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Hi everybody! My name is Dawson Weathers, and I’m an impassioned candidate hoping to represent every single off-campus student with vigor and transparency as a UROC senator. I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy with minors in Religious Studies and Classical Studies, and I’ve spent the last year working to represent my fellow residents as a parliament and committee member of the Inter-Residence Hall Association (IRHA). Now, however, I want to use the knowledge and skills that I’ve acquired at ISU to represent a larger group: you. Off-campus students are the largest group of students at Iowa State, and they, therefore, deserve the clearest and most effective voice they can get. I strive to be that voice.
The three largest problems (of many more) to be currently dealt with are sustainability, the maintenance of CyRide, and effectiveness. Off-campus students should have access to the college’s recycling service, which genuinely recycles all the material it receives. The next problem is CyRide. The current fleet of buses used by CyRide is outdated and quickly becoming obsolete. Upgrading the fleet to more efficient models is a goal that serves everybody, on and off-campus. Lastly, to ensure that UROC senators can actually make the changes that they need to make, I propose requiring all future UROC senators to sit on at least one of the several city-based committees. On these committees, they actually have power over the issues facing off-campus students.