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Sunday September 25th

Learn from the election

With a six-person race for student body president this year's campaign season was particularly tough.

And though we have only one winner the other five brought good ideas to the table.

So congratulations to Jasmin Jones on Tuesday's win. Get some sleep. But when you begin to put plans in motion consider these ideas from your former competitors:

TarTREC: First runner-up Thomas Edwards wanted to create and promote a bicycle sharing program on campus. This program would reduce the need for polluting vehicles and increase bicycle use. 

Student complaint line: Edwards wanted to create an e-mail address through which students could air their grievances. His administration would respond with information and take note of common complaints working to find solutions to these issues. This would be an easy way to reach out to the executive branch.

Lobbying trip: Matt Wohlford wanted to organize a trip by the student body president and students to directly lobby the General Assembly. Erskine Bowles already lobbies on our behalf but a barrage of students in Raleigh could send an important statement about students' needs.

Free U-locks: Ron Bilbao wanted to provide free locks when bicycles were registered with the Department of Public Safety. Registering bicycles will make them easier to find if stolen.

Self-defense course: Ashley Klein and Bilbao advocated for self-defense instruction offered as a lifetime fitness course. Safety is a major theme this year and self-defense is an essential skill to protect yourself.

Green guide: Michael Betts wanted to create a guide for holding events sustainably that could bring groups' attention to being green.

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