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Collins for RHA president

Lone candidate is experienced, quali?ed

Ryan Collins has worked with the Residence Hall Association for nearly three years. He knows the ropes, and he’s enthusiastic about the association’s future.

While he’s the only candidate for RHA president this year, he has our full support. We’re confident that he is an ideal fit for RHA president.

The association underwent a significant revitalization this year. Under current RHA president Christina Fluet, the association has become a stronger voice for on-campus students.

RHA worked with different campus institutions to bring new technologies to residence halls. Its leaders reworked the internal structure of RHA and provided leadership for the different community governments.

Collins will continue this work. He’s seen RHA become a more effective institution this year, and he’s eager to advance it further.

Collins wants to work to make the transition for freshman new to on-campus living easier. And he wants to expand the scope of RHA’s influence by providing apartment funding assistance for students interested in moving off campus.

If elected, he should make increasing RHA’s influence on campus his top priority. He needs to participate fully in Department of Housing and Residential Education discussions concerning the future of Odum Village and Granville Towers.

Partnering with the housing department in the development of residential communities is not something the RHA typically gets involved with. But the association is the student’s official voice in the housing department. On-campus students pay thousands of dollars a year to the housing department, and they deserve a say in what the department does.

Collins has the leadership skills and the knowledge to make RHA an effective voice for on-campus residents.

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