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An Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumna spoke about her 3rd-Ward write-in candidacy for Indiana Borough Council, voting and homecoming concerns at a Student Government Association meeting Tuesday evening.
Although the two are running separately for the council, Jennifer Gonda- English spoke highly of her opposing candidate Taralyn Federoff (senior, political science and anthropology), an IUP student, who was not at the meeting.
“I was introduced to Tara two weeks ago,” Gonda-English said. “I could tell that she was definitely a dynamic and intelligent person. She and I had a lot of conversations about the inner workings of the borough council and what would be expected of us once voted into office.”
Gonda-English is a Republican and said that both she and Federoff, a Democrat, thought it would be a good choice for a “Republican and Democrat to match together” to show people that the two could effectively come together despite differing political affiliations.
Gonda-English said she and Federoff would like to “foster more of a cooperation” among the IUP community and Indiana residents. However, Gonda- English said she has another item on her to-do list if elected to council.
“We definitely need to take a look at the budget,” Gonda-English said. “We need to see what we can do to sustain our borough. That’s probably the biggest concern; we need to figure out what we can do there.”
Gonda-English said she would like to see the whole borough engage in “a whole community action of students and non-students merging together to make a difference in the borough.”
At the same meeting it was established that a new SGA constitution will take effect in the next SGA term this spring, according to SGA rules chairman and Vice President-elect Zachery Chandler (junior, business education).
The SGA bylaws will be revised as well.
Also discussed at the meeting was the advising survey that the SGA has been conducting and analyzing. In April 2013, the SGA conducted an advising survey to “assess the level of advising at IUP,” according to the IUP website. Now in fall 2013, the SGA is taking steps to create a more effective survey.
“We found that there were some fairly significant formatting errors in the survey,” SGA Vice President Kevin Popeck (senior, management information services and decision sciences) said.
Popeck is working with IUP’s Applied Research Lab on the survey.
SGA President Taylor Billman (senior, management) said the SGA is trying to “take a step back and revamp the survey to make it shorter, clearer and easier to analyze statistically.”