Temple University junior, Ari Abramson, has spent the past six months assembling a team and creating a platform to run for Temple Student Government President. His team, called Connecting TU, is one of two campaigns vying to represent Temple’s student body in the upcoming academic year.
“Since coming to campus in the fall of 2014 I’ve gotten involved with a number of initiatives and a number of clubs,” said Abramson, “I felt at this point in my college career it is the best possible time to run for this position.”
Connecting TU’s platform is made up of three sections: responding to student need, building a sustainable future and enhancing the Temple experience. In responding to student need, Connecting TU looks to advocate for services that students at Temple have requested such as LGBTQIA+ resources, improving the financial aid process and supporting resources for survivors of sexual assault. Vice Presidential candidate, Dalia Al-Bataineh, said that, if elected, Connecting TU plans to support Women Organized Against Rape’s newly-opened satellite office on main campus. The satellite office offers survivors of sexual assault with a 24/7 hotline number and one-on-one counseling services.
“We want to work with the Women Organized Against Rape Center to help promote them,” said Al-Bataineh, “All students should have that hotline number in their phones just like they do with the Temple Police phone number.”
In building a sustainable future, Connecting TU looks to tackle issues such as strengthening alumni relations, making SEPTA more accessible to students and strengthening the relationship between Temple students and the North Philadelphia community. Abramson said his team wants to work closely with the Good Neighbor Initiative to maintain a strong relationship.
“The relationship between Temple Student government at the Good Neighbor Initiative is key,” said Abramson, “I want to make sure that me and potentially another member of my administration is sitting on the Good Neighbor Committee and supporting their initiatives.”