Seeff and Wolkenfeld Want Transparency, Student InvolvementNews, UCF SGA — By Peter Porebski on February 17, 2010 at 2:30 am Tweet
Late Monday night, SGA presidential candidates Daniel Seeff and Kevin Wolkenfield released their official campaign Web site, www.danielandkevin.com.
On the Web site, the pair has created an outline of their goals, their personal bios and a way for students to tag their Facebook profile pictures with their campaign logo.
Most notably, they posted a video on the home page talking about some of their main platform goals revolving around the idea of making SGA totally transparent. The two expressed concern about SGA’s spending of around $15 million behind closed doors while students were home for winter break. For this reason, they have proclaimed that all important SGA meetings will be streamed and recorded online for playback; they want total SGA transparency.
They have also promised to post agendas, bills and resolutions of all SGA meetings before they occur, so students who wish to voice an opinion about a certain issue can come and be a part of the discussion.
KnightNews.com had a chance to catch up with Daniel Seeff to get a few words on his platform goals for this race. “Our campaign is about getting the student voice; we want to be available. We are going to have more polls online, more chances for students to have their voice heard,” said Seeff.
Seeff and Wolkenfeld have declared on their Web site, as well as in interviews, that they believe accessibility is key to a more efficient and helpful SGA. Seeff and Wolkenfield are putting a great deal of stress on getting input from students on how their tuition money should be spent.
The pair has stated that, in addition to the previous goals, they want to set up a computer in the SGA office with all SGA emails readily accessible so that students can view how their money is being spent.
“We want SGA to be for the students,” added Seeff, “we haven’t been in SGA for years and years, we are just like the rest of the student body and we want them to be part of the solution to issues we are facing.”
The two have openly expressed a desire to have the students be part of SGA from the very beginning of their campaign. “We want students to be a part of this, starting now. If there is something they think we should include as a platform goal, we want them to tell us about it,” Seeff stated. “We want it to be simple. Basically if you’ve never been in SGA before and you want to register to try and run for SGA president next year, we want to make it so that you can easily go online and figure out how to do it.”
The Web site includes a phone number where students can text their ideas to their campaign, as well as the ability to email them or contact them on Facebook.
Among other campaign promises, Seeff and Wolkenfeld have said stated that they want to traditions they wish to strengthen tailgate rights and increase overall game day presence, partner with student organizations to create lasting traditions and events, and to establish a student run FM radio station on campus.
As far as improving sustainability, they will be installing bike-sharing kiosks all over campus, converting SGA offices to being as paperless as possible, building an incentive-based carpooling system to help with parking, and offering better access to vegan, organic, Kosher and Halal meals on campus.
In the realm of building the community, they have expressed desire to create a local business and restaurant discount program for all students. Additionally, they plan on offering shuttles to and from the airport and other destinations during holidays and breaks, and to develop an online portal of campus events, scholarships, internships and more.
Finally, for academics they have said they will start a 24-hour study space on campus, which will be open year-round. They will also push for a fair student conduct process to assess student rights, and to work at the state level to protect Bright Futures and the quality of the UCF education.
Over the next few days, Seeff and Wolkenfeld will be releasing more goals of their campaign. KnightNews.com will keep you updated as their campaign progresses.