Grad candidates speak their minds
By Sara Marett
For the first time in several years, there is a race for the graduate seat on the Board of Governors. Christina Gural and Ryon Bateman are the two candidates vying for the single graduate student position on the Board.
Bateman, a PhD student in medical biophysics, is currently completing a two-year term on the Board and running for re-election. He said there is currently a number of issues regarding students which need to be resolved by the Board. "Graduate students, in particular, are concerned about ancillary fees and the whole idea of value for money," he said, referring to limited graduate classes offered and shortened office and library hours during the summer term.
Bateman said he has witnessed a new willingness on the part of the Board to listen to the concerns of students, particularly through the Campus and Community Affairs Committee. He said this committee, which holds open meetings, should be utilized to its full potential by students.
"The CACC is the students' avenue to the Board," Bateman said. Students can be proactive and educate the administration on issues during this kind of forum and the Board is then better aware when these issues are presented in meetings, he said.
Gural, a masters of public administration student, said the Board is the most important governing body at the university and it is, therefore, crucial to have an effective student voice present. "My past experience and political science background will allow me to be this effective voice," she said.
She explained the graduate student representative must have a voice of experience and dedication and must also be professional when dealing with administrative members.
Because there are so few students on the Board, the ones who are there, must be capable and informed on the issues and know how to convey the concerns of students, Gural said.