Seth Chomout: Mover and shaker
September 04, 2008
That attitude spurred the Bastrop High School graduate into starting a lampoon-style alternative campus newspaper and then running for the ASU Student Government presidency.
“My first semester here, some friends and I started a newspaper called the ‘Ramdiculous Page’ after one of my roommates and I had read the ‘Ram Page’ in Texan Hall,” Chomout said. “We were disappointed that it was so serious, so we decided to make our own newspaper and put it in our own format.”
The result was a satirical send-up of topics both on and off campus.
“Most of the things we put in there aren’t even true,” Chomout said. “They are little things that people can laugh at, things the ‘Ram Page’ didn’t have.
“The first year was great. We thought we did a great job and everybody liked us.”
His maverick crew found themselves at odds with some people on campus, though.
“The ‘Ramdiculous’ staff printed on office paper and used 96,000 pages in one semester,” Chomout said. “After that, a 3,000-page limit per semester was put on students because no one on campus but us used more than that.”
The paper also drew flak from some student groups who didn’t like it, Chomout said. The newspaper, which was placed around campus on benches and ledges, was thrown away when it was spotted by its detractors.
To go forward, the “Ramdiculous Page” crew had to seek a new avenue. Chomout petitioned the Student Senate to sanction the “Ramdiculous Page” as an official student organization, but was turned down. He took his case to Student Life Dean Nolen Mears who approved the alternative newspaper’s staff as a student organization. Now, the “Ramdiculous Page” publishes through the Center for Student Involvement.
“We even have racks this year,” Chomout said. “We also have a Web site.”
His experience with the “Ramdiculous Page” inspired Chomout to go into student government.
“When I was at the Student Senate, I thought ‘this is kind of cool. Maybe I should join this,’ ” Chomout said. “I got on the Student Senate and sat there for a month. I thought, ‘what more could I do than that?’ By being student body president, maybe I could change the way something is done without as many hiccups as there are for a student senator. So far, I’ve been able to do that.”
Chomout said that working both in the student government and as the representative of an organization gave him insight into the process of moving funds from the source to student groups.
The math major and business minor said he hasn’t decided what he wants for a career.
“I’m thinking of doing something in business,” Chomout said. “There are a lot of options. I thought about going to a business school, law school or trying to be a city manager.
“I like being student body president because I deal with different things all the time. I definitely won’t end up with a job where I do the same thing every day.”