ASCSU campaign: Hannah Taylor and Noah Schindler

Alyssa Broyles

Editor’s Note: Hannah Taylor works as alumni coordinator at Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, which houses The Collegian.

Hannah Taylor and Noah Schindler run a campaign centered on three different platforms. Their hope is to drive forward change within the Associated Students of Colorado State University. 

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“I’m tired of waiting for the change I know that we can be,” Schindler said.

Hannah Taylor, presidential candidate

Hannah Taylor has worked as ASCSU deputy director of governmental affairs. She has a grounded knowledge of government systems and deeper connections within the Fort Collins City Council.

“Taylor served as a member on the Student Fee Review Board, works with Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation as the alumni relations manager, is a College of Liberal Arts ambassador and is director of membership selection for Pi Beta Phi,” their campaign website said.

Taylor believes this background has prepared her for the role of ASCSU president.

“I have these relationships built up because of my work with the city council and the mayor,” Taylor said. “So that’s something really nice to have walking into this position, but we also have the experience of leading teams and really working in persistence to accomplish something.”

Noah Schindler, vice presidential candidate 

Noah Schindler has no previous ASCSU experience but is committed to ensuring that student fees are only going to systems that directly benefit the students.

“It’s really important to me, and us, that we cut areas in the budget that students no longer have access to,” Schindler said. “The student fees should only be going to fund programs that are currently accessible to both online and in person students.”

Their platform

Taylor and Schindler’s campaign is centered on three key platforms: COVID-19 relief, housing and parking and transportation.

(ASCSU) is supposed to be a collection of different ideas about achieving the same goal, which is improving campus life for students of all backgrounds, and we want students to be seen as valuable members of our community rather than a number.” -Noah Schindler, vice presidential candidate

Taylor and Schindler said they hope to create a relief fund that would particularly benefit students financially struggling due to COVID-19. They also plan on making a COVID-19 relief committee that would hand out necessities, such as thermometers and hand sanitizer, to keep people safe.

“We don’t think that a student should go without hand sanitizer, a mask or a thermometer and have to be dishonest on their symptom checker because they can’t afford to pay for those things,” Taylor said. “So we think that we should provide for those.”

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The COVID-19 relief platform would be their first priority if elected.

“We think immediately that needs to happen,” Taylor said. “Students are struggling, and we’ve seen it. We’ve experienced it with people around us. We think that needs immediate attention, and we don’t think that the University has done enough.”

Their second platform is housing and fixing the issue of off-campus apartment complexes taking advantage of students.

“We want to create a performance review board on ASCSU’s website so that students can come on and give their honest experience about how they lived in these apartments and how they were treated,” Schindler said. “And then students who are coming into these new off-campus living areas can look at those reviews and understand what they are walking into before they are contractually obligated to be in those places.”

Their third platform is parking and transportation. With transportation specifically, they want to expand on the partnership with Bird and make the Bird scooter rides free for students on campus.

“Right now, they have a partnership for the Bird scooters to be in the City,” Taylor said. “And, also, CSU students get a discount on their first ride. We want to expand on that. … We think that since there (are) bus capacity limits, it’s safer for students to find other ways of transportation, but we can’t expect everyone to be able to afford that.”

When it comes to parking, they want to cheapen permit fees and expand free two-hour parking due to fewer amounts of students needing to park on campus.

“We don’t think that students should have to buy a parking permit if they only have one class,” Taylor said. “And if a student needs to buy a parking permit, it shouldn’t cost as much since that demand is no longer there.”

Their slogan is “Stand for students,” and they want to make ASCSU, as an organization, more inclusive.

“(ASCSU) is supposed to be a collection of different ideas about achieving the same goal, which is improving campus life for students of all backgrounds, and we want students to be seen as valuable members of our community rather than a number,” Schindler said.

Alyssa Broyles can be reached at news@collegian.com and on Twitter at @AlyssaBroyles.