Drew Harrilchak and Brian Norris have announced their plans to run for President and Vice President of Undergraduate Student Government here at DU. These respectable gentlemen have been making their mark on the DU campus and its culture since the first day they strolled on these hallowed brick paths. I had the pleasure of meeting them both as residents of mine in JMAC during their freshman years. Since then, they’ve grown considerably but retained their unique charm.
Regarding their political platform, they’ve opted to emphasize community involvement and reflect the needs of the student body they soon hope to represent. Rather than bombarding voters with rhetoric and outlandish promises Drew and Brian have opted to understand students’ ever shifting needs and base their policy on those insights. Their focus on the needs of the student body is reflected in their main campaign platform, “Put U back in DU”.
If you’ve never had a chat with either of these candidates, you’ll find conversation and laughs pour like coffee during finals week. I recently had a chance to sit down with Drew and Brian at their campaign headquarters to discuss their bid for office and their “U” platform.
As an icebreaker, Mr. Harrilchak reflected on a time when he consumed an incredible amount chicken nuggets in a single sitting. When asked how many he would eat to save an RTD conductors job, he wholeheartedly responded “enough to get the job done”.
Regarding their inspiration for running, Mr. Harrilchak and Mr. Norris stated that “We saw a lot of things wrong with DU, and we wanted to make those wrong things into right things”. When asked about specific actions, they reflected that they want to establish a platform based on issues that are currently most pressing for the student community. Additionally, they want to better understand how the students they hope to represent would like to see those issues addressed.
If you don’t happen to see either of them around campus they encourage you to voice your opinions and recommendations through their fresh new website. Mr. Harrilchak stated:
“We want to hear from you, the students, about what you really care about so we can really have an effect on our campus that people feel a part of. If you’re reading this, go to harrilchaknorris.com and tell us what you want to see happen on campus.”
From its’ BBQ chicken salads to laid back lunch interviews, Chilli’s Bar and Grill has been a beloved chain for years. Mr. Harrilchak and Mr. Norris share this love for Chilli’s. When asked about the campus buzz that they would each be nominated for the upcoming Dundie awards (in an as of yet undisclosed Scranton Pennsylvania Chilli’s location) Mr. Harrilchak informed me that “Agent Michael Scarn asked us not to comment”.
I plan to vote for Harrilchak Norris in the upcoming election. Mr. Harrilchak’s last morally questionable personal decision, was his behavior at an all you can eat crab legs event in 2003. I won’t push you to vote for these gentleman, however I encourage you to talk them about the change you’d like to see on campus.
I had the pleasure of attending The USG Presidential Debate tonight. Since their campaign launched, Drew and Brian have faced a lot of criticism. Their silly and nonchalant attitudes came across to many, as insincere or even insensitive. Their discussion tonight should quell any reservations students had. Their platform, as well as their demeanor, are reflective of the candor of these candidates. As I wrote this last Sunday, I wanted to update my outlook.
They are genuinely interested in advocating for the entirety of the undergraduate body. From the disenfranchised commuter driving in from Aurora to the Tri Delta sister on Josephine , Harrilchak and Norris want to represent every group on campus. Rather than relying only on the input of boards representing organizations here at DU, they want to engage the entire community in the development and implementation of change.
The best representation of their intent comes from a statement Mr. Harrilchak made during the debate tonight on the 5th floor of the Sie Building “We want this debate to take place in the gym or the hockey arena next year.” The room the debate was held in sat maybe 200 attendants. Drew and Brian genuinely want to inspire the involvement of the entire community we cherish so dearly here at DU. After hearing this debate, I will ask you all to vote for Harrilchak Norris this election.