Jason Feng and Astrid Malter

Jason and Astrid
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Jason Feng and Astrid Malter are the Sophomore Caucus candidates with the most Student Union (SU) experience. Feng currently serves as Freshman Caucus Vice-President, alongside Freshman Caucus President Hanah Jun, and Malter is an assistant to the Communications Directors.

Feng and Malter had some concrete plans for how to be an effective caucus. Theirs was the only ticket that provided a strict email schedule. They plan to send out mass emails to their grade biweekly, which made The Spectator more confident in the candidates’ ability to follow through.

However, in the past, Feng has not followed through. In his interview, he told The Spectator that he had elected committees to work on event planning in the past, but that, oftentimes, when he told them to do things, “they didn’t do [them] until the end of the year. […], and then they still didn’t do [them].”

Though this is not entirely Feng’s fault, it seems to be a trend throughout his administration, as when The Spectator asked him about how his plan to let students into the building earlier in their lunch periods differed from efforts to do the same in the past, Feng said, “We, like, tried it this year. But then, we just stopped, kind of. I guess.”

Furthermore, much of Feng and Malter’s campaign is centered on helping the Freshman Caucus, rather than supporting their own grade. Under the “seasonal events” section of their platform, the ticket wrote that they would help plan the Freshman Spring Fling, as well as make the Sophomore Winter Dance for freshmen, rather than for sophomores. When asked what the most important responsibilities of the Sophomore Caucus were, Feng even said, “While also helping [the sophomore grade], we’re going to help support the Freshman Caucus.”

While Malter seemed very competent, and both candidates were willing and excited to represent their grade to the administration and to the SU, Feng’s self-proclaimed inefficacy and the Feng-Malter ticket’s focus on the incoming freshman grade, sometimes at the expense of their own, makes The Spectator question the strength of their candidacy.

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