Meet the Candidates

Student Senate prepares for election of new President and Vice President.
By: Maddy Kofoed, Staff Writer
April 10, 2014

On Thursday, April 10, Luther students will receive an electronic voting form for Student Senate Presidential Elections. Four presidential and vice presidential tickets will be on the ballot for 2014-2015.

Presidential candidate Libby Logsden (‘15) and Vice Presidential candidate Maggie Steinberg (‘15)

Logsden and Steinberg hope to streamline and simplify procedures for Luther’s 150+ student organizations.

“We want to make it easier for [student organizations] to connect and co-collaborate on events instead of trying to do everything on their own,” Steinberg said.

“Student leaders shouldn’t have to jump through a million hoops,” Logsden said.

Logsden has been in Student Senate since her first year at Luther. She has served on the Executive Board, in the Student Life position and as a Student Representative to the Board of Regents.

“My broad scope of leadership across campus has given me a holistic vision of Luther and the students I represent,” Logsden said.

Logsden also participates in Freya, Dance Marathon and Launching Luther Leaders (L3).
Steinberg, a political science major, enjoys her work on Senate. She has served as a Junior Class Representative this year and has been on the Leadership committee. She and four other senators represent Senate on the Campus Life Committee.

“I get to see how to get things done from an administrative standpoint,” Steinberg said. “It’s not really about politics, but rather getting things done and doing that in a professional manner.”

Steinberg is also a section editor for Chips and a member of L3 and the Interpersonal Violence Hearing Board.

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Presidential candidate Gene Nassif (‘16) and Vice Presidential candidate Blane Maher (‘15)

Nassif and Maher hope to bolster sexual health and safety measures on campus, reform alcohol policy and push for energy efficient laundry options.

Nassif emphasized shifting alcohol policy from punishment to prevention.

“We need to offer more help and education to help people to make the right decision versus focusing on slapping people’s hands,” Nassif said.

Nassif is a political science major on the swim team and an avid member of Young Republicans.

Maher plays football and has played soccer at Luther and also works in the Waukon Junior High School as a mentor and tutor. He served in military Ground Liaison Special Operations after his first year at Luther in 2006.

“I had to advocate for [the people in the airplanes],” Maher said. “They needed someone to fight for them to keep them on mission, which translates to the VP position. The students need a voice that will push even if there’s some resistance.”

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Presidential candidate Eric Tiller (‘16) and Vice Presidential candidate Charlie Mitchell (‘16)

Tiller and Mitchell are building their platform on improving community events within the Luther student population and with the Decorah community.

“Things like adaptive PE get the community involved,” Mitchell said. “We’re trying to move away from just social networking and build more community by promoting face to face interactions.”

Tiller emphasized a desire to build off of what he sees as Luther’s strengths.

“Luther is already pretty successful when it comes to being involved in the community, so I would want to uphold that,” Tiller said. “I love the sustainability at Luther, and would also remain active in that category.”

Presidential candidate Sam Olson (‘15) and Vice Presidential candidate Dietrich Jessen (‘15)

Olson and Jessen emphasize improved visibility and awareness of the Student Senate to the larger student body as a principal part of their running platform.

“Few are aware of what the Senate is and does,” Olson said. “I want to change that. I also want to remind the student body that we are here to help them, first and foremost.”

Olson mentioned creating a Senate board in the Union that introduces the people and purpose of the Senate, as well as creating a website for students’ suggestions, questions and concerns.

Olson has served as Inter-Greek Council Vice President and Representative for Student Senate. He also sings in Collegiate Chorale and participates in Investment Club. Jessen has served as Treasurer for Student Senate.

“We hope to [provide] easier access to funding to student organizations which need it most, pending that their purposes positively impact the majority of the Luther community,” Olson said.

Students will be able to vote online between 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 10 and 3 p.m. Friday, April 11.