William Warmke, a senior triple-majoring in political science, criminology and economics, first became involved in Student Government during his sophomore year, when he was a senator in the College of Arts and Sciences.
He soon met Scott Sandoval, now a first-year graduate student majoring in English education, and the two became fast friends.
Now theyre running for the positions of student body president and vice president and they hope to get more students involved at USF, Warmke said.
Four years ago, I wasnt involved in anything. I wasnt doing anything with my life, he said. It was really USF that opened me up.
Also involved in Greek Life, Warmke is the treasurer of his fraternity, Sigma Nu, as well as the executive director for the Greek Programming Board. Warmke is the most recently crowned Homecoming King, a former solicitor general for the executive branch of SG and is a current SG senator for the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.
Warmke said he gained leadership as the Resident Assistant of the Leadership Living Learning Community and by being actively engaged in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.
After Warmke graduates, he plans to get his masters degree in business administration, and join the U.S. Air Force for Air Force law.
Sandoval, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the president of the Pi Kappa Alpha
fraternity and an officer for the Graduate Council at USF, and Warmke plan to run a five-pillar platform they call SHINE.
The platform is an acronym that stands for sustainability, honesty, innovation, networking and equality, Warmke said.
These pillars, according to Warmke, include ideas such as making USF more green-friendly, giving a focus on the arts program at USF, revising the mission statement for SG among other changes the two feel should be implemented.
The biggest thing that I would like to revise would be the mission statement to make it more proactive as opposed to reactive, Sandoval said.
Warmke and Sandoval said they hope to bring more representation to the student body in general, including the LGBT community, commuters, graduate students and anyone else who may have been unnoticed.
We want to take each attribute in everybody and bring it out, Warmke said.
Sandoval said, as a commuter for his first two years at USF, he did not feel as if he had a voice, and wanted to make sure other students did not feel that way.
(We need to) just reach out to the students to give them a voice, Sandoval said.