University Unions

The University Unions Board of Directors recommends rules and procedures for the operation of the Unions' facilities, which include the Texas Union, the Student Activity Center and the Hogg Auditorium. The board also oversees Campus Events and Entertainment.

Candidates are sorted alphabetically by last name.

The winners of their respective elections are highlighted in red.

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Rahim Karim

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Rahim Karim

Board of Directors

Statement

Hey Longhorns! I would like to become the student representative for the University Unions Board of Directors. I am a Junior majoring in finance and minoring in management with a passion for nonprofits, higher education, and healthcare. I am currently involved on campus through organizations such as Texas Blazers, Texas THON, Beta Chi Theta, and McCombs Diversity Council. I spent a year at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to assist in managing the Dell Scholars Program, which aims to raise graduation and retention rates amongst first generation college students. In addition, I have held multiple internships in both the US and Australia, allowing me to work with many different types of people towards unique missions. I believe my experiences and passion to serve my campus, community, and the Union will bring a more diverse perspective and representation of the student body. If elected, I want to make the Union a more collaborative space for students and strengthen the partnership with E+E. I’m committed to your dream, vote for Rahim Karim!

Platform

1) Increase seating in the SAC while maintaining capacity regulations.

2) Improve SAC Chik-Fil-A efficiency and work closely with Aramark to be adequately staffed during peak hours as well as bring more food options to campus buildings.

3) Find a space on campus to have a startup incubator.

4) Increase diversity of attendance at E+E events.

5) Make the Union sexier and hotter(literally)! There have been complaints that the building is too cold, so by raising the temperature by 2 degrees we can be cost efficient in energy savings, promote a studying environment, and have less people fall asleep against their will.


Helen Yang

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Helen Yang

Board of Directors

Statement

Hey Longhorns! My name is Helen Lei Yang, I’m an economics major, and I am running for the University Unions Board of Directors. As an international student, I bring a unique perspective to this position as well as passion for this campus that I now call home. I also have experience planning and running activities with the Campus Events + Entertainment, so I feel comfortable in a leadership role. I’m so proud to be part of the UT community, and I want to work hard to make campus life enjoyable for all of you.

Platform

- Improve the accessibility of University Unions facilities and resources for students and student organizations

- Increase overall transparency to the student body

- Promote presence of University Unions along with Campus E+E on campus


Sahil Bhandari

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Sahil Bhandari

Board of Directors

Statement

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Platform

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Esteban Garza

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Esteban Garza

Board of Directors

Statement

I have been heavily involved with the University Unions through my dedication to Campus Events + Entertainment. I currently hold the position of Executive Vice President and after my term, I want to continue my work with the Unions by being on the University Unions Board of Directors. By being a Board Representative, I pledge to ensure that those who utilize available resources offered by the Unions have their voices heard and leave with a positive experience.

Platform

Improve student awareness of available resources and ensure that they have a positive experience.

Bring about a better sense of transparency and improve communication between the Board and the student organizations that utilize the University Unions space.

Strengthen student voices and work hand-and-hand with organizations to help establish a successful future of the University Unions and their activities.


Sean Moore

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Sean Moore

Board of Directors

Statement

My name is Sean Moore, and I am a second-year petroleum engineering major here at the University of Texas at Austin. As a Colorado-born Texas transplant, coming to Texas was quite the change in both scenery and pace. From this external perspective, I believe the key difference between UT and other universities is the sheer quantity and variety of events, opportunities, and resources provided to students here on the Forty Acres. Prior members of the Union Board have worked hard to provide new experiences and opportunities to students. With your help, I hope to take their work to the next level. I plan to use my extensive experience in Colorado politics, private industry, and my prior and current engineering leadership roles to generate effective recommendations on the resource needs and interests of the student body while actively pushing for a budget that reflects our nation-leading student resources and opportunities. More connectivity. More fun. More options. More tailgating. Moore for Texas.

Platform

More Connectivity: Let's bring Hogg Auditorium out of the Dark Ages by adding WiFi.

More Fun: The Journey to the Middle of the 70s (also known as the Union Underground) is not only difficult to find, but also long overdue for an update. Let's revive some classic fun here at UT!

More Options: With Taco Cabana barely struggling to make two stars on Yelp, it's time to bring some better, student-backed options to the Student Activity Center.

More Tailgating: T-minus one block to the game. With the construction displacing major tailgating options for UT students and alumni alike, let's work to bring tailgating to the East Mall Circle and create a relationship with campus vendors for catering.


Diana Padilla

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Diana Padilla

Board of Directors

Statement

Having been involved with Campus Events + Entertainment for the past three years and being a current member of the University Unions Board of Directors, I have grown to learn about all of the valuable services the University Unions have to offer students. Whether as a convenient study space, your favorite lunch spot, or as a venue for events hosted by student organizations across campus, the Unions are full of incredible resources for all Longhorns! I believe I am the best candidate for the position because I'm already knowledgable as a member of the Board, am familiar with many of the internal processes the Unions undergo, and have experience as a student leader working closely with the University Unions. With your support, I pledge to represent the diverse students interests across campus and help bring about useful resources and lasting change to the University Unions that Longhorns across the 40 Acres deserve!

Platform

1) Increase student voices on the University Unions Board of Directors by promoting more transparancy between the Board and other major student entities on campus.

2) Promote more direct engagement between the University Unions Board of Directors with student organizations who use any Unions facility for their events.

3) Work directly with major student groups to encourage greater usage of the University Unions' spaces, primarily the Texas Union and 2609 University Ave.


John Pesek

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John Pesek

Board of Directors

Statement

Hello and Hook 'Em! My name is John Pesek, and I am a second year chemical engineering major. I reign from the small town of Odem, Texas, and I enjoy hiking, fishing, and watching sports in my spare time.

I'd really appreciate your vote for Union Board of Representatives. I hope to serve you with the utmost ambition, commitment, and integrity. I aim to make the voice of students heard in major campus decisions. My upbringing in a diverse background as well as my involvement in many on campus organizations has provided me with valuable expertise that I will use to serve our student body. I believe it is in our interest to revolutionize our campus services as much as possible while maintaining the high level of quality that we expect. "What starts here, changes the world," and I'd like to uphold that tradition!

Platform

- Revolutionize our campus facilities with the help of students and student organizations

- Ensure that students have a voice in allocation of funding for campus facilities and events

-Work to continue creating a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all students

-Strive to uphold our tradition as a world class university


Paul Mannie

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Paul Mannie

President, Campus Events + Entertainment

Statement

Hello Longhorns, my name is Paul Mannie III and I am running for President of Campus Events and Entertainment. E+E has been a home for me since my first moments stepping on the Forty Acres. Being the Publicity chair for the African American Culture Committee (AACC) has been an experience I wouldn't trade for the world. As President of E+E I will continue to fight for all the great events that we have all come to love!

Platform

"While E+E is a very inclusive community, I think we can do a much better job internally supporting each other. This starts with each committee learning as much as they can about members in other committees through socials and other E+E wide gatherings.

E+E is a very large organization that plans very diverse events. This is something that I feel a lot of students would love to be apart of and it is a mission of mine to make E+E a name that is talked about in every dorm room and apartment. This includes having a weekly update of the events that we are hosting every week.

One more major thing I want to do for E+E is allow students in the 9 different committees the chance to make lasting friendships in other committees. One large problem I see now is that E+E has so many events that not every member can go to. Having a reward system for students that go to events of other committees would encourage students across all committees to interact with the other committees and make friends in different walks of life.


Teresa Reyes

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Teresa Reyes

President, Campus Events + Entertainment

Statement

Since my first semester at UT, E+E has played a huge role in my college career which is why I'm running for E+E president. I've been a member, event assistant and publicity officer for Mexican American Culture committee and a member of Texas Traditions.

I've learned about my leadership skills, I've been given the opportunity to develop skills that will help me in my career as a publicist, and I've meet my best friends through E+E.

Since the rebranding in 2013, I've seen it grow and I want to see it continue growing by building better relationships with other organizations on campus and the Greek Community, increasing overall E+E brand awareness, and internally, creating a sense of community and family within E+E members by giving the members more opportunities to interact with people in different committees via more social and community service events.

Platform

Increase sponsorships and build better relationships with other UT organizations and the Greek Community

Increase general E+E Brand awareness

Continue building a sense of community and family within E+E through more socials and community service events


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