Lincoln Quang Duong is running for president in the upcoming Student Government Association elections. But he’s a solo candidate.
Duong clarifies, “On the ballot, I’m going to be a single candidate. But I have a VP in mind, but because of the conflicting information we were provided, I will remain as a solo candidate until the campaign ends. But my first executive priority is to have the office of VP filled.
He believes the vice president’s goals are to connect SGA with different residential areas on campus. Another priority of the VP is to connect the campus with other 5 colleges around the area, Duong says.
Overall, Duong says that he doesn’t believe that the SGA has been doing enough outreach to represent the whole student body. He points to low voter turnout as an indicator of this.
“Take, for example, the student voting turn out every year is only at 15 percent. So how does it represent the whole student body if only 15 percent vote and care about SGA?” says Duong.
Not many students even know what SGA is, Duong notes.
“The first thing we’ll do is make SGA transparent to give students information about what SGA does, what project senators are doing and provide students with budget allocations on all of the clubs on campus. The other thing is to increase student engagement on campus.”
The main way Duong wants to increase student engagement is by developing a phone application. The app would alert students about events that are happening around campus, like Living at UMass, the Bus Track and UMass Dining applications.
“I think that Living at UMass is a comprehensive application, but there’s too much information on there that confuses students. I want an application that’s only for RSOs and the events that freshmen and other students can attend to,” says Duong who plans to work with student experts to develop the application.
Duong is a member of Theta Ki and believes that students should be as engaged with community service as fraternities are.
“I don’t think students on this campus are focused on community service that much. As a member of Greek Life, we do compulsory community service every week. As a Theta Ki member, we go to Amherst Survival Center every week,” he says. “As an SGA member I haven’t seen a lot of community service projects that SGA has been developing and leading as an example for other students.”