Turner/Evans are running as a “clean slate” in the MSA presidential election

By Aviva Okeson-Haberman

MSA presidential candidates Sam Turner and Clay Evans openly admit their lack of experience within MSA. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why they think students should vote for them.

“We do want to make a difference and we saw this as a great opportunity to get involved in MSA and bring some fresh ideas and a clean slate to MSA in a time that they probably really need it right now,” Turner said.

According to Turner, their top priorities include “making Mizzou safer” and increasing students’ education about diversity. The Turner/Evans slate plan to make Mizzou safer through their Tiger Prowl initiative, which is aimed at reducing sexual assault on campus.

Students could call this volunteer based organization if they wanted someone to walk with them when they are going back to their residence hall or car late at night.

MUPD already has a similar program in place.

This isn’t the only instance that the Turner/Evans slate proposed something that already exists. Their platform mentions their desire to “work with Campus Dining Services to promote security and sustainability within the dinning halls.”

When asked what this would entail, Turner proposed using biogas production to turn food waste into energy.

“This is a long way away because millions of dollars have to go into something like this,” Turner said.

However, Campus Dining Services is already working to reduce food waste-albeit in a different manner than Turner’s approach.

“Campus Dining Services has worked closely with the MU Bradford Research and Extension Center (Bradford Farm) on a full–cycle composting project. CDS sends food waste to Bradford Farm to create the farm’s compost material,” according to MU’s Campus Dining Services’ website.

This illustrates a lack of communication between the Turner/Evans slate and Campus Dining Services. In an interview last Wednesday, the Turner/Evans slate provided the names of two people, that represent organizations listed in their platform, they were in contact with or planning to contact.

Kim Dude, the Director of the Wellness Resource Center, confirmed in an email that the Turner/Evans slate scheduled a meeting with her.

Turner told MUTV that he was planning on reaching out to Residence Hall President Billy Donley.

“The EmpowerMU slate is the only slate that has reached out in regards to establishing a relationship with RHA. Sean [Earl] and Tori [Schafer] used to be in RHA, so they already had a standing relationship with the organization.” Donley wrote in an email to MUTV.

Voting begins for MSA Presidential Election at 5 p.m. on Monday, February 29, and ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at 5 p.m.

Watch MUTV’s full length interview with Turner and Evans here:

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