Treasurer Candidate: Kalien Clark
Name: Kalien Clark
Running for: Treasurer
Ticket: Gucyski/ Tran/ Clark
Q: If elected, what do you hope to achieve as president?
A: I hope to develop a relationship with organizations that aren’t directly involved with ASI. I’m coming from outside ASI, so I have a unique perspective, and I hope to be a liaison between ASI and the rest of the student body.
Q: How is your candidacy different from that of your competitor?
A: I come from a sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and I was the treasurer for that sorority, so I have a lot of experience in that position.
Q: How will you advocate against budget cuts on behalf of students?
A: Well, obviously, I want to do what’s best for the students … So anything I can possibly do to help the students, I will do that. Whether it’s going to Sacramento lobbying for them or doing something small here in Long Beach, I will do that.
Q: Is there anything that you feel the current position holder is doing that you would do differently or continue?
A: I have a lot of respect for the things Agatha [Gucyski] has done. She went back to forms that hadn’t been changed since the 1970s and redid them to try to make the process faster and things easier for the students. If I take over her position, I will continue to reform those forms … and just continually keep it moving forward.
Q: What would be your main focus during your term?
A: I want to create an operational manual to make the treasurer more transparent and to hopefully shorten the transition period for future ASI leaders.
Q: In your own words, what is the purpose of the position and the important duties?
A: The purpose of my position, I would say, is to give money to students. Since I come from outside ASI, I realize that organizations aren’t always aware of the help they can receive, and I want to make sure they know what’s available to them.
Q: How would you increase communication between ASI and the students?
A: I think a really big part of that is social media. I come from the 49er Shops, which is the University Bookstore and dining on campus, and I took over their Instagram, and in about six months I got 2,000 followers … I hope to bring my experience over to ASI to be able to reach [students] through social media. I know posters on campus aren’t always as effective. There are so many, sometimes the message gets lost. So I hope to “re-innovate” social media with the campus.
Q: What do you want the students to know about you?
A: I want them to know I’m kind, dedicated, [and] I’m really honest … I’m not a politician looking to further my political career. I’m not a political science major. I’m just a student looking to represent students.