Question: In preparing to run for this position, what research led you to create your specific goals?
"My research has been being in the office every day," said Aratari, who has been involved with the student events office since his freshman year.
Aratari's campaign goals involve expanding the outreach of USU's blue crew, reestablishing open meetings so volunteers feel welcome, and creating a council to plan events for diverse groups and organizations.
Joe Aratari // Photo by Sydney Oliver
Whitney's goals include creating an app to centralize information about student events and incorporating information from student suggestion polls into event planning.
Keaton Whitney // Photo by Sydney Oliver
Asked whether he was aware of the difficulties previous USUSA officers have had with app development, Whitney said he's already begun work on the app and hopes to have it ready to launch this fall.
After Aratari and Whitney, executive vice president candidates Blake Harms and Dallin Johnson took the stage. The executive vice president plays an important role on the USU Fee Board, which decides how much money organizations funded by student fees receive. The executive vice president also oversees the activities of all college senators through the academic senate. If elected, Harms or Johnson will receive $8,400 in compensation.