Guest opinion: Welcome to the BLOC Party


Peter Kim

UISG members and candidate supporters visit the Mill for kick off party on Sunday, Mar 20, 2016. Campaign for the election started 10pm Sunday, Mar 20, 2016. (The Daily Iowan/Peter Kim)

Hey, Hawkeyes, our names are Rachel Zuckerman and Lauren Freeman, and we are thrilled to be among the first to invite you to join the BLOC Party. We are a team of 38 dedicated student leaders campaigning to earn your vote for University of Iowa Student Government. Our mission is to listen to the concerns of the undergraduate students and respond with initiatives that set the standard for college campuses across the nation. We are committed to changing the culture of UISG to make it more accessible to all students that care about the future of our great institution and the undergraduate experienceat Iowa. BLOC Party plans to build on the progress of past student-government administrations by persistently working with university and community partners to represent the student voice in important decisions across campus.

BLOC Party logo (Via Facebook)
BLOC Party logo (Via Facebook)

We are running on a platform of six primary goals: (1) Foster an enriched student life; (2) Advocate for diversity and inclusion in the UI community; (3) Create a safe campus and community; (4) Enhance the academic experience; (5) Encourage environmental stewardship with on- and off-campus sustainability initiatives; (6) Support students with an accessible, service-oriented student government. Go to for more information about our specific platform initiatives. BLOC is devoted to bettering students’ lives.

We are humbled to be the leaders of this top-notch team. We are running for president and vice president of UISG because Iowa undergraduates need leaders who believe in the potential of each and every student on this campus. For the past three years, we have spent every day advocating for a future we believe in at an institution that we love because we know the students who graduate from here will go on to the change the world. We trust the BLOC team to work day-in and day-out to hear student concerns and engage with University of Iowa and Iowa City leaders to devise creative solutions to our most pressing problems. We hope you believe in our team, too. If you are ready to join BLOC on its mission to better lives on campus, cast your ballot March 30-31.


Rachel Zuckerman and Lauren Freeman

BLOC Party presidential and vice-presidential candidates

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