Q and A with STIL E.C

With the end of semester is in sight, next year’s Student Involvement and Leadership (STIL) Executive Council are looking forward to starting in their new positions. I had the opportunity to sit down with Executive Council members and talk about their plans for the 2019-20 school year.

The STIL offices include the SUU Student Association (SUUSA) as well as Student Programming Board (SPB). SUUSA is our student government and SPB that plans all the events on campus such as Homecoming Week and The Scream.

Student Body President

Jeff Carr

Hometown: Dallas

Major: Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies

Year: Sophomore

How long have you been involved with SUUSA?

This is my first year in SUUSA. I was a clubs director and I was in charge of the academic clubs for the school and that was what largely motivated me to run. I liked meeting with people and solving their concerns. It was nice to feel like I was making a difference.

What is the first thing you want to implement next year and how are you going to do it?

It was in my platform to be there for the students and fight for them. I would like students to know how to contact me so that they can set up a personal meeting with me if they need to or text me their personal concerns.

What are you most looking forward to next year?

I am really excited to work with the new E.C. I think it is going to be cool to have all new leadership and kind of like a new direction. There is almost a feeling in the air that everybody wants to really work hard and so I am excited to see what a bunch of motivated people can do when they get together.

Are you worried about the fact the Alexis, the SPB president will be the only girl on the E.C?

One of the things that most of us ran on was celebrating diversity. I think that if there is communication, care and love for the students then everyone can be represented. I don’t think it should matter what your gender is, your race or where you are from. If we communicate and if we care about each other, then we can care about everyone equally and everyone can have their concerns addressed.


V.P. of Finance

Andrew Clemons

Hometown: Salt Lake City

Major: Computer Science

Year: Sophomore

You went from being Mr. SUU to V.P. of Finance, how does that feel?

It’s a lot of fun but I am really scared to figure out what I am going to do to top next year. Mr. SUU was something I have wanted to do since I have been here at SUU. It was the first thing I actually tried for. My friend Brandon Gunney was the real reason I ran for V.P.

Since you are not currently a part of SUUSA, are you nervous to be the V.P. of Finance?

Yes and no. I think everyone in SUUSA is awesome. My fear is being the dumbest kid in the room. I think even if I am, they will help guide me and walk me through it. I have all summer to figure it out. I am not super worried about it because I have been in similar situations in the Sigma Chi fraternity. You walk into some things blind and then just roll with the punches.


V.P. of Academics

Brandon Payne

Hometown: West Valley City, Utah

Major: Double major in management and marketing

Year: Junior

How long have you been apart of SUUSA?

I started halfway through my freshmen year, so pretty much three years. I was the assistant to the V.P of Academics my first year, assistant to senate the next year and now I am the greek representative.

Are there any bills or legislation you want to get passed next year?

For the school I really want to get some student representation on Faculties Tenuree and that will be a long process. We have also talked about getting some free legal services on campus. Some other schools in Utah are already doing it, so we are going to see if we can kind of mimic what they are doing.

What are you most looking forward to next year?

I think I am just excited to get to work. This is something I have been looking forward to since I decided to run. I have had lots of ideas and lots of experience, so I am ready to sit down this summer and put pen to paper and get to work.


V.P of Clubs and Organizations

Austin Johnson

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Major: Doubling major in Political Science and Communication

Year: Junior

How long have you been apart of SUUSA?

I have been a part of SUUSA for three years. My first year coming down we didn’t have SPB (it was all under SUUSA) and I was an Athletic Director. And I have been a club liaison ever since.

What do clubs need to know going into next year?

I want clubs to know I am always open for suggestions and change. I will be working on getting marketing requests set up for them and I am here to make their experience here at SUU the best it can be. Come to my office and talk to me.

What are you most looking forward to next year?

I am looking forward to seeing how everyone from all the different backgroundS work together. Because we didn’t run as a political party, we all have different things we want to accomplish and I am excited to see what the other E.C. members and senators want to do, or what they ran off of and how we can work together to make that happen.


SPB President

Alexis Hacking

Hometown: Cleveland

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

How long have you been apart of SPB?

This is my third year in SPB. So I been in it since freshman year. Freshmen year I was an assistant event director, last year I was assistant to the president and this year I am an event director.

How does it feel to be the only girl working with all the male SUUSA E.C.?

I love it. I like kind of working with guys more than girls. I think it will be fun and I will keep them in check.

What is the biggest change you want to make in SPB?

I think transparency for the students so that they know we are planning events for them and how we are spending their fees. Whatever they want is what they get because they are paying for it.

What do you want students to know and understand about SPB?

We work our butts off so come to events! We try our best to make everyone happy and we just want them to have the best time they can at SUU.

Story by: Cassidy Harmon
Photo Credit Christopher Dimond