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Tuesday March 28th

Shruti Shah for SBP

Cast your ballot for Shruti Shah today in the run-off election for student body president.

Shah’s combination of vision and experience — along with a feasible and pragmatic platform — make her the ideal candidate for UNC’s next student body president.

Making student government more effective and efficient will be Shah’s top priority.

She will work to reduce the size of the Cabinet and cut down on committees. These moves will help student government become more accountable and transparent to the student body.

Hogan Medlin, Shah’s opponent, boasts an expansive platform.

But, as is evident from years past, a long platform does not necessarily make for a successful administration.

We are concerned that Medlin’s focus is too broad. With a platform that seeks to cover every single campus issue — and not necessarily in a practical way — Medlin does not have the same practical, streamlined focus that Shah does.

But in the end, a candidate’s temperament and approach to solving problems are more important than the bullet points listed in a platform.

Shah has an engaging personality. She has defended her ideas with candor and vigor.

Shah deserves your vote.

If you voted for Hardin

In her endorsement interview, Hardin described her platform as “innovative, but feasible.” Shah’s platform follows this philosophy.

Both candidates have clear priorities for what they would tackle if elected student body president.

One of those things was making student government more accessible.

Hardin suggested office hours in the Pit and large rolling boards on which the efforts of student government would be highlighted.

Shah’s platform shares this desire for better functionality and accessibility in government, which she will seek to do through streamlining the organization, creating liaisons to organizations around campus, the Greek community and the town.

… for Keune

Keune’s campaign focused on the oft-ridiculous nature of the student government elections process. He strove to highlight that student government cannot — contrary to what some might believe — solve all the University’s ills.

Shah also recognizes this. Her platform is targeted and focuses on cutting down on the inefficiencies in student government.

She embodies Keune’s sentiment. But, importantly, she adds an actual desire to provide a tangible solution that will eliminate some of the problems Keune highlighted in his, ahem, atypical campaign.

… for Strompolos

If you supported Greg Strompolos in the first round, your best bet on getting someone to reform student government is Shah. Shah knows where student government fails, and she knows how to fix it.

Strompolos said he can tell by her personality that Shah is someone who’s passionate about student government.

And like Strompolos, she’s not in this to pack her resume. She’s in it because she has a vision and a passion to make student government better.

Further, Strompolos made connecting with average students a focus of his candidacy. Shah will make this a priority by increasing liaison positions to give students easier access to student government.

And a less complicated structure will make it more accessible to students not involved in student government.

… for Levin-Manning

A major part of Joe Levin-Manning’s platform was his plan to cut down Cabinet and committee sizes to make them more manageable.

Shah also has plans to increase student government’s effectiveness by streamlining its structure.

Levin-Manning’s supporters recognized his passion for serving the student body through Student Congress and value his experience and drive.

Shah likewise has these strong qualities and should get your vote.

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