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Saturday, September 23, 2023

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Candidate column: Edwin Mascorro

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Cougar asked each SGA presidential candidate to write an op-ed indicating what they would do if they were elected. Here is Hype Party candidate Edwin Mascorro.

Lead by example; a small phrase with a powerful message. Using this as a major part of my philosophy, I can guarantee each and every single Houston Cougar that I will be a strong Student Body President.

Along aside with my Vice Presidential candidate, Omar Coronado, we are ready to represent and engage the student body so that we will have a stronger and united sense of school spirit.

Throughout my time at the University of Houston, I’ve made it a priority to be an engaged student in the community in as many ways as possible. I am hopeful I can influence the student body to do the same, to have the same love and appreciation for this institution as I do.

I was asked to describe what are some of things I would like to see for the University if elected President. To say the least, writing is not my forte, which is why I chose to be a science major.

Nonetheless, as I’ve said before, the “Hype Party” name was to get your attention.

So, let’s talk business:

As a Veteran Peer Counselor for UH Veteran Services, one of my main tasks is to assist those exiting the military to successfully transition into the classroom. In this position, I’ve been able to see how many of our students are affected by admissions, to advising, to parking, to housing, and many of the issues that not only affect veterans, but the entire student body. Whether those are the non-traditional students, or traditional students, I am the candidate that will be able to see both sides of the spectrum.

To my non-traditional Students, if elected as Student Body President, rest assure that I know what many of you might struggle with while attending the University of Houston. Whether that is juggling between your studies and your families, I will ensure that the University continues to provide or improve services you need to succeed here.

When it comes to traditional students, I am frustrated when students get the run around when it comes to simple tasks and administrative items such as withdrawals and dropping courses. As the Student Body President, I will make sure to work hand in hand with the Office of the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services to ensure that students are more informed of the options they have when making decisions that could impact their academic career.

This relates to the Advising issue that many students feel across campus. Most often, students feel that they are not fully informed about their courses, or their degree plan, which leads to students spending their time and money. It’s time we have a serious discussion to assist students in achieving their ultimate goal, graduation.

As the only Presidential Candidate that is a part of Greek Life, I will strive to ensure that the whole Greek community is represented accordingly. Whether you are a part of the Houston Panhellenic, Multicultural Greek, Interfraternity or the National Pan-Hellenic councils, we all have the same goal: to develop the personal growth of our members and community. Universities that have a strong Greek presence tend to have strong student engagement.

It shouldn’t be that the only place where Greek Life is visible would be down the street on the other side of campus. As Student Body President, I will work hard in collaboration with the Administration and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life so that there may be a place on campus dedicated to Greek Life in order to increase visibility while highlighting its crucial role as one of our most engaged student populations.

I know what I can and cannot do, and I know I am ready to be your Student Body President. I believe that the SGA President should be the one that is approachable and advocates on behalf of the entire student body. I think one of the best qualities that I have is that I am open to discussion, whether we agree or disagree on issues. This is how we come to solutions; this is how we can find what is best for the students.

Both Omar and I made the decision to serve our country a long time ago, and we’re ready to do it for our University on behalf of the students.

Go Coogs!

Edwin Mascorro is a chemistry sophomore and running for SGA President.

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