Spring 2017 Candidates and Statements
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Pietro S. Geraci
My name is Pietro Geraci, and I aspire to be your next VSA President! Unlike the other candidates, I won't make abstract promises that will never be delivered upon. Instead, I've come up with a list of proposals that I believe will help make Vassar a better place. Check it out, and if there's anything you'd like to see the VSA do for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook.
The Greatest Campaign You Ever Did See
1. Weekly trips to the local animal shelter, with transportation to be worked out with ResLife;
2. Film all VSA Senate meetings for transparency purposes;
3. Enact a permanent ban on secret ballot voting in all Senate and committee meetings;
4.Explore and enact programs and community service opportunities that would benefit downtown Poughkeepsie on behalf of Vassar College;
5. Explore and enact programs and community service opportunities that can further engage Vassar College with Syrian refugees;
6. Explore and enact strategies and actions that would press the administration to get to work straightaway on the renovation of Raymond House, including calling for a boycott of Raymond House, with all assigned students living with other students in different houses.
a. File a lawsuit against the College to get Raymond fixed if absolutely necessary as there are serious safety issues with Raymond House;
7. Work with administration to create and implement a plan to install new elevators in Raymond, Josselyn, and Cushing Houses;
8. Explore and enact strategies and actions that would press the administration to install ramps on at least one entrance to Strong, Lathrop, Raymond, and Noyes Houses;
9. Work with the Chair of Residential Affairs, the Chair of Equity and Inclusion, and the Chair of Finance to achieve the construction of ramps at Strong, Lathrop, Raymond, and Noyes Houses;
10. Continue to pressure the administration to divest from the fossil fuel industry;
11. Work with the administration to change the mandatory reporting policy;
12. Replace buses that run to Boston for breaks with Amtrak tickets, to be 80% subsidized by the VSA through appropriated funds, so as to reduce the carbon footprint of students;
13. Work with administration to create and implement a plan to have solar panels installed on the roofs of all buildings;
14. Work with the Chair of Organizations to create strategies that will help all clubs grow and succeed in their goals;
15. Establish two rounds of Senatorial debates on two different days for elections: one for general Senate candidates and one for Senate executive board candidates;
16. Work with the Chair of Residential Affairs and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to bring about services for people of less common religions.
Real Leadership, Real Change. Vote Piet for President.
My name is Kate Spence (she/her/hers), and I’m running for VSA Pres to get shit done. I’ve observed great presidents like Ramy and I’ve seen what can get done e.g. the VSA restructuring.
Yes, I have not been directly involved with VSA, but I have attended senate meetings, met with current members and I have been paying attention to what has been working and what has not. I was a student fellow in Lathrop, I am restarting the Women of Color Alliance and I hope to implement new first year programming specifically geared towards this group. I want to use my access to the administration to help encourage more direct student and administrator interactions. Specifically, I would like to see a group of students working with the administration to help reform the way bias incident reports are handled.
I want to run to bring in a new perspective and to serve as a leader and a liaison between a traditionally white space, white administration and Vassar’s student body.
Wow, where to begin? My name is Gray Thurstone (figured I should start with the name). It's kind of hard to say why I am running to be president of the VSA, but I guess the truth is that I'd like the opportunity to get to know the students at Vassar as best I can. I've been here almost three years now, and I honestly should have done better at that. I haven't liked being at Vassar the entire time I've been here, and I don't even have it bad. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'd like to make people happier. Everyone deserves to be comfortable--that shouldn't be an issue, but we all know it is. I can't promise that I will be able to do that (or even be a good president); but I can promise that I'll try. Everyone deserves to be able to call Vassar theirs; so I guess that's my mission. Thank you,
Do you feel like student government gets too little done? Do you feel like the issues that matter to you are ignored? Do you want some chicken parm? Then vote for me, Ian Vasily, to be VSA President.
Last semester was great; we had chicken parmesan at the deece about once every week. This semester I did not see it once: a tragedy for the average Vassar student. Now, this was no fault of chicken parm. It's a protein heavy dish that is both nutritious and delicious. Not only that, but as it is made with chicken, it's very economical. In 2016, the wholesale price of chicken was 85 cents per pound. Much cheaper than the 145 cents per pound price for pork and the 295 cents per pound price of beef. Vote for me and I will fight to have chicken parm served at least once a week.
Chicken parm would do wonders for our campus's sustainability. Pounds upon pounds of food are thrown away at the deece every month. Frankly this is because the food just isn't very good. If we served weekly chicken parm, people would be licking up every last bite of it, not throwing it out.
Another issue many students have is a lack of weekend programming. With regular chicken parm offered, this will no longer be a problem. Who needs to go to a party when chicken parm IS the party?
I understand my chicken parm platform may not offer much to vegetarian students. Don't worry however, I have you covered. You know those really tasty Oreo brownies that are at the deece about once a month? Yeah, I want to make those weekly too.
This election, please consider me for the position of VSA president. And remember, "A little parm does no harm!"
VSA Vice President
My name is Marcella. I am a junior Religion Major at Vassar. I have lived in Florida, Georgia, Kenya and Hawaii. Right now I am studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark with a focus on Positive Psychology.
I want to be Vice President of Vassar Student Association because I want to support our evolution toward a just, harmonious, sustainable, and loving community.
While at Vassar, I have witnessed multitudinous accounts of individuals standing up in the face of racial and gender inequality, hunger and danger, global warming, among countless other forms of worldly injustice. I have watched with wonder as others create inspiring theater, comedy, films, podcasts, and alternative expressions of intelligent imagination.
We are a strong, unique bunch. We have skills, drive, and vision. We have a collective desire to grow beyond the perceived limitations of today and more fully step into the lives we came here to live.
In high school, I served as the Corresponding Secretary of my student government. I have also played the role of Flute Section Leader and Student Conductor; Camp Counselor; Member of Vassar College Orchestra, Idlewild, Ferry and Noyes Houses; Nanny; Restaurant Hostess; Sister; Daughter; Granddaughter; Student at the International School of Kenya; Athlete on the paddling, swim, and track teams; Spiritual Seeker; Actress in The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, student films; Yogi; Comedy Troupe Auditioner (made it to the second round of VC Improv!); Airplane Passenger; Weed-picker; Cook; and some other things.
I now want to serve as Vice President of VSA.
The theme in my life right now is love. Self-love, love of others, love of challenge, love of growth. I want to bring love to the forefront of my work in the role of VP to foster the growth of a loving community of human beings at Vassar and beyond.
Additionally, I am a Virgo and am very into organization, efficiency, and productivity—all good values for navigating the responsibilities of Vice President, whose primary role is overseeing the internal affairs of the VSA.
Thank you for your time.
Hi! My name is Anish Kanoria (he/him/his) and I'm a rising senior, an international student from India, and a Political Science/Economics double major.
- 2018 Spring Senator for Strategic Planning - member of the Senate, Operations and Planning Committees of the VSA
- Co-founded the Vassar Refugee Solidarity Initiative
- Cushing House President - was involved in flagship VSA projects like the VSA Restructuring and the City Shuttle
- Cushing freshman representative
- Posting of attendance records of Senate and committee meetings on the VSA homepage or some other public forum
- Creating a database of meetings and promises made by the college so that we can start building institutional memory on the student side
- As a representative to the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, I will try my best to make sure the college sticks to its commitment to need-blind admissions
- Hold 'VSA Review' meetings twice a semester to take stock of where we are and where we want to go
- Work with the VSA President to democratize the process of VSA Agenda setting. This could include sending an anonymous survey to all students and ask directly what you would like to see discussed and acted upon
- Initiate the construction of dedicated VSA sessions for specific campus issues and invite students and/or administrators
Chair of Equity and Inclusion
What's up shawties,
My name is Tamar Ballard (my first name is pronounced Tammer...like hammer but with a T!), my pronouns are she, her, and hers, and I'm running for Chair of Equity and Inclusion.
Apart from being a member of the Class of 2019, I'm a Computer Science and Urban Studies double major (my URBS clusters are Africana Studies and Sociology). I'm also a part of Noyes House Team as a Student Fellow, a member of the 2015 cohort of the Transitions Program, and work as a student assistant at the Infant Toddler Center on campus. I enjoy blazers and windbreakers, music, Oreos, and laughing.
An essential part of my time here at Vassar as been working towards making this space a safe space for everyone, especially those who experience prejudice and discrimination both on and off-campus for certain parts of their identities. As a low-income, first-generation, black student, I've had my share of trash times on this campus, ranging for micro-aggressions to racist remarks written on bathroom walls. I know how it feels to be uncomfortable here. However, while things haven't been all peaches and cream for me (or some of my peers) here, I recognize that we (as a community of people from all over) have to do the work to see the changes. And while we all enjoy being unique in our experiences and identities, we all have a responsibility to work to make sure that we are all able to be our best selves here, despite our differences.
I created and spearheaded several talks for the We Got You and We Got You, Too! series last semester (two of the most rewarding experiences of my life), and I've started a community group that works to give back to the community of Poughkeepsie (right now we're working with a bunch of cute kids at Krieger Elementary). As Chair of Equity and Inclusion I would love to continue dialogue surrounding the issues addressed in these spaces as well as work to expand dialogue across campus to work to make this space more like home for everyone, because while it might sound cheesy, we all deserve to feel happy and safe here.
Feel free to message me on Facebook or email me (email@example.com) if you have any questions about anything!
Chair of Residential Affairs
Hello my name is Takunda, I am a sophomore Biology major, and currently the House President of Noyes House. I would like to be the Chair of BORA next year and I hope that you will see that I am the best fit for the position.
If you were to ask anyone what BORA was they would not know unless they were on a house team or residential leadership position. I would like to promote and make aware the importance of the board and make it more accessible to all students. Residential affairs involve ALL residents not just those representing others.
I have lived and breathed ResLife for the past two years. By being apart of a house team as a first year representative and as a house president, I have built lasting connections with the people who work in the ResLife Office. This relationship will allow me to build and reinforce a connection between the ResLife Office and the student body. As chair, my goals will be to ensure that the concerns of the students are presented and addressed promptly and effectively. Especially, because the areas this position covers deal with the living conditions of the students which should always be a priority.
As seen by the information above, I believe that I have gained much experience through the various leadership positions I have been in, and I know that I would successfully chair the Board of Residential Affairs.
Chair of Academics
Hello/Hola! My name is Joaquim (Joaqy) Gonçalves [they/them/their] and I would love to have the chance to serve as your Chair of Academics for 2018-2019. It is extremely important for there to be a Chair of Academics that understands how curricula and pedagogy is experienced by students of color and those of marginalized identities. Being an afro-latínx queer femme, I know what it feels like to be unheard. I have been silenced and unheard at this institution, and I am not afraid to say these things. I am ready to relay and advocate the issues that are brought forward to me and will not hesitate to take action when oppressive classroom dynamics are brought to my attention.
This position carries immense responsibility, and I am willing to shoulder that weight for my community. I will aim to support and create policy in conversation with and for students who have been historically silenced at this institution. Representing students' concerns to faculty and administration must center the most marginalized voices seeking to be heard. I have been unheard, and I no longer wish me or my community to be.
Chair of Organizations
Chair of Finance
Hello! My name’s Robyn (she/her/hers) and I am a rising senior majoring in international studies. Having served as the Asian Students’ Alliance’s treasurer for the past two years and managed a budget of $11,000, I am well aware of the logistics of finance.
I want to be the chair of finance to help all treasurers effectively manage their money. Organizations but especially treasurers have a responsibility to use VSA funds to benefit their constituents but also the greater Vassar population. As chair, I will do my best to help all orgs create the best programming possible.
I’m Seth Molwitz, and for those of you who don’t know me I’m a rising senior and a declared Political Science major, with my declaration for a double in Economics somewhere in limbo, and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Please feel free to add me on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, or just want to see what I’m up to. I’m running for Chair of Finance because I want to ensure that all campus organizations can have quick and easy access to their allocated funds, to ensure equitable distribution of funding across organizations, and because I think my experience makes me well suited to do a good job in the role.
First, a bit of background about me. I have been abroad this whole year on two different JYA programs, the first in Madrid with the Vassar-Wesleyan in Madrid program, and am currently studying at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. My freshman year I was on Finance Committee, and participated in the planning process for the overhaul of finance committee, which is now superseded by the recent VSA restructuring. I participated in the annual budgeting process, participating in almost all the budgeting sessions, of which there were many. I have also worked on the other side. The summer following my freshman year and then during my sophomore year, I worked under Steve Dahnert (the then Treasurer of Vassar, and now Acting VP of Finance and Administration) in the Accounting Services office, so I have experience and connections to work well both on the student side and the administrative side. Given the history of relatively fraught relations with the accounting side (which can cause everything from slower reimbursements, to extra charges, to longer times to update budgets) I plan to work closely with everyone, both administrators and students, to ensure that finance runs more smoothly than it has in the past several years. I can help students interact with the Accounting Services and Accounts Payable administrators on an as needed basis, if a problem does arise. Additionally, I’ll be working in as a finance intern in a large health insurance company this summer, so by the time this role begins, I’ll not only have experience with Vassar’s finance, but also with best practices in finance in the corporate world as well.
I am truly dedicated to helping ensure that organizations receive fair budget allocations, but also allowing organizations to easily access and grow their budgets for worthy causes through other means such as fund apps if they didn’t find their initial allocations acceptable.
I would like to provide my firm commitment that I am willing to put in the hours needed to make my time as chair a success. I worked closely with the VP finance my freshman year, and have a good understanding of the workload and time commitment involved, and especially given the fact that this will be my work study job, I’m willing to make that commitment.
Even though I’ve been away from Vassar for a year, I am fully dedicated to working hard to make Vassar the best place it can be, and I feel the best place I can do that is by being Chair of Finance.
I hope to represent you next year.
Chair of First Year Programs
Chair of Health and Wellness
I'm Tanyx pronounced TAHN-ee-ks but most people don’t get it on the first try. I use they, them, theirs pronouns. I'm a non-binary/gender-queer vegan Latinx Pisces sun Aries moon psychology student who enjoys deconstructing westernized notions of well-being, decolonizing my mind and body, and having a love hate relationship with over-analyzing most things. I’m fluent in cat, dog, 90s-17 tv, movies, social media, memes, yoga, naps, and 5 human languages too. My true loves in life are my emotional support cat Lucero Xochitznel Madrigal, old school and some new school R&B, veganism, decolonial thought, Latinidad, queerness, disability rights, mental health, neuroscience, and non-neurotypical ways of thought. I aspire to be a social worker with a focus on community healing and child psychological development amidst adversity.
In case you're wondering about some of my qualifications, I personally believe holistically caring for one's self must be individualized and very personalized. Ultimately we're all on our own very different journeys to wellness, and I hope to give our vassar community the tools, tips, and encouragement needed to continue to better ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. I'm really interested and wanting to hear from more of our student body to be able to charter new paths and improvements to Vassar as a whole.
I currently work as an ALANA intern primarily trying to spread resistance, positivity, and community healing through my work, programming, and social media presence. I've held and taught my own Self-Care/Self -Love workshop for the East Coast Chicanx Conference at Vassar, for the Women of Color Conference at Vassar, and was invited to present my workshop for the National MEChA conference in Seattle, Washington this year. I've personally tailored my own lengthy and strenuous work with DBT, CBT, OT, Metcalf, Baldwin, off-campus providers, the AEO, and many more offices to better take care of myself and empower others to do the same. I've had my own difficult and continuous fight for my own wellness, which has pushed me to learn how to advocate for myself and those around me. Therefore, a vote for me is really a vote for a passionate, stubborn, and compassionate warrior to help fight for your right to thrive on Vassar campus. I've got your back and will fight for your needs.
If you care to know more about me, I'm obnoxiously active on FB, snapchat, wordpress, and I co-star in Chismosx, a podcast with two other Latinx queer femmes that centers and celebrates the experiences of Latinx and people of color at large. Feel free to email me too at Tamadrigal@vassar.edu. Please do approach me and ask me something or spark a conversation with me or come play with Lucero my cat.
Your friendly neighborhood ace,
Chair of Planning
Jacob "Jake" Miller
Candidate's statement to come. In the meanwhile, feel free to email me with any questions you may have regarding me or my candidacy: email@example.com
Chair of Programming
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College Planning Senators
I am interested in becoming a Senator for College Planning because I feel the position helps give students a more active role in several different major aspects on life here at Vassar. If elected, I would do my best to work for all students at Vassar within the channels that I would be responsible for. If I am able to fill the position, I would be extremely open to feedback and input from fellow students regarding decision making. I hope I can earn your vote, because I am confident I could do a good job if I am lucky enough to be elected.
2018 Senator for Activities
2018 Senator for Student Affairs
Hi! My name is Nora Eigenbrodt (she/her/hers) and I would love to serve as the 2018 Senator for Student Affairs next year!
I'm a junior political science major with a women's studies correlate. I was abroad last semester in the Netherlands, but before that, I was lucky to serve as Vice President of Davi and as the 2018 rep for the Board of Elections and Appointments during the 2015-16 school year. As Davi VP, I got to communicate with my constituency on what they wanted from house programming, study breaks, and their overall residential experience. I also used this position to familiarize myself with the VSA by proxying and reporting back to my house team what was being debated and what changes were being made.
I'd love to represent the class of 2018's interests, especially heading into our last year, when we will be looking for resources and accommodations specific to seniors' needs as we face post-grad life (though I'm still in denial about that whole post-grad thing...) I want to look at continuing and expanding existing initiatives like the Project Period, and making sure that changes implemented by Vassar administration that directly affect students' daily lives, such as the new meal plan and dining vendor, are adapted or responsive to students' needs and feedback. I want to make sure that the needs of marginalized students are centered in discussions on student affairs, and help bring critical discussion on accessibility and inclusion to committee and VSA meetings. Ultimately, I just want to make sure our class' voice and needs are heard in the functioning and thriving of our residential and academic community.
If you have questions, comments, concerns for me, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, through Facebook, etc. etc. I'd love to hear from you! :)
Hi future seniors,
My name is Ryan (He/him/his or they/them/theirs) and I’d like to be your Senator for Student Affairs. I am a psychology major with a correlate in Art History who just returned from studying in Copenhagen.
During my time at Vassar, I have worked in many different aspects of the VSA in which I have been
· An active member of the Previous Student Life committee for 2 years
· Our Classes representative on the committee on college life for 2 years
· A member of our the 2018 class council Freshmen and Sophomore year
· A part of Main House team both as a sophomore rep and Spring semester House Fellow Intern
I have also worked on various projects both as part of the VSA and outside of it including
· Helping administration draft a commitment to gender neutral bathroom access in academic buildings
· Being trained as a Mentor in Violence Prevention by the SAVP
· Helped create the first SAVP student survey as part of the Title IX mandate
· A member of the team that created Project Period
· Advocated that the administration hire more counselors for Metcalf
· Organized conversations and events as part of the QCVC E-Board
· Created Programing for my class and house in respective bodies
Through my time working in these different capacities, I have seen many initiatives be successful, but I have also seen many people disheartened by the bureaucracy and politics of the VSA. I want to make sure that real issues that affect students remain at the forefront of senate discussions.
As someone that wants to work in clinical psychology, mental health is an issue I want to dedicate much of my time to. Since our freshman year, there have been real improvements to resources that are available to us, but I think we can go farther. I also want to work with the Health and Wellness Committee to develop initiatives that make will improve everyday life on campus and make Vassar a healthy place to live and learn.
My previous work with SAVP and initiatives outside of it have shown me that like most campuses, sexual assault is an issue that remains as a major issue on campus. Furthermore, sexual assault within and against queer communities remains an issue few want to address or rectify. It is long overdue that we expand this dialogue to include queer survivors.
This is becoming longer than I wanted it, but I am passionate about fighting for racial, gender, and socio-economic justice in many forms and would love to have a conversation with anyone interested. Please contact me at email@example.com if you think of any questions or want to meet up to chat.
2018 Senator for Strategic Planning
2019 Senator for Activities
(Elected By Semester)
Paul Kennedy (Spring Semester)
Kevin (Do Hyeon) Park (Spring Semester)
My name is Kevin Park, and I am a Biology and prospective Education double major from Georgia.
I am currently involved in mostly two orgs on campus: VxF (Vassar Christian Fellowship) and EMS. I am on the executive board for both orgs and truly enjoy working with the people on both orgs.
As I got involved in these two orgs, I realized that there are many more beautiful orgs on campus that doesn't get heard often within the VSA and wanted to change that.
If elected, I would like to sit on Organization committee and Programming committee within Board of Activities and hope to manage and improve our organizations and programming in a way that our class hopes to see.
Thank you so much for your time!! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to ask any questions :)
Derek Sonntag (Fall Semester)
tl;dr Vote for me, I know my shit. Like, I really know my shit. De-rek is not a wreck! (I really tried, and that was the best punchline I could think of...)
If you are reading this, I would first like to thank you very much for taking the time to consider me and others for the next school year’s VSA positions. The fact that you are speaks to how much you care about the student government’s future. As someone who has tried to make student life better and improve involvement with the student(s?), this means a lot to me.
I'll keep this concise, though. Below is a little bit about me, what I have done so far in the VSA, and what I hope to do as Senator for Activities.
WHO AM I, YOU MAY ASK?
- Yeah, so I'm an economics and computer science double-major. In case you're curious, I'm studying abroad at Oxford in the spring, so I'll only be around for the fall.
- I like fundraising efforts. I was a volunteer for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a community group in Poughkeepsie. NLMH had a winter drive this year to raise money to help low-income families in the area be able to afford power for utilities during the winter, as the local monopolies would likely shut off their power if they couldn't pay.
- I like bad puns and I have a loud fucking sneeze.
WHAT HAVE I, LIKE, DONE?
- I was the Chair of Planning this past school year. As stated in the Governing Documents, I chaired the Planning Committee, and we've coordinated with many other committees in the VSA to get some serious shit done. This is the shit I got done:
- The first semester, I worked with the Chair of Health and Wellness to set up Project.Period. I wrote the Project.Period survey with Natalie Kopke (you might have taken the survey, and if you did, thank you so much because it was so helpful :D) then made an analysis of the survey results and proposed a financial plan for Project.Period. Once the products are purchased, it will be up and running! Free menstrual products for everyone!!!
- This second semester, Planning and Finance sat down together to restructure the Finance Committee. Finance is an undeniably flawed system, and for the past three or four months, our two committees -- along with other members of the Exec Board -- have been discussing ways to make Finance more equitable, more accessible, and more transparent. We will continue to work on financial restructuring until the end of the year and, if necessary, into the next school year so that we can make the system better for everyone.
- Besides what I'm tasked to do as Chair of Planning, I sat on Operations Committee and Finance Committee all semester. I have also worked with Organizations Committee a few times throughout the year.
WHAT WOULD I EVEN DO?
- I hope to continue working on Financial Restructuring throughout next year, if necessary. That way we can continue doing the work we have already been doing.
- Honestly, I love working with Finance Committee and helping people get the funding they need. It's my favorite part of working with the VSA. With my experience with Finance, I know where our outreach is lacking and I know how we can improve the committee and help be more accessible to you, the students. I love the things you do for Vassar's campus and I want to be able to help you all get what you need to do what you love.
And that's all I have to say! You can always message me on Facebook or email me at email@example.com (I doubt you will, but humor me; I'm asking for it at this point). Thank you for your support!
Kiki Walker (Fall Semester)
2019 Senator for Student Affairs
(Elected By Semester)
Maxwell Canty-Hilchey (Full Year)
My name is Max (he/him/his) and I’m from Piedmont, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. I live in Noyes in Anne Hathaway’s old room (!!) Unfortunately, Anne had to leave Vassar after her sophomore year to film for the Princess Diaries. People often compare me to Anne, and though it is my full intention to be cast as Mia Thermopolis, princess of Genovia, in a remake of the Princess Diaries, I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket. Now… more than ever… I need your help in landing the role of 2019 Senator for Student Affairs.
As senator, I would strive to ensure that Vassar continues to progress as an inclusive environment that promotes the well-being and safety of all students. I feel very connected to the class of 2019, and want to do something positive for our class/school. I intend to listen fully to every voice in our grade and do my best to be a representative of those voices. Being senator for student affairs means responsibility for all aspects of student life. I want to be your voice for the various concerns you may have as a Vassar student or just as a person in general.
As far as my resume goes, I have been a representative on Vassar’s judicial board and a Student Fellow in Noye’s House. In high school, I was captain of my mock trial team and editor-in-chief of the yearbook. This past Summer, I worked for the Attorney General of California and dealt with the stress of a high-pressure environment. The experience helped me develop strong communication and organization skills- tools that are essential for any VSA position. I am also mostly proficient in Microsoft office but still have some trouble with Excel :/
If you have any questions I warmly invite you to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) facebook message me (Max Canty-Hilchey) or Instagram dm me (@max.canty).
A vote for Max is a vote for Max
D'Angelo Mori (Full Year)
My name is D’Angelo Mori, my pronouns are he, him, his.
I am a first semester Sophomore pursuing a double major in Biology and Political Science. I am a member and a Sophomore Advisor of the Transitions program. I currently work two jobs as a mentor for first through third graders at the Family Center in Poughkeepsie under the R.E.A.L Skills program and I am an Intern for the Spiritual Life office. My interests are weight lifting, hip hop dancing, plants, and law.
As a low income, first generation, gay, Latino, being the 2019 Senator for Student affairs means more than a title I can add on my resume. It’s a position to which I can make certain marginalized groups and underrepresented communities are properly represented in order to diminish the conscious and unconscious biases, stereotypes, and discrimination against race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, mental illness, and dozens more of social justice issues within Vassar’s College’s community.
Of course, my duty/mission cannot be done single handedly, we all have a responsibility to strive for the equal and equitable treatment of others. As the roles of my position are to address issues of student life in an intersectional manner across committees and create guiding principles at the beginning of the academic year, I want to work within the board of Student Affairs in order to ensure the progression of our community by continuing intersectional dialogue surrounding current and future issues Vassar administration drop the ball with.
As a Sophomore Advisor for Vassar’s Transitions program, I was allowed to improve my skills in group programming, active listening, and critical thinking. In addition, I have had many opportunities to be involved with campus life such as being a member of CARES, VSA Student council member, and being the Class of 2019 Representative for Admission and Financial Aid. These particularly meaningful experiences have greatly enhanced my leadership, communication skills, and public speaking. My dedication, strategical thinking, and emphasis on quality work ethic will make me a valuable asset to the Board of Student Affairs.
Feel free to message me on Facebook message me or email me via email@example.com with any comments, questions, and/or concerns you may have.
2019 Senator for Strategic Planning
(Elected By Semester)
Marvin "Robin" Corleto (Fall Semester)
Hey y'all, my name is Marvin "Robin" Corleto (he/him/his), a Bio and French major and I'm running to be the Senator for Strategic Planning for Fall Semester.
Max Jahns (Spring Semester)
Janine Smith (Spring Semester)
2020 Senator for Activities
Hi Class of 2020!
My name is May Venkat (she/her/hers) and I am hoping to be your Senator for Activities. I am a strong-willed, caring, and passionate extrovert who wants your vote! I was executive president at my high school and want to continue refining my leadership skills at Vassar. I truly value organization and my planner is with me at all times.
As a senator, I have the privilege of representing you and working with the VSA. In particular, working as the Senator for Activities I will sit on committees such as Programming, Organization, and Finance. I want your thoughts and opinions to be heard (loudly and in my very Midwestern voice)!
Please reach out anytime on Facebook or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get to know me better or just say hi! :)
2020 Senator for Student Affairs
Theodore "Theo" Lewis Lawrence
2020 Senator for Strategic Planning
My name is Drew Solender (He, him his) and I want to be your voice in the VSA. Earlier this year, I ran to be your senator. My campaign for Senate energized me, and I enjoyed every second spent knocking on doors, jotting down people’s concerns and ideas and learning more about the diverse community that is Vassar class of 2020. The outcome encouraged me to do more, get involved and try my very hardest to be the right person for the job the next time around. That is exactly what I’ve been doing.
I’ve been awfully busy since September. I’ve joined the Vassar Debate Society and the Vassar Democrats, and I also served as the Director of Outreach for the First Year Programming Committee; you may have seen the facebook page. I made that! In addition, I am now a full time columnist for the Miscellany News where I write on politics and current events. I dedicate a lot of my time learning how to better conduct discourse, disseminate information and work for a better world and that is one unique thing I would bring to the table as your Senator for Strategic Affairs.
My goal as a Senator would be to be your voice in the VSA (Hence the slogan). Like I did last year, I will come door to door to fill my already well filled list of constituent concerns and ideas. I do this less to try to win votes and more to get my finger on the pulse of the average student. By speaking to the class of 2020 directly, I can better understand how to work for them in the VSA if elected. I believe it is the fundamental job of politicians and leaders to represent the people who elected them, and that is exactly what I will do.
If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on facebook or at Asolender@vassar.edu.
Thank you, and vote Drew Solender for Senator of Strategic Planning: Your voice in the VSA!
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To the class of 2018,
My name is Ashley Hoyle (A-Hoyle. Ahoy. Ha.)
I’d really love to be 2018 Class President.
I will not try to seduce you with promises of getting lobster in the deece or outlawing 9 AM classes, but I will work my absolute hardest to be an advocate for the class of 2018 and listen to the needs of my classmates.
Here are some concrete ways I will do that, nautically themed of course.
Message in a Bottle
Starting tonight, there will be a glass bottle and adorably undersized legal pad hanging on my door (Noyes 222)
. Feel free to stop by and drop me a note anytime, about any problem you want addressed, and I will do everything in my power to reach out and get that problem solved! Lost your V-Card? I will search high and low for it. Haven’t seen a womp-womp yet? I will catch one for you. Want something tabled at the next VSA meeting? Done.
During my campaign (and hopefully my presidency) drop me an email anytime at email@example.com if there is an issue that you think I can help resolve through committee work on the VSA. We’ll work out a time when you can come hang out in my room with my oversized stuffed squid Tarrence and tell me exactly what it is I can do for you.
Hittin’ the Deck
Daily during my campaign (and twice weekly during my potential presidency) I will stand for two hours out on the porch of the retreat (accompanied by Tarrence) and some nautically themed music to meet and greet all my classmates I haven’t yet gotten the chance to know. Please stop by to chat and get to know me a little better!
Keep an “Aye” Out
?Find me on Facebook to keep up with some pun-ridden hopefully hARRRlarious videos and promotions during campaign week!
On a serious note, I was a serious leader at my high school back home in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. I was the president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, chair of Relay for Life, a Drum Major for our 450 member marching band, our school mascot, and more. I have acquired the skills necessary to be an outstanding, organized, patient, and passionate representative for our class and sincerely hope you will give me that chance.
Thanks and hope to see you soon!
2018 Vice President
I was the Vice President of our class during our sophomore year, and I served on VSA council as Noyes' president for a lil bit, so I guess I have some idea of what's up with these VSA normies
anyway talk to me if u have questions. thanks
My name is Mark Lawson, and I'd love to be your 2018 Secretary! A little poem:
I carry around a pocket dictionary.
Merriam is my lil' vice secretary.
Vote Mark Lawson
Past experience includes 3 invigorating years on Main House Team, serving as the Freshman Rep, President, and Junior Super Duper Extra Student Fellow+. I am the current Vice President of the sketch comedy group, No Offense.
So if you want a pun-making, note-taking, and heart-breaking sec-sec, me.
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Cushing Programming Director
Do you want Cushing to stay on budget? Do you want our honest taxpayer's $$$ to go to noble causes? Yeah? I gotchu. Here are some examples of my responsible-ness as a young adult:
I eat multivitamins like three times a week. A++ dedication.
Only buy clothes when they're 75% on clearance with an additional 20% off.
I don't eat breakfast at the deece to save meal swipes.
All jokes aside, I promise on my honor as a short, nerdy, Asian girl, that I am plenty capable of being a great treasurer. Vote for me, or it's dishonor on you, your family, and your cow.
Hey everyone! I’m Anna (she/her/hers), a proud member of 1 East, and I would love to be your treasurer next year!
I love living in Cushing, and it is the House Team that has created the warm, friendly, and homey environment I now call my home. I want to give back to the home that means so much to me so that you all and the incoming Freshman will have as an amazing experience in Cushing next year as I had this year.
As a House Team Member, it will be my aim to represent all cushlings- I want to hear all your ideas and suggestions on things you want and/ or things you think can be improved. Cushing’s money is in safe hands with me, as I am very organized, detail oriented, and excellent at managing money.
Stop by my room (104), email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or message me on facebook if you have any questions/suggestions, or if you just want to talk!
Give me a small loan of a million dollars and I'll give you back a billion...
no but for real, you need someone about business to be your treasurer and I'm all about that business and stacking paper.
They say mo' money mo' problems but for me I see it as more money, MORE LIFE.
It's the money that can make a difference not the money that makes you different. If I was put in control of Cushing finances, I would be no different as I'm a saver who maximizes every cent, dime nickel, penny , or whatever you wanna call it.... my dude.. I made it to Atlanta and back over spring break for less than $50!
Once you dig deeper you will find that I have experience in various sections of Econ and math which I find will hold useful as treasurer.
Vote for me so I know it's real...
I'm like the meaning of life. Most of the time you won't think of me. But when you do, either I won't be there, or I'll just bore you to death.
PS: I think I filed on the spur of the moment just to tell this very pathetic joke, so vote for me or not, it doesn't matter lol.
Hey lovely Cushlings!! :)
My name is Ashley Kim and I'm a meme connoisseur and professional Netflix marathoner. I'm a small girl from a small town called Suffern, NY, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I’m running for Cushing Secretary. I’m a prospective Psychology or International Relations major with a Communications correlate and am on the Varsity Fencing team, UJIMA, and KoDC (Korean Dance Crew).
Cushing has always been a safe haven for me and everyone is always so friendly and welcoming here. I’d love to be a part of House Team next year and do my job with love, passion, and enthusiasm. I want to help maintain a safe space for all individuals and for all voices to be heard. As your secretary, I will keep these awesome Cushing events and House meetings running smoothly and efficiently, and communication between House Team and you lovely people will always be my priority. I am very organized and diligent and will work very hard for you.
If you want to talk or have any questions, just drop by Room 103 or contact me via my email (email@example.com).
it would be such a privilege to serve you guys as your 2017-2018 Cushing secretary.
Vote Ashley Kim for Secretary!
I'm Katie and I've had a great experience finding my place in the Cushing community this year (catch me in the mpr every night). I want to be on house team to help everyone feel at home in Cushing like I do!
I will make sure to be a committed member of house team and do whatever I can to listen to your ideas and reflect them in house activities. Feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come hang in room 245 if you have questions or suggestions. See you next year!
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What’s good Davi!
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Jaewon Kang (he/him/his), and I would be honored to be your House President for 2017-18. Just a little background info about me, I’m (most likely) a Chemistry major with either a Biology or Greek and Roman Studies correlate from the Super Bowl droughted city of Buffalo, NY, but I currently live in good ole’ Murray, Kentucky.
As fellow inhabitants of the dorm with the nicest basement (though Raymond is a close second), I would love and be honored to serve as your house president! I have strong background in leadership, for I served as your Freshman House Representative this year (nope, still no updates), Student Council President my senior year of high school, and class officer during my sophomore and senior years. Additionally, I have held other positions of office in various other clubs and organizations, including being a founding member of the Vassar Red Sand Project (a organization that raises awareness for human trafficking through art).
As President of Davi, my goal is to let everybody’s voice truly be heard-- and I mean everyone. I feel as if I’ve had a solid amalgamation of diverse experiences that would help me relate to many people of the house with various backgrounds and personalities. I’ve lived my life through the eyes of a minority in both culturally diverse and homogenous areas. I’ve lived in regions that despise guns to a region that contains more guns than people, and from a state where everything is bigger to a state where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. Also, I consider myself an introvert who is trying to be more extrovert. Because of this, I know the difficulty and anxiety when trying to get your voice heard in front of large groups of people. But I am here to assure you that I am here for you! Though every person’s experiences are different, I’ve been in similar shoes, and will help your thoughts be heard!
Lastly, I hope to continue the Davi tradition of being the House Team that our campus needs as oppose to the team that we want. Though big dance events and Villard Room parties are fun, events like the Hope Quilt and the Dorm Dinner that Davi hosted this year are events that I will strongly push for. Events like these not only bring our house together but the entire campus as well, and that’s what I believe a House Team should do.
Well, I feel like I have rambled on enough. If you ever want to talk, stop by room 300E or shoot me an email at email@example.com
I hope I can earn your vote on election day!
Davison Programming Director
My name is Kevin Fernandez (he/him/his). Since the first day of orientation, I have been a passionate advocate for Davison. When other students yelled out “Joss is boss” or “Main is bae,” I could have replied with “Davi all the way” but I had a better idea. I crafted many memories on my floor by directing music videos.
Since our arrival at Davison, we all formed close bonds with one another. I formed a family not only in Davison, but also in Vassar’s friendly community. Looking back at my own experiences and the lessons I learned, I can say that life would be completely different if I never lived in room 315. Because of the incredible experiences I've had at Davison, I want to ensure everyone loves and enjoys Davison as much as I have.
If elected, I will innovate our study breaks and generate new events for all class years. I will fight for transparency and equality for our student body. One of my ideas is to create multiple open mic nights with a theme, which gives students an opportunity to be heard. Thus acknowledging that Vassar is a safe community for all. Finally, I will reform the study breaks in order to make them more open and fun for all students.
My statement cannot reveal all of the passion and excitement I have to work on behalf of the Davison family. I care about your interests and your voice. I am concern about making sure everyone feels welcome at Vassar and is surrounded by people who truly care about him/her/them. Come share your ideas, and I will do my best to make them happen. I acknowledge that it will be a bumpy start, but I will never stop improving my ideas and projects. Overall, my goal as programming director is to act as a liaison for all students in Davison, while incorporating original and unique ideas.
I am pretty excited to right now. Anyways, if you want to chill or talk, come to my room at 315 or reach me by email, JFernandez@Vassar.Edu. Also, take care and good luck with the rest of the semester. I hope you consider me as your programming director.
Hey Davison!! This website will probably tell you that my name is Margaret (she/her/hers) but I've gotten pretty used to being called Meg. I would love to serve as Davison's programming director next year, and I think I'm the right mixture of wacky and organized to do the job justice.
Want cookies? Movies? Conversation? Meditation? Celebration? Cookies? I would welcome suggestions while throwing out my own ideas for inclusive and exciting events to help keep us sane over the course of next year.
Feel free to find or message me with any questions!!
- your aspiring prograMEGing director
Maxwell 'Max' Guarnieri
Dear Davison residents,
My name is Sarah Newman and I would be honored to take on the role as Treasurer of our house. It has been such a joy this year to closely connect with members of Davison House Team and stay updated on house related projects. After seeing how much creative thought and dedication this year's house team has so graciously put into our community, I only wish to be a part of this integral family next year. I believe I would excel in the role of Treasurer as I am extremely organized, detail-oriented, and attentive. As Treasurer of Kellenberg Memorial High School's Student Body, I worked to seamlessly coordinate the backstage chaos behind every school event. I have experience in managing funds and insightfully allocating money. In combination with the Economics courses I have taken and plan to take more of, I believe I would be well suited as the Treasurer of our house. Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Jillian Hornbeck (she/her/hers) am I am excited to be running for Davi House Secretary!
Davi has become like a second home to me, and I would absolutely love to be a part of House Team next year. A huge part of what makes Davi so great is the amazing people that make this house into the supportive, fun, and friendly place that it is. Ever since move-in day, when I was greeted by our energetic and enthusiastic House Team (who had no complaints about helping me carry all my stuff up to my room. And I over packed. By A LOT) I knew that I wanted to be a part of that wonderful group of people next year. So, here I am!
I am a very detail-oriented, organized person and I will do my best to keep meetings and events running smoothly. I love taking notes and making lists, and I hope that I will be able to do all of this next year as Secretary!
Please stop by my room (300C) or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or just want to talk!
And, in the words of my favorite TV secretary Pam Beesly, “There’s nothing better than a beautiful day at the beach filled with sun, surf, and uh, diligent note-taking.”
Vote Jillian Hornbeck as Davi House Secretary!!
My name is Natalia Santos (she/her/hers) and I’m running for Davison Secretary.
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m in the class of 2020 and am a prospective biology major (strongly considering medical school). I was born in Colombia, but I’ve lived majority of my life in Queens, home of diversity. If you’ve been to Matthew’s Bean, you can also catch me making some delicious (I hope they are?) lattes.
Honestly, when I first heard I was going to be in Davi during summer, I wasn’t sure how to feel (I hadn’t heard of it) and I was nervous I wouldn’t fit in. However, now I’m so proud to be a part of Davi and I’ve made some of my closest friends. It really is a family dorm. Our house team this year was amazing and super friendly. Study breaks were fun and Just Dance was probably the day we realized the talent everyone has in dancing. Salihah was slaying tbh.
Because Davi made me find my place and I’m thankful for the work done by house team this past year, I want to be a part of it next year. I think being a part of house team would allow me to show the class of 2021 why they should love being a part of Davi. I’ll also try to spread the word on study breaks and you can always make suggestions that I’ll address in meetings. Even though Davi is the best dorm on campus (not biased at all), we do have problems, so I’ll make sure that your voice is heard and if you ever need someone to talk with regarding a particular circumstance, I will help facilitate that communication. You can always knock on my door or pass by the study. I’ve been told I don’t sleep so don’t worry. My main goals as secretary would be to make everyone comfortable in having their voice heard, keep an organized collection of notes on meetings, and have information readily available to anyone who needs it.
If you have any questions, just contact me at email@example.com, message me on Facebook, or just stop by my room (317).
Thank you for reading this long statement. Vote Natalia Santos as Davison Secretary!
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Jewett Programming Director
Nanak Nihal Khalsa
Would you like a pool in the middle of the quad?
Would you like live elephants in the quad for Founders Day's wildlife theme?
If you answered yes to any of these, you should vote for me.
These are not going to happen. I will not actually do these. But they show what type of person I am:
And that's what Jewett needs in a programming director. I don't promise to do any of the above ideas because those will not be in my power. However, as Jewett's Programming Director, one thing will be in my power:
to make Jewett events more lit
My name is Cole Derksen (he, him, his) and I will be running as YOUR Jewett Treasurer! I know personally some of the activities put on by our amazing house team, (bagel brunch, speed (friend) dating, etc), made Jewett feel like a home and community, so I can't imagine something more rewarding then helping foster this same environment for next years Jewett crew!
Let me know if you have any questions or if you ever just want to introduce yourself. I'd love to get to know more of you guys in Jewett!
Your (hopefully!!) future treasurer,
Hi! I’m Maya (she/her/hers), the girl who face planted during the Brewer Games, if there are any missed connections out there. I’m also really excited to be running for Jewett Secretary!! In high school, I was my class Secretary during sophomore, junior, and senior year. Freshman year I was my class Athletic Rep, which is pretty ironic if you know me now, but I used to drink Gatorade. I’m amply equipped with the skills to lead this position and contribute to Jewett house team with great efficiency and practicality. As Secretary, I will stand for issues that tend be overlooked (e.g., drain flies) and offer direct communication for any residents that have comments or concerns regarding the house or entire campus. Jewett has become my home away from home, and if I could get that expression stitched on a satin pillow I would. In fact, I will—if you so graciously choose to elect me as Jewett Secretary!!
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Victoria "Vicki" Clarke
Hey Joss House!
My name is Vicki Clarke (she/her/hers), and as you can already tell, I am running for Joss House President.
If you haven’t met me yet, hi! I hope to see you during campaign season (bearing snacks, of course). On campus, I am a part of VCEMS and the Vassar College Orchestra, and I also work at the Dean of Studies Office. I’m from Hopewell Junction, New York and I’m a prospective STS major with a possible correlate in Chemistry. When I’m not in class, I’m probably watching The Office or playing Mario Kart/Super Smash Brothers with friends (even though I am far from good at it).
The main reason why I’m running for President, other than the fact that I adore Joss, is so I can give back. Transitioning to college life was one of the hardest endeavors I’ve had in my short life and without this year’s House Team, it most certainly would not have been as successful as it was for me. I’m beyond thankful for everyone I’ve had the pleasure to meet in Joss and for them helping me to become a better person. I want everyone to know that my door is and always will be open to those who need someone to talk to, someone to drink tea with, or someone to play ping-pong with (fun fact: the reason the net is up is because my mom helped set it back up during First Year move-in day).
As your House President, I will also be representing Joss on the Board of Residential Affairs. I hope to represent Joss with our three core values: mindfulness, heart, and individuality. I will work with them to help make our residential community even better than it already is. I will make sure to keep all of you informed on what is going on around campus (get ready for meme/gif/compliment filled e-mails every week!) and will help organize events like Battle of the Bands and countless Study Breaks.
Like I said, I am here to represent Joss House, which includes all of YOU. Feel free to stop by my room (Joss 209), e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org), write me a letter (Box 2018), or contact me on Facebook Messenger if you want to talk about anything!
tl;dr – Vote for Vicki Clarke for Joss House President. She’s a good one, I promise.
Hey Jossians, I’m super excited to be running for your House President for the 2017-2018 year! I’m Atticus and I use he/him/his pronouns, I’m from Brooklyn, NY, I live in 407, and am a first year likely majoring in Poli Sci with a correlate or double major in Education.
Joss Programming Director
Joshua "Josh" Samolchuk
Hello everyone! My name is Josh Samolchuk (he/him/his) and I would love to be your Programming Director for the 2017-2018 school year!
If we haven't met yet, here is a quick bio: I'm originally from the great state of New Jersey and am a Greek and Romans Studies major with possible correlates in Religion and Native American Studies. On campus, you may have seen me in any of the Barefoot Monkey's performances or awkwardly walking around the Deece looking for an empty table.
When I was younger, I went through a period of time where I wanted to be a wedding planner, and the urge to organize and bring events to fruition hasn't gone away. From planning several surprise parties for friends to being a part of the Relay for Life Planning Committee and making an agenda for weekly Scout meetings, I have had a hand in planning events big and small. Serving as Programming Director would allow me to use this set of skills for the betterment of the Joss, and by extension, Vassar community.
But I do not just want to be Programming Director to plan events. I believe that by planning thoughtful, inclusive, and exciting events, there is real potential to impact the culture of our house and college. I would love to use this platform to maintain the community of Joss that I have come to love during my first semester and a half at Vassar so that the incoming first-year class can have just as great an experience as I did!
Feel free to stop by room 418 (where I live) to ask me any questions you may have or just to say hey! ...but I know that its a lot of stairs to climb so feel free to message me on Facebook or shoot me an email (email@example.com).
Thank you and remember to vote Josh for Joss :)
For those I haven't met yet, my name is Tyler Hatch (he/him/his) and I'm running for Joss house treasurer. On campus I've been active in several orgs and worked for VAST (Vassar after school tutoring). I'm from Allentown, Pennsylvania and mostly likely going to be a Physics major with an Arabic language and culture correlate.
When I'm not in class I like to spend my time having weekly seances in Joss 307 (unfortunately all of them have been unsuccessful), jamming out to Carly Rae Jepsen, and watching vegan recipe videos.
Coming from a single-parent, immigrant household, college was not an easy transition. I want to make this as smooth as possible for the class of 2021 and to ensure that their time in Joss is as amazing as it's been for me.
As your treasurer I would ensure that the programs and events you want to see get the proper funding so they can be as rewarding as possible. I also want to be a person you all can go to to express your problems and concerns about Joss with, so that I can address them at house team meetings for you.
Feel free to reach me through Facebook, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by my room (Joss 211) if you have any questions or just want to talk! I'd love to hear your ideas on how to make Joss a better place.
I hope you all consider me, Thank You!
I'm Louisa Kuper, and I live over in Joss 229. I'm a prospective Biology or Neuroscience major, a member of the ultimate frisbee team, and a writer for Spoon University (look out for my rating of Nilda's cookies coming soon!)
I'd love to part of house team because I think that the Joss community is just as top notch as our bathrooms, and I want to be a part of organizing some super appealing events. I love taking careful notes, and I understand the importance of house team being organized so that events can be well-advertised and happen smoothly. I also understand the importance of being responsive to issues.
Vote for me because I care about making Joss the best place it can be by having fun events as well as a respect for the building and each other. Feel free to come by Joss 229, or email me at email@example.com.
Thank you and vote Louisa Kuper for Joss Secretary!
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Lathrop, drop top. Readin’ up books in the throp, throp, throp.
I am Elias Contrubis (he/ him/ his) and I am running for the position of Lathrop House president. I am an incoming sophomore from New York City, possibly double majoring in Computer Science and Physics. It is my goal for the upcoming year to represent Lathrop and the amazing people that live in this dorm.
In order to be a successful president, organization is of paramount importance. As a highly organized person, I will be able to smoothly orchestrate house team meetings, which would allow for greater efficiency. Of equal importance is the ability to be personable. I am a very social person who is not afraid to approach others and I understand the value of offering a listening ear.
Finally, while I am hesitant to make any concrete campaign promises, a top priority of mine, if elected president, would be to ensure that Lathrop is as inclusive as possible. With the recent injustices and acts of racism we have seen on campus, it is as important as ever that our residential spaces make every single resident of our house feel welcome and unafraid to be who they are. I will make sure that these ideals are at the forefront of next year’s house team’s priorities.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply stop by Lathrop 321.
Parveer "Parv" Kaur
Lathrop Programming Director
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Annika Rowland (she/her/hers), I live all the way up on 4 north (it's a pretty great view of the deece), and I am excited to say I am running to be Lathrop's 2017-18 Programming Director!
As an undeclared bio major and art correlate on a pre-med track who participates in several different campus orgs, you could say that I need to have my life pretty planned out. This is why I believe I would fit perfectly as Lathrop's Programming Director next year. I will be able to use my careful planning skills to create some intriguing and inclusive house programs throughout the year. Want to learn to bake a delicious treat but never had the means? We can use our stocked kitchen for that. Want to take a break from your work and watch some throwback movies or TV shows? We can do that.
Living in Lathrop during my freshman year has been one of the best times of my life, and all of the relaxing and entertaining house programs definitely played a role in this. I cannot wait to work with next year's house team to make living in Lathrop an as excellent, if not more enhanced, experience!
Feel free to hike up to room 409 or e-mail me at email@example.com with any questions/suggestions.
Thanks for your time and don't forget to vote Annika for Lathrop Programming Director!
Jo Hsuan 'Brian' Lee
Hello my fellow Lathropians,
After having been blessed with almost a year of CommuniTea and other study breaks, Brian is here to return the favor! Many may know of me as Elias Contrubis' Asian roommate, and note that while I am sincerely grateful for the recognition, he actually can't do as many pull-ups as I can. I (he, him, his) am a prospective STEM major who occasionally secures a starting position on the rugby team. Though Elias would phenomenally represent Lathrop as the president, a strong Cabinet is necessary for the efficiency of our government - the Lathrop Treasury needs a reliable candidate!
As the two-term "fund manager" for my highschool's elaborate t-shirt ordering agency for international students, I proudly declare that I shall embrace this opportunity to provide you fine people my solution-oriented and customer-centered service. I can crunch numbers day and night as long as there's a dollar sign in front of it, and this natural drive of mine ensures a streamlined resource distribution. I promise you that our funds will be used to benefit all students, and at the same time, any of your ideas are guaranteed to be put in action to the best of my ability.
I am excited to get more involved with our house events, and continue to establish Lathrop as the best community on Vassar Campus.
Jo Hsuan Brian Lee
For those of you who haven't met me, my name is Glyn Lloyd, and I'm an incoming sophomore from a small city in upstate NY I'm sure you've never heard of. So far, my limited time in Lathrop has made me very proud to be a member of such an amazing and unique dorm community.
The work that the house team does is critical to making Lathrop a more comfortable and fun place to live in. As a highly organized, math oriented person, and having had experience being the treasurer of my high school Honor Society, I think I would be useful in helping our house team achieve its goals.
Thanks for your time and consideration, and have a great rest of the semester!
My name Colby Morrison and I would love to be your next treasurer!
I have a strong interest in mathematics, and am planning to pursue a correlate in the subject.
Money is also cool. I too have money in my bank account, and also have experienced spending money.
As our economy falls apart in the next four years, I hope to make the next year a Strong one. At least for Lathrop.
Vote for me. Because I'm qualified....I promise.
My name is Sana and I'm looking forward to running for Lathrop Secretary! I'm from Marlboro, New Jersey and a proud member of 4 south. In my short time at Vassar, I have come to really appreciate the sense of community that Lathrop offers and I would love to contribute to making this dorm our home.
In the past, I have held various leadership positions, such as Vice President of French Club and Platoon Leader of my local first-aid cadet division. I would like to use my acquired skills to help our house team.
Thank you for your time! :)
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Main Programming Director
Hello Main House Residents,
I’m Kci and I would love to be your secretary. Our residential experience in college is important to how we view our experience, and I will work relentlessly with my fellow house team members to create a Main House with more community and unity. We are a large dorm, but we can have the same sense of comfort and togetherness that the other houses have. As Secretary, I would work to plan events that everyone can participate in, actively communicate with members of the house, and put my energy into making this house the best it can be. My goal is to create a more diverse, inclusive, and fun Main. While I want to maintain the traditions of this dorm, I think it’s important to create new traditions to add to the Main legacy. I am an organized and passionate person who will take the responsibility given to me seriously.
Your Hopeful Main House Secretary.
Hey Best Haus!
My name is Hanna Stasiuk (she/her/hers) and I would be honored to serve as your secretary for the 2017-2018 school year!!!
A little bit about me: I am from the Boston area and currently reside in the lovely 3 South (yay Main!). I plan on declaring a history major with an adolescent education certification at some point this spring. I am organized (catch me, as the greatest politician of all time, Leslie Knope, puts it, “jammin’ on my planner” at any point in the day), reliable, and love notetaking. I think I could bring the effort and enthusiasm necessary for a great secretary!
Why I am running: I truly feel like Main is my second home. When I first visited campus, I fell in love the beauty of the building. Now that I am ¾ of the way through my first year, I can honestly say that I love the people. Main residents are spirited, energetic, cool, and kind. I have felt welcomed every second of my time here, and want to give back to the community that I so greatly appreciate.
If you have any questions or just want to introduce yourself, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message (and friend me!) on Facebook. I am eager to hear what you have to say!
Remember: Vote Hanna for Secretary 2K17!
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I’m Prosper Onungwa (he/him/his). I’m an already declared computer science major and I’m running for Noyes president. First off, I want to thank you all for being wonderful people and making my transition from a Nigerian high school to The US as seamless and as pleasant as it was. Noyes has played a major role in the lovely Vassar experience I’ve had so far and for that, I’m immensely grateful to you all. Now I would like to give back to you lovely people that I’ve come to owe so much. I would be honored to be your next president.
As your president, I pledge a service of love and optimum efficiency. I was class captain in my senior year of high school (it's equivalent to class president) and testimonies of my tenure were quite astounding. If given the opportunity, my service as president will be a truly amazing experience for us all. Everybody's opinion and concerns will be heard and with the cooperation of an already superb house team, we'll ensure the realization of every positive change we want to see in Noyes. I will be a stellar representative of Noyes and our excellent values of inclusion, solidarity and integrity on the VSA board and on campus. I bring a vast, diverse local and international experience unique to only me and beneficial to us all.
Noyes will always prosper. Let's just make it official. Vote Prosper for president!
Noyes Programming Director
Class of 2020 (he/him/his)
There is a legend that states that a young lad came out of the womb with a strange blue aura and glow surrounding, permeating, and engulfing him. This child would grow up always feeling a relentless sense of longing for something more, something different…that is, until he came to Vassar, and specifically, Noyes house. Once there, he knew he had ended up at the right place, and that his calling was to be on house team where help to make Noyes, which is already the best dorm on campus, even better. On a more serious note, Noyes house, and more importantly, the community that makes up Noyes, is sincerely the first place where I have really felt at home. A lot of that I feel can be attributed to the tight-knit atmosphere that embodies Noyes, which I think is in part a result of some of the programming that Noyes offers. It is because of this that I would love to be the Noyes Programming Director.
I have truly enjoyed a lot of the programming that Noyes has offered this year, however, as with most things, I still feel that some improvements can be made. I would like to develop more community focused programming: programming that focuses not only on strengthening Noyes as a whole, but also individual floors, relationships between Noyes residents of different classes, and the relationship of the house team among the residents. In addition, I want to also develop programming that focuses on self-care. Finally, I would also like to implement things such as offering house meals and house trips to go to places like the ice skating rink and the Walkway Over the Hudson. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me, facebook message me, and of course talk to me in person.
Hi Noyes! :)
¡Hey Nars! My name is Sharen Rivas and I am running for Noyes Secretary. I look forward to working with the rest of House Team in order to help coordinate events and create a safe and comfortable environment for all Noyesians. I believe this position would allow me to give back to the community that made me feel welcome at Vassar. ¡ShaRUN to the polls to vote for me!
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Hey Griffins! My name is Noah Pliss and I'm running to be the Raymond House President next year. If we haven't met before, I'm using the pronouns they/them/theirs, I live in Raymond 302, and I'm a freshman interested in studying Religion and Sociology.
This year, I've had the pleasure of serving on the Raymond House Team as the First-Year Representative, and doing so I've gotten to know the ins-and-outs of Residential Life and House Team ethics at VC. I've also enjoyed acting in FWA's production of Bare: a Pop Opera and being a student activist in a new coalition of first-years called H2A: Healing to Action.
Through the work that I do at Vassar, I intend to make a direct impact in the educational experiences of my peers by providing them with welcoming, loving, and efficient spaces. I believe that this has to start with Residential Life. As the President of Raymond House, I want to energize the House Team to have a more personalized approach to Freshman Orientation that would cater specifically to the new needs of incoming students. I think that Vassar, experienced, is much different than I thought it would be upon enrollment. New freshman need both love and hardcore advice from the Raymond House Team. Throughout next year, I would like to work with Michael Drucker and the other brilliant members of House Team to create robust programming at the center of our House that communicates self-care, safety, and political intent to our residents. Strategically planned events with these baselines will help maintain the momentum that is built up during Orientation week to carry us through the year as a key influence in our Griffins' experiences.
After organizing around Cole Fisher's petition to the Board of Trustees, throwing Under the Stars, and holding a responsive circle after anti-black graffiti was found in the library, I believe that the current 2016-2017 House Team has done a remarkable job in creating a resilient voice for Raymond House. I intend to build off of their inspiration in the coming year!
Shoot me an email (email@example.com) or stop by room 302 if you would like to talk. Otherwise, see y'all in the hallways!
Raymond Programming Director
I’m Sammy (they or she pronouns), and I want to be your Raymond Programming Director! I’m from northeastern Vermont and I’m undeclared but leaning towards American Studies or something humanities based.
I love the community I’ve found in Raymond, and want to continue to build upon the work that House Team has done to foster such community as Raymond’s Programming Director. Because first-year orientation and the rest of freshman year is such a formative time for Vassar students, I want to focus on ensuring that next year’s first-years are equipped with the tools to navigate Vassar’s sometimes scary social and academic world. Some ideas I’ve had are: info sessions with the Office of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, a workshop on pronouns and gender identity, an event discussing Bias Incidents and racial violence on campus, and on the lighter side of things, trips to the roller rink in Poughkeepsie and the movie theater at the galleria.
Most of all, I want to get to know all of Raymond’s wonderful residents, because you are all so kind, talented, funny, and welcoming. Facebook message me, visit me in 315, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
Hello fellow Raymondites!! I am Sarah Boese (class of 2020) and I am I am running for Raymond House Treasurer. I will be a sophomore net year and am studying math and german here at Vassar.
I believe that in being treasurer I will have a unique ability to use my influence within House Team to make Raymond as welcoming as possibly. The sense of community I have experienced here during this last year has been amazing and also very grounding and I hope to extend that feeling into next year and create a similar, or dare I say better, experience for the incoming freshman.
I hope you vote for me for Raymond house treasurer!!
Juo-Hsi (Sylvia) Peng
Hello neighbors and friends!
My name is Sylvia Peng and I am a freshmen living in fourth floor. For those who don't know me, I am a perspective International Studies major and math correlate. On campus, I am involved in orchestra, the debate society, and contrast fashion magazine.
Because of living in Raymond, I have met so many kind and unique people and made some of my closest friends, EVER, so it would be an honor to be your Treasurer.
As the Secretary of Vassar Debate Society, I came to learn that finance is so important in any org because without enough money, events or programs are limited. Working in the debate exec board also allowed me to understand how org budgets work at Vassar, so I have confidence in advocating for our budget.
Despite our poor facilities, Raymond residents are known to have a tight knit community. I find that extremely admirable, but, at the end of the day, we deserve better! I hope to work as the treasurer to help rally funding for renovations and, at the very least, make some minor but important changes like installing another water fountain or new shower curtains.
If you have any questions or suggestions contact, me at email@example.com or come by room 417 for some tea, toast, or rice! (my roommate splurged on a lot of kitchen appliances)
Feel free to reach out on Facebook or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Strong Programming Director
Hi! My name is Mackenzie Nielsen and I'm running for Strong House Programming Director. I would love to get more involved on campus this coming school year and I think House Team is a really amazing way to do so! I really love to plan events so I think this position would be perfect for me! Also the dorm environment in Strong is super awesome and think I could help to continue it's greatness and push it to be even better next year being the Programning Director.
(I'll keep this brief)
I'm Dea and I want to work with next year's Strong House team as your treasurer to make sure Strong can continue to serve as a warm and welcoming home to all of its residents. I moved to Strong this semester and I immediately fell in love with its unique charm (plus it's close to everything).
You should feel confident when casting a vote for me because I have a lot of experience working with budgets, requesting funds, etc. (I am also currently a member of the VSA Finance Committee), and I am organized and accountable– qualities I believe make me a great candidate for this position.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions via e-mail or on Facebook. Vote for Dea!
Jillian 'Jill' Frechette
If we haven’t met yet, my name’s Jill (she/her/hers) and I’m running for secretary! Some background on me: I’m from central MA, am planning on majoring in English with a correlate in French (and possibly doing pre-med, but the prospect of orgo is terrifying). I’m currently involved with The Misc and Vassar On Tap, and you can usually catch me Wednesday evenings at study breaks. I’m organized (my planner is color coded!), probably one of the best note takers of all time (ask any of my friends), and know everything I know about politics from The West Wing and Parks and Rec (just kidding!).
Coming in as a freshman last fall I was a little terrified (isn’t everyone?), but everyone in this house (especially House Team) has made my time here so enjoyable! Strong provides an atmosphere that is so welcoming and uplifting (I love the self care corner), and I’d love to be able to contribute to that next year (freshmen and upperclassmen alike!)
If you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to message me on Facebook, send me an email (email@example.com) or visit me in 408!
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Terrace Apartments President
Kaden Grae (Wood)
My name is Kaden Grae (he/him/his), and I'm a rising senior at Vassar. I'm an urban studies major with concentrations in earth science and political science.
I'm a member of the Vassar rugby team, as well as a member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). Both of these organizations have a focus on responsibility and safety for yourself and those around you. Harm reduction.
As your TA president, I would work encourage the adoption of harm-reduction policies by both the VSA and the Vassar Administration. For the health and safety of our community, we need a total review of Vassar's new party policy. As it stands, it encourages dangerous behavior that impacts everyone here. Nobody wants to be involved in an EMS call, and my goal is to implement policies and revisions that will reduce the amount of students who require EMS. Additionally, I want to see a formal confirmation from, ResLife and Safety and Security, that the Good Samaritan Policy applies unequivocally.
I also believe in full transparency. I will take whatever steps possible to engage as many students as possible in policies and decisions that directly effect them. I will also work to encourage the full disclosure of discussions and voting on all Boards, Councils, and any other role that I serve.
Thanks for your consideration!
hey pals :)
Terrace Apartments Treasurer
Terrace Apartments Programming Director
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Town Houses President
Town Houses Treasurer
I've been on finance committee for three years.
I do work.
Please consider me for this position.
Town Houses Programming Director
I would love to do outdoor dining events. I want to foster a strong TH community; I am very open to ideas.
Please consider me for this position
I'm Glynnis Olin and I'm running for Town Houses Programming Director because I want to make Vassar a fun and exciting place for everyone!
I plan on creating social opportunities for the Town House community to bond, as well as larger campus-wide events that will bring all students together in an inclusive, positive environment.
We have enough daily stress from our classes, jobs, and extracurriculars, so why don't we have some fun programming, too?
Vote Glynnis for Town Houses Programming Director!
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Town Students President
Town Students Treasurer
Town Students Programming Director
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South Commons President
South Commons Treasurer
South Commons Programming Director
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Cooperative Housing President
Cooperative Housing Treasurer
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Judicial Board Chair
Hello friends and peers,
My name is Noah Webster (you may know me as the one who wears a blue and white hat with a tree on it everywhere), and I have been a member of the Judicial Board since my first year at Vassar. I value the work that the board does, and have been honored to serve as Chair during this 2016-17 academic year. We have seen a number of logistical changes in how we have managed the student conduct process this year, many of which have resulted in positive improvements for board members and, I believe, for the campus as a whole. We have had many more active participants in Student Conduct work than in several years prior, which I am proud to have helped with.
I would relish the opportunity to serve in this capacity again. I know the Student Conduct system very well and would like to see it improved even more going forward. Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for participating in the campus election process.
- Noah Webster, Vassar Class of '18, Blue Tree Hat Guy
Judicial Board 2018 Representative
My name is Yvonne Yu and I am running to be one of your 2018 Judicial Board Representatives! I am a Biology and Education double major from Princeton, NJ.
For the last three years, I have lived in Jewett and was part of Jewett House Team as a Student fellow and HFI. Next year, I will be serving as the Senior Community Fellow for Joss House Team. In addition, I have worked on Campus Patrol for the past three years and have been a Supervisor for the past two. In these positions, I have often interacted both with students and administration, acting as a liaison between the two. From this, I have developed important communication and enforcement skills in a variety of issues, including academic, social and private. I believe that my past experiences and commitment have prepared me for addressing various conduct issues in Judicial Board panels. Last year I was elected as one of the Judicial Board reps but due to a change in VSA policies I did not serve on the student conduct panel. If re-elected, I hope to serve on the panel next year and I will be a responsible, just and dedicated representative, so please consider me!
Feel free to reach out for questions or comments - firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Judicial Board 2019 Representative
Hi Class of 2019! I'm applying to be a judicial board rep from the standpoint of already being a member of Vassar's separate Student Conduct Board. Last summer, I was called to do jury duty in my hometown, and as dreaded as that might sound, I ultimately learned so much from listening to a difficult sexual assault case and then interacting with my fellow jurors while we had to decide someone's innocence or guilt. This motivated me to join the conduct board here at Vassar, where I learned that delivering sanctions is not about "punishment" or "justice" so much as it is about creating the most good for Vassar's community, or motivating a person to succeed past a small misstep. Now, I and my peers try our hardest to deliver sanctions in line with this philosophy, and I would greatly value the opportunity to do this on the judicial board as well.
Kevin (Do Hyeon) Park
Judicial Board 2020 Representative
Hello, Class of 2020! I am applying to be a judicial representative for our class year! Although I may not have any prior experience serving on any judicial board, I do love hearing both sides of an issue and then making a logical decision based on both side's cases. I do however have experience in going to my local government's county commission meetings, watching and analyzing how certain people within my county make their decisions. I want to help Vassar students and not hurt them in any way. Nor do I want any student that has been charged with misconduct to feel as if the Judicial Board's purpose is solely for trying people in a malicious way, but for the student to see that the board is there to create a positive and all-inclusive environment for the Vassar community.
Hey, class of 2020! My name is Claire Kendrick and I'm running for the privilege of being your Judicial Board representative. Why Judicial Board, you ask? Disciplinary action can often seem scary or unfair (I know because that's how I felt every time someone I knew got kicked out of my boarding school), but I hope to use this role to make decisions that are fair and benevolent because I care about making Vassar a happier and safer place for everyone.
Though my high school didn't have a student government, I spent a significant amount of time working with the administration through my various leadership positions, especially during my senior year. Through my work as an editor of the school newsmagazine, heading the Jewish Student's Association, and in the admissions and advancement offices I have dealt with a diverse array of problems, highly confidential information, and seemingly constant decisions to be made. I think this experience will help me contribute positively to the Judicial Board and to our community.
Please feel free to reach out to me by email (email@example.com), on Jewett 5Tower, by smoke signal, or however. Thanks, class of 2020!
My name is Dylan Smith and I am running for the Vassar Class of 2020 representative on the Judicial Board. As an upstanding student with no previous conduct violations and no intention to commit any future violations, I am the right person to hold this position. In addition, I believe in the importance of holding students responsible for their actions, as well as following rules to ensure the productivity, effectiveness, and accountability of the VSA. Students have a responsibility to the Vassar community to follow the rules established by that community, and we have a responsibility to make sure those rules are followed.
To say, briefly, what interests me about this position: I have been involved in Mock Trial in various forms for the past 5 years, and through my experience I have developed an interest in legal systems and proceedings.
Thank you for taking the time to read this statement.
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Committee on College Life (CCL) 2018 Representative
Committee on College Life (CCL) 2019 Representative
we've got a bubble to pop.
Committee on College Life (CCL) 2020 Representative
IT'S YO BOI PAT AND HE'S BACK
I drew that one cover photo for the Vassar 2020 Facebook page with the library and the sun with sunglasses and bet if it got a hundred likes, admin gotta make it the official cover photo, but it got over a hunnidfiddy
click this link for a tiny throwback to last summer
Get you a representative that can make the rain stop and the sun shine through the clouds, someone who can make the grass green and the flowers bloom... Spring's long overdue and your college life ain't no college life without em bees buzzin
VOTE FOR ME NOW AND TOMORROW ....
1. Deece food will taste better
2. Raymond will be renovated
3. Memes of Color will blow up bigger than UC Berkeley Memes for Edgy Teens
In all seriousness, I'm here to put a hint of goodness into the things that happen on this campus. Vassar's a unique school with a character that's defined by all our lives, so let me be the representative that can help you do what you love.
Patrick Eom (he/him/his) is a South Korean Freshman from California. He loves to ride his bike and is a Computer Science major pursuing the Dartmouth program. He's a DJ in his free time with his best friend forever Sam Kim.
Committee on Inclusion and Excellence Representative
Hey, everyone! I'm very excited to run for this committee, in short, because I want to have a part in improving the Vassar experience for all current and future students. This job requires more than just my own perspective, so I really look forward to hearing and representing other students' ideas through this position.
Currently, I am a representative on the First Year Orientation Committee, and I really enjoy providing the insight of others as well as my own in order to improve future Orientation programming. Running for Inclusion and Excellence feels like a continuation of my work in the Orientation Committee.
I'm always refreshing my email, so you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!
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