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TSG announces candidates for 2022-23 election – The Temple News

Gianni Quattrocchi (left), a second-year political science student, is running for president as part of the Temple United executive campaign. Akshitha Ag (right), a young biology student, runs alongside Quattrocchi as vice president.

Temple University Student Government announcement the spring 2022 candidates for parliament and the executive, who will start with a single ticket.

TSG elections have historically had lower turnout in years when elections have not been competitive.

“We weren’t sure about the COVID-19 situation and we are happy that this campaign is going on and I hope they will do their best,” said Anna Dudareva, a first-year architecture student and curator. in the TSG elections.

The leadership team will be able to campaign in person, but voting will take place online via a secure website.

TSG has scheduled a town hall with the campaign executive, where students can submit questions, hosted by student media organizations on March 21. The elections will take place between March 22 and March 24, and the winners will be announced on March 25, Dudareva mentioned.

Another town hall could take place on March 9, wrote Kameryn Moore, director of outreach and engagement for TSG, in an email to The Temple News.

There will be a presidential election on March 28 and the inauguration will take place on April 25, Dudareva said.

Here’s a look at who’s on the ballot for the 2022-23 TSG elections.

Executive Branch: Temple United

Gianni Quattrocchi, a second-year political science student, is running for president as part of Temple United’s executive campaign. He is the current director of government affairs for TSG and led the FireOwlsTU ticket last year, which suspended the campaign after two days and endorsed RenewTU, the current administration.

Akshitha Ag, a young biology student and current TSG deputy chief of staff, serves as vice president alongside Quattrocchi. She is also a member of Temple’s Youth Education and Maternal Support Association and Temple’s Biology Journal Club.

Temple United’s platform focuses on sustainability, campus safety, mental health, religious inclusion, and accessibility. Temple United is also offering an updated COVID-19 response, which would include purchasing N95 and KN95 masks and making the recall mandatory. They also offer updates to Temple’s sexual assault awareness and prevention plan, which includes mandatory Title IX training and an education campaign surrounding the “red zone.”

“The main goal is to really restore TSG to public awareness within Temple and to have more engagement with TSG,” Quattrocchi said.

If elected, Temple United will pursue a few advocacy projects proposed by RenewTU during the fall 2021 semester, including the establishment of a Mental Health Response Team. The team would include mental health professionals and social workers to help students in mental health crisis.

The campaign is also advocating for wellbeing days to be included in the academic calendar, a goal RenewTU campaigned on in the last election. Temple has implemented two wellness days in the 2021 spring semester, canceling classes to give students a break after eliminating its traditional week-long spring break.

Temple United will strive to make Temple carbon neutral by 2030, not 2035, as RenewTU’s goal in its current sustainability and climate change plan.

Ag wants to see improved wait times for Temple’s shuttle system, FLIGHT. Last semester, students complained about long wait times for FLIGHT, but Temple announced plans to increase availability as part of its expansion of campus safety initiatives.

Temple United is also advocating for the university to build a permanent non-denominational prayer space on campus. The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University offer prayer spaces for people of all faiths on campus.

Quattrocchi and Ag both expressed disappointment at running unopposed.

“It would have been nice to have a second, different campaign that would bring different ideas to the table,” Quattrocchi said.

Parliament

This year, seven students are running for the 30 seats in the TSG legislative body, two more than last year.

Next year’s Parliament will only have members running in that election cycle, as the terms of current members will expire after the elections.

MLAs are responsible for creating and passing resolutions that reflect the best interests and needs of the student body. The body has four sections: general members which represent the entire student body, issue-based members which represent specific sections of the student body, year-based members which represent each class, and class-based representatives. school that represent each school or college.

Parliament has struggled to participate throughout the 2021-22 academic year, having passed just one resolution so far this year.

Issa Kabir – General Representative

Kabeer, a graduate major, is a Wellness Peer with Temple’s Wellness Resource Center, a Diversity Peer with Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership, an Eco -Representative for the Temple Sustainability Office and Chair of the Temple Multicultural Greek Council.

Kabeer was previously Speaker of Parliament. However, he resigned in January 2021 amid internal frustration over how he and former Vice President Arshad Shaik handled the resignation of a former parliamentarian who posted an anti-Semitic video.

He believes his experiences in other activities he has been involved with on campus since his resignation will “enhance” his standing if elected.

“My goals for Parliament are to be able to go to different spaces as General Speaker and see what voices need to be heard, and to be able to champion those voices and create resolutions that could represent the voices that need to be heard,” Kabeer said.

Kabeer is also president of Psi Sigma Phi, a multicultural fraternity and secretary of the fencing club.

Mya McKeown – Representative of the Klein College of Media and Communication

Mckeown, a sophomore in communications and social influence, has been a member of IGNITE, a national organization that helps women become political leaders, since her freshman year. She is also an Opinion Editor for Her Campus and a Culture Editor for Refine Magazine.

“I want to act as a liaison between the student body and the dean’s office,” McKeown said.

Kolton Nullmeyer – Chair of Disability Adaptation Services

Nullmeyer, a young criminal justice student, is a member of Temple’s Pre-Law Society and promises Alpha Phi Omega, the university’s community service fraternity.

“I would be the person to hold this position, but I want to use it for the benefit of others other than myself,” Nullmeyer said.

Oumar Traore – Commuter representative

Traore, a sophomore in public health, is a cadet at Temple’s ROTC, a volunteer at Cherry Pantry, and a member of the American Medical Student Association, the Black Professional Health Association, and the badminton club.

As a commuter, Traore will advocate for cheaper SEPTA passes and to increase and repair lockers in the commuter lounge if elected.

“I really want to bring about change within the Temple community, and again, student government is a great way to bring about positive change, and I really want to represent my fellow commuters,” Traore said.

ryan quinn and Samuel Burg who are running to be representatives of At-Large and Townley Sorge, who is running to be a year-based representative, did not respond to The Temple News’ request for comment.