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New ASG president brings potential for risks and rewards

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By Alexis Gonzalez
May 01, 2017

Melton, a junior organizational leadership major, said he decided to run for president because he wanted to create positive change in the MNU community that has served him well in his time at the university.

“I understand that MNU has given me a lot and I want to do my part and give back as much as I can.”

MNU 2017-2018 ASG executive council visited Point Loma Nazarene University. Left to right: Matthew Smith, Brady Hill, Mac Wyatt, Jonny Melton, Alexis Braaten, Lisa Downs, Andrew Dages, Andy Cornelius, Kelsey Woods. Photo by Lisa Downes.MNU 2017-2018 ASG executive council visited Point Loma Nazarene University. Left to right: Matthew Smith, Brady Hill, Mac Wyatt, Jonny Melton, Alexis Braaten, Lisa Downs, Andrew Dages, Andy Cornelius, Kelsey Woods. Photo by Lisa Downes.

Melton said he was nervous when he decided to enter the running. He said that he didn’t know what he was getting into, but that he’s starting to figure it out.  

“I think it’s going to just take a lot more time and effort for me than someone who has been on ASG previously,” Melton said.

Returning executive member Kelsey Woods, junior accounting and business administration major, ran against Melton for student body president. Woods, as the newly appointed director of finance, said she was surprised when she heard Melton was running against her and by the outcomes of the election.

“It’s different than what I thought next year was going to look like,” Woods said. “I was running based on my experience and the fact that I wanted to keep moving forward and so it was hard to wrap my head around it and see where he was coming from. After hearing his ideas and what he wants to see happen on this campus, I have a lot of respect for him.”

Junior graphic design major Matthew Smith, the returning MNU productions director, said he had some concern about having a president with no ASG experience.

“Having a new person with such a high role and no experience was kind of nerve-racking,” Smith said. “But there is a lot of potential for change, and I see it as good change.”

Junior ministry major and new social life director Andy Cornelius said he wants to work with his team to explore new avenues in the social life department while still maintaining the spirit of traditional events such as White Light.

“I really hope to incorporate the social life committee more and get their input,” Cornelius said. “I don’t want it to just be me, but us planning and coming up with great ideas.”

One of Melton’s campaign ideas was to do fewer events in order to do them bigger and better. He said he sees the need for more people from all areas of campus to attend ASG events. In order to do this, Melton said he wants to work alongside the RAs and have one combined event each semester.

“RAs have to put on dorm events, hall events, and then there are ASG events, so I think it’d be a good idea to collaborate and create one big event,” Melton said.

As the person in charge of all ASG events, Cornelius said this could be a hit or miss, elaborating on both pros and cons to the idea of having fewer, but bigger events.

“Having all of these leaders’ opinions in trying to plan an event will be very challenging,” Cornelius said. “But with great risk comes great rewards.”

        Despite all the concerns others may have about having a new president, Melton said that he is confident in the mission of his position and what ASG can do next year. He said that although he was worried at first, he isn’t anymore.

“Elections are over and you’re either on board with it or you’re not,” Melton said. “So we’re just going to try to build credibility, give the students what they want and do our best.”

Alexis Gonzalez

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Alexis Gonzalez is a student at MidAmerica Nazarene University and a reporter for The Trailblazer.

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