By Kim Stock
Oliver Bladek, probably the best candidate for the position, made brilliant use of semantics. While he didn’t run for Senate last year, he sat on the Senate as an ex officio member. Technically, according to Bladek, we are re-electing him to another term. This ability to manipulate the English language in such a hard-to-refute way may come in handy if his request is granted.
Bladek is a qualified candidate who could have won any position. After two years in the external portfolio, first as a commissioner and then as the VP, he is well-versed in campus politics. During his tenure as VP, he served as an member of the Senate and never missed a meeting.
Naturally, Bladek is aware of upcoming issues like a new chancellor and fundraising efforts. He also fostered relationships with many members of the Senate, an undeniable benefit.
Every candidate called the Senate a “bridge between the community and the university.” However, Bladek has viable ways to improve this relationship and, more importantly, include students in the equation. Bladek proposes a meeting “sponsored” by the SU to bring the Senate closer to students. By initiating student-shadowing, he hopes to give senators a better perspective and improve the chancellor’s relationship with students. Trying to include students in the Senate’s agenda can only improve the campus experience for students.
Bladek is a convincing politician, a hard worker and an overall advocate for student issues. In a race usually filled with candidates seeking a backdoor into the SU and a free parking pass, Bladek has real ideas and the ability to make them happen.
Magic Eight Ball says:
Better not tell you now.