives ChairmanAhlul-Bayt Student Association- MemberMuslim Public Relations Council- Former TreasurerRutgers Student Union- MemberRutgers One Coalition- Member
Every student at every school deserves a voice, no matter who they are and what they stand for. It would be an honor and a privilege if I could be that voice for the students in the School of Arts and Sciences. I will address any and every concern students voice to me, big and small. A vote for Eric Eaton is a vote for every SAS student to have representation in Rutgers’ affairs. We’re in This Together, vote Eric Eaton for SAS Senator At-large!
Meet Patel (UnScrew RU)
As a student at Rutgers University, I’ve learned many core values that are not only going to help me become a better person, but also become an outstanding leader. From every student to every faculty member at Rutgers, I’ve learned something new and motivational each and everyday here. Each of you have an awe inspiring life journey filled with excitement. And as we step into a new year, I would like to lead it with your support. If elected, I will continue to strive for better opportunities for our student body.I will also increase our involvement in more fundraisers and other projects so our school stands out to be at its best. I will work with organizations both the university and locally to create a new channel of spirit for our school. I will also work to improve and advocate for social activism, CAPS, and VPVA through increased promoted initiatives. I will also work with my counterparts to end the stigma behind mental health and sexual violence. Over the next few days, you have a choice to make. Not just between people. It’s a choice between very different plans for our school. And today, I believe that you can contribute your support by voting for me as your SAS Senator to UnScrew RU .And as always, Go Scarlet Knights.
It’s time for a revolution. A revolution that serves Rutgers students of all backgrounds. Uniting Rutgers under one banner is all it takes to fundamentally change the systems around us for the better. Why settle for the RU-Screw?
Jae Song (Rutgers Uknighted)
Rutgers Uknighted is a group of students committed to bettering the lives of every Rutgers student. We are running to represent Livingston Campus in RUSA, the Rutgers University Student Assembly. As representatives we will be able to bring you the things you need and want as Rutgers students. The members of Rutgers Uknighted will advocate to improve the everyday lives of students here at Rutgers. We are already planning to support more buses on every route, especially on the weekends. We will bring quarter machines into every laundry room on campus. Rutgers Uknighted will secure free menstrual products for Rutgers women and rollover meal swipes at the dining halls.
Considering the contentious time our country is experiencing at present, I believe it is evermore important to foster an environment of pluralism to maintain a healthy, living community. As Senator, I will not only ensure that the rights of the student body as designated by the Rutgers Constitution are not infringed, but also, that we, the students of Rutgers, are able to share our ideas in a safe and secure manner, absent of judgement. Only by ensuring this diversity of opinion may we help our students grow.
I believe in a better and stronger Rutgers University, one where all students have a voice. As a member of the senate I will not tolerate back door deals. My main focus during my time as senator will be dedicated to the Bus systems clean up. Offering students more efficient transportation.