Hi, I’m Piper. I work in CPFM/Maintenance Support fixing and upkeeping campus buildings and hardscapes. And yes, I do play the bagpipes. And that is why I am running for UO Senate. Not the bagpipes, they are just a distraction: an example. It is the issue of distractions itself that I wish to bring to the table. The UO leadership has done a good job, yet as with any large organization distractions and loss of focus tend to creep in. Some of the other things I bring to the table as blue collar staff are a grounding of why and for whom the University really exists; a vision of how enriching and critical is higher education; fresh views; and a plain, unashamed love of our campus, the students, facility, staff, even the weather. I believe in our goal. A goal I’ve seen slipping in my five years here. A goal I want to help re-focus on, build, and keep. A goal of focused excellence. Oh, and I’ve a spare umbrella in my work cart if you don’t like the weather as much as I do, and need it. Thanks.