Tracey Allsbrook, a junior communication and political science double major, is running for student body president.
Allsbrook currently holds the position of senator for Liberal Arts and Sciences and Academic Affairs chairwoman. She also works as a Niner Guide, an office assistant for Intramural Sports and is a member of The Iota Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
After coming to UNC Charlotte from a small town as a freshman, Allsbrook said she was in culture shock but decided to stay on campus and take advantage of the opportunities available in order to cope.
“I guess it was one of those things where I had to decide ‘Am I gonna sink or swim?” Allsbrook said. “To come to a university where there’s just endless amount of opportunity, I just decided to seize everything I can do.”
Running alongside Allsbrook for student body vice president is Bryan McCollom, a junior political science and history major. McCollom is a former senator for Liberal Arts and Sciences and has been a resident advisor in Hunt and Sanford Hall. Currently, McCollom is the president of College Democrats at UNC Charlotte, which he said he thinks will benefit his administration if elected.
“There are a lot of students on our campus who maybe feel marginalized, by government policy, but then also by maybe the effect that has on the educational environment,” McCollom said.
The two met their freshman year while both living in the History, Political Science and International Affairs Learning Community and worked together their sophomore year when McCollom was a resident advisor and Allsbrook was a housing ambassador in the same hall. The team believes they balance each other out.
Allsbrook and McCollom said they believe that this upcoming year, it will be more important than ever for the president and vice president to be a team, since the vice president may no longer be running Senate.
The two are running on the platform “Advocacy, Accountability and Action.”
If elected, Allsbrook and McCollom intend to advocate on behalf of the students, especially when it comes to student organizations recieving funding and ensuring that commuter students feel included by the University.
“If you’re just a commuter coming to the school, why is it that you just go to class and then go to your car? What do we have to do to make you feel like you have a sense of ownership in the University,” Allsbrook said.
If elected, Allsbrook and McCollom plan to table every Tuesday in the Student Union as a way of enouraging students to talk to them and voice any concerns they may have. They also plan to hold initial meetings with members of administration during their first 49 days in office and want to try to meet with the chancellor monthly.
One of their main goals, if elected, is to make sure students are aware of what the Student Government Association (SGA) is, by not only tabeling on Tuesdays but also having themselves or representatives from SGA visit classes during Week of Welcome.
The team said they added accountability to their platform as a way of saying that they plan to do everything they promise during their campaign and that they intend to hold administration accountable.
“We’re here to actually do things for the student body and if that means having to have an adversarial relationship at times with the administration, always constructive, always productive, but if we have to be that thorn in the side of constantly putting students in the forefront in everything that we do, making sure every administrative decision that’s made is made with the students that are here right now in mind … that’s what we really want to focus on,” McCollom said.
Allsbrook said she doesn’t think it’s acceptable that the chancellor only hosts one Chancellor Lunchtime Talk per year and that it’s held during the daytime when students are attending classes.
Lastly, their platform talks about action. The two say they want to make sure students get the information they need from SGA.
Voting opens at vote.uncc.edu on March 28 at 8 a.m. and closes March 29 at 5 p.m.