Nail, who is the current chief of staff of the executive branch, said he took a gap year in Germany before his first year to teach Syrian refugees English and German.
“By the time I got back to UNC, I was looking for a way to apply that policy skill set and service-minded approach to hopefully making the UNC community just, like, a little bit better,” Nail said.
Andrew Brennen, a campaign member for Nail, said Nail is proposing a change to the current status quo of student government.
“Our campaign isn’t just about how many condoms are on the second floor of the Union, though that is an important issue,” Brennen said. “It’s also about the fact that our University has a nearly $3 billion endowment and of which some unknown quantity goes to private prisons which abuse our fellow citizens, and fossil fuel companies which abuse our environment.”
Nail said his platform is based on three main points — equity and accessibility, student wellness and student voice.
Karli Krasnipol, a campaign member for Nail, said she was originally planning to run for student body president but talked to Nail first.
“I think in the first 10 minutes of our conversation I decided I don’t want this anymore, I want this for him, like this is the person that I want to be my student body president,” Krasnipol said.
Krasnipol said Nail already has relationships with administrators and knows what the job of student body president demands.