Michael Elie


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Candidate for Director of Business and Fiance

What’s your platform?

“It’s pretty generic, because I don’t want to get too in-depth with people, because I feel like a lot of people don’t even know what USG is, so I just made it simple. I want to make all the USG allocations of funds transparent to the students, kind of publicize that. Personally, I have no idea where half our money goes as a student here, so I know in my position I would be overseeing that, and then I could see where it does go and explain that to the students better. Also, I want to get an idea where everyone’s heads are at. There are lot of events on campus that I don’t even know about — or even a lot of people know don’t know about — that could honestly be very beneficial for them, so I want to set up events for students that would bring in the most attendance. A huge part of USG in general is to kind of spread the word about USG. I feel like a lot of people on campus that aren’t in an organization or something have no idea what USG is or what we do, so we have to be able to think of ideas of how to market it and market ourselves.”

Why should people vote for you?

“My resume may not be the perfect one for a director, but I think I am definitely coachable, I could definitely learn everything I needed to do. But, being within a fraternity, you have multiple positions, so I’ve held brotherhood chair and social chairman. But as the social chairman, I had to budget and plan for a formal over $10,000, so I’ve worked with a lot of money before, and it was successful. We tried out a new venue. So my position was all about being smart with our money and allocate our funds properly.”

What changes are you looking to enact?

“I know currently the director of business and finance has a board, and I know they do things here and there. But I know that this is one of the few director positions that do have a board, so I really would want to utilize my board and make sure that everyone can help and brainstorm together. That’s the point of having a board, and then we could all collaborate on ideas and propose them to the students together. Finally, I feel that a lot of people don’t know where our funds go, and so make events that would use our funds and our money more efficiently so more people would go, and more people would benefit from them.”