College of Engineering Senator Candidate

Jet Stevenson

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Jet Stevenson

Freshman, BS Aerospace Engineering

"Hello, I am Jet Stevenson, an Aerospace Engineering student here at ERAU, and I am running for the Student Senate for the College of Engineering. I, like many students and RSO Executive Boards, am frustrated with the current state of SGA regulation. After some review, I would be comfortable driving a freight train through a large part of SGA regulation without rustling the pages. It is this, the unflashy and dreary regulation that has not been touched in a number of years, that I intend to go back and patch up. Throughout my life, I always strive to be helpful where I can. In that case, I have worked with individuals and groups to clear up problems and resolve disputes. From these instances, I have learned to effectively navigate and repair the regulatory minutiae of institutions. It is this skill that I wish to bring to the SGA, and it is my sincerest hope that you will let me do so."

  • What makes you a qualified candidate for this position?

    "Throughout my life, I always strive to be helpful where I can. In that case, I have worked with individuals and groups to clear up problems and resolve disputes. From these instances, I have learned to effectively navigate and repair the regulatory minutiae of institutions. It is this skill that I wish to bring to the SGA Senate. Furthermore, I have always found this problem identification and resolution process to be fulfilling and satisfying, no matter the impediment. This will serve as a primary motivator to ensure that, no matter the homework load, I will also fulfill and surpass the duties and obligations of the office to which I will be elected to. In addition to all of this, I tend to be good at balancing various factions that tend to emerge in internal politics. To conclude this section, I want to state the following, as a matter of principle, I will do my job. No matter how congested my schedule becomes, I will always do the job I was elected to do to the best of my ability."

  • What is the purpose of the SGA Student Senate?

    "The purpose of the Student Government Association Senate is to pass regulations, carry out projects, and relay constituent concerns to appropriate officials through proper channels. The Senate is made up of entirely elected officials to represent their constituents in the role they were elected for. It is the role of elected senators to serve on standing committees that focus on specific projects and objectives. Furthermore, it is the job of Senators to serve as liaisons between numerous non-colleges entities, such as food, fitness, and ROTC. The SGA Senate, however, primarily serves as a legislative body to pass and repeal regulations. Furthermore, it is the role and duty of the SGA Senate to reform procedures and streamline them in the most efficient way possible. To conclude this section, it is my opinion that the SGA Senate has not properly fulfilled its duties in going through the menial task of nitpicking regulations and streamlining them. It is this I hope to change during my tenure."

  • How do you plan to elevate and communicate issues that your constituents are concerned about to the Senate?

    "My primary plan to communicate the issues of my constituents is primarily to act upon them. If my help is being asked for in the role of CoE Senator, communicating them to other people likely tends not to be the most helpful thing to do and is more likely just passing the issue to someone else. If something is brought to my attention, I will try and solve it as fast as I humanly can. I am personally not much of a fan of kicking things down the road, and I am certainly one for addressing them as fast as humanly possible. However, I can only solve and address things that I am aware of and am largely dependent on people to inform me of rising issues as I can not be everywhere all at once. Therefore, I can solve the problems I am aware of, and I will always try and seek out problems where I can, but I am reliant on my constituents to relay problems to me so that I can solve them."

  • How will you improve the ERAU experience for your constituents?

    "The Student Government Association tends to be opaque at the best of times. Information tends to be hard to find, who does what is hard to independently establish, and it is remarkably difficult to see any Senate legislation and regulation. The latest Senate minutes as published on the website (as of writing), are dated February 16th, 2021, despite claims that they are updated regularly. Similarly, the SGA Constitution and Code of Conduct are not freely available and simply bring you back to the home page rather than bringing you to the documents. Many RSO Executive Boards have had many bad experiences with SGA procedures and policies. Of these, I intend to address them in some form during my tenure if elected to the SGA senate. To conclude, I will always keep my door/inbox open, and if asked for help, I will always help out where and when I can."