College juniors Michael Williams and Zach Krame are running for Student Programming Council president, and although both bring a mix of ideas and experience to the table, neither has proven to possess a competitive edge. With that, the Wheel chooses to endorse both of the candidates on the basis of being equally qualified.
Krame has been a member of SPC for two years, and holds an executive spot this year as publicity chair. As such, he has become familiar with the ins and outs of every SPC-sponsored event and has coordinated widespread, creative promotion for these programs on campus.
Krame would like to see SPC as an agent for fostering spirit and a sense of tradition on campus, a vision we believe SPC could successfully realize to the great benefit of the student body.
Next year, Krame would like to see SPC focus on its four main events — band parties in the spring and fall, as well as Homecoming and Dooley’s Week. He also wants to be selective when choosing to sponsor smaller events, like this year’s Pink Tie Affair, which he thinks was a success, and the “American Idol” viewing party, which he believes was a failure.
Williams joined SGA as a sophomore, and although he lacks executive board experience, he has plenty of credentials within the organization and outside of it. He doesn’t see the presidential position as SPC’s creative engine, but rather as more of a centralized administrative post.
Williams wants to streamline the organization for major events like Homecoming and Dooley’s Week, making sure planning committees focus on promoting and setting up events while the executive deals with talent management and production companies.
We applaud his idea to create a guidebook to help ease the transition for future SPC boards. As he says, there are many details that go into planning large events, and currently members must sort them out with whatever knowledge they picked up from past boards, a system that currently has its shortfalls.
We believe either candidate will serve SPC well as president, but we encourage both to work on developing their platforms and making their ideas more concrete.