Jack Johnson was originally a Virginia native. But today, he's all-Vol. The senior in communication studies is heavily involved on campus, holding positions in SGA, his fraternity and All Campus Events. And, in true Volunteer spirit, Johnson also dedicates time to work with Special Olympians. Expressing a passion for the university and the UT experience, Johnson hopes to serve his fellow students as the next SGA vice president.
Why did you decide to run for this position?
"I'd been a part of SGA in my first couple years of school and just really enjoyed it. But I was always felt like it could be run a little better. ... I always told myself, if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right. The opportunity ... kind of came out of nowhere, but it just felt right to get involved in something that I do care and do feel really passionate about. ...That's the heart of SGA, having fun while trying to make a difference, and that's really what I want to get to."
If elected, what are some of the major issues you plan to address?
"I think one of the biggest things SGA is working on right now is student fees – trying to make sure that campus organizations are able to make sure that their money is being spent, at least relatively, to what they want to see done on campus.
"Of course, one thing that I'm really passionate about ... (is) disabled students. That's one thing that's really important to me. I know SGA's working right now and just approved a bill for a few improvements to the I-House. I mean I think stuff like that is huge, just trying to reach out to students that aren't always the most vocal and the most represented group. More than anything, I want to know what we need to see done and help them express those ideas so that together ... we can come together and make that happen."
Why should you be elected as vice president?
"I do have a passion for this university, I mean this school has been my home. More than that, it's the first place that I felt I truly belong, and I would be remiss if I didn't leave it better than how I found it. ... I guess really the reason that I think I'm qualified is I'm dedicated. I want to sit down with everybody, to work with everybody to figure out the best goals and best outlooks, the desires of the campus and fight for that. I think that my unique experiences, my connection to a lot of different organizations and my time to step back and evaluate how SGA has been run in the past (will serve me well)."