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‘The force behind the message’

| Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dear students,

The past two weeks of campaigning have been inspiring and humbling, so we would like to start by saying thank you. Thank you to all the students who have taken the time to read our platform, talk about our shared vision for this university and vote today for student body president and vice president.

Years of experience and dedication from our ticket — whether it be our unique experiences in student government, campus employment or student clubs — have resulted in a five pillar platform, modeled after the Five Pillars of Holy Cross, that represents the voice of the students and their ideas for the future of our campus. The following are the pillars.

Community engagement: We will connect the many vibrant communities of South Bend and Notre Dame to provide both with the resources to strengthen existing bonds and build lasting relationships.

Sexual assault prevention: We have coordinated with survivors and activists alike to build a comprehensive group of initiatives building on transparency and real preventative action.

Diversity and inclusion: We focus on giving every student a voice on campus through the promotion of student-led initiatives, clubs/groups and forums that push for a more open and inclusive campus.

Sustainability: We will pair the environmental work of Notre Dame students with the South Bend Office of Sustainability to address the shared responsibility of sustainability in our community and beyond.

Health and wellness: We strive to create an environment that is built on awareness, respect, understanding and immediate, personal care for the many mental and physical health issues that our students face every day.

Together, we have built a comprehensive policy plan that is both tangible and effective in bringing necessary resources to students and responding to their needs. We will follow through on our promises and the commitments we have made to the student body to make Notre Dame an innovative and national leader in every pillar of our platform. We will accomplish our goals through the courage to lead, the perseverance to connect and the conviction to serve.

Thank you, Notre Dame, for the opportunity to campaign, the students we have met, the passionate ideas we have heard and the friends we have made along the way. In the first few nights of campaigning, Corey shared a private message with our team after a long night of policy planning and visiting dorms: “How relevant is this Bible verse today? ‘As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.’ Keep y’all’s heads up!”

The force behind the message is one we wish to carry into student government. Please vote for Robinson-Blais today. We will be available all day to speak with students and answer your questions.

God Bless and Go Irish.

Corey Robinson
student body presidential candidate

Becca Blais
student body vice presidential candidate

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