GSB exec campaigns are hitting campus

Steven Brittain

With the Government of the Student Body elections coming up in two weeks, the executive-slate candidates have begun to hit the campaign trail.Currently, the presidential and vice-presidential tandems appearing on the GSB ballot are Andy Tofilon and Charlie Johnson, Bing Howell and Zach Eakman and Jeff Mayes and Stephanie Vinton.Tofilon, junior in journalism and mass communication, said he and Johnson, junior in political science, are trying to keep their campaign efforts simple and honest. They will be giving speeches directly targeting specific groups such as the greek community and residence hall floors, he said.”We’re making sure that we are going to get to as many student groups as possible in the next two weeks,” Tofilon said. “We want to tell the students who we are and why we want to fight for the students next year.”The campaign efforts of both the Howell/Eakman and the Mayes/Vinton tickets have run into early difficulties.Eakman, sophomore in psychology, said he and Howell, junior in management information systems, haven’t really started their campaign planning yet because they were fighting with the GSB election commission to get their petition signatures validated.”We just started campaigning on Wednesday,” Eakman said. “We were afraid that anything we did prior to that would have been some sort of illegality.”Still, Eakman said he believes the students will react favorably to his and Howell’s platform, which focuses on improving the image of the greek community, using money collected from tuition increases more effectively and providing better outlets for the university’s multicultural students.Vinton, vice-presidential candidate, said her campaign has been slowed because her running mate, Mayes, junior in animal science, is out of town until next Wednesday due to his involvement with the ISU livestock judging team.”As soon as Jeff gets back, we plan on talking to several greek houses, a couple floors in Maple Hall and as many other student organizations as we can,” said Vinton, sophomore in public service and administration. “Right now, we are still open to any ideas that come up. If anybody or any student group wants us to talk to them, we would be more than happy to come and talk. All they have to do is contact us.”