Candidate Adrian Jones wants to make you proud to be a Blazer
“I am running for USGA President because I care about my university, and I want every blazer to feel the same,” said Jones, a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the services committee. “I have had the opportunity to pass key legislation and meet with important administrators on issues concerning UAB and the Birmingham community,” he added.
Jones’ primary goal, if elected, is “to put the power back into the student body,” To that end Jones is working on legislation to place further checks on the power of the student government president and “to motivate all members of USGA to pass legislation that will benefit the students, and not just for personal gain,” said Jones.
“I think that many students are unaware of the power they possess, and I intend to make that power known. The USGA would not exist without the students. We are your elected officials, and we are supposed to work for you,” he added.
Jones supports the resolution disapproving of the Shepherd Bend Coal Mine, supports extending library hours and an on-campus stadium. He is also concerned with parking and construction on campus. Jones plans to implement an improved transit system for students. “We have got to start being innovative, resourceful, and progressive when it comes to adding structures to UAB’s campus. We have to implement a better and smarter system of parking, and we have to start now!”
Jones is confidant in his ability to lead; citing several leadership positions on campus in addition to his USGA service. “I have served as mentee President of the Blazer Male of Excellence Network (BMEN), Public Relations Chair of the UAB Ambassador Program, Public Relations Coordinator of the UAB Angels, member of the University Honors Program, student teacher for the Reach Initiative, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, mentor for BMEN and Impact Alabama, Residential Assistant, student representative to UAB Campus Planning Committee, and Director of Educational Activities for the Iota Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.,” said Jones.
“I have come in contact and have formed close ties with many students and administrators. I know how to relate well with other students, and I am also able to effectively communicate with administrators. I feel that I am the most diverse candidate, and have more personal experience with various organizations on-campus,” said Jones.
Hear Adrian Jones and the other five candidates-Josh Powell, Kenneth Sutton, Andrew Hayes, Inocencio Chavez and Evan Colmenares-tonight at the USGA Presidential Debate in Alumni Auditorium at 7pm. Check back to the Kaleidoscope for further coverage tonight and throughout next week as the elections begin.