ASU student regent candidates speak on downtown campus issues

Finalists for ASU's student regents were announced Monday, and each explained what they would do to help the downtown campus. (Holly Bernstein/DD)

The four finalists chosen for ASU’s Student Regents expressed concerns and offered potential solutions to problems at a Board of Regents reception on the downtown Phoenix campus Monday night.

USGD president Jackson Dangremond said a total of seven people applied for the position of ASU student regent. All applicants were from Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. The seven applicants were then narrowed down Anthony Zlaket, John Ghazoul, Megan Tom and Danny Goldberg.

Dangremond said the main role of the student regent is to make sure that the student voice of Arizona State University students is represented when matters are discussed at the Arizona Board of Regents meetings.

“I definitely think the most important part of their role is being able to communicate that message effectively, that they have a good understanding of how students are feeling about certain policies, how students may be feeling about the way in which their curriculum is set up and being able to communicate that to the Arizona Board of Regents,” Dangremond said.

The four finalists will be narrowed down to three people. The final list will then be sent to the Governor’s Office for selection.

During the reception, each finalist discussed their plans if they were to be appointed as student regent.

Zlaket, who visited the downtown campus frequently as a senator, said he would make connections between the Tempe and downtown campuses by communicating directly with the student government.

An issue Ghazoul said he noticed from downtown students was that some downtown students felt isolated, and he said there should be more convenient transportation between campuses. Ghazoul said he would also try to work toward keeping tuition affordable.

Goldberg said he thinks at–risk students across the state need more help. He wants to extend the concept to “foster higher ed” to ensure at-risk students receive the extra help they need. These students would have educational champions and counselors, who they would meet with two or three times a semester.

“What I’m proposing is directly aligned with what the governor has passed this past year,”Goldberg said. House Bill 2665 enabled lower education foster care children to receive help through educational champions.”

Tom, who visits the downtown Phoenix campus frequently to attend classes, said students downtown have a difficult time interacting with each other. She also said she would increase the safety by looking at what resources are at the Tempe campus, and to see if they work for the downtown campus.

Contact the reporter at Holly.Bernstein@asu.edu.