The following is an e-mail interview conducted with Courtney Cornell about her campaign for Senator in the 2011-2012 PSG elections. Elections will be held on the 5th and 6th of April.
Harring: Please state your name and year in school.
Cornell: Courtney M. Cornell [and I’m a] senior.
Harring: Is this your first time running for Senator? If so, what caused you to run? If you are running for re-election, how long have you been involved in the Senate and why are you running again?
Cornell: I have been involved for a year, [so this is my] second time. [I] loved it the first time. I like to know what is going on in the school that most students are oblivious to and to see that changes are being made for the better [for] the students [in the] years to come.
Harring: What are you hoping to bring to the Senate? What qualities do you feel you possess that make you a good candidate?
Cornell: I am hoping to bring an open mind to the senate. I am very open to new ideas and ways of thinking. I want the students to feel like they can ask me questions about what is going on within the senate and if there are changes how it will affect them.
Harring: What issues are you hoping to look to resolve or bring to the table as a Senator?
Cornell: I would like to see the Student Health and Counseling Center be better supported. They have issues over there with the building not being taken care of properly in a timely matter, and their services are very helpful to the students.
Harring: What do you feel is the most important aspect of being a senator?
Cornell: Making sure that the students know what is going on and making decisions on legislation with the entire student body in mind and not just myself.
Harring: What do you think might be the most challenging aspect of being a Senator? How do you plan on overcoming this challenge? If you don’t forsee any challenges, explain why.
Cornell: I dont forsee any challenges. I am a very open person, if i have a question I ask it. If I don’t understand something I ask for the help to figure it out and I will have the other 20 senators to ask for help and opinions.
Harring: How will you be campaigning for this election? The voting rate is pretty low amongst Parkside students, is there anything you think can be done to get more students to vote?
Cornell: RANGER BEAR!!!! No, seriously, go vote. These people are the ones that help decide the changes that happen on your campus. VOTE!! It takes 2 minutes!!