A.S. Elections Campaign Forum

Earlier today, the Students Elections Commission and Associated Students held a campaign forum from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Student Union Patio for all candidates who wanted to make a speech and have the student body ask them questions after. In my opinion, the event was a success, and I would like to thank everyone who came and participated.

Attached is a rough transcript of my speech. The next event scheduled is the Candidate Debate on April 11th (Monday) from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Smith/Carlos Lawn. I hope to see you there, because after all: “Happy students, happy campus.”

Speech

Thank you. A person you can depend on. A person who will speak loudly on your behalf. A person with the compassion and motivation to solve your essential academic needs. My name is Thi Tran, and I believe that I am that type of person, ready to step in and serve as your Director of Internal Affairs.

For what its worth, San Jose State is primarily a commuter school. Being a commuter myself, I know how hard it is to feel like you are a part of the campus community. To feel like you are having an impact in making things better. To feel like you are holding those in charge accountable. Well no more.

The time has arrived to say goodbye to the days of commuters feeling left out. To the days of little to no transparency. To the days of apathy. Because going forward, it will be about working to “expand, rebrand, and understand.” To create better campus unity.

Now: speaking of unity, I would like to share with you a story relating to that word. Personally, I find it to be funny, but I will let you be the judge.

One day, there was a professor who, while lecturing, got very irritated at his class. He proceeded to the middle of the room and asked if anyone in the class was an idiot. If there happened to be one, then he/she should stand up.

A minute or so goes by before finally, a young man stands up. The professor proceeded to ask the student, “Do you actually think that you are an idiot?” The young man pondered that question and replied, “Nope.” The professor, shocked by the answer, then asked him, “So what was the point of all that?” The young man replied, “Oh… I just didn’t want to see you standing there all by yourself.”

Now, you can take the meaning of this story and interpret it in any way you would like. For me though, this story…represents how at the end of the day, we are all here to support one another.

From those who commute to those who live on campus. From those who are part of the administration to those who are part of the faculty, we all have a role in making this campus a better one. We are all in this together.

As your Director of Internal Affairs: it is my hope that by expanding the Associated Student bylaws, by providing effective transparency to the student community, and by reminding my fellow Directors of the bigger picture, that we will be able to advance the commitment and mission Associated Students made to San Jose State.

Overall, happy students result in a happy campus. Let us work together in 2016 to turn San Jose State into a campus filled with Spartan pride. Thank you.

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