Q&A with Robert Singleton
by Sarah Naugle
Robert Singleton, an impassioned student activist for the sustainability movement and the current chief of staff to the chair’s office, is running for Student Union Association chair. Singleton has served as an elected SUA representative, an Academic Senate representative and a student representative on the Committee for Admissions and Financial Aid. It is this experience, he states, that makes him the most the most viable candidate for SUA chair.
Singleton is a second-year politics and environmental studies major from College Eight. His platform focuses mainly on access and affordability, sustainability and diversity. He wants to make all SUA programs zero-waste, register two thousand more voters, and increase SUA’s outreach.
“It shouldn’t be about alienating groups, it should be about representing all students,” Singleton said.
To transcend alienation among groups, one of Singleton’s goals includes outreach — stating that he intends to meet with “as many student organizations as possible.” Through outreach, Singleton’s hope is that SUA will become more readily utilized by the student body.
“Right now, there is a huge disconnect between the assembly and what the officers actually do,” Singleton said. “[SUA] should be a mechanism, a diplomatic mechanism. I want student government to be utilized more than it is — we have so much money and so many resources.”