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From the Patidar-Patrick ticket: Personable, passionate and present

| Tuesday, February 18, 2020

To the Student Body of Notre Dame and the Greater Notre Dame Community,

My name is Noble Patidar and I am a junior from Florida currently living in Keough Hall. I am a political science and finance double major and have been incredibly active in student life throughout my time at Notre Dame both inside and outside of Student Government. In Student Government, I have worked in multiple departments oriented towards both policy and university-wide programming. I carry my Indian culture with pride as part of the South Asian Student Association.

Connor is a freshman from Albany, New York living in O’Neill Family Hall. While technically an undecided major, he is considering pursuing a double major in Music and Peace Studies. He is involved in many activities on campus, including Gospel Choir, Brazil Club, Polish Club, GreeND and he teaches at St. Adalbert’s in South Bend on Sunday mornings. Additionally, Connor and I are both our dorms’ Diversity and Inclusion Commissioners.

So why are we running? We have a vision for a Notre Dame that is universal in its goodness. This means a Notre Dame that is diverse AND welcoming to all students regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation and ability. This means a Notre Dame that is sustainable and accessible in its resources. This means a Notre Dame that is transparent about its policies.

Our platform aims to both address and solve an array of issues through actionability and feasibility.

These include:

Powerful and practical programs that instill safety on our campus beyond Blue Lights, namely the Sexual Aggression Peer Advocacy program (SAPA) and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)

Civil discourse and organic political dialogue

Equitable amenities: subsidized feminine products in public spaces; ethnic hair-related services

Empowering Clubs: Financial support and event spotlight of all clubs

Residential life: Senior inclusion into our residential culture

Awareness: Mental health and disability resources and programming; Parietals Amnesty and Title IX initiatives

Sustainability: Reusable coffee tumblers, incentivizing sustainable dorm events

Inclusion: Financial inclusion to those that are marginalized, religious inclusion across all faiths 

Our platform fights for students who can’t fight for themselves. Our platform stands against an administration that doesn’t include but rather excludes individuals, including seniors, who should be brought back to our residential culture. Our team allies with all students by making our presence known: this means going to your Hall Gov’s, attending the events you perform at on campus, meeting with clubs that you’re a member of and even individually getting to know you. It’s easy to tout policies but it’s much harder to implement them and actually know the students they are affecting. Connor and I actually want to know the student body before we get elected. It’s why we run on being “personable, passionate and present.” 

Either all of us are Notre Dame or none of us are. We wear gold on our helmets and have gold on top of the dome. Let’s also fight for the same standard. Gold standard or no standard.

Noble Patidar

presidential candidate, junior

Connor Patrick

vice presidential candidate, freshman

Feb. 17

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