You all voted (at least we hope you did). The tallies came in, and the election of iParty to student government was official. Students from both iParty and #Party worked hard to campaign, but iParty pulled ahead in the end. This week, Her Campus caught up with freshman Student Senator Bianca Long from iParty to tell us what we can expect from them in the coming year.
HC: How and why did you decide to get involved in student government?
BL: I heard about student government last semester. I interviewed for a Freshman Senator position and joined second semester. I was looking for a way to get involved right away and have a leadership position. I have a desire to lead and make a difference here at the University of Iowa.
HC: What is your position within iParty?
BL: I will serve as a Senator on student government and be a part of the Student Services committee. I will represent the student body and take into consideration any ideas or concerns individuals may have. As a part of the Student Services committee, I will focus on student safety on campus and communication between professors and students, among many other initiatives.
HC: What policies does iParty stand for and what is it looking to change or improve?
BL: iParty will focus on feasible and attainable initiatives for the student body. We are increasing moped parking, starting a SafeRide program for students to use at night, making syllabi for classes available to students before registration, creating a clicker rental system, informing students of the tax rebate available to them from textbook purchases and many other initiatives. We will work to improve, inform and impact the University of Iowa.
HC: Why do you believe in iParty?
BL: I believe in iParty because we have passion, dedication and motivation for our involvement in student government. Every person in our party has experience with leadership and student government. Over 40 percent of our party are members of the Greek community and we represent over 100 student organizations. We are committed to serving the student body and making a difference on campus.
Long plans to stay involved with student government throughout her career here at Iowa, desiring to gain leadership experience and to serve her student body as best she can. Not only does she value the experience but also the lasting friendships she will make along the way.