Though Sabrina Nunn is just beginning her time at the University of Redlands–she’s in the second semester of her freshman year – the prospective computer science and business major enjoys personal research projects (she’s already come up with an idea of what she wants to pursue in her graduate research), working with people, and is a self-described “big techie.” Her decision to run was the result of her love of interacting with others, and a little push from her friends.
“I love working with people,” Nunn said. “Getting to know the student body, and even in the past I really do enjoy delving into the community in any way that I can. Over the last few months I would say I was relatively active getting to know people and investing myself in different groups around campus.”
Nunn hopes that students will look past her still-growing experience with the university and instead find value in her sheer ability to listen to the student body.
“The basis of my platform [is] this idea that my initiative is yours,” Nunn said. “So I’ve spent time interviewing different students across all grade levels and from different studies and programs here, and I’ve gotten a lot of student feedback. “
Action based on student feedback has formed the basis of Nunn’s goals. During her interview with the Redlands Bulldog, she provided two rather extensive lists categorizing student feedback by sustainability, communications, food and drink, wellbeing, and others, as well as future ideas and strategies she has collected from her interactions with the student body.
“These are ideas that were generated by students,” Nunn said. “I’ve categorized them into way that we can improve through sustainability, strengthening communications between the ASUR body as well as administration … this isn’t me trying to bring ideas to the table, it’s the other way around.”
One issue Nunn professed to have personal experience in is the lack of open senate meetings.
“That’s something that’s been really frustrating for me,” Nunn said. “I want to partake in that. [I asked] one of my close friends who is on senate ‘as someone who is interested in that and wants to see what happens in the inner workings, would I be able to attend?’ [They] were like, ‘no we’re sorry they’re closed off.’”
Senate meetings are open by appointment in the event that a student would like to represent a club or organization, but students like Nunn with no experience in the university’s student government who would like to learn about its structure and function, are unable to learn by observation. This leaves her at a disadvantage to other candidates with experience in the senate, cabinet, or judicial branches.
Issues such as these are not new. Many of the problems Nunn has gathered from students have been long standing, but she has spent an extensive amount of time researching the subjects – another of which is food on campus.
“One of the biggest complaints and concerns from the student body was better food, creating more options,” Nunn said. “And I do recognize the fact that – maybe from like an admin level – you’re under a contract, maybe these things are hard to reform … I also went to this forum where Donna Eddleman [Dean of Student Affairs] came and [said] concerns about Bon Appetit have been heard. I guess the contract had been renewed recently, but it’s all very ambiguous. It says here [in Nunn’s notes]: ‘reforms are underway.’ I was kinda like ‘okay, what reforms?’”
Her curiosity is perhaps her most defining feature as a candidate, allowing her to investigate problems as well as connect with others. When asked what makes her the best fit for the position of ASUR president, she responded as such.
“I really enjoy taking the time to get to know the people around me,” Nunn said. “Whether that’s just hanging out or just having lunch – it’s learning about people first … if I am able to know my student body, I think that would make me a better representative for them.”