March 29, 2023

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Scholar physique president and vice chairman positions open — first marketing campaign introduced

(Photograph Courtesy of Jess Binckly)

“Actual folks, actual outcomes” is what Caleb Stout and Jessica Binckley, candidates for 2023 scholar physique president and vice chairman, respectively, stated they’re striving for at Kansas State College.

“We’re the actual common scholar,” Binckley, junior in psychology on the pre-med monitor, stated. “We’re concerned in a whole lot of various things and we attain a whole lot of completely different areas on campus. We’re actual college students, and we’re working to create actual outcomes.”

Stout and Binckley are presently operating unopposed, however Binckley stated this is not going to change their marketing campaign’s message.

“We’re all the time planning as if we do have rivals since you by no means know if somebody’s going to pop up,” Binckley stated. “The bonus of not having rivals is that we’ve actually been capable of concentrate on our coverage initiatives and a few issues. We’ve been capable of concentrate on our relationship with our group greater than being always nervous that we’re operating towards somebody.”

Stout, junior in agricultural economics and international meals methods management, stated his background impressed him to get entangled in scholar authorities. 

“I grew up on a ranch somewhat over an hour south of Manhattan, and that’s formed who I’m,” Stout stated. “Once I was in highschool I had the chance to exit to Washington, D.C. a number of occasions and that basically sparked an curiosity. I noticed folks advocating to their representatives about points that basically matter to them. It’s one thing that fascinates me.”

Binckley stated she hasn’t all the time been eager about politics or scholar authorities. 

“Each of my mother and father are metropolis authorities staff, so whereas I used to be by no means very eager about politics earlier than coming to Ok-State, it’s all the time been one thing that was talked about at dwelling,” Binckley stated. “Once I got here to Ok-State I began in scholar authorities as a result of it appeared like one of the best ways to make the best influence. At a number of completely different factors I questioned if it was the best factor for me, however up to now yr it’s actually hit dwelling that it was the best resolution.”

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Binckley stated she and Stout determined to run collectively as a result of their differing backgrounds enable them to know varied views.

“We now have two fairly completely different personalities and a whole lot of completely different pursuits outdoors Ok-State, in order that’s partially what makes us match collectively nicely,” Binckley stated. “We don’t actually butt heads usually … We’re each coming from two completely different backgrounds and see issues two other ways, so that might actually work to profit Ok-State.” 

Emily Howard, junior in skilled strategic promoting, entrepreneurship and innovation, stated she has been pals with Stout and Binckley for 2 years. 

“I met each of them by the Scholar Alumni Board, which is a corporation right here on campus,” Howard stated. “We’re all leaders in numerous facets round campus and in greek life, so we’ve continued to type {our relationships} by that.” 

Howard stated she’s assured Stout and Binckley are the right candidates for scholar physique president and vice chairman.

“Each Jess and Caleb are keen and desirous to serve this college, and I can not consider a greater duo to do this,” Howard stated. “Ok-State could be in one of the best arms with each of them.”

Howard stated Stout and Binckley usually are not solely nice candidates, however nice folks as nicely.

“Caleb may be very personable and an ideal conversationalist,” Howard stated. “He can sit down with anybody and actually relate to them. Jess is admittedly nice at constructing relationships from the bottom up. She’s not simply eager about floor stage issues, however she actually desires to get to know the person personally.” 

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Stout stated there are three details he and Binckley need to handle if they’re elected: alternative, advocacy and accountability. 

“Alternative means asking how we are able to make Ok-State a spot that’s good for not simply getting an training and setting you up professionally, but in addition personally,” Stout stated. “Advocacy is the function of the coed physique president … realizing what’s on the hearts and minds of scholars and advocating for college kids always. Accountability, that’s simply treating the function with the respect it deserves and displaying college students the respect they deserve.”

Binckley stated they plan to attain these targets by ensuring each scholar has the alternatives they should succeed. 

“The most important factor for me is guaranteeing that we have now alternatives for all of the several types of college students throughout Ok-State, whether or not that be with profession gala’s or internship alternatives,” Binckley stated. “We’re ensuring that we’re bringing in all of the completely different folks with all of the completely different majors.”

Binckley stated the most important problem of operating has been the stress to serve the coed physique nicely.

“If we’re elected, we’ve acquired a yr in workplace,” Binckley stated. “Whenever you take out the summer season, we don’t have a whole lot of time to make a whole lot of the modifications we need to see … The stress is what makes it a problem, but in addition what makes it thrilling. We each stay for it somewhat bit.”

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Binckley stated listening to assist from college students is what encourages her.

Stout stated what makes Ok-State stand out from different faculties is its sense of household, and he hopes he can emphasize that if he’s elected. 

“Kansas State is particular in the truth that we discuss how we’re a household, and that takes a whole lot of belief,” Stout stated. “At Ok-State our administration actually backs that up with how they belief college students. … Scholar authorities is simply one other dynamic of seeing the Ok-State household in motion.”

Although Ok-State has a powerful sense of household, Stout says we should work exhausting to maintain it that means.

“As quickly as you fall into the misperception that Ok-State has all the time been a household and all the time can be … you begin to fall away from that,” Stout stated. “Denying ourselves and serving to these round us, there’s no coverage for that. We are saying we’re a household, so we have to stay prefer it.”