ASCSU Campaign: Liam Aubrey and Lynsie Roper

Haley Candelario

Video by Chapman Croskell

The “Rams take care of Rams” mentality is the main priority for presidential candidate Liam Aubrey and his running mate Lynsie Roper as they contest for the presidency of the Associated Students of Colorado State University.

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Presidential Candidate Liam Aubrey

ASCSU President candidate Liam Aubrey poses for a portrait on Mar. 27, 2018. (Colin Shepherd | Collegian)

Aubrey, a junior studying business marketing, currently serves as an ASCSU senator for the College of Business. 

Aubrey said his decision to run for student body president stemmed from the experience his mother had as a student at CSU.

“Here at CSU, (my mom) found a place where people were constantly supporting her and fighting for her, and making sure that she had what she needed to pursue her education,” Aubrey said. “The concern and the regard for your fellow Rams has been something that, for my entire life, has inspired loyalty in me to CSU, and the opportunity to serve others and be that support to someone else, to fight for other students who need that help on their educational journey, is an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up.”

Vice Presidential Candidate Lynsie Roper

ASCSU Vice President candidate Lynsie Roper poses for a portrait on Mar. 27, 2018. (Colin Shepherd | Collegian)

Roper, a junior finance major, is the only vice presidential candidate who sits on the Student Fee Review Board, which is one of the main responsibilities of the ASCSU vice president. 

“I feel like I have that opportunity to already build those relationships with the student fee areas, including being a liaison for one of them and being able to hear them out,” Roper said. “(I) know those budgets, know how (SFRB) is run in order to continue that and make those changes to make it more effective and make sure that student fee areas are using the student fee to the students’ best interest.”

Roper said she decided to run because she built relationships through her experience in SFRB and considers CSU her home.

Their platform

Aubrey-Roper’s platform focuses on the issue of food insecurity for students, promoting professional development for students and preventing an increase of the ASCSU student fee.

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“The biggest issue that we can do something about tangibly right away is the issue of food insecurity on campus,” Aubrey said. “We really are unable to grasp fully how big of an issue this might be just because it is something that is hard to get the numbers on.”

Roper said she and Aubrey plan to combat bias-motivated incidents on campus by working with other student groups affected by the incidents.

“… ASCSU has a unique position to really start those conversations with students and really engage students, administration, faculty — really everyone on campus — in having conversations about that,” Roper said. “One thing we can do if we do become president and vice president is partner with different organizations, offices and the administration to create more conversations and committees to really engage in those discussions and make a plan for what’s next once we get all the insights from students and what they would like to see and we can make a plan that way.”

Collegian News Director Haley Candelario can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @H_Candelario98.