Author: Drake Senate

Student Senate Spotlight – JD Stehwien

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! This week in the Spotlight:

JD Stehwien – Student Body Treasurer

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Year In School: Junior

Major: Quantitative Economics

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Interfraternity Council (IFC), Resident Assistant

What made you join Student Senate? “I was on SFAC last year and saw a lot of opportunities to help the student body be more supported.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I am big into reading and movies!”

Favorite Book(s): Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Movie(s): The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite TV Show(s): Fargo

General Advice: “It is amazing how much impact one person can have at Drake. Title or not, do what you can to move this institution forward.”


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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Noah Farrell

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! This week in the Spotlight:

Noah Farrell – Senate Historian (Ex-officio Officer)

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Year In School: Junior

Major: Data Analytics and Computer Science

Hometown: Streator, IL

Campus Involvement: Anime Club, Drake Off Campus; past involvement in SAB, RHA, Carpenter EC

What made you join Student Senate? “I’ve always been interested in being able to serve the student body through student government – this is probably pretty apparent from my past campus involvement. As Historian for a second year, I have a unique opportunity to serve both the student body and all the great Senators and other members of Student Senate.”

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, TV and anime, politics, tech and programming, general nerdiness

Favorite Book(s): The Jungle by Upton Sinclair / A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Favorite Movie(s): Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Roman Holiday

Favorite TV Show(s): Friends / Scandal / Grey’s Anatomy / Scream Queens

General Advice and Quotes: “Peace, love, and Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Ben Morrett

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! This week in the Spotlight:

Ben Morrett – College of Arts and Sciences Academic Senator

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Year In School: Junior

Major: BCMB

Hometown: Chariton, IA

Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Big Brothers Big Sisters at Drake

What made you join Student Senate? “I found it interesting how Student Senate operated and thought I would be a good candidate able to think and make decisions from multiple perspectives. ”

Hobbies/Interests: Playing sports, games, lifting, traveling, running, impromptu napping, impromptu snacking

Favorite Book(s): “I can’t read.”

Favorite Movie(s): Shawshank Redemption, Inception, Elf

Favorite TV Show(s): The Office

Quote to Live By: “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the tangy juiciness that life is made of.” -Ben Franklin


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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Election Calendar

Below are the Election Calendars for the Executive Positions and the General Election:

Executive Calendar of Events 2017

General Calendar of Events 2017

Reach out to the Election Commission with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have via email at electioncommission@drake.edu.


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Nathan Paulsen

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! This week in the Spotlight:

Nathan Paulsen – Organizational Council Senator-At-Large

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Year In School: Sophomore

Major: Political Science and Economics

Hometown: Durant, IA

Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Resident Assistant

What made you join Student Senate? “I joined Student Senate because I wanted to work with a group of leaders that would all work towards a common goal of improving Drake University. I have always thought that it is important to contribute towards improving things that I care about and joining Student Senate was the way that I could maximize my contributions to Drake and to my peers!”

Hobbies/Interests: Chicago Cubs, Politics, huggggeeeee Iowa Hawkeye fan, I love to socialize

Favorite Book(s): Killing Lincoln

Favorite Movie(s): Step Brothers

Favorite TV Show(s): How I Met Your Mother

Quote to Live By: “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” -JFK


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Alex Maciejewski

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! This week in the Spotlight:

Alex Maciejewski – College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Senator

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Year In School: P1 (Junior)

Major: Pharmacy

Hometown: Schaumburg, IL

Campus Involvement: Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Love Your Melon, CPHS Student Governance Association

What made you join Student Senate? “Assist in building the bridge between all professions within the college: pharmacy, health science, and occupational therapy, as well as helping students maximize their experiences at the university level.”

Hobbies/Interests: USSF Soccer Referee and Traveling

Favorite Book(s): The Alchemist

Favorite Movie(s): Pirates of the Caribbean

Favorite TV Show(s): Green Arrow, The Flash, and Grey’s Anatomy

Fun Fact: “I can read, write, and speak fluently in Polish!”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

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Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – AJ Treiber

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! This week in the Spotlight:

AJ Treiber – School of Education Senator

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Year In School: Sophomore

Major: Secondary Education

Hometown: Evanston, IL

Campus Involvement: ATO Fraternity, GK Resident Hall EC, Athletic Event Staff

What made you join Student Senate? “I wanted to see a positive change on campus. I wanted students to feel like they are actually being represented and like they were having meaningful discussions on how to improve Drake, whatever that meant to each individual I talked with.”

Hobbies/Interests: Watching Sports, Running

Favorite Book(s): The Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard

Favorite Movie(s): Gran Torino

Favorite TV Show(s): The Office

Final Thought: “I’m excited for a great school year! If you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out! ”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

Web Liaison,

Dustin Casey

Student Senate Spotlight – Anna Gleason

Meet the person behind the position! Student Senate Spotlight is a fun way for us to showcase our members of Senate and for you to get to know them a little better! This week in the Spotlight:

Anna Gleason – Community Outreach Senator

Year In School: Sophomore

Major: BFA Graphic Design

Hometown: Indianola, IA

Campus Involvement: RA in Stalnaker Hall, NRHH, Rainbow Union, SAGE

What made you join Student Senate? “Mainly wanting to create tangible change on campus, specifically in regards to issues surrounding sexual violence.”

Hobbies/Interests: Movies, Margherita pizza, sailing, photography, art, printmaking

Favorite Book(s): “THIS QUESTION IS HARD AGH IDK”

Favorite Movie(s): Any Wes Anderson film or Her

Favorite TV Show(s): Chopped & The Office

Fun Fact/Story: “I tried the Emmenecker challenge my junior year of high school. I was sick for days & didn’t end up eating meat for a year afterwards. Party on.”


If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the website or any posts, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you get your questions answered. My email is dustin.casey@drake.edu.

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Dustin Casey

Updated Budget Overview – December 1st, 2016

Hello everyone! I hope your semester is going well and you are enjoying your last few weeks before finals! Attached to this post is an updated overview of the current Senate Budget as of December 1st.

This overview can be found here: Budget Overview – 12/1/16

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Budget Overview, please reach out to JD Stehwien via email at john.stehwien@drake.edu.

For any other questions regarding this post or the website, please reach out to me at dustin.casey@drake.edu.

I hope you have a great finish to your semester! Go Bulldogs!

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