RICHLAND, Wash. – Israa Alshaikhli and Tyler Schrag are the newly elected president and vice president of the Associated Students of Washington State University Tri-Cities (ASWSUTC) for the 2016-17 school year.
Campaigning on the slogan, “Serve, Represent, Lead,” the sophomore students hope to increase communication between student leaders, the student body and administrative leadership on campus.
“Our platform was based on communication, collaboration and development,” Alshaikhli said. “We see the best means of communication as transparency. We want to try to get information out to students so they can decide and relay back to us what they want to see on campus while being informed about everything we are doing.”
Alshaikhli and Schrag also hope to create cheaper options and access for textbooks, cheaper means for student printing, more study spaces and increased student recreation on campus.
“Of course we can’t force students to get involved, but the more we reach out to them, the more interested they are,” Schrag said. “It is all about planting that seed.”
Alshaikhli is pursuing a degree in biological sciences on the pre-medicine track and is minoring in psychology. She started and was president of the belly dancing club on campus, served as student senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and is an orientation leader.
Schrag is pursuing a degree in business administration. He started the world research club on campus, served as student senator for undecided majors – where he was voted senate pro tempore – and is an orientation leader.
Alshaikhli and Schrag got 45 percent of the votes, with 41 percent going to former ASWSUTC President Vanessa Sanchez and Vice President Edward Lima, Jr., and 14 percent going to student candidates Alisa Sabandith and Anjhelica Ampil.
“We’re excited and still can’t believe that we were elected,” Alshaikhli said. “We can’t wait to get started.”
The elected college-specific senators include:
• Arthur Baranovskiy – engineering
• Falon Ah Quin – arts and sciences
• Nikita Fisenko – nursing
• Sunbal Hashmi – business
• Lei Zhu – graduate
• Jesalyn Rodda – general senator/undecided majors
Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations specialist, 509-372-7333, firstname.lastname@example.org