October 17, 2018

Candidate Q&A: Senatorial Candidate Chandler Waite

Chandler Waite

Reporting by Sheren Khalel

Q: What do you view your role as a senator to be?
A: “As a senator it’s kind of like the congressional body. You’re kind of like the voice; you represent the student body to SGA. You’re kind of like the conduit through which everyone’s ideas and opinions are going through to get into the SGA room. And so you’re kind of that force that takes that and moves it into initiatives and programs.”

Q: What goal have you set if you win?
A: “There are a lot of things I want to do. But I moved it down to things like school spirit, getting people more involved and going to our sporting events. And I know a lot of people don’t have cars, the ones that live on campus, and I think it be neat if we could get more representation of the student body at sporting events. Not only the sporting events, but like chess. We have the best chess team in the nation, it would be kind of fun to go the meats and support and be like this is Webster University, this is who we are, and we’re proud to be part of it. That’s really important to get everyone interconnected and supporting our university. When it comes to school spirit it also goes into trying to get those residents that live in the university but also get them to mix in with the commuters. Which has been an issue for awhile, trying to get them to mingle, trying to have events, trying to get information to them, make them feel like their equals. Sometimes is easy to feel like you’re not part of the student body or maybe your not as interconnected as the people that live on campus, and that’s just not acceptable. It’s so important to have that school spirit and feel like you’re involved and be part of the system.”

Q: What are some strengths and weaknesses of the SGA in the past, and how would you help?
A: “SGA has a legacy of being a really good representation of the students, the majority of what the students are feeling and the opinions they have. There’s always a really good communication and dialog held between the student body and representatives and we’ve had that for a long time and its very good, that’s why we have so many things changed. Not only with the SGA but with the culture here. Like the delegates’ meetings, and talking to president Stroble and the 10-year plan where were kind of building up the university, the amount that were involved in us definitely a strength that SGA has. But, every organization has its drawbacks, I think one of them is ‘stick-to-it-ness’. I think a lot of people get overwhelmed once they actually get into the position as representing the student body. Once they have it they kind of use it as an accolade and don’t actually pursue the goals that the were going to try to do. That’s something that could definitely be improved on. To not just be there for the meetings and sit there but also finally do what you told everyone you were going to do.”

Q: Why should students vote for you?
A: “I love Webster, first of all. I came here freshmen year, made all these awesome friends and then I moved to Vienna campus and all my Austrian friends and visited the Swiss campus and I just got back from Thailand campus. So everything that Webster stands for. If you go to Webster university you should vote for me because I am so much in love with this campus and anything I can do to make it better and make the student body feel more involved, that’s what I want to do. I want to represent the student body, and I want to make things better, and I want to get their ideas and their opportunities relayed back to SGA. I’m even talking in cahoots about getting a Gorlock statue.

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