Spring 2011 Candidates and Statements
My name is Tanay and I want to be your VSA President. For the past three years I have worked diligently to create a campus that caters to the needs of all Vassar students. I served as Class of 2012 Vice-President and President, freshmen and sophomore year respectively, and now I sit on the VSA Executive Board as the Vice-President for Activities. Throughout my time serving as a representative I have navigated through the VSA resources and learned how to use them to their full potential. For example, as Sophomore Class President I received many complaints regarding the limited operating hours of the library, therefore, I was able to use my position to help lead the class gift campaign that created the current 24-hour study space in the library. Similarly, this past year as Vice-President for Activities, I was able to respond to student demand for more diverse programming by helping establish UPCafé. UPCafé is now open from 8pm to 2am, Thursday-Saturday for students who want to go out on weekend nights, but don’t necessarily have a desire to attend all-campus dance parties.
Although it’s great that I have used my time on VSA Council productively, it is also unfair that only VSA officers have the opportunity to implement new programs and policies. Since every student is a member of the VSA, all students should have access to VSA resources so that everyone, elected official or not, can help shape Vassar for the better. If elected VSA President, I will educate incoming freshmen during orientation about the different ways that students can use the VSA. Better educating the campus on how to use VSA funding, gain access to building spaces, write potential amendment changes and contact administrators will help more students with their initiatives.
Some students do try to understand the complicated, bureaucratic politics and procedures of the VSA, however, there are many more students who make an active decision to disengage with student government. Oftentimes we hear people describe Vassar students as apathetic, and therefore, suggest that it is impossible to get them to care. I don’t believe this, and you shouldn’t either. Vassar students are some of the most passionate people I have ever met! The VSA must be relevant to students in order for them to care about it, but there must be a way to engage student voice in order to know what’s relevant. If elected as VSA President, I will work to make student government a more open resource that supports and empowers student initiatives. Listed below are my priorities for the upcoming year:
RE-VAMP THE CONSTITUTION.
*Update the current documents.
*Eliminate contradictions in the constitution and by-laws.
*Restructure the VSA so that it is a more active, inclusive, efficient and effective body.
*Make the language of the constitution more accessible to students.
INCREASE COMMUNICATION WITH THE STUDENT BODY.
*Use campus-wide surveys as a means to gather student opinions.
*Publicly post the VSA agenda and forums weekly.
*Open all VSA subcommittees to students at-large.
*Create a system in which students can come and use VSA resources in order to help with their personal, non-VSA organization sponsored projects.
BUILD STRONGER NETWORKS WITH POUGHKEEPSIE.
*Partner with Poughkeepsie High School (PHS) to start a mentor program with PHS’s student government association and VSA.
*Establish the first annual “Day At Vassar,” where we bring people in the community to Vassar and invite them to attend our events, shows and lectures for a day.
*Coordinate more events that connect students, faculty, staff and alums.
*Decrease the amount of events on the calendar by rewarding student organizations that choose to collaborate.
BUILD STRONGER SUPPORT SYSTEMS.
*Develop stronger pre-professional advising programs.
*Work with the VP for Student Life to establish more resources on campus for students dealing with depression and anxiety.
*Establish a relationship abuse charge.
CELEBRATE THE VASSAR COMMUNITY.
*Create a “Game of the Month” highlight for athletics in order to promote Vassar pride.
*Continue Sesquicentennial celebrations that highlight Vassar history while looking at it critically.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to me more about my plans for next year, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President for Student Life
Dear Vassar Student Body,
For those of you I haven’t met (and I hope that will change), I’m Charlie Dobb, and I’m running to be Vice President for Student Life for 2011-2012.
The center of my campaign is one simple question for every student on this campus: what is your challenge to next year’s VSA Council? Every year students should be challenging Council to listen to their passions, concerns and interests and respond accordingly. I hope I have a chance to be part of that response. Over the coming weeks I hope to hear from many of you what your challenge to next year’s Council is, and I intend to reach out to the dozens of active individuals and organizations on this campus dedicated to student life issues to get their challenges. But, for right now, there are at least a few challenges of my own I intend to address if elected:
- The formation of an Advisory Council on Inclusion. For several years now Vice Presidents for Student Life have worked diligently, along with the Committee on Inclusion and Excellence, to review and implement the committee’s suggestions for improvement. There are a lot of informed voices on this campus that could be an additional voice in that process. I hope to unite leaders from a broad spectrum of student life organizations, including, for example, Queer, ALANA, and spiritual orgs, in an Advisory Council for Inclusion, which could both support its own agenda and actively advise Council.
- The passage of an official relationship abuse charge. This year’s Council has worked diligently to put a relationship abuse charge in the college regulations, only to be challenged by the administration to prove relationship abuse is a “campus issue.” I intend to meet that challenge. Through further discussions and an active campaign to raise awareness on campus, I’m confident this important regulation can be added in the coming year.
- Perform a critical and thorough review of the meal plan. I know -- every year representatives run on this platform, and every year there are no changes. Next year is different though: Aramark’s contract is up for review and we have a rare chance to make an impact. I intend to gather a diverse group of students at large to advise on this issue, including vegans, vegetarians, and students with dietary restrictions.
- A transparent and inclusive restructuring of VSA Council. It’s no secret that the VSA governing system needs work. It’s also no secret that this year’s efforts, though valiant, were far from perfect. Next year, students will be involved from the very beginning. The process will start, not end, with large student forums and discussions on the issue, and will be handled by an open committee consisting of members of Council and students at large. The end result will be a popular compromise that emphasizes both inclusion and efficiency.
I’m confident I can rise to all of these challenges and more. I have served for two years now as a proud member of Jewett house team, first as a student fellow and then as a Student Advisor. In addition, I’ve been a listener with CARES since my freshman year. I’m confident my experience with these integral elements of Vassar student life have given me an acute understanding of the college’s workings and a close connection with the interests and demands of students.
So, what is your challenge to me? To next year’s Council? Let me know, shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com or come by Jewett 215. Whatever it is, I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to rise to it as your Vice President for Student Life.
"Alo Alo" Vassar...
Je m'appelle Sharon Onga. I am running for VP for Student Life.
I plan to solicit and encourage practical alternatives and revisions to current procedures concerning Student Life. I am committed to doing work that ensures a cooperative Student life atmosphere and complements academic excellence for all members of the Vassar community. My goals include:
-giving students all the resources this office has to offer in order to organize more events that effectively supplement student life. I also plan on working with VP for Activities to strategically schedule these events for maximum attendance.
-leading and contributing to efforts that enable workers on this campus to get the benefits they deserve because I strongly believe that the Vassar community cannot thrive if the very people who sustain its day to day functions are not satisfied.
-continuing work that imagines and puts into action practical solutions to the realities presented in the CIE Audit Document.
-engaging in work that revises, updates and nuances the freshman orientation program in ways that supplement the efforts of the Campus Life office, ResLife and The office of Health Education.
-engaging in work that gets Alumni and Alumnae more in-tune with the realities and needs of the students on a range of issues; from Dorm Renovations to Life After Vassar.
-encouraging students to find alternative ways to deal with the dining issues while being actively involved in the conversations and negotiations with Aramark.
ie: Slow Foods, Tree city
-This might mean making good use of Matthew's Mug
since the VSA passed a motion to remove the Bar.
We have 100+ committees. Reading the VSA constitution/bylaws and attending council meetings are not conducive to a complete and clear understanding of how VSA runs.
In order to do work that satisfies student needs, as the chair for Student Life, I will make sure Student Life Committees are more inclusive of Non-VSA council members. The best way to get more students involved with the VSA is to have more at large VSA members sitting on committees. This will create points of entry for suggestions, critiques and revisions. This will also empower students to claim a space in and responsibility for our shared working, living and learning journeys.
It takes imagination, ideas and a group of people who are unafraid to work for the change they want and demand. If elected, We: Vassar students and the Dean of the College Division, will be committed to addressing the realities of student life through practical alternatives and revisions.
Vote On PAR
Onga for Practical Alternatives and Revisions
Vice President for Operations
To my dear Vassar College,
My name is Jenna Konstantine and I present myself to you as a candidate for next year’s Vice President for Operations.
I am the proud President of Noyes, which has given me the opportunity to sit on VSA Council and on the Operations and Student Life Committees this year. If you vote for me as your VP for Operations, I’ll be going into the job with a year of experience on the VSA Council and with an established familiarity with our governing documents.
As VPOP, my primary goal would be to more effectively communicate VSA initiatives to the student body. This communication would provide students with the context and resources to carry out initiatives of their own. Especially in light of the recent controversy surrounding the constitutional referendum, my goal is to increase clarity, education, and to turn the VSA Office and VSA Committees and Council meetings into spaces where students at large go to make things happen.
As your Vice President for Operations, I would:
MAKE THE VSA MORE ACCESSIBLE – As the person in charge of VSA operations and communications, my first actions as VPOP would improve the system through which students gain basic information about VSA happenings. Every Vassar student is a member of the VSA, and we need to give people the tools to access the resources they need.
Students should know what we’re talking about and when and should know how to be participants in the conversation. I would clearly advertise and update VSA committee meeting times and agendas, to better connect passionate students at large with issues that are being addressed by council. This education could be accomplished through the already-established avenues of the VSA website, blog, and Twitter, as well as through better communication with The Miscellany News.
I would establish and adhere to a strict timeline regarding when meeting agendas and meeting minutes are available to the student body.
I would work to establish the VSA Exec Board and Council as a more consistent presence on campus. I plan to experiment with creating a more central, physical VSA presence in the College Center, such as a message board or more frequent tabling by Council members, in order to better promote participation among students at large in establishing a campus agenda.
MAKE OUR SYSTEM EASIER TO UNDERSTAND – Only with a thorough understanding of our current system can we make effective improvements.
I am prepared to study, memorize, publicize, color-code, and auto-tune our governing documents. I plan to continue the current Operations Committee’s efforts to clean up the Constitution and Bylaws and mold them into simpler, shorter, more consistent language that students who don’t have countless lonely hours of unoccupied time will actually be interested in reading.
One possible project is to create a series of online videos, specifically targeted at incoming freshmen, that would explain the VSA structure and function, promoting an understanding of our student government before the class even arrives on campus.
CONNECT YOU TO ALUMNAE/I - I would serve as the student liaison between the student body and Vassar Alumnae/i.
I would continue fundraising efforts through our alumnae/i network to support Vassar’s needs and would continue to incorporate Vassar graduates into campus events.
I would attempt to compile a list of alumnae/i and the activities they were involved with at Vassar so current VSA orgs can form ties with interested graduates.
I would work with the Career Development Office to offer more relevant programming that will make more meaningful, career-building connections with Vassar alumnae/i.
BE HAPPY TO SEE YOU –
I am chronically enthusiastic and have a delightful telephone voice!
I am a believer of doing what I can to make sure that the people around me have what they need to operate to their full potential.
I am excited to see what this campus can do.
Also, I don’t sleep much, so more time for office hours, eh?
Have questions about me or my plan? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Noyes 318!
Hi everyone! For those of you who don't know me, I'm Michael Mestitz '12, a triple major in Economics, Philosophy, and Medieval-Renaissance Studies (long, nerdy story), and I'm asking you to vote for me to be your VP for Operations next year.
I'm one of the student chairs of the Sesquicentennial celebration this year, and I've been active with VSA committees in the past, serving for two years each on the Committee on Inclusion and Excellence (CIE), where I worked on the cultural audit released this fall, and the Campus Master Planning Committee (CMPC), helping to create a master plan to guide campus renovations in the upcoming years. Last year, I served as Noyes House treasurer. In addition to my VSA activities, I keep myself busy as a tour guide for the Admissions Office. Finally, I'm also a columnist for the Misc's Humor and Satire section.
Those are my qualifications on paper. Let me talk about how they relate to the job description for a minute, and then we can get to the interesting stuff: my ideas, and why I'm passionate about running for this position. One of the things that I've most enjoyed while at Vassar is working on committees, and the VP for Operations is responsible for overseeing the committee system; having been on committees since my freshman year, I'm invested in including students in the committee process, and familiar with the problems with our committee system. (More on that later.) As a Sesqui chair, I've been working closely with the Development Office, and that experience will directly help me with the development and fundraising side of the VPOP's duties. Finally, I'm meticulously organized (You can't make an omelet without... making a few spreadsheets?), and interested in procedure and policy. Yeah, that sounds really boring to most people, but it makes me enthusiastic about even the constitutional nitty-gritty of the job, including managing the day-to-day work of the VSA.
Given my experience with the various aspects of the VPOP's job, I feel like I'd make a good VP for Operations. Combining that with my passion for Vassar and for working on committees and in student government, I feel like I'd make a great VP for Operations. As VPOP, in addition to my normal duties, I would have three major goals for the VSA next year relating to the VPOP's responsibilities and coming from my own experiences working in the VSA structure: transparency, education, and efficiency.
The debate about the changes to the VSA constitution this spring brought a lot of concern about transparency to the forefront. I believe that the VP for Operations, as the person responsible for VSA communications, needs to provide students with the calendar for VSA committee meetings, most of which are open to any interested student. Further, students should have the option of "opting-in" to a list-serv email that will provide in-depth weekly updates, containing reports from the exec board on their current projects, meeting minutes from the week previous, and the agenda for the upcoming council session (this in addition, naturally, to the updates and full-campus emails sent to all students). This same information would be available on the VSA website at any time. The "opt-in" system allows interested students to receive email, without cluttering the inboxes of those students who don't want that level of information. Which brings us to...
Another thing made apparent by the debate this spring was that students will increase their stake in government if they understand what's going on. To this end, I would offer a few open meetings throughout the year to educate interested students in the governing documents of the VSA, and on the committee structure as a whole. The cultural audit suggested that there was significant confusion among students about who to go to with comments or concerns about any given thing (food, 24 hour space, academic honesty); one of my immediate projects over the summer would to be compile an easy directory for all students that comprehensively lists all student representatives serving on VSA and joint committees (those like CIE and CMPC with students, faculty, and administrators represented). My other project would be a guide to college offices and deans, in order to try to clear up confusion which may remain about who to contact: which dean is in charge of the library, for example? (A: the Dean of Planning and Academic Affairs.)
I promised to address the pitfalls of our committee system, and those pitfalls fall clearly into the efficiency category. Oftentimes, two different committees may be working on similar or related ideas, but neither knows about the other. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and, given the number of committees we have at Vassar, there are two left feet somewhere and a trombone section playing an entirely different song. As VP for Operations, I would schedule periodic meetings with the student representatives on committees and ask them to give me a quick summary of the work their committee is doing- a simple step I hope will encourage communication between committees and allow for a more collaborative and less fractured work environment. In addition, a comprehensive review of the VSA bylaws and constitution should be undertaken,in order to ensure they're in agreement with each other; when they're not, we run into problems like this spring's series of judicial hearings.
If that was too long to read, the essentials are: I'm qualified, committed, and interested in enhancing the transparency and efficiency with which the VSA works by keeping interested students educated informed about what the Council and committees are doing, and how they can participate.
To those of you still reading, thanks for taking the time to check out this statement. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please shoot me an email at email@example.com or Facebook me; I'm JYA this semester in England, but I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I would love to hear from you, and I would deeply appreciate your vote.
Vice President for Academics
Hello, I am Kate Dolson, and I am currently running for VP of Academics. Over the past year, I have served on council as Ferry Representative and on the Academics Committee within the VSA, witnessing firsthand the workings of the VSA and the responsibilities of this position. This experience has given me a wealth of insight and ideas about how to improve the academic environment for every student here.
Academics is a huge component of our Vassar experience (it is why we are all here), but often we as students ignore the role we could be playing in shaping our own academic environment. Over the past year, I have seen the importance of that student voice and the need someone to stand up for it in these discussions. I intend to protect aspects of your education you find important, whether it be developing a more extensive advising network for underclassman or working to maintain the greatest equality possible during pre-registration. As VP of Academics, I plan to, among other things:
* Revamp the pre-professional advising system. This is an area where Vassar academics really falls noticeably short; even where there is institutional support, such as the pre-med office, resources are spread far too thin. I would like to work with the administration and faculty involved to make these the resource they should be.
* Look closely at the experiences of students with disabilities within academics at Vassar. Ideally, I would like to collaborate with Student Life on this project, aiming to make all aspects of campus life as accessible as possible to an often overlooked and marginalized group on campus.
* Connect with community eduction programs, such as those through the Family Partnership Center. I would like to work not only to respond to the needs and concerns of the students involved but also to encourage more people to get involved in the great Poughkeepsie community.
* Form a Board of Major Committee Chairs. This idea began as a response to the decrease of students sitting on CCP (Committee of Curricular Policies). Through this forum, I would be able to reach out to a broader array of voices on campus and hear concerns specific to departments.
* Get credit for labs. We are so close. This can and will happen.
* Developing a Social Consciousness requirement. The idea behind this is that social consciousness is an integral part of Vassar, from our dedication to need-blind and diversity to the myriad of departments, administrative committees, and student organizations which have this focus. Should not this be reflected by the classes we take as well. However, as this is a far reaching goal, I would hope next year to create a space where these discussions can happen and where student interest in this kind of initiative can be gaged.
* Create a VSA sponsored teach in series focusing on world and local events. Through collaborating with various student organizations as well with professors and departments, I hope to create a safe space where a dialogue on important current events can be cultivated.
* Continue working on the peer-advising database. This is a program designed to help underclassmen, not yet very familiar with academics at Vassar, get advice from fellow students. I would especially push for this to be included in freshman orientation.
* Push for greener practices within academic departments and administration. This could be as basic as trying to get departments not to buy bottled water at events or as far reaching as trying to get CEQs as well as registration forms (such as add/drop or major declaration) online.
More important to me than any of these goals, however, I want to focus on the issues that matter to you. For that reason, I think it imperative to make the VSA and this position on it as open and accessible to student body as possible and I intend to work tirelessly towards that end.
As you know, there has been a lot of talk lately about restructuring the VSA. While the proposed changes did not pass, the whole experience has given the new council the opportunity to continue the discussions that this process began. It has shown in what areas the VSA is not adequately supporting the student body and what things need to change. In my role on the executive board, I will:
* Push for greater transparency. I know, everyone says it, but this is really an issue I am passionate about. The VSA is supposed to be a voice for the students among administration, faculty, and staff; if the students are uninformed and uninvolved, how can the VSA be effective representatives?
* Continue the discussions about reforming and restructuring the VSA. Unlike the process this semester, however, I would like to open up the forum to everyone, asking you all what you want your student government to look like. Perhaps these goals seem a little ambitious and idealistic, but I am convinced they can happen. Over the past year, I have seen the potential the VSA has to enact change on this campus and I am determined to work hard for the change you want.
Towards that end, I would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about any questions and concerns you might have. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time.
Hi! To those of you I’ve never met, let me quickly introduce myself. My name is Mariah. I love to cook and I have a cat named Dog. I’m currently the president of Jewett, and I’ve had an amazing experience this year representing the dorm and the people I love. As president, I’ve been an active member of the VSA Council and its internal Academics, Finance, and Operations committees, as well as the Library committee. Something else about me is that I really like meetings. The things I’ve done as a student leader this year have kept me pretty busy, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it because this is exactly what I want to be doing: I truly do value being part of a process that helps to shape our experience as students at Vassar. I know that for many students the VSA seems far away, like a different world that doesn’t have anything to do with them. I also know that, though I will do my best, I will not be able to change everyone’s mind about this divide. Regardless, I believe it’s very important that all of my fellow students are represented in student government. I’ve worked hard to accomplish this goal thus far and it would be my honor to do it again next year.
As VP for Academics, I would:
- Rejuvenate and utilize majors committees as a way to help bring the needs of the students straight to the faculty and administration. Some departments have extremely active majors committees, while others have none at all. I’m a philosophy major, and I’m in the process of working to revive the majors committee in my own department. My ultimate goal with regard to majors committees would be to create a body of representatives from each of the majors committees. This body could meet once each semester to discuss issues that I could then bring to the attention of the faculty and administration.
- Devise a structure for mediation between faculty and students about issues of faculty policy. It’s become clear to me many miscommunications between faculty and students about certain issues. For example, it’s really frustrating to receive your first grade in a course long after the Drop/NRO deadline has passed. A number of people I know have also encountered the problem of mandatory classes scheduled during our study period. I’m becoming acquainted with Vassar’s faculty handbook so as to help straighten out some of these issues for all of us. As it stands, there is a lot of confusion, and students shouldn’t be expected to stick their necks out by confronting a professor in a way that they feel could affect their grade. I hope to create a better means of addressing these concerns, perhaps in the form of a designated intermediary between faculty and students. This type of position is something that many other colleges have already implemented to ensure better conflict resolution.
- Work to make the process of future change in the VSA an open and fair discussion between all of VSA council and every interested student. My experience on VSA Council this past year has taught me many things, not the least of which is that the structure of the VSA needs work. Although the turbulence of this year’s attempts at reform has been a trying process for all of us, I’m excited about the possibility for change with the full input of any and all interested students in a process that will be open to the entire campus. If elected, I will help drive the process to create a more issue-driven and productive VSA Council. As an active and involved member of Council for the past year, I’ve gained an understanding of the VSA that will aid in the process of identifying what changes need to be made. Together as a student body, I believe we can come up with change we can agree upon, and change that can be enacted before the end of the fall semester. As a part of the Executive Board, I would be a part of the effort to make the process by which we arrive at change both focused and inclusive.
Some of my other initiatives would include:
- Promoting accessibility for students with and without disabilities in academic settings. This would include pressuring the administration to prioritize accessibility to academic spaces as well as advocating for accessibility in teaching techniques.
- Compiling a list of all the academic resources a student has on campus to add to the VSA website.
- Publicizing and promoting peer advising. Underclassmen with pre-major advisors who aren't meeting their needs do have another resource, but none of them seem to know about it! With more involvement, we can expand the database of junior and senior peer advisors, and I think the system has huge potential.
- Continuing to support and facilitate student seminars. I helped to choose this year’s seminars and would be committed to offering them again next year.
- Defending our current, more equitable course registration system as the registrar explores other options. I doubt that many of us want to see a change to a “first come, first-served” pre-registration process, and I will support the draw number system that we have in place unless a new system is proposed that the faculty and students can both get behind.
- Pushing for a browsable system for our library’s collection of feature films and documentaries. I’ve been working on this project with the DVD/Film subcommittee of the Library committee since the beginning of this year, I will continue to pursue it next year. On that committee, I will also continue to push an extension of the 24-hour DVD loan period.
I’m passionate about what the VSA does and what the VSA can do. If elected, I will dedicate myself to representing the academic needs of our student body in the committees where these needs will be best addressed. I will also work to make it easier for students to make these needs known by holding and publicizing open Academics Committee meetings and working closely with the majors committees. I will also hold as many office hours as I possibly can, so that anyone can drop by to share a concern or an idea.
I love Vassar and I love our academics. We came to Vassar to have an amazing academic experience, and I want to ensure that what concerns we do have are brought to the people who can make changes. I will work tirelessly to ensure that your voice makes it into Vassar’s many academic domains and into the VSA’s governing documents.
Thank you for reading! Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments at email@example.com, friend me on Facebook, or stop by my room, Jewett 235.
Hi, I’m Jordan, and I am running for VP for Academics. I was not on VSA council this past year; I was treasurer of Strong House. There are obvious cons to this lack of experience, but there are pros, too. I was interested in, but not actually a part of, the efforts to restructure the VSA. For this reason, I will be able to look at the situation objectively, without memories of this past year’s conflicts. Fresh eyes on an old problem are always helpful.
There are several things that I would like to accomplish if elected. Some of these issues are as follows.
- Lab Credit (& more drama credit)
I am aware that this is not a new project, but it is an issue that I am passionate about. As a biology major, I have experienced firsthand how much work goes into each lab. Two and a half hours of class per week equaling one credit, and six and a half hours of class also only equaling one credit is illogical.
In a similar vein, I would like to look into the possibility of bumping up the credit for being in a drama department show from half a credit to a full credit. So much work goes into those shows, and those involved truly deserve a full unit of credit.
- Transparency/consistency in future course offerings
Every time pre-registration rolls around, I hear people saying, “I really wanted to take [insert class here], but it’s not offered this semester.” I will admit that I do not know the procedures for how such things are arranged, but I would like to seek a better system for informing the student body when particular classes will be offered. Picture someone declaring his/her major and filling out that bright yellow card, feeling so accomplished, like his/her future is all set and nothing can stop him/her. Now fast forward to pre-registration one year later. Unexpectedly, a class isn’t offered, and that perfect yellow card is completely thrown off. We obsessive planners cannot handle that.
- Improve the relationship between VSA council and the student body
I have sensed an “us and them” mentality regarding council and the student body at large. This is saddening, as the purpose of representatives on council is to do as the name implies – represent their constituency. Although members of the student body are always free to contact their representative, they may be too shy or intimidated to actually do so. An idea that I have had to improve this situation is to have regular (monthly?) town hall events where several members of council (preferably the less busy ones, obviously) would go to each house and discuss what is currently being done on the VSA and answer questions.
Vice President for Activities
Michael "Mookie" Thottam
My name is Michael Thottam but (if you know me) you probably know me as Mookie and I am running for the position of Vice President of Activities for 2011-2012.
I believe it is important that next year’s VP for Activities has knowledge and experience with the various and diverse needs of all student organizations of campus. I want all Vassar organizations to feel supported by the VSA Council in the capacities that they most need us.
My plans for next year include:
Establishing a system reputable and deserving uncertified organizations can better utilize VSA resources
Work towards a Capitol Loan system so that more student organizations have access to better quality resources
Analyze possibilities for the project that is the “Vassar owned” Mug
Prevent the type of overloads of the campus calendar that we are currently witnessing while protecting the rights and creativity of organizations
I have been on Davsion House Team for the past two years, as a student fellow my sophomore year, and President in my junior. My experience on House Team has given me a wide-range of experience in residential, campus-wide, and VSA issues. During this year, I have sat on the Activities and Finance internal committees for the VSA. Beyond this, I currently have weekly meetings with an administrator, Mike Bodnarik, who the VP for Activities meets with on a frequent basis.
Please email me with any questions, concerns, ideas, thoughts, etc., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President for Finance
My name is Jason Rubin and I am running for the position of VP for Finance. I have served as a treasurer for the past two years – my freshman year for the Class of 2013 and this year for Lathrop House. I am also on the executive board of Act Out. I believe that working with the VSA from a class, house, and organization angle has provided me with the unique perspective and experience that I need to effectively fulfill this role. My platform consists of a variety of different focuses that I would like to share with you:
EFFICIENCY: The financial bureaucracy is often inefficient and difficult to navigate. While I cannot promise to revamp the structure as it is predominantly out of student control, I can promise to work within the powers of VP for Finance and the VSA to make improvements. Credit cards were introduced this year for house teams. They greatly simplify the role of the treasurer and add a great deal of efficiency. I will work to expand the number of organizations that are granted credit cards, particularly for organizations that make frequent or large purchases. In addition, I will explore online options in processing treasurer forms, which will be both time efficient and sustainable.
TRANSPARENCY: First, I will have daily office hours for a minimum of two hours per day. It is important that treasurers and organization leaders have constant access to the VP for Finance and I will ensure that this occurs. Second, I will work towards greater awareness of the status of funds. I plan on making this information publicly available on the VSA website and will update the fund levels weekly. Finally, I will work towards greater transparency for VSA council as a whole. Council committees are the sites of much of the discussion and work that occurs within the VSA council. Information as to when these committees meet and what they are working on must be made accessible to students. Committee meetings are currently open in name only and this must change.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY: As VP for Finance, I will look to shift the focus of budgeting and event planning away from quantity and towards quality events. Organizations often feel pressure from the finance committee to host a multitude of events, as this is traditionally looked upon favorably during annual budgeting. Good programming should be valued over a lot of programming, and it is this that should receive the strongest consideration during annual budgeting. Hosting an event for the sake of hosting an event is a waste of money and not what this campus needs. Organizations should be encouraged to host the number of creative and successful events that their budget allows for.
FUNDRAISING AND COLLABORATION: The VSA budget is $700,000. While this is substantial, when divided amongst over 120 organizations, there are bound to be those that are unsatisfied with their allocated budget. As VP for Finance I will work to encourage organization leaders to look beyond their allocated finances. There are a variety of creative and effective ways to fundraise on campus from bake sales, to raffles, to more event-oriented approaches such as the Devils’ Valentinograms. Collaborations can also be extremely effective as a means of combining funds, energies, and ideas to produce an enhanced event.
VSA RESTRUCTURING: A new VSA structure did not pass this year, but that does not mean the conversation is over. In fact, it is now even more important that the conversation continues. There are real problems with the current VSA structure that must be addressed. As an elected representative, I will work to pass a new structure by the end of the first semester of next year. In addition, I will work to ensure that the process by which this is done is transparent and includes student voice. We can only put in place a transparent structure that promotes student voice through a process that is reflective of these end goals.
With a budget of over $700,000 and over 120 organizations to oversee, the VP for Finance is one of the most difficult positions in the VSA. I am running with a full understanding of these difficulties and on a promise to fulfill this position to the best of my abilities. With my experience, energy, and ideas I believe that I will make an effective and successful VP for Finance and I would love to have your vote.
If you have any questions please email me at email@example.com or stop by Lathrop 106 – I would love to speak with you.
Thank you for your time and I appreciate your support.
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Class of 2012
Alessandra (Zan) Schmidt
To the Class of 2012,
Welcome to senior year: the last and most glorious two semesters of our Vassar careers! Here come the senior sponsored events we’ve all been waiting for: Convocation, Halloween, 100 Nights, 50 Nights, the epic Senior Week, the Class Gift, Commencement, and all the excitement in between. My role if elected president, and the Senior Class Council’s, is to make sure these milestones become great memories and are lots of fun.
For this to happen, we need a strong, dedicated, and responsible Class Council. I am running for senior class President foremost because I love our class and would like senior year to be the best it can be; but would also like to ask for your vote because I have the leadership skills to pull it all off. As a past President of Lathrop House and representative to the VSA, I am comfortable and competent in creating and managing campus programming, working closely with administrators, and representing a wide diversity of constituents’ voices to council. Throughout my presidency, I helped to create a new and inclusive sense of community in Lathrop, and designed and hosted successful, ongoing events such as the “Love Hurts” concert series and the Campus Scavenger Hunt. In another leadership role, I helped create and implement a photo-voice (photography centered learning) Vassar After School Tutoring (VAST) program at the nearby Poughkeepsie Middle School, and I am currently co-president of Phocus, Vassar’s student photography organization.
Now then, I know that you’re all thinking, “What does the President do anyway?” The senior class President serves as leader of Class Council, overseeing senior programming and the Class Gift. Additionally, the President represents your student voice to the larger VSA and Vassar administration. But as your senior class President, I will further work to involve our class in local community outreach—strengthening our connection and relationship with Poughkeepsie, and giving us seniors a chance to give back to the place we have all called home for our four years at Vassar.
Senior year and Senior Class Council are about working together—as President I will work to foster class participation in large and small-scale decision-making, student initiatives, and campus collaboration. My hope then, is to maintain a balance of ideas in the VSA and Class Council, and promote networking for events and members of our class. I look forward to working with many of you on Senior Class Council, and together expanding our class’s range of collaboration and enthusiasm.
As someone who is a good listener and is passionate about new ideas, I aim to incorporate your voice in the VSA and Senior Class Council. I’d love to hear your input—let’s make senior everything we’ve hoped for and more. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop me around campus—I want to hear from you!
I am a candidate who is enthusiastic and ready to take on the challenges of planning a killer and memorable senior year. With your vote I will make our last year together at Vassar the best it can be—a senior year that is engaging, rewarding, and unforgettable.
Alessandra “Zan” Schmidt
(Wow, I love saying that.)
Hopefully you recognize my name from the class e-mails I’ve been sending all year, but if not, I am Pam Vogel and I would love nothing more than to continue serving as the 2012 Class President. I have learned so much about what it means to be President this year, and I am asking you to give me the honor and the chance to show it. Senior class president is a very important position, and I think that I am the woman for the job. As we kick off a year of celebrations – the best parties, the coolest events, the longest papers, the hardest tests, the latest nights, and the moments we’ll never forget – I want to be there to represent what it means to be a 2012er through it all.
The senior class president, like any other class president but 50000x crazier, serves two roles: a VSA Council member and the face of the Class of 2012. Here are the things I have learned that will help me do those things, and the ideas I have for how to make our senior year the best around:
As the voice of 2012 on the VSA Council, I will work even harder than I have this past year to provide every member of our class with the resources and the knowledge about what is happening in the VSA world. We are starting this new year with a strong mandate for change, and I am committed to making sure that this discussion begins AND ends with the opportunity for all voices to be heard. I would also like to add positions on Class Council for the Senior Residence Presidents (THs, TAs, and SoCos) so that all of our senior events can be coordinated and well-attended, and so we can all benefit from the resources a wide variety of student leaders can bring to the table. I am willing and prepared to make this position my biggest commitment next year, so rest assured that, if I am elected, I will devote my heart and soul to including as many people in the making of our senior year as possible.
As president, I also have the huge responsibility of overseeing the intense event planning that happens throughout our last year. The most important thing a class president candidate can have when it comes to event planning is experience, and I’d like to think I have plenty of that. I already know how to navigate administrative offices, request the resources we’ll need for each event, and hype up our last year for all its worth. That means I can focus on adding the glitz and glam that will make our senior year truly memorable, and I cannot think of any other way I’d rather spend my remaining time at Vassar.
This past year has made me realize that, more than ever, I love everything about Vassar. I love staying up all night to write a paper because I spent six hours of my Sunday night in a VSA meeting. I love every committee I sit on, and I love the hours of arguing over phrases on merchandise and color choices for decorations. I love the look on someone’s face when they walk into an event space for the first time. I love every e-mail I receive about something happening in the VSA, and every late-night conversation I’ve had about how we can make a difference. Please vote for me, so that I can pour all of this sappy love into making 2011-2012 the best time we’ve ever seen, and to making sure we end our time at Vassar with a bang.
If you have questions about any of the ideas I have for the future, suggestions, or just want to chat, please e-mail me at email@example.com, stop by Joss 328a, or just stop by the College Center, because I will probably be spontaneously tabling for something, as is my wont. GET READY FOR THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIVES!
Hello 2012 Classmates,
For those of you unaware of who I am, I am currently the treasurer for the Class of 2012, and the past treasurer for Jewett House. I have proved my capability thus far, and I am ready to move up to the bigger and better Senior Class Budget.
Our our final year here is coming, and with it requires the best financial planning for all those events that define senior year. This planning requires a dynamic budget, knowledge of the VSA treasury structure and protocols, event arrangements, merchandise production, names and faces, along with the ability and know-how to cut through the bureaucracy when the need arises. I can do all this and more.
E-mail me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Class of 2013
Now, you may be thinking “Does she even go here?”. A valid question and although I am currently abroad this semester, I will be back in the fall and I am extremely excited at the idea of potentially being the President for the Class of 2013.
So, please read with an open mind and a full stomach:
2- TWO: The number of semesters we have next year.
Each will be very different as many of you go abroad. Having been away for the past few months, I understand what it feels like to be part of something from far way. I will make it a priority to make sure you guys are all involved as much as you want to be from anywhere in the world. For those of you who are staying, I will work hard at making sure we all fall in love with each other, as many of our best friends leave us to go “study” in places like Paris and Budapest. This is actually a great opportunity for us all to step outside our comfort zones and meet our fellow classmates, as the dynamic is bound to change.
0 – ZERO: The number of reasons to not vote for me.
Known to be a great listener and co-coordinator, I also have the fresh outlook needed to keep our class moving in the right direction. I have stepped outside the Vassar bubble and can see clearly now the things that need to be changed and those that need to be embraced. I have also been working full-time in an extremely professional environment that has shown me what makes a good leader and what doesn’t. I know that I will bring not only my newly acquired organizational skills, but also my understanding of what it means to represent a large number of people.
1- ONE: VOICE.
I believe I will be a great voice in class council meetings to represent all of you not only because I have a fun accent but also because I know that I am in no way perfect. We do not need a President who has sailed through Vassar without realizing the trouble that a lot of students go through in various areas. I may not have a perfect application on paper but what I do have is a great balance between compassion and courage. I think my past experiences at Vassar will be beneficial to us all in a leadership setting as I will not forget about the many administrative issues we all come across at some point.
3 – THREE: Things I would do if I were at Vassar right now:
- Walk around speaking very loudly about current events whilst offering to toast your bagels
- Find some puppies to adopt and let you all play with them
- Ask you guys to stop by if you have any questions or concerns.
Unfortunately I am in a land far, far away, so stopping by with questions may take longer than you’d like. However, if you do have anything you want to talk about then please pop me an e-mail (or a postcard!) at any time.
Alternatively, a boy named Andrew Lindsay (2013) creepily made a pillowcase that has a very large imprint of my face on it, so you can ask to borrow that for a few hours and I can prove that I really am a good listener and a great shoulder to cry on. So have faith in a small town girl looking to take care of you Vassar! Vote with your soul! And, most importantly, enjoy your last few weeks of sophomore year and get ready for my arrival because I miss you all more than anything.
We, the Class of 2013, are almost halfway through our time at this crazy place called Vassar, but there’s still plenty of time for us to leave our mark on this campus as a class. For those of you who don’t know me, I am involved in a wide array of activities at Vassar including being a Student Fellow in Noyes, playing the saxophone in the wind ensemble, and competing on the varsity rowing team. Every time my boat reaches the halfway mark during a race, I make a point to recommit, to ensure that the second half is even better than the first. I enter this race with the same mindset, hoping to push our class to make our final years here better than the time we have already had. Every day, I am amazed by the type of dynamic and intelligent individuals that make up our class. I chose to run for this position because I am passionate about our class, and I firmly believe I have the skills and the motivation to make your voices heard, and to take action.
As a candidate for President of the Class of 2013, I have several goals and ideas to make next year a success and bring our class together as a community:
A big part of the junior year experience is the abroad programs that leave only a portion the class on campus each semester. I would like to establish an open line of communication between those abroad and those at Vassar by setting up an interactive “2013 Abroad” blog.
As is expected, the Class of 2013 would host, plan, and sponsor great all campus parties and events. I would also like to put more funds and class effort into important initiatives by either spearheading projects as a class or collaborating with organizations and other classes to help the campus grow and change, as well as nurture and encourage an involved, informed, and passionate student body.
I hope to lead a Class Council comprised of dynamic, invested members of the Class of 2013. However, the decisions made by class council would not be limited to its members. I want to work with all of you to affect this campus in positive ways, and to take concrete action that will foster a strong sense of class pride. I seek to develop an open relationship with the Class of 2013, allowing for a more transparent student government.
If elected, I promise to keep you more informed and involved. I will often ask your opinions about issues that arise in either Class Council or VSA so that I can properly represent you when it comes time to vote. I plan on hosting office hours in each dorm on a weekly basis to make it easy for you to approach me with issues that you feel need attention. I want to involve the members of our class in event planning, projects, and open class discussions to make use of the individual ideas and skills that each one of you possess. As a class you all inspire me, and I ask for your vote so that I may lead and represent you the way you deserve.
Hey 2013 – my name is Amanda Crommett! I would be a qualified, energetic, and knowledgeable Vice President. This past year I served as Vice President for Lathrop House Team, where I planned both small-scale House events and large all-campus events. If elected, I would focus on the following three areas:
- JUNIORS YEAR ABROAD. Many juniors who go abroad can feel disconnected from Vassar. I would try and keep JYAers integrated in the Vassar community by creating a website for juniors to share photos and stories on. I would also work to increase transparency and clarity surrounding the Room Draw process for returning JYAers so everyone can return home to a good room.
- PROGRAMMING. With close to half our class abroad, we need to maintain a strong presence on campus in order to make our voices heard. I would use my experience and creativity to offer awesome events geared specifically towards juniors.
- COLLABORATION. Junior Class Council will be awesome, but some of the best all-campus events this past year stemmed from collaboration with other organizations, Houses, and Class Councils. If elected, I would increase lines of communication between other VPs to offer the best Council experience ever.
Richard Casey Rice
Hi, my name is Richard Casey Rice and I would love your vote as class vice president. As VP, I believe I would exemplify the class of 2013 in a positive light within the VSA Executive Board and make beneficial changes once elected. I take this position very seriously, as representing this class will be my number one priority. I will do my best to represent every individual and make sure every voice and concern is heard directly by VSA. I feel that I have adequate leadership potential to take on this role effectively. Some of my previous leaderships positions include:
- Represented the state of Arizona as a youth consultant to the Governor Janet Napolitano
- Participated in Student Government in High School
- Captained of my club soccer team senior year
- Selected as one of 50 "Valley Teen Leaders" in Arizona
I will once again reiterate that I would love your vote and I promise that if you do, you will not regret it.
Rice is Nice
Rice for Vice
Rice, Rice Baby
Hi Class of 2013,
I’m Amy Corenswet and I want to be your class treasurer. I am currently treasurer of Noyes House, and this year’s experience has given me a good understanding of the system, procedures, and paperwork that a treasurer has to deal with. (Also I’m an economics major, and I enjoy the nuances of a good budget.) I have loved being on House Team this year, and I look forward to an expanded role in student government as a member of the Class Council next year.
This semester I’ve attended many VSA meetings and carefully followed the proposed amendments to the constitution. I want to be sure that we as a class contribute to the process of change if it continues next year. Also, in addition to performing the duties of treasurer, I want to help create programming that lets juniors who spend time abroad next year stay connected to—and feeling like they are a real part of—our class, and help those of us on campus connect with each other.
Over my past two years at Vassar, I have served in our student government, first as Lathrop’s freshman representative (a member of both the class council and the house team), then as Lathrop secretary this past year. As I move out of Lathrop next year, I would like to represent the class of 2013 as a whole on our junior Class Council. We are an especially awesome class and we deserve and especially awesome junior year. I would bring a wide range of ideas and experience to the junior class council as your secretary. Over my time at Lathrop, I have been involved in planning a number of successful events, from the Scavenger Hunt last spring, to the ABC dance at the beginning of the year, to tie dye on the quad last week. As junior class secretary, in addition to taking some quality notes, which I would make available to any member of the class who wants to see what the Class Council is up to, I would put my experience in event planning to good use. Next year, in addition to the traditional spring convocation event (can you say champagne toast anyone?) and a welcome back party for all those returning from JYA, I would like to host a farewell party at the end of first semester for those going JYA in the spring, a group I feel is often forgotten about. Finally, through Lathrop House Team this past year, I have followed the attempted VSA restructuring closely, and I believe I would bring valuable advice to our class president as the VSA works on an even better restructuring plan next year.
If any of you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to talk, please don’t hesitate to email me (email@example.com) or drop by Lathrop 107. I am usually in my room for the night after 8pm.
I appreciate your votes and I am very excited to make our next two years together great ones.
As we enter into the second half of our Vassar experience, it’s time to make the Class of 2013 known. During a year when half of us will be abroad, it will be even more crucial that our presence is still felt on this campus. As secretary, I would work with the 2013 Class Council in an effort to bring together our class and solidify our class identity. In doing so, I want to coordinate both a sendoff to those going JYA at the end of first semester as well as a welcome back celebration for those returning in the spring. I also want the entire class to feel connected to the VSA and the Class Council by making myself and my minutes easily accessible. I remember how much fun our Freshman Fifteen was and I would love to plan another similar event that celebrates how great our class is. With upcoming discussions about VSA restructuring sure to come, I want to allow everyone the opportunity to know and understand where their class exec board stands on this issue.
Since coming to Vassar I have had many opportunities and experiences that would help make me a great secretary. Over the past two years I have served on the 2013 Class Council and the Jewett House Team, first as Freshman Class Representative and then Secretary, both of which have provided me with ample experience in event planning and counsel politics. During my time on the 2013 Class Council, I helped plan the Fall Study Break with music and food from local farmers, the Freshman 15 event, Guilty Pleasures Mug Night, and spearheaded the planning of the Envy floor during 7 Deadly Sins. As Jewett House Secretary, I kept organized minutes throughout all the meetings and stayed in close contact with the ROC and B&G. For the two years on Jewett’s House Team, I have helped plan Dormal Formal, 7 Deadly Sins, study breaks, a fundraiser for Japan relief, and other small scale events within the house.
Given my experience on Class Council and as Secretary of Jewett, I believe I would make a valuable member of the 2013 Class Council this upcoming year. If you have any questions for me or want to jam out to ‘Judas’, come stop by Jewett 2 West! Let’s make next year great!
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Class of 2014
Hey Rising Sophomores!
My name is Jacob Greenberg, that kid who brings you local raw milk and eggs, and I’m running for our class president.
Vote for an approachable, friendly, and reliable class representative.
Vote for a representative committed to bringing fresher, local, and naturally grown food to our dining services.
Vote to have a say in your government.
Vote for transparency and for an inclusive and efficient government.
Vote to empower your voices.
I’m running because we need someone approachable in the VSA. We need someone who we feel comfortable talking to after class or at a party about our suggestions for change – about how we can improve the food at the DC, bring your voices to the VSA, strengthen our community, and maybe even install solar panels on our roofs.
The VSA is an institution for the students, and the power of our student government reflects that. It controls more than $700,000 of funding total each year, which it allocates to student organizations, activities, and events. The VSA has the power to change policies – such as negotiating Aramark’s contract when it expires – and to pressure administrators into listening to the student body and acting on what we demand.
And so I am running to make your voice heard because I have felt that my voice, our voices, have been ignored. We need to bring the students back into the Vassar Student Association. We need a more inclusive and transparent government, and one that actually works. We need a government free from apathy, bias, and indecision. And we need a class president who is reliable, affable, and sociable.
I want to be that person. I can be that person.
I love Vassar more than I can express. I love you, I love the people, I love the overwhelming beauty of the campus, and I love the balance between work and play. I think we can agree that the food on campus is not conducive to a healthy living and working environment. With your help, we can change that.
Vote for me. It’s time we felt empowered.
Please feel free to contact me anytime with your thoughts, questions, or concerns. Remember, this is about you, and this is about us.
Thank you. And much love from,
My name is Michael Moore and it was my great honor to serve as your President this year! I hope that you will give me the chance to carry on the work I’ve done with Class Council and continue to make our class one that truly changes Vassar’s history.
The 2014 Class Council has been recognized by students, VSA members, and administrators alike as one of the most dynamic and dedicated councils in years. We have worked tirelessly to sponsor parties, leadership conferences, and a plethora of other activities to bring 2014 together and give its members the most opportunity possible in their first year. We have also been planning for next year in many ways. For next year’s freshmen, I have been working on a Government and Activism education at Orientation, as well as a plan to introduce next year’s freshmen council to their responsibilities and potential (and how to be as awesome as 2014).
For us sophomores, I am prepared to tackle issues like the Sophomore Slump, better Major Advising, and making a Class Gift that we all can be proud of. On VSA this year I have worked on student seminars and curricular policy on Academics Committee as well as Food and Dining and a more safe drinking culture on Student Life Committee. It was often difficult being the only 2014 voice on the VSA Council, but I constantly pushed to make our voice heard. Sometimes it took being a little bitchy, and sometimes it took extended Lord of the Rings metaphors. Both are things I am prepared to do in the name of our rights.
The ties that I have formed this year with Cappy, administrators, and most importantly next year’s student leadership, will ensure that any issues you have get brought to full light. I am dedicated to the concept of servant leadership, and I know that a government must balance accessibility with productivity. I worked for months on a new structure that is more accessible and brings more issues of activism, diversity, academics, and legislation to our council, while focusing Residential Life issues where they can get done. While the outcome was mixed, the good news is that next year we will have more content and interest than ever to change Vassar governance for the better, and I will make more of an effort to bring students in on these conversations!
I’ll be coming door-to-door but I can’t catch all of you! Please talk to your Freshmen Reps or Dorm Presidents about the work I’ve done this year, or contact me in any way you feel comfortable! Love you all!
Hi, my name is Anna Carias, and for those of you who don't know me I am an outgoing, fun loving, hard working, crazy person who dedicated the past year to being Freshman class Vice President, I really loved my experience with class council and VSA, through all of the trials and tribulations.
Being a part of student government has always been important to me, and accurately representing the class and its voice is just one of the skills i have acquired during my year as VP, I know the class of 2014 in all it's awesomeness and feel I have the necessary experience to fulfill the role of Vice President.
We have planned numerous smaller events this past year but at the moment we are in the midst of planning an awesome mug night and the freshman talent expose: Freshman 15. I have experienced the sheer amount of work and personal time that being on class council takes and I am ready to continue on to bigger and better challenges that Sophomore class council will bring.
During Sophomore year I hope that myself and the council can create a more unified class with increased class actives and events as well as a possible class party and even speed dating. But the most important object to tackle Sophomore year will be the class gift and I will make sure that it is something worth talking about.
I love Vassar and I love Class of 2014, we are all so unique and amazing and I really enjoyed serving as a student voice Freshman year and I would honored to serve as class Vice President again.
Hey 2014! My name is Luke Gehorsam and I'm running for treasurer of our class. In high school I was co-founder of the business strategies club, which analyzed the successful strategies of various American business leaders. I've carried over my love of economics into college, where I'm taking numerous econ classes. When you consider someone for treasurer, you want a person who is scrupulous and pays attention to the details of our funds. I believe I am that person. I hope you'll consider voting for me in the upcoming elections!
Class of 2014 –
My name is Drew Murray and I would love to be your class Treasurer for next year! I feel like I know a lot of people in our class and I hope that most know who I am – but for those who don’t know me – go to Facebook and stalk to your heart’s content. I’m a very outgoing person with a positive attitude. I will most like be a Drama major with a possible correlate in Math. I love talking to and getting to know people and I love organizing events!
I’m always brainstorming ideas for whatever project I’m working on and am a pretty creative person. I have a flair for math and money. (I mean – who doesn’t love money?) I’ve taken an Economics and a Math course on campus and plan to take many more. I’ve always been pretty unique in that while I love to act and perform, I also enjoy a good Calculus problem set. I would love the opportunity to combine my creative mind with my love for math to help organize and budget some amazing events for next year!
I’m also a very friendly and generally available person – so if anyone ever has any concerns about the class council or our budgeting – I hope you will all feel comfortable coming to me to talk. We, as a class, should strive to create a council that will get things done while remaining approachable by all members of the class of 2014.
Let’s make next year as amazing as I know it can be!
Hey ladies and gents!!
My name is Rachel Thompson, and I am extremely excited to be running for Treasurer of the illustrious Class of 2014!! This past year at Vassar has been one of the best times in my life, and I would like to show my appreciation and dedication to our class by representing you all as a member of the of our Class Council.
I was involved in many club activities at my high school, and know I am more than capable of handling all of my responsibilities as Treasurer. More importantly, however, I feel that I would be able to make very valuable suggestions and be a wonderful source of ideas for all of our sophomore activities. Our sophomore class gift is an important, pivotal moment in our Vassar careers because we will see the effect our gift will have on the school and I want to provide my insight as well as your input into the decision making process.
If you have any questions for me, or suggestions to make, know that I am always available, whether in my room (Noyes 404) or around campus.
Here’s to a fantastic sophomore year!!
HELLOOO CLASS OF 2014!
My name is Zoe Ripecky and I would love to represent you as sophomore class secretary. I am very eager to get involved with the inner-workings of the Vassar community and I can promise you that if elected I will fulfill my position with great dedication and passion.
I have discussed the position with current members of the freshman class council and I think the role of secretary would be a great fit for me. I am organized and punctual. I am observant and attentive. I respect the opinions of others and am confident enough to express my own. I am a good notetaker.
If chosen as secretary, my intention would be to act as a fantastic observer and notetaker, but also involve myself in active discussion and projects.
I think my energy and enthusiasm would be a strong addition to the 2014 team.
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I’d visited Vassar multiple times before arriving on campus in August; so much, that by the end of my senior year of high school, I knew most of the ins and outs of the bubble. In May, however, I was assigned to the VC house that I knew the least about: Cushing. Cushing and I were only vaguely acquainted then. Every time I would visit VC, Cushing was unavailable (that is to say, my hosts avoided going past Noyes Circle). So, from May to August, our relationship was a long distance one. Nonetheless, I couldn’t wait to meet Cushing in person for the first time and when we did, we instantly became friends. By October, we learned to coexist in semi-perfect harmony. By winter, we were besties. Now, we’re almost inseparable (only Senior living can come between us, but Cush understands).
Sure, la Cush has many faults, but she doesn’t mean them in harm. With my experience on student government in high school (including holding the position of Executive Officer senior year) and her 84 years of awesomeness behind us, we’re willing to work it out and discuss ways in which our relationship can further improve. Cush has proved that there is more to her than her aesthetic charms. She is always ready to embrace us with her [loud piped] warmth and gracious hospitality and that’s why I, and most of us, love her.
That is also why I am willing and ready to be the means by which the voice of Cushing will be heard in the VSA and throughout campus.
Cushing must tackle intra-dorm issues such as slow room damage complaint response times and take further steps to improve inter-dorm and campus relations while maintaining the strong dorm pride we comprise. The VSA was considering a new structure that would have changed the way the Cushing Presidency voices dorm issues/concerns and I have paid close attention to the campus-wide debate revolving this issue. Whether any structural changes will be adopted any time in the year to come, I am determined to keep my constituents in the know regarding the way I will approach any reforms. I plan to continue to push for change within the VSA that will promote more efficient ways by which Cushing and its counterparts could impart their voice as I keep note on contemporary, dorm-specific issues.
Vote for me to help guide Cushing through a new stage in her relationship with us and our incoming Cushlings, and aid in setting a positive and productive precedent on the VSA—because Cush and I, we go way back.
We all know the House President’s attitude is essential in keeping us Cushlings animated and happy. I personally understand the importance of making Vassar a second home for students. I want everyone who lives in Cushing to feel like they are home when they walk through our doors.
This year, Cushing gained a lot of steam as a dorm. Our massive freshman population and excellent House Team energized the dorm and made it a great place to live. From the get-go, I felt very welcomed by a lot of the members of this year’s House Team and it made living in this dorm great. I want to provide the same positive experiences to not only the freshmen living in Cushing, but to the upperclassmen as well. I want an experience that will keep Cushing on the up and up.
I could list all the experiences I have had as a leader, but those roles do not compare to the role of Cushing House President. Cushing President needs to be a leader who can relate to many other people, someone who can view a situation from many different angles, someone who can unite 202 students within one building. I believe that I am that leader. The VSA is facing changes and Cushing needs someone to be able to make decisions on possible changes. I have proxied on class council this year, and helped inform the student body about the changes in the VSA structure. Again, I truly believe that I can set goals for our dorm in the 2011-2012 year and make them happen.
With all that said, I want you to decide for yourself if I am worthy of the presidency. Come visit me in room 107, I guarantee I will be happy to get to know you and listen to any of your concerns or simply to talk. No issue should go unrecognized during my presidency of Cushing. My accessibility will help me vote with the true opinion that represents Cushing House. Lastly, but possibly most importantly, as president, I will preserve the close-knit, home-like community that we all call Cushing.
I'm Lily Doyle, and I am madly in love with Cushing. I stayed here on my prospie trip, and so I can honestly say that even before day one of living here, I knew that there wasn't another place that I'd rather be. We are the family dorm for a reason - I don't go a day here without seeing people sitting in the MPR watching TV together, making cookies down in the kitchen, or hearing people sing in the hallway, and I love that. As Vice President, I promise to do my best to upkeep all the amazing traits and energy that our dorm has, and improve upon what I can.
I have a lot of ideas to bring to the table if I'm elected Vice President. I'll get to play a major role in campus wide events like Day Glow Toga and the Harvest Ball, and even better, in dorm wide events like Study Breaks. In high school, I was president of the Assembled Student Body, and captain of both my Swim and Tennis teams, and I know how to be organized to make events fun and get things done. From decking UPC out for the Harvest Ball so the entire student body can have fun, to getting Baccio's pizza to make an appearance at a Study Break, to getting everyone in our amazing house involved in fun and memorable events, I promise I will give my all to every aspect of the job.
I can't wait for the future of Cushing, and for an amazing 2011-2012 school year!
Hi everyone, I’m Vera and I’m running for the treasurer position in Cushing for the 2011-2012 school year because I want to use our funds to make it the fullest and most enjoyable experience possible. I interned with JPMorgan’s investment bank last summer and plan to be an Econ major, so I can confidently say I have experience discussing and handling financial matters. I am also organized and good at allocating resources, and I promise to make every penny count meaningfully towards making Cushing the best it can be for all of us.
Hello all! My name is Thomas Hochla. Many of you may know me as a Student Fellow this year. Being part of house team this year has been such a WONDERFUL experience. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to get to better my immediate community and make so many wonderful friends in the process. Helping with every study break, dorm event, and dorm-sponsored event, I really was able to get a sense of just how much an effective house team can add to a student's life here at Vassar. This said, I would LOVE to have the same opportunity next year, but in a different role. I want to be secretary because I recognize how important it is to have someone who is passionate and organized to keep any organization flowing. Also, since I have a year's experience on house team, I know the rough layout of what the dorm needs to run efficiently and create an environment that is agreeable to all residents of the house. I cannot wait to work with talented members of 2014 in their dorm positions as well!
I would love to be the sophomore class representative. I love Cushing so much and I really want the class of 2014 to continue being as happy (and happier!) than we were this year. I will attend every house team meeting as well as the class council meetings and I will try to talk to as many of our Cushing classmates as possible to make sure that we are being heard. This house and class means a lot to me. Although I am aware it is a much different role, I taught a class of seventh graders Sunday School for three years, and I was their voice at all of the faculty meetings. I was responsible for telling the Youth Minister when the children were unsatisfied with the curriculum or if they wanted to go on more field trips, etc. In this regard I know what it is like to represent a group of people. I will take this job very seriously and make sure everyone is having a great time!
I’m Rhonda Reid and I would like to be Cushing’s junior representative. I’ve lived here for two years, and for the most part, I’ve spent that time observing how the house ran. But I’m tired of just observing. I want to be a part of it.
Those who are familiar with me know that I’m honest, patient, and open to ideas. If you don’t know me, please come by to my room in the 2SQs (226). We can talk and have tea. It will be awesome.
Even though there won’t be as many 2013ers here in the fall, it doesn’t mean we still can’t have an impact! As the junior representative, I would be the bridge between the house and the class, and I will make sure that the juniors in our Hogwarts home have a say in the VSA. I know I like to be heard. (Seriously, I’m kind of loud.) I want YOU to be heard, too.
Some of my peers served on Cushing’s house team, and I saw how rewarding their experiences were. If you vote for me, I will do my best to uphold the standards that our past house teams have set.
Love you all!
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I’m Doug Greer and I’m running for Davison House President for the 2011-2012 school year! This past year I served as Davison’s Freshmen Representative and effectively represented you guys on House Team as well as on Class Council. In this position and through observing Mookie, Caroline and Fiona in their leadership roles, I have learned how to successfully lead a house and a house team.
Also, I. Love. Davison. Scale of 1 to 10, I’m at about 10… thousand. The community that Davison fosters has had such an incredible impact on my life and it was an honor to personally meet and get to know every single freshman as well as numerous upperclassmen in our dorm. As Davison President, I would ensure that all incoming freshmen and returning students continue to experience this close family sentiment amongst the residents.
As Davison President, my first priority will be to attend to any lingering issues from the current school year, such as dorm damage. In addition, this year I have helped plan all the study breaks, Harvest Fest and our upcoming spring event, Chill on the Hill. And let’s be real, these events have been pretty badass. One of my main priorities next year will be improving these events in any way possible as well as coming up with new, exciting events.
I also plan on being an active part of VSA. This year, I had the privilege of attending several VSA meetings (as a proxy for Davison House President Mookie Thottam when he had conflicts) as well as taking an active role in the debates surrounding the VSA Restructuring. Through these experiences, I really got an in depth understanding of the VSA and the huge time commitment that it is and I know I can be a strong voice for Davison. I also plan on joining both the Student Life and the Activities Committees as I have a really strong interest in representing our house in those regards as well.
The house president is a very important position and I have the experience, passion and the time to do it well. I’m very aware of the major time commitment this position entails and I truly want to represent the people and dorm I love and this is the perfect way for me to do that. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, and I look forward to getting to know all of you even further!
Dear delightful Davisonians,
Running for president of our wonderful home is not a task undertaken lightly, so without too much pomp (ok, a little), but mostly circumstance, I’d like to outline the reasons that I think I can best serve each member of the Davison family as your house president.
If the past few weeks of activity regarding the constitutional referendum have taught many of us one thing, it’s that often times, students have misperceptions about the work of the VSA, or are completely oblivious to it all together. As your house president, I’d like to change that. First and foremost the house president is responsible for voting on the VSA Council, but that vote, were I to be your president, would not belong to just myself or the students on house team, but rather to every resident of Davison. It will be my mission next year to make sure that each of the members of my Davison family can have their say when it comes to happenings on campus. I will commit to keeping every resident of Davison well-informed—primarily through an onslaught of emails (everyone’s favorite)—so that all can be aware of what is happening and make their voice heard should they choose to use it. Every Sunday, my vote in council will not be for me, but for the 200 people with whom I live.
During weekday committee meetings I’m interested in reconnecting Vassar to the community just beyond our doorsteps through involvement and service and will push for that by hopefully joining the student life and activities committees of the VSA.
As the position also includes serving as the chair of Davison’s residence council (fancy constitutional term for “house team”), I will do my best to ensure that your representatives work effectively in attending to the needs of the house as well as create über fun and relevant activities for your leisure (and academic needs when necessary). Experiences as a two-year captain of my high school’s 40 member strong swim team, as well as in planning and implementing community service for the 120 members of my high school’s honor society, have taught me well how to motivate and lead people in a cooperative environment.
***Most importantly, as your house president, I will do everything within my power to bridge the gap between Davisonians-at-large and the student government. The voice of every member of the Vassar community is important, special, and should be heard, which is why I’m running.
Thanks for slogging through my spiel, and I’d love to hear from anyone with questions, comments, or concerns, so you know where to find me—and if you don’t, you can probably find out using Stalker Banner.
Hey Davison! My name is Sarah Spitz, and I am running for Vice President of Davison House for the 2011-2012 school year.
Looking back on my first year at Vassar, one of my favorite memories is driving through campus, approaching Davison House, and seeing the entire house team cheering with huge welcome signs. I was so grateful to all those upperclassmen who were so genuinely enthusiastic to see us and make us feel welcome and wanted. My anxiety about starting college was immediately replaced with excitement about joining this new community. I could see this was a group of truly wonderful people who were proud of and passionate about their dorm, and I was instantly inspired to be a part of it.
Of course, that is not my only reason for running for Vice President. I absolutely love Davison, and I want to be a part of the team responsible for the well-being of the Davison family. I have Vassar pride, but I definitely gained my Davison pride first. I promise that I will put my full effort into making the Davison experience a special one. The Vice President is responsible for event-planning, and I promise not only to be organized, diligent, and enthusiastic in carrying out that duty, but also to remember that I am your representative and as such will honor your individual voices in all decision-making. I will welcome and enthusiastically encourage input from all my fellow residents.
I hope you give me the opportunity to take on this roll and responsibility to make Davison the best place on campus to live!
Driving into Vassar, my first-day-of-school-fears were immediately quelled by the mass of over enthusiastic students rocking out to Katy Perry's "California Girls". Not to brag by that's kind of my element. Throughout orientation week I was drawn into Davison's warm, homey community and already knew I wanted to be part of the team that makes Davison so great.
As someone who is extremely organized and knowledgeable about handling money I think I would be perfect for the job of treasurer. But my duties wouldn't stop at dealing with finances. As a passionate member of house team I would work to get even more Davison residents involved, help plan fun and innovative house events and continue the amazing legacy Davison has created.
Hey, my name is Allie Schneider and I’m running for Davison treasurer. I want to be a part of House Team because I’m enthusiastic about Davison, and I think that treasurer is the right job for me. I’m organized (come by and check out my desk drawers – I live in 440D), I have premium math skills, and back in the day, I had the most popular lemonade stand in all of suburban Northern Virginia. I have really enjoyed being a part of the Davison community and I want to contribute to the house in a larger way next year.
Hey there! I’m Christian Camacho-Light and I am running for Secretary of Davison. As a rising sophomore, I’ve come to love Davison and its community more and more since I was first ambushed and subsequently robbed by House Team on Move-In Day. (All of my stuff was gone and moving quickly up the front steps before I could even manage a startled yelp.) I would love nothing more than to continue this welcome as a member of House Team in the 2011-2012 school year as we add the class of 2015 to our family.
I’m running for secretary because I’m neat, organized, and, above all else, I have learned much from my note-taking in ART 105-106. (The experience gained by taking notes from Molly Nesbit’s modern art lectures alone is unquantifiable.) I worked as an office assistant in my high school’s business office both my junior and senior years and thus have much experience with secretarial and office management work. Plus, as a Studio Art major, I can promise whiteboard decorating of an especially artistic variety. Look forward to lots of pretty colors, designs, and arabesques.
I can’t wait to meet all of you and I hope you’ll trust me with your vote!
When I drove into Vassar, the first group that greeted me was Davison House Team. “Next year you’ll be one of those students,” my dad told me, and I hope he was right. Since my first day at Vassar, I’ve experienced the support and love of the Davison House Team. Early last semester, because of all the support House Team has given me, I decided I wanted to be a part of it as a sophomore. As for what position I’m most suited for on house team, I decided that I could contribute the most to Davison as secretary.
- I have great handwriting (I spent a majority of my time in seventh grade copying my teacher’s meticulous script).
- I’m a good listener, and I’m a pro at taking notes. (I write for the Misc, so my typing skills are boss. I was also unofficial secretary of my high school’s environmental club.)
- Part of being secretary is doing “odd jobs,” and thanks to my varied work experience – from babysitter, to law firm intern, to public relations researcher, I’m adept at lots of random tasks. Filing, organizing documents on excel, disciplining small children – I can do it all.
- Being a triplet in a family of seven, I’m great at working in groups and collaborating with other people.
- I single handedly created and managed a fake Alexis Bledel Myspace page at the ripe age of 12.
- I’m enthusiastic, happy, and I love Vassar and Davison!
Greetings Davi sons and daughters! I'm Roman Mohr and I would love to represent this wonderful dorm as sophomore representative. Over the past year I've had a fantastic time at Vassar, but more importantly, I've met a lot of amazing people, especially in Davison. So what could possibly be better than representing all you Davi babies on house team and sophomore class council? Honestly, probably a lot of things-- world peace, universal healthcare, working dryers in the basement... I kid (or do I?).
All joking aside, I'm a reliable, enthusiastic, and hardworking candidate who would love to have your vote. I also have experience leading-- I was Drama club president and Choir vice-president in high school. I plan on using my experience to be a dynamic leader and collaborator on both house team and sophomore class council. If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me at email@example.com or stop by my room, Davison 431. Remember, vote with porpoise (also, get ready for a plethora of puns)-- vote Roman for sophomore rep!
My name is Dalia Sharps and I am running for Sophomore Representative for Davison. I am REALLY hoping that I have the opportunity of representing Davison 2014ers on the house team as well as participating in the 2014 class council. I would love this opportunity to get to know all of Davison’s rising sophomores better, and I hope that people feel comfortable coming to me with any concerns. In addition, I am eager to learn about the inner workings of Vassar’s student-run government, and while I currently know very little about the process, I am looking forward to working hard and integrating myself into the mix. I was actively involved in the student government in high school, so I hope that provides me with the credentials to serve the sophomore class! Best of luck to all the other candidates.
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Salvete fellow Jewett denizens! I'm Rob Madden, member of class of 2014, and I'm running for the position of President for Jewett House, the president of your dorm.
Having been elected Jewett Freshman Representative earlier this year, I was, like all freshman reps before me, a bit frightened of taking a position on House-Team with all those Sophomores and Juniors. Already overwhelmed by the transition between Berryville, Virginia (yes, Berryville) to Vassar College, I found the task at hand intimidating, yet I never felt the need to back down from the challenge. Eventually, I began getting into the swing of things and saw, first hand, the issues that surround our dorm, from event-planning and management till most recently those cretins who continue to steal the lamps from the 1st floor lobby. The issues, however, don't stop there. As the voice of 2014 within Jewett, I reported issues and concerns brought to me by various freshmen during house-team meetings, working my hardest to be a reliable and accessible medium through which the freshman class could be heard.
As Jewett House President, my primary responsibility will be to insure that I accurately represent the voices of Jewett House on the Vassar Student Association and I promise to do just that. On one of the most productive (and most sassy) Freshman Councils in recent years, I learned not only the the much needed skills of collaborative work and event-organization, but also of the inner workings of the VSA. Meeting at least every week, we sought to reinvigorate the Freshman's place on campus, which does account for around a quarter of the entire student population despite its single vote in VSA matters. One of the most contentious issues this year that VSA council has faced with was the proposed structural changes to the VSA body. I personally have seen the blood and sweat that had gone into the senator-amendment, seeing both its many merits and its shortcomings, which were mainly issues with the process rather than the amendment itself. Though watching VSA meetings and thoroughly discussing results on House team or Class Council, I know the steps, as do my fellow members on Freshman Council, to take in order to initiate actual change, all while keeping the student body informed and enthusiastic, or at the most, not completely apathetic. I promise to keep Jewett house involved throughout the entire conversation held next year about proposed changes.
Experience, however, is expected. What makes me the best candidate for the president of our dorm is more my sense of identity with Jewett and all those who call it home. I feel a connection to and will see to it, as my responsibility, to represent the various voices of Jewett, whether you are a resident of wellness floors or one of those crazies on the fourth floor, whether you are a bright-eyed Freshman first entering into the Phallic Palace or a Junior returning from a semester in Paris.
So, the vote is now left up to you. All I can say is that I have the charisma, the advice of previous presidents, the Jewett-pride, and the leadership capabilities to be the optimal choice for Jewett President. Without further ado, “Do it, Jewett” and vote Rob Madden for Jewett House President.
Still interested in my vision for VSA and Jewett for the following academic year? Don't be afraid to email at romadden@vassar or just stop by room 424.
Hello Jewett! I'm Clayton, and I would love the opportunity to be your president! I absolutely love our dorm, and the wonderful people in it. As President, my priority would be all of you. I would strive to be as accessible as possible—anyone that wanted to raise an issue could do so with me and be confident that I would help them as much as I could.
Jewett has been my home for two years, and I believe that my experience uniquely qualifies me for the position. First as an incoming freshman, and second as a Student Fellow, I’ve had several experiences that lend me a perspective that would be helpful to me as House President. As a member of house team this year, I’ve helped a lot with event planning and understand what those events mean for members of house team as well as people in the dorm. I’ve been to the SARC office to plan events, and thus have experience with a lot of the bureaucracy surrounding event planning. I know what it takes to put on a great event, and think that I am capable of doing it for all of you.
As your President, there are several issues that matter to me. One of the things that’s on a lot of people’s minds is the recent controversy over amending the VSA constitution. I’ve heard from a lot of Jewetters that they felt as if the entire process didn’t give a chance for them to input their ideas. The amendments were presented, and we were asked our opinion, but any alternative ideas we may have had seemed unlikely to be considered. I feel that that’s wrong. Acting as a representative to the VSA that keeps Jewetters involved and informed matters to me, and I would love to keep Jewett in the loop and to seek our dorm’s opinions on issues. If future reform is proposed, my main concern is whether or not it will hurt representation of Jewett, and if Jewetters support the measure.
One of the great things we’ve had this year has been a lot of in-dorm programming! We’ve had movie nights, the charity game night, and assassins, all of which many people have loved. I served on the planning committee for assassins, and ran one of our two video game tournaments. These events were really successful, and continuing to have them in the future would be great! I would also love to come up with new ideas with next year’s House Team and every member of Jewett.
Ensuring that administrative offices are as responsive to students as possible is crucial. I’ve heard a lot of Jewetters complain about Buildings and Grounds not doing things as quickly, or as best, as possible. Some floors have gone without a table, or chairs, or a shower or any number of other things all year and that’s wrong. Our dorm is beautiful, and we would love for it to stay that way. When things need to be fixed or replaced, especially if it represents a safety hazard, those things need to be taken care of quickly. As President, I would help Jewetters out in any way possible to make B&G more responsive!
If you guys have any questions you’d like to ask me, please don’t hesitate to ask me! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come by my room in 3-Tower!
Hi lovely Jewetters,
My name is Mariya Abdulkaf and I would love to be your Vice President for next year. I think I would be an excellent Vice President for Jewett, not only because I have enough dorm spirit for all of you and then some, but also because I have great communication and organization skills. I have been on the board of student councils such as the Texas Freedom Networks and the National Youth Leadership Council. At Vassar, I have not only been an active member as the freshmen representative of the Vassar Democrats, but have also participated in the student drama productions. I plan on being an International Studies major with a focus on the Middle East.
I am a commitment freak so you will never hear about me slacking as your Vice President or in any other matter. I will not only continue the great job that our previous house team has done, but also make it even better. I am really personable and easy to get a hold of, so if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me through email: email@example.com or stop by my room,708.
My name is Kiet and I come from humble beginnings in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I learned that things you really want are worth fighting for. Here at Vassar, I spend lots of time in my room which means I'm always here to fight for YOU. I love taking risks which is why I love the game of poker. I would like to take risks for you.
I'm going all in for this campaign for VP.
Vote Kiet Phun for Jewett VP
Hi everyone, this is Claire Grosel and I would love to be your Jewett House Treasurer. Jewett is such a fantastic house and close community, and I want to contribute to its awesomeness. I have experience as Chair of Seminar Day in my high school, when I arranged for 75 outside speakers to present seminars on a full school day. I hope to bring the skills from this and other past experiences here to Jewett. I can be trusted to handle large funds and be sure they are distributed evenly in order to have some of the best events for Jewett this coming year. Additionally, I am responsible and quick to respond, keeping everything efficient and in order. I am aware of the full responsibility that comes with being on House Team and I look forward, if elected, to working together as a group, to ensure another fantastic year as a house.
If you have any questions, comments or just want to say "hi," stop by my room at 703 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love meeting new people! Thanks, and remember to vote!
Hey everyone, my name is Eliot Marcus and I'm running for Jewett House treasurer. For those of you who don't know me, I love baseball, cats, books, Diet Coke, and Jewett. I really want to be a part of House Team to insure that we continue to have the best dorm on campus! I am good with numbers and very detail oriented. If elected, I will use these skills to make sure we have appropriate funds for all dorm events and special occasions. I was the captain of my track team for two years in high school; this position allowed me to gain valuable leadership experience. If you have any questions, or just want to come and hang out, I live in room 421! Thanks for reading and make sure to vote!
Hi Jewett! I'm Sarah and I would be thrilled to be your house secretary for 2011-2012. I'm well suited to the job as I am a good listener, an excellent note taker, and I'm already prone to noticing dorm damage pretty quickly. I'm a team player who likes to work hard and I believe that I'm prepared to put in as much time as is necessary to house team. More importantly though, I love Jewett and I truly think of this place as my home. As such, I would be thoroughly honored to be part of house team and part of the effort to make this house a warm and welcoming place to live.
Hey rising sophomores, I'm Ben and I'm running for Sophomore rep in Jewett! Though I would love to promise you truckloads candy and money, due to legal technicalities I can't. So instead I can promise you these three things: If you vote for me, the sun will rise tomorrow, Hydrogen and Oxygen will still bond to form water, and I'll be able to watch out for 2014's best interests forever and always (or at least for one school year!).
Hi guys! I'm Erin Murray, and I want to be your Sophomore Representative (cliché, I know). In all honesty, the first day I got to Vassar I knew I wanted to be a part of house team. I LOVE our dorm and I've spent all year dreaming of being a part of what keeps it fantastic. I understand what huge commitments House Team and Class Council are, but I know I could handle it because it is truly my dream and I respect the amount of work it is. I am so excited at the idea of meeting with the other class representatives from the other dorms and sharing ideas on how to keep our homes so fabulous. Of course, it's all the wonderful residents that makes Jewett so great, but I want to be a part of House Team so I can help keep it running smoothly and so I can decorate several thousand cupcakes and cookies for all the parties and study breaks. Anyone else a fan of Nutella frosting? Good. As much as I love having fun, I am also a very hard worker, and I know that my main focus for next year can, and hopefully will, be about serving 2014 as your Sophomore Rep for Jewett.
Hey guys! My name is Will Lefferts and I am running for the position of Jewett Junior Rep. To those who don’t know me, I’m currently a Student Fellow in Jeweet and Co-President of AirCappella.
I have had an amazing time working on Jewett house team this past year and I would love the opportunity to continue to do so! I have seen firsthand how helpful it is to have the experience of past student leaders on house team when planning events and I think/hope that I could bring something to the table!
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My name is Michael Kiel, and I live in Joss 215! Please stop by some time and introduce yourself. More to come later!
I Justin Nesheiwat am a motivated, organized and enthusiastic member of the Vassar College student body. I deeply wish to become more involved within the Vassar community and I believe becoming a member of the Josselyn House team as Vice President can be a great start for the goals I have for our dorm and the Vassar campus as a whole. Spending my freshman year in the Josselyn House has been amazing and I would truly enjoy spending another year here in a position to give back to the dorm that has made me feel like I am a part of a big happy family.
Hey guys! So for the past two semesters I have served as Joss freshman rep, and I hope to be able to continue serving our dorm community as your Vice President. As freshman rep, I gained experience working with House Team and the upperclassmen in addressing issues within our house as well as planning events like the Harvest Ball and Joss Beach Bash. Also, as a member of the 2014 Class Council, I helped organize mug nights and other campus programing. Having been exposed to the processes of student government here at Vassar, I hope to be able to bring continuity and experience to our future House Team. I look forward to making Joss as much (if not more) boss than it has been this year for all our current residents, as well as all the new Joss babies that will be moving in with us next fall!
My name is Matthew Choe and I’m running for Josselyn House treasurer. (More to come...)
I believe that I have the organization and drive to serve Joss House as an exceptional secretary.
Hello everyone! My name is Alex Gros and I would love to be Josselyn House's secretary for the 2011-2012 year. I have years of high school student council experience, and served as class secretary during my junior and senior year. If you are familiar with me, you know I am also freakishly organized. I am confident in my ability to transpose this skill to the post of secretary. If elected, I would be both literally and figuratively housekeeping all day, every day. Feel free to stop by 302 for proof of my never-ending quest for clean...or just for fun.
“They used to call me Anal Girl…I was very neat and organized” – Zooey Deschanel speaking to a secretary’s essential qualities in (500) Days of Summer.
Hi Joss, I’m Claire Lippman and I really want to be your secretary next year. During this past year, I have been lucky enough to call Joss my home. I love our community and feel as though I can positively contribute to its inner workings and functioning as secretary. I am very organized, take great notes, and plan to provide comedic relief at any and all appropriate times. In addition, I have maintained many leadership and secretarial positions in the past, from being editor of a literary magazine back home to participating for over three years in an Anti-Defamation League program. Vote for me!
Throughout this year, I have really grown to love living in Joss and the family that I have found here. Our class is unique in the sense that we have had such a wonderful experience as a community and I not only want to continue that for next year and beyond, but also to ensure that we can create the same positive community for the incoming freshmen. I plan to work hard to engage you all and work as a liaison between you and the class council. I will do my best to be accessible and open-minded to the views of all my classmates. And, of course, I would be absolutely thrilled to represent you all! Thank you.
As sophomore representative, I will serve not only Class of 2014 but all of Josselyn House by being an active and enthusiastic member of the House Team and Class Council. Living is Joss has been one of the best parts of my Vassar experience and I want to be a part of creating that for everyone next year. I believe that each of your voices and opinions are a vital part to the community we have here, and I fully intend to represent all of them. If you let me be your representative, I'll make sure we have have a stellar and super fun sophomore year!
Hey, Many of you know me already but for those who do not, my name is Jon. I am running for junior rep. because I believe I can accurately represent the members of class of 2013 in Joss and the general Joss vibe. What is this Joss vibe? to me its about community, Its about the differences between all the residents of this great house jus as much as it is the principles we have in common. Its about the personification of bossness, its about the jossness. If elected I will be a voice for community, a voice for fun, a voice for getting things done on both the dorm and class level.
I would be proud to serve all you fine people, I ask only for your vote and I will be your voice, a personal advocate to all, disenfranchised or otherwise.
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My name is Dallas Robinson, I am a rising sophomore and I am running for President of Lathrop House. I have met and enjoyed the company of some really wonderful Lathropians, and I want to serve and represent us. Being president for Lathrop house would not only be an honor, but it would be a great opportunity to work with the people of my house and the members of Vassar’s student government to create a stronger sense of community here on campus. Working collaboratively is one of my strengths and I am prepared to lead. As president of Lathrop house I would be the bridge between our house and the VSA, making sure our voices are heard and considered. Hearing what my fellow housemates and classmates want from this school, from our home, is extremely important to me. I am able to effectively communicate our ideas to the VSA. I want to represent Lathrop and be completely involved in decisions that are beneficial to my house and the campus on a whole. I am confident in the tight-knit bond Lathropians share and I am positive we can expand our house pride and get Lathrop even more involved in campus events. I voted in favor of the reconstruction of the VSA, because I believe the student body needs to receive more attention and more representation to execute tasks punctually. Instead of a select few making decisions for us, we should all be involved in what goes on in our home. Being president of Lathrop is more than being the face of Lathrop; it is serving Lathrop and Vassar College. It is my mission to show Vassar who Lathrop is made of and what we are about. Thank you so much for your time. Vote Dallas Robinson for Lathrop House president. L’s in the sky!!!
We need a strong voice for Lathrop and a proven reformer on the VSA Council. In running for House President, I offer both those things. It’s time for an open and active government, one fueled by leadership that listens.
When my important elections reforms were passed this year, I was hailed by the Miscellany News as the first non-Council member “to propose an amendment to any of the VSA’s governing documents in recent memory.” I’m proud of my accomplishments, but I also know that I’m not the only person with ideas. If elected House President, I am committed to seeking the opinions of others. I promise to knock on all of my constituents’ doors at least once during every semester that I serve.
Already, issues that need addressing are apparent. The lack of transparency in our system is disturbing. While the constitutional revisions were sensible and well-intended, the closeted nature of their creation ultimately cost the VSA several worthwhile reforms. Monetary incongruencies are also present. Lathrop receives about $700 less in funding than Main House does, but provides considerably more in programming. Finally, the VSA Council’s role has become stagnant. As an at-large student this year, I wrote more legislation than three-quarters of the Council combined. Lathrop should send a strong voice to the Council in order to reinvigorate its role and actively represent its people once more.
Student government for the students; student government by the students. That’s what I propose. A vote for me is a vote for leadership that listens. If elected, I will be a strong voice for Lathrop, and will work hard toward an open and active government.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Lathrop is simply the best dorm on campus.
If there is one thing that I have loved about my time here at Vassar so far, it has been my experience living in Lathrop, a place that I have come to call my home. This year’s house team did a fantastic job of welcoming the freshman class by creating an atmosphere where we felt comfortable and I hope that we can do the same for the class of 2015. I can honestly say that it has made my freshman experience an unforgettable one and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Next year, I plan to uphold Lathrop’s reputation as a welcoming and friendly environment and a strong community of fun-loving Lathropians. I hope to engage Lathrop residents in the happenings of their house and represent their ideas and opinions in the planning of the many events hosted by Lathrop. I’m looking forward to another year of living here and I know that house team will once again succeed in passing on the tradition of Lathrop Love to Vassar’s future generations.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to stop by room 217 or e-mail me at email@example.com
Throw ya L’s up people!
My name is Connor Martini, and I really, really, really want to handle all your money. All my business experience comes from watching Jack Donhagy on 30 Rock and that episode of Grey’s Anatomy where the Meredith balances her checkbook while performing surgery and having sex. But for real, I have all the necessary skills to be a successful Lathrop treasurer. I can use a calculator and fill out paperwork. I can even use email and write with both pencils and pens! In addition, my job back home (law firm intern, it’s more fun than it sounds) consists of a lot of money-related activities, such as photocopying checks, driving checks to the bank, and not losing the checks or stealing the money. I’m very, very good at my job. What more do you need in a treasurer?
I also really love Lathrop. Despite the fact that I moved in halfway through the year, I’ve always bled Lathrop pink (mostly due to a childhood disease caused by eating too much play doh, but whatever). I’m super pumped to help plan and put on dorm events, be the annoying one at meetings who regrettably has to inform the rest of house team that our budget does not cover circus animals and/or strippers, and help incorporate the new freshman into the vibrant and active Lathrop community.
As your treasurer, I execute my duties with enthusiasm, dedication, and as much humor as I can incorporate into such a boring position.
Andrea "Andi" Selby
My name is Andi Selby and I’m running to be your Lathrop House secretary for the 2011-2012 school year.
In short, I’m a note-taking tramp. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I happily jump out of my bed and go to my 9 am classes for one reason: taking notes. The sound of my fingers hitting the keyboard drives me into a frenzy. This orgasmic feeling started at an early age. In middle school, I joined the calligraphy club. My obsession grew and grew and led me to become the secretary of the Interact club in high school. So now I’m running for secretary so every week, my passion for note taking can benefit all of Lathrop. I’m organized, dedicated, and above all, obsessed with both Lathrop and note taking. These are all the qualities a secretary needs. So please, Lathrop, be my enabler and let me carry on and bask in my obsession with note taking. I live in room 210 if you have any questions… or want to refer me to a therapist for my compulsive note taking.
Hi. My name is Lettie Harley and I want to be your Lathrop House Secretary. As secretary, my main responsibility is to take notes at the house team meetings. I am detailed in my notes, I know how to work well in groups (I have been a part of many sports teams and musical ensembles), and I have great ideas to help build community (i.e. a day of kiddie fun possibly including a moonbounce to relieve stress).
The other part of my responsibilities would be to cover and head up the fight against dorm damage. This year we had some incidents with dorm damage. Next year, with the newly renovated bathrooms (courtesy of Natalie Allen, B&G, and a bunch of others, yay!), I would make it a priority to combat damage and keep these new luxury bathrooms beautiful for community use. Now that we’ve got them, we need to respect them so they don’t end up like the ones we’ve been using (and no one wants that!).
I would be a great fit for house team because I couldn’t imagine living anywhere but Lathrop and I have so much dorm pride. I am dedicated to making this house fun to live in and building our dorm pride.
If you have any questions about me or what my position is, feel free to stop by 220 or just stop me in the halls.
I would love to serve Lathrop House as the secretary for next year. As a freshman this year, I have appreciated how much our House Team has contributed to the friendly atmosphere of our house. If I'm elected as secretary, I will be an enthusiastic member of the House Team and make sure that our good community is maintained. I'm a good fit for secretary because I'm responsible and organized, and I'm a good fit for House Team because I care about Lathrop, and I want to be active in supporting our house.
I love you. Love me back and elect me as your Sophomore Representative!
Prepared to rep it hard,
I am not exaggerating when I say that I am incredibly lucky to be a part of the Lathrop family. Although I was blessed with an amazing Vassar year, my experience here grew x10 with the support and love from all my Lathropians. I don't want to list my qualifications as a representative to justify why you should vote for me, because I felt it more important to let you know my reason for running for this position. More than anything, I want give back and show my appreciation for Lathrop. You all have been more than I could have asked for. My Vassar experience would be nothing without Lathrop. Now is my turn to give back. Also, I kick a* in attending meetings.
If you have more questions about why I would make a good Sophomore Class Rep, come by Lathrop 314 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
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Hey! My name is Sienna Brown and I am running for Main House President. As a current student fellow and member of Main house team, I know that as a student leader I will be an asset to house team for the second year in a row.
As an upcoming junior I have been well acquainted with house life and issues that some students have. As President, I will be available and happy to talk about house concerns with all of the house residents. I also would like to see Main house become more of a community, like the smaller dorms are. I know that this is a bit more difficult because our home is so large, but with great programming and more upperclassmen/freshman interaction, I feel that as a house we can make it possible.
Not only would I be available to the residents of Main to talk about the issues that they have but I will also be a liaison for our house to the VSA council. As we all know there has been controversy with the referendum this year and I am looking to have the voice of Main be heard during VSA meetings by yours truly. You can be reassured that I will not solely be focused on the changes in the VSA but also on the changes in our house.
Main house events are also something that I feel strongly about and I am planning on working with our Vice President to create great ones. In planning Moulin Rouge (which was a huge success this year) and South by South Commons, along with many other events, I am familiar with what it takes to plan a good event and I have a general feeling with what the students like to see in campus-wide events.
The last issue that I will be planning to tackle as Main House President is creating a better relationship with Building and Grounds. As the oldest house on campus (and the original!), there are often times where rooms or bathrooms need repairing and it can be found that it doesn't happen as quickly as we would like to see. As President I would look to be able to have B&G present in the dorms when we need them and in a timely manner.
Feel free to come talk to me with questions or just about anything in general.
Visit Main 437! Add me on Facebook! If you see me around, don't be afraid to say hey!
My name is Jeremy Garza and I am running for President of Main house: aka your representative on the VSA Council!
I am running for this position because I am truly passionate and dedicated to making both VSA and House Team more inclusive institutions. No system is perfect, and now is the time to come together to foster unity within our House community so your voices can be heard. House Team is responsible for serving you as residents so we can make this the best place to live. We are the biggest House on campus; therefore, we should be the loudest and proudest.
My goal this past year was to involve myself as much as I could. I dedicated myself to several organizations on campus, including QCVC, Vassar Rowing, CLRG. In conjunction with these orgs, I was thrust onto the VSA political scene when, in January, I started regularly attending the Sunday meetings. It was then that I realized the overwhelming need for strong leadership that can keep apathy within the student body at bay.
As president, it is of the upmost importance for me to cultivate a relationship with all of you as Main residents in order to ensure that your voice is justly heard on the VSA. Under the new leadership of our House Team and VSA for the coming academic year, I believe we can collectively move forward in making these governing bodies more inclusive, efficient, and welcoming to diverse voices. As a result, we can reaffirm this college as a renowned place for activism and innovation—one that tries its hardest to include all types of marginalized students by actually addressing issues and accomplishing set goals.
I encourage any and all types of open dialogue, so please do not be afraid to call on me for anything; I am here to serve you. Whether or not I am elected, I am still dedicated to my House and this school, and I will continue to try my hardest at being a progressive leader wherever there is need.
With much hope and optimism for the year to come,
Hey there, Main!
I’ve lived in Main for the past two years and have come to understand how Main House works. I’ve seen firsthand the issues we as a House have had to deal with and realize that vital lines of communication must be open in order to effectively address those and other concerns.
As your President, there are many critical issues that I will focus on. Just a few of them are as follows:
LEADERSHIP: Being Main House President isn’t just about house pride and inclusion, though these are obviously integral parts of our system here at Vassar. The House President holds a dual role of serving both on House Team and VSA Council, so here’s how I would approach both of those roles:
When in the House, I would work closely with other student leaders such as the Student Fellows, House Fellow Interns, House Student Advisor, and other House Officers to make Main the best living environment on campus. I would effectively delegate responsibilities so our House has top-quality programming and awesome events.
When sitting on VSA Council, I would address key issues that concern us not only as Main residents, but also as Vassar students. You, the constituent, will ultimately shape the issues I address. I’ll always be available to talk to you about any issues you have so that I can represent your views accordingly on Council.
RETREAT ORIENTED-MEAL PLAN: As Main residents, we have a unique relationship with The Retreat. Due to its convenience, running out of Retreat points has been a continual problem for Main residents. If elected, I would make it a top priority to create a Retreat-oriented meal plan option, as to offer maximum dining flexibility.
REDUCE HOUSE DAMAGE: It’s not fair that the entire House has to pay for damage caused by a select few unknown individuals. This year’s damages were astronomically high, considering we reached a record amount of damages for Main by the middle of the year. If elected, I would work with Residential Life to reform the current system of charging all Main residents for damage, and instead focus on catching those responsible for the damages. By doing this, we can foster a more respectful living environment for our home instead of just writing the damage off as just another cost of going to Vassar.
REPRESENTATION: Everyone has something that they care about. As President, I will adapt my leadership style to fit each of my constituents. Those who are interested in getting involved will have opportunities to meet with me about the VSA, get involved in House events, and work with me on political issues. For those who are not interested, I promise not to flood your inboxes with emails about topics that you don’t care about. Each of you will receive the level of representation you want and deserve.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com. Thanks for reading, and I appreciate your vote!
The foundation of family is a unique structure to life. I believe that Main house personifies the concept of family the most, because we consistently aim to look for ways to strengthen our bond. Although I have enjoyed the honor and experience of being on this year’s House Team and Class Council as Freshman Rep, I feel that more can be done to bring our ever growing family closer. During the year, I have been able to grow accustomed to all of the House Team procedures and responsibilities, and I can insure that each encounter in our house continues to run smoothly and effectively each time. However, you’d be seeing lots more of me as your VP! That means, more quirky emails, more study break antics, and of course, more representation of the best house on campus! I am always energetic, always DEDICATED, and, more importantly, excited to get to know each of you! My primary goal for the future of this house bring more unity, and represent a more general population, uniting the diverse voices of Main House collectively. With your help, I am confident that we can make our Main family foundation stronger than ever!
With sincerest regards and love,
I am running to be Main's Vice President because I want to do my part in continuing to make this house the best place to live on campus. I have already served as a representative for Main on Vassar's Food Committee, and now I hope to take on the more ambitious and involved role of Vice President. As a freshman, I've loved getting to know Main's awesome members, from the dwellers in the Pits to the inhabitants of the 5th floor singles. I've really enjoyed being part of such a great community, and want to help to make this place a welcome home for next year's crop of Mainers. Although I have yet to meet all of Main's 300-plus residents, I feel I have the experience and understanding of what is best for this community as a whole.
If you'd like to contact me, shoot me an email at jamullan, or feel free to swing by room 309. Thanks for your consideration, and please vote!
My name is Hadiya Shire, I am a freshman living in Main 3 Cent, and I am running for Main house Vice President (head of house team). I am currently a Pre-Med student with a possible major in Sociology. I truly love Main, and I’m ready to build a strong house team for next year, to help bring together our wonderful house community. This past year I have learned what we want from our house team, and what we need in order to make living in Main an enjoyable experience for all. Through the years Main house has proven that we know how to throw a great party, so put your trust in me, and I promise to keep up the great work!
I'm Molly Buckley, current resident of the wonderful North Pit. (Yes, it exists.) I'll be a sophomore next year, and I'll probably major in Media Studies and Poli Sci. Clearly, I've only got social sciences in my life. I miss numbers.
Vote for me! I'm actually pretty good at math, I can fill out paperwork like no other, and I'm really excited to be on House Team and represent Main.
As Main's treasurer I will use my mathematical expertise and exceptional organizational skills to the best of my ability to ensure that all of the financial paperwork is completed expeditiously and accurately.
Hey Mainers! My name is Tori Larson. I’m a freshman living in (and loving) 3 cent. I am hoping to be the Main House Treasurer for the 2011-2012 school year. I believe I am fully qualified for this position. I have spoken with Stacy, this year’s treasurer, and understand what this job is all about. Organizing a budget is by no means an easy task, but I know I am responsible and can handle the duties that come with being house treasurer. In high school, I was a member of student council for all four years. This leadership experience taught me to be organized and responsible. I also learned the importance of teamwork and commitment. In addition to keeping the Main House finances aligned, I will be a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the house team. I hope to work towards making the best house on campus even better next year!
Thanks for your consideration!
Victoria (Tori) Larson
My name is Isabelle Zee, and I am running for the position of Treasurer on the Main House Team! “Why Treasurer?” you wonder, “and why Main?” Well, not only is Main the most convenient, the most sought after, and the most vibrant of houses, our house, I must say, has some pretty awesome people!!
As a sophomore, and currently a biochemistry major and economics minor, and the Treasurer of one of Vassar’s largest SOC group, I can definitely say I have plenty of experience. (So giving passionate, persuasive speeches to the VSA council on why we need funding is definitely NOT a fear factor.) After having spent almost a year managing and monitoring a large and constantly employed budget, I am confident that I can improve on my previous experience and bring even more to the table. I am obsessively organized and procrastination is a pet peeve of mine – this means that I will get things done as soon as possible! I will delegate the approximate and necessary funds to Main’s yearly events, and will never overlook those who have borrowed from Main and those who Main owes. Finances will be meticulously recorded, and fresh ideas will always be popping up.
So, dearest Main-ers, as I end this blurb,I just want to say thank you, thank you for taking time off your busy schedules to read why I would like to serve Main as the next Treasurer. Trust me, you won’t regret it. I look forward to letting my voice be heard as treasurer in Main and around campus! :)
To all of those who don’t know me, my name is Kim Benenhaley and I am running for the position of Main secretary for the 2011-2012 school year. Main, clearly the best dorm on campus, has a lot to offer and I want to be secretary so I can help it reach its potential. I have already spoken to the secretary for the 2010-2011 school year, and I am confident that I would be able to fulfill all the duties of secretary. I am responsible, organized, and enthusiastic, which are traits I believe necessary for a secretary to posses. Also, I take BANGIN’ notes! (For real, come check ‘em out.) As for experience, I have been a member of my schools ‘student council from first grade through senior year, so I’d say I have a good idea of how student governments work. If I were to be elected, you would find me at every Council Meeting thinking of new ways to make Main even more boss than it already is.
My name is Evan Lester, I have lived in Main for my entire stay at this amazing school of ours (VASSAR!!!), and I am running for House Secretary. I think we can all agree that Main is a model for the other dorms, a tour de force of awesomeness that cannot be reckoned with. In that spirit, I want to be House Secretary so I can partake in maintaining Main as the best it could possibly be. Along with excellent note taking skills, I bring exorbitant amounts of experience to the House Team table. In high school I founded and presided over my own club, Walk for a Cause, and participated in Student Government as Press Secretary, and Class Representative (from 9th to 12th grade). I had a hand in running large school wide events, creating press releases, as well as speaking to local news and other organizations. I am unbelievably excited to run for House Team and can’t wait to get started on making the Main 2011-2012 year, the best year in its history.
P.S. In the history of the world, the greatest and most (in)famous decisions have occurred on one square foot of real estate: the brain. So take those heaping piles of brain that I know all Mainers possess in excess, and make a great decision, voting Evan Lester for your House Secretary!
My Sweet, Lovable Herd of Main Sophomores,
Hi, I'm Charlotte Andrews, and I want to be your sophomore representative. I'll make this short, sweet and covered in peanut butter, like me.
In a past life, I was a dark, leafy green. That should be enough proof that I am helpful and hearty for you (and your colon). I have previous experience with being a liaison between students and student-run organizations; it is very important that you have someone assertive and organized to communicate your ideas and concerns to the House Team and the VSA council. I want to be your voice because I know I can support your arguments with clarity, logical reasoning, and a stifling glare. We must keep in mind that these institutions are there to serve our needs! Unlike the President and VP, my job is to represent solely the sophomore class, because we have enough issues of our own. Let me serve you because I know how to go about it; I can be extremely convincing.
I'm very accessible, my only other commitments are to Cheezits and my wife, Lois Griffin. Feel free to stop by Room 471 or email me, or send me farmville requests on facebook.
I will be aggressive, reasonable, forceful, loyal, and I will take action on your behalf. If you vote for me to be your sophomore representative, I will put your needs first and dedicate all my time to voicing the things that matter to you! I will even sacrifice my first-born.
Nana T. Baffour-Awuah
Hi, I'm Nana from Ghana, and I want to be your Sophomore Class Representative. So I ask for your vote. I ask for your vote because I need it. I ask for your vote because in order for me to give you what I believe you, WE, deserve: dependability, passion, an unwavering and diplomatic voice that articulately presents our concerns and desires, and ensures that something comes of it, YOU have to give ME what I deserve, YOUR VOTE. So vote for me. Vote for passion, vote for diversity, vote for a keen ear and a strong voice. Vote for me because Main is the ish. And you know it. For Vote for me because you should.
Vote for me,
Because I will bend over backwards to get the job done.
Peace & Love
Hello Fellow Mainers,
My name is Juliano Pereira. I am running to be your sophomore representative because I have the qualities necessary to fulfill the needs of our class. I assure you that I can be persuasive and articulate, but most importantly I can smang it.
Communication skills are essential to any good relationship. I believe that I have the assertiveness to have cohesive relations between our dorm and the rest of our class. I am the type of person who will fight like a Spartan for what is right, and for what is best for all of us. Not only will I do my best to inform you about what is happening around campus, but I will also make sure that your thoughts and opinion are heard as well. I am truly inspired to find a way to get everyone to participate in cross-campus dialogue without having to read all 30 bagillion emails the school sends us every day.
I know that it can be hard to follow all the interesting and exciting things that are happening around school. I am determined to ease that process and make the tight community that Vassar prides itself on felt by each and every one of you.
Carlos Ignacio Hernández Tellez
Hey Main, my name is Carlos Ignacio Hernández Tellez. I’m from Venezuela (yup, long names in South America) and I want to be your Sophomore Rep. I can assure you I’m both qualified and excited for this position, and I want to work hard in order to make this awesome building of squeaky wooden floors and labyrinthine corridors feel more like home for all of us.
I like that this is such a dynamic position. In it, I would be able to contribute not only to the living experience in Main House, but I would also be sitting in our Class Council during a time of important changes in the VSA and in a period during which the Sophomore Class will have to decide on a gift to give back to Vassar. I would like to bring your creative ideas to the table and establish a strong channel of communication between these committees and you.
I like to think that I’d be a positive force on your House Team, and dedicated to working with both the population of our awesome Main community and the rest of the team. I look forward to meeting you guys, so if you have a question please shoot me an email at cahernandeztellez or come by room 466, we enjoy having people over!
I like doing good work. And having fun while I’m at it. Pick me.
Hi, I'm Rose- I've lived in Main for the past two years, and I've felt the positive impact that house team has on the community within the dorm-- sponsoring house activities, collaborating with other houses for campus-wide events, and keeping Main residents informed on the issues going on around campus. I'm responsible, organized, and outgoing, and I want to be a part of that team! I want to make sure that the class of 2013 is represented on our house team next year- it's going to be an exciting one, whether you're going abroad or rocking it JYstay, and I hope you'll let me be your class rep for it! My room is 457C- feel free to drop by with any questions :)
Let’s face it, being a junior is like being back in that awkward pre/early-teen adolescent phase: you are no longer a child, but you still are not exactly an adult. As juniors we face a similarly awkward transition through the house: we are no longer in the exciting freshman year where we go to every study-break and house event (been there, done that!), but we have still not earned the freedom to be in senior housing where they trust us with stoves. As junior representative my goal would be to bring excitement to your junior year and make sure that what may be your last year in Main House, Junior year, is one to remember and not just a vague blurry memory. I want juniors to be involved and their voices heard: not only in Main, but also in the VSA. If you have seen me around main then we must have talked because I am not one to keep quiet and I greatly welcome making a new friend. With that in mind I see myself as a comfortable medium for Main Juniors to be active. Help restore house pride for Main Juniors by voting for Nada Mohamed for Main House Junior Class Representative because like a good neighbor Nada is there.
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Jazmine Monet Dandridge
Hey, fellow Noyesians. I'm Jazmine Dandridge, and I'm currently in the class of 2014. I'm am pleased to say that I'll be running for the position of Noyes House President. After having an exciting and challenging first year at Vassar, I can say it has been the best year of my life. A big part of amazing time I've had at Vassar far has been the wonderful and loving family that has formed in Noyes dorm. I could think of no better honor for showing my appreciation of this amazing place than to represent you all as your President.
Coming into the next year, I have many exciting and creative ideas for study breaks and inter-dorm love, as well as suggestions and ideas to improve Noyes hosted events, such as Day Glo Toga and Noyes Snow Day. Although I have not held a position on the VSA this year, I have closely watched the council and am familiar with the functions of the VSA. Within the VSA, Presidents sit on sub-committees, and I hope to sit on the committees that address issues on campus that I find important, but the issues that seem most pressing to our own dorm. Noyes needs a voice that can be justly heard within the VSA and that is interested in attending to the needs of all residents in Noyes. As President, I would also forsee continuing to build and strenghen relationships with administration and Buildings and Grounds and Security. There are also visible improvements that could be made to both the MPR and the basement, as well as minor things in the dorm that would be wonderful to get fixed.
Aside from the excitement to give 100% into both House duties and duties to the VSA, I feel that I am qualified to be your President for many reasons. I am a very approachable and available individual, and my experience as President of my high schools Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club for two years, I have adequate experience in dealing with issues both easy and hard to handle and covering my responsibilities completely. I have planned many big events pre-college, such as the homecoming dance and Prom, as well as an annual SADD assembly and a mock-crash simulation. This said, I have had a lot of experience being an active voice and taking a stand for the things that are important to myself and my peers. My first and foremost priority is always making myself available to everyone in Noyes, and handling each question, comment or concern brought to me with equal amounts of importance.
Noyes hass a very strong presence here at Vassar, and is filled with some of the most talented, skilled, motivated and beautiful people on Vassar's campus. I am thoroughly excited to be a part of this community and I am confident that I have the dedication, the drive, skill and passion to make next year an even better year than this one. I would be honored to have an active role in creating an even more awesome Noyes than we already have. If you have any questions, comments or just want to talk please feel free to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I look forward to representing you all next year as House President!
Hey everyone, my name is Deb Steinberg and I’m running for President of Noyes for 2011-2012. Attending Noyes events and being a part of our community this year have led me to develop a profound appreciation for this incredible house. I know I have the ability and dedication to help make Noyes an even greater place to live next year.
I have a lot of creative ideas for study breaks, and I’m really excited to help plan and improve our annual events like the Noyes Snow Day and Day-Glo Toga. As President, I want to work on improving the basement and the MPR of Noyes to make them more visually appealing and suitable for hanging out and socializing. I also really want to improve our relations with Buildings & Grounds and Security.
As Secretary of the Class of 2014 this past year, I learned how the VSA functions and what it takes to be an active member of the Council. I recognize that the current system has certain flaws, and one of my main efforts as a representative will be to work on new legislation and make our student government as efficient as possible. Aside from my excitement for the VSA responsibilities attached to the role of house president, I have many skills that make me the most qualified candidate for this position. At home in Massachusetts I volunteer at a helpline, which attests to my listening skills and approachability. Being available to the students in Noyes is my first priority, and it is a responsibility that I will not take lightly. My assertiveness, persistence, and determination would ensure that your concerns are taken seriously.
Noyes has the strongest community on Vassar’s campus, and I will strive to maintain this amazing environment. I am confident that I have the time, passion, and commitment to run this House Team and to be an active member of the VSA Council. Please e-mail me with questions or concerns (email@example.com), and I look forward to representing and getting to know all of you!
Hello fellow Noyesians! I am Kelly Harrington and I am running for Vice President of Noyes for the 2011-2012 year. As a freshman living in Noyes I had one of the best years of my life – just kidding; it was the best year of my life! The House Team in Noyes and the events they planned definitely contributed to my amazing year, which is why I want to be a part of House Team next year. I hope to help next year’s students living in Noyes have a great experience and make them feel like part of the Noyes family as I do now. I am passionate about making Noyes a place where academics play a crucial role, but where fun dominates over everything…because homework can be fun when you live in Noyes…especially when you take breaks for singing and dancing…Chicago anyone?
As Vice President I will not only be well organized and efficient, but I will also be able to help students in the dorm with whatever problems they may encounter. If I am unable to help a student for whatever reason, I can direct them to someone who can better meet their needs. I have a great relationship with the House Fellows in Noyes and also have a good grasp of the administrative structure at Vassar. As VP I will be effective in executing the responsibilities of planning and organizing study breaks and bigger events such as Day-Glo Toga because of my past experience in student government (Student Body Secretary). My social skills and my ability to complete tasks quickly will guarantee that dorm events are successful and efficient. In conjunction with ideas from House Team members, next year’s Noyes events will definitely be something to look forward to…think massages, Disney Movies (because we all need to get in touch with our inner 5-year-old now and then), and of course lots and lots of food!
I hope to represent you next year as your Noyes Vice President.
Being on the house team in Noyes would pretty much be the best thing ever. The house team this year has been enormously helpful and made Noyes the best home I could ever hope for at Vassar. As treasurer, I hope that I can take on some of the responsibility of caring for Noyes and help create the house team that made our parabola-shaped home so incredible this past year.
I am running for Noyes house team, because I have lived in Noyes this year admiring our house team for their kindness and love of the house, and I would love to live in that type of environment next year. I want to work next year to make our house a welcoming and comfortable place to live. Also, I want to draw on the dry erase board.
Hey awesome Noyesians!
Its me, Alex, your current representative! I am really excited to be running for Sophomore Representative of Noyes for our class! I really think it would be great if I continued this position for the next year, because I am already extremely familiar with not only how the VSA works, but more importantly, how the Class Council works.
This years Freshman Class Council has been one of the most active and successful ones yet. We have successfully met almost every Sunday from the day we all got elected into our positions and we have been able to create some amazing projects and events this year! We have done two Mug Nights (the second one is this upcoming Saturday, the 23rd!), Freshman 15 our upcoming "talent show," the most successful (but no really...) floor of Seven Deadly Sins, and Leadership 360. Next year I am going to push for a lot more interactive Study Breaks while on House Team, as well continuing our current Council's mission of making awesome events for your class!
I have really enjoyed representing the Noyes Freshman on both the House Team and Class Council (look out for another email from me soon, about upcoming event times!) and I would love to continue this representation next year! I hope you consider electing me as your Sophomore Rep, and thank you all so much for making my first year at Vassar truly and amazing, enriching experience!
Your Freshman Representative
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My name is Sam Brucker and I’m running to be the president of Raymond House. I’m running for this position because I believe I am well suited for the diverse duties that come with being president and am excited to carry them out.
In terms of the responsibilities to the house, I am very excited at the prospect of being the one running house team meetings and will employ candid yet respectful methods of communicating to make the meetings efficient and effective. Along with house team, I will work as hard as possible to come up with inventive and inclusive study breaks that would bring the students of Raymond together. I will oversee the planning and execution of the always awesome Raymond haunted house and Roaring Twenties, putting a fresh spin on things but making sure the Raymond tradition is still deep rooted. Making the incoming freshman feel comfortable is a priority of mine and I will use study breaks and inter-fellowgroup dinners to make sure that freshman are meeting as many people as possible. My goal is to bring all of Raymond closer together, furthering its reputation as the “Family Dorm”.
In respect of the duty at the VSA, I believe I am both qualified and trustworthy. Three years of California-wide youth government has given me great insight into the process of democratic policy making and taught me how to critically assess proposed policy through different ways of thinking. I consider myself a passionate arguer and am ready to take a stance that may not be popular if I believe it is best for Raymond.
While the duty of president is usually thought of as these two distinct realms, I believe that they are very much so connected and would honor that connection. I understand that I am not given the seat on the VSA to voice my opinions, but rather to voice the opinions of Raymond. I will best do this by using a Raymond-wide Facebook group to establish a convenient way of suggesting ideas and concerns and will honor transparency by posting on the group’s wall what I do at the VSA on behalf of Raymond. I also am ready to make myself available for meeting with any concerned members of Raymond and always enjoy hearing a knock at my door. I am confident that I can smoothly link the two main duties of dorm president, ensuring that Raymond is being properly and accurately heard in the VSA.
In summation, you should vote for me for president of Raymond because I love both Raymond and policy making. I believe I have the ability to preserve Raymond’s uniqueness and charm while striving to make living in Raymond the best it can be.
Hey Raymond! My name is Casey Bartow-McKenney, I am a rising sophomore, and I am extremely ecstatic about the opportunity to become your next vice president. For those of you who I do not have the pleasure of being acquainted with, I look forward to meeting you soon and strengthening the network within the greatest dorm at Vassar College. I would not mind gaining your vote and support either!
As vice president, I hope to hear your thoughts on everything “Raymond.” I hope to incorporate your opinions, our dorm’s spirit, and my seemingly endless vigor into a house team that will make Raymond radiate. This office entails programming our dorm events, specifically Haunted House and Roaring 20’s. These projects will provide me with the ability to show my passion for Raymond while simultaneously serving all of you, our dorm’s reputation, and Vassar College. Some of you may remember me from this year’s Haunted House as one of the statues covered in the infamous latex paint, a position that while painful, allowed me to show my passion and dedication to Raymond. Though I may have seemed less than thrilled when peeling the aforementioned paint off of my body, and subsequently ripping off a sizable chunk of skin from my neck, I assure you that I would only undergo such a feat again for the dorm that has embraced me like a family. With Haunted House in mind, I am overjoyed with the prospect of creating a theme that we can all work on together as a dorm.
Over this year, Raymond has become more than a home. I have grown close to my fellow cohort of freshman while also forming connections with the upperclassmen that I cherish dearly. It would be my honor to both serve and represent you in the coming year, and hopefully live up to the legacy of our past house team who were more than helpful to me as an overwhelmed and wide-eyed freshman.
Seeing as each house works on a limited budget it seems the largest obstacle of any treasurer is making the money last. My only goal is to try and stretch every dollar of the Raymond House budget. In this way I hope to provide enough resources so that everyone involved in Raymond house sponsored events is able to partake and enjoy themselves.
I have an immense regard for residential life, as it is in our dorm in which we live. I have an interest in keeping Raymond dorm, not only financially stable, but also financially prospering. Allow me to handle the treasury, so that Raymondites can have more comfort and more fun.
Most of you probably know me, but in case you don't, I'm the 3-North Student Fellow. You know, the one with long hair who makes a lot of crazy faces. I'm running to be on house team next year because the community of Raymond is one of my favorite things about Vassar and my experiences this year have shown me what an important role house team plays in helping to maintain that amazing community. Next year, I hope to participate in house team as an officer, having had an absolutely wonderful year as a Student Fellow.
The Secretary position will give me the perfect outlet for my extreme organizational tendencies (just ask my lab partner about my color-coded Organic Chemistry notes). I'm also excited to put my dorm pride to good use by planning and advertising for Raymond's events from Haunted House to study breaks.
To summarize, I'm outgoing, organized, experienced and do this because I love it and truly care about it. I'd love to be Raymond Secretary, so I'm asking for your vote. Thanks!
Hey Raymond! I am Emily and I am interested in being your secretary for next year. Having only lived in Raymond for one year I am incredibly surprised about how attached I have found myself to our dorm. We are a dorm filled with incredible individuals. We are athletes and artists, musicians and students, but most importantly we are people who work hard and laugh harder. I want to help keep Raymond a place to be who you are, just as it has helped me do this year. By being your secretary I would be keeping track of all the great ideas that Raymond’s house team comes up with to make our college life fun and stress free. Raymond offers two great events, Haunted House and Roaring 20s, and weekly events that I would enjoy helping with. Through keeping track of everything that the house team is planning I can be a great link between the house team and the needs of the student body that makes up Raymond. Please stop by my room (419!) if you want to talk about anything (seriously anything), my door is always open.
Hello Raymond class of 2014! My name is Molly and I would like nothing more than to represent all of you lovely people next year. I'm TOTES reliable as a candidate and will put my heart and soul into giving you people what you want!
RAYMOND WHAT WHAT!!
Hey Raymond 2013, I'm Tracy and I would love to be your junior rep for next year! Raymond is our home away from home, so let's work to make next year fantastic.
TRAY TRAY FOR RAY RAY!
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Hi there! My name is Matt Wheeler and I'd love to represent you as SoCo President next year!
Here's an idea of what I'm all about:
REPRESENTATION: With all the recent discussions surrounding the constitutional restructuring, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be an effective representative. I believe it's a two-way street. In one direction, it's my job to seek out and listen to the questions, opinions, and concerns of my constituents and take those voices with me whenever I talk about and vote on issues in my VSA position. That way, we as a residential unit can have a comprehensive voice in the VSA issues we care about. But to do that effectively, I've got to take charge of moving information in the other direction as well. I've got to make sure the lines of communication are open so that I can take the information I learn on Council and make it available to you. If I'm not giving you the opportunity to engage with the issues I'm voting on, I'm not doing my job.
That said, I know how annoying it is to be bombarded with emails all the time. Flooding your inboxes with information isn't an effective way to convey it. Therefore, if elected, I would start and actively maintain a blog as a way of keeping my constituency posted on issues as they happen. By doing this, I can cut down on emails and still bring you to-the-minute information in a searchable, chronological format you can access at your leisure. We're all going to be busy seniors, and this way, VSA issues can take up as much or as little of your time as you want them to.
EXPERIENCES/QUALIFICATIONS/PICK ME PICK ME: Over the past two years, I've been a dedicated member of Joss House Team and I'll be working with Res Life again as SoCo Manager next year. As a Student Fellow my sophomore year and as Student Advisor this year, I've taken an active stance as a helper, a planner, and an ally. Those experiences have instilled in me a commitment to being the best leader I can be. They've taught me that when other people rely on you, communication is key. I put a lot of emphasis on reaching out, following up, and following through, and I believe remaining committed to these things would make me an effective President.
CONCLUSION: I'd love your vote. I'd love to serve on Council during a year where change is sure to happen, and I'd love to make sure every student who wants to be involved can be involved. I'd love to make the SoCos a place where we can get the most out of our last year at Vassar.
If you have any questions or just want to say hi, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (don't forget that T!).
Looking forward to an awesome year ahead,
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Hello Strong Ladies,
Living in Strong for the past two semesters has been amazing experience. The sense of community has been incomparable; it is this legacy that I hope to continue as president of Strong.
Although I was not on the house team last year I have many valuable insights that stem from being a resident in Strong. I believe that not being on the house team this year will prove to be an advantage because it has allowed me experience Strong in a unique way. As result, I strongly believe that as Strong president I can bring a refreshing way to deal with issues that may arise.
As the representative from Strong to the VSA, I will effectively communicate the needs and wants of the women in Strong. As an activist who is part of many activist groups on campus, I will bring the same passion and zeal to matters concerning the Strong community in any forum. I will make sure that our voices, as members of this house, will be heard. My ability to work well collaboratively with others will be especially useful in both the house team and the VSA.
I hope that together with the house team we can help make Strong not just a dorm – but home for everyone who lives there. The spirit of warmth and love that exist in Strong is so important and fundamental in shaping our experiences as students who live here, and that is something that is a legacy that I hope foster and build on as president. This legacy has the potential to transcend beyond the walls of Strong and radiate into the wider Vassar community and ultimately the world.
As Strong president, I hope to foster that spirit of community that makes Strong the welcoming and embracing and wonderful place that is – all the while strengthening Strong’s ties to the larger Vassar community.
Peace and Love,
I am Manning Wu of Class 2014 and I am running for Strong President!:)
As the current Freshman Rep. for Strong House, I’ve been working on house issues and events on the Strong House team for almost a full academic year now. During this year and the many events that came with it, I’ve picked up a lot of value experience from this opportunity to serve---allowing me to mature and become a more productive member of the Strong House team and community. I’ve really enjoyed all these house team experiences and cannot wait to head the new house team next year! I believe that with my past experiences and all the enthusiasm I have for the future, I would be a wonderful president for the community in Strong!
Those of you who know me can attest to my friendliness and my eagerness to give a hug to everybody! I hope that with my friendliness, accessibility and approachability, I can provide adequate support to any needs that arise amongst the upperclassman and also welcome the 2015-ers to make them feel at home in one of the best dorms EVER. I am also very open and eager to hear suggestions and advice from you guys--if you want to change or know of a way to improve any aspect of life in Strong House, let me know and together we will make it happen. I am fully aware of the fact that a president is supposed to represent his/her house on the VSA, and I will give my very best effort to convey your opinions and concerns to the VSA as an effective and efficient leader.
I have a lot of love and energy to devote to this job and my Strong community. It’s been a great honor to be your Freshman Rep. and I can’t wait to give you all tons of hugs as your president. :)
Hi, I’m Margaret Kwateng, and I am running for Strong House Treasurer. While I have battled with the pros and cons that accompany living in Strong during freshman year, I have come to realize that it is a great community to be a part of. I have met some amazing people living here, and I have grown to like both the quiet halls at night and the open doors during the day.
Last year I worked as a treasurer for one of the larger organizations at my high school, and I understand the responsibilities that come with this position. I am aware that in order to be a successful treasurer, one must be able to budget both funds and their time, as being at the group’s activities is just as important as planning them.
I have also worked on a number of community mentoring projects and have participated on numerous teams, so I can attest to the importance of group dynamics. If elected treasurer, I will work in conjunction with the other members of the board to make house team a tight nit family, as I want meetings to be both fun and efficient.
I am running for the position of secretary in Strong House because as a rising sophomore who has lived here for the past year, I would love to contribute to residential life and help Strong’s personality shine through. I am up to the task of secretarial duties: I am a reliable person and have informally taken minutes for groups in high school. And my handwriting is legible, so there’s that, too.
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Hey TA residents, get ready for the best year of your life at Vassar, cause we’re going to be seniors.
I’m running for President of the Terrace Apartments because:
- I want to represent you on the VSA council. Living in senior housing may make you feel disconnected from school at times, but I’ll help you bring it back. Your opinion is important and can help change things!
- I want to help build our TA community. Sometimes it can be hard to build a community when living in a new area, but we can do it together! It’ll be a team effort (between the program director, treasurer, HFI’s, you and me!) (Communiteas? Barbecues? Lets be ambitious.—Share ideas, por favor.)
- I want us to have the best year ever.
I bring a diversity of experiences from being a part of two different house teams with different team building and community building strategies. I believe that with each residential area, community building needs to happen in a way that is right for the people living there. I realize that things change from year to year, and I’m willing to listen (was a student fellow and HSA—I think I can handle it) and adapt to your needs.
Hello Future Denizens of the Terrace Apartments!
My Name is Mitchell, and whether you know me as the smart, quirky, hyper-involved kid from "down the hall" or that savvy, chic, diva from across campus I promise that we will become intimately acquainted in the best of ways if I am chosen to lead the TA's into opulence and prestige.
As the Publicity Chair of ViCE and the Features Editor of The Miscellany News I have had a pretty extensive track record in dealing with the inner workings of all facets of our campus. It is my familiarity with Vassar's channels of power that will allow me to best represent our community while propelling our reputation into the stratosphere. With the precision and thoughtfulness of a journalist coupled with the event planning (and promoting) prowess of a member of ViCE's executive board I will be able to define the TA's in a unique and progressive manner.
The TA's hold within them a potential so great that it cannot be characterized in mere words. I envision so many community events where we can get together, have good times, and look good doing it (b/c you know we're all going to be hitting the gym so HARD now that it's so CLOSE!) From early year barbecues to wintertime snuggle sessions, to a potluck to celebrate the first blossoms of spring I am committed to building a tightly woven community that addresses the wants, needs, and secret desires of each and every one of my constituents. Under my reign, I propose that TA comes to stand for "Tremendously Awesome!"
If elected to represent you as the President of the TA's, I will be forthcoming, enthusiastic, and approachable. No detail will be overlooked, and no voice will go unheard. There will be no secret too deep, and no information too privileged; talk about transparency! I will function in my role with aplomb and will inspire within each and everyone of my constituents an energy so brilliant that it's ripples will be felt along the entire length of Hooker Ave. Having kept abreast of the rigors that the VSA has been through over the past few weeks, I am confident that I am most poised to step up into the contemplative state that the position requires.
My vision, as evidenced through my work on ViCE and my Flawless performances as Vassar's Reigning Champion Drag Queen (soon to be a 2-year term), is razor sharp and punctuated by moments of spontaneous fabulosity. Imagine an outdoor hookah lounge in the waning days of Summer coordinated with the Vassar Islamic Society and punctuated with a performance by Amartya's Belly Dancing Class. Consider an Ice-Bar in the winter serving hot chocolate under the glow of an outdoor heater given pizazz by an ice sculpture and a few snowmen. This is but a sampling of the quality programming that I can conjure.
In short, I am a family man with family values, and I am excited to represent what will surely be our big, happy, thoroughly dysfunctional family.
It’s me, Caroline Iosso! I’d like to be Programming Director for the TAs!
Who am I?
-Friend to all
-Lover of programming things
Why am I qualified for this position?
- Davison “Led by a capable hand” House Team: I served as a passionate and motivated Student Fellow my sophomore year, and as a strong and dynamic Student Advisor last semester. I have a lot of experience with and enjoy planning events, BUILDING COMMUNITY, and listening to concerns and desires! For two years, I have helped to innovate and carry out events like Harvest Fest, Study Breaks, and other kool special events. It is this experience that I will draw upon as Programming Director.
- Personal Demeanor: I am enthusiastic, dedicated, efficient, and full of ideas and the will to make these ideas a reality. I will work hard and put in the time to plan interesting and exciting events for the Terrace Apartments. I will use all of my might to plan programs that will make you pleased and contented. I have the drive- just let me show you.
- Future as “Geography Senior Intern:” Ok so I was chosen by like the Geography board or something to perform this position next year which means PROFESSORS have faith in my ability to plan events and stuff WOW!
- Playful and Genial Way With Life: I really like bringing people together and making fun things happen. If I am Programming Director, I will program so hard and in such a fun way that you will be astonished!!!
Hey y'all! Congratulations, we made it to the TAs! My name is Lauren, and I would love to serve as your treasurer this year, and make sure we have a great (and within budget) year!
As I have served as president of a VSA org (Operation Donation) I'm familiar with VSA procedures concerning budgeting and filing the appropriate paperwork for events and reimbursements, and want to work with the future President and Programming Director to make this year a great year for the TAs and make sure all the wonderful ideas y'all have can be achieved!!! So even though I'm studying abroad this semester in China and can't campaign (facebook is blocked here, which is so frustrating) I hope you'll consider voting for me, as I really want to serve you as treasurer! I promise to help make our year living in the TAs amazing!!!
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I've been to my fair share of TH get-togethers. Many a time I've laughed, cried, danced, had a "We should totally hang out more!" with you guys. And I can guarantee that under my iron, smiley fist that the TH class of 2012 will laugh, cry, dance, and totally hang out later more than ever.
But forreals, the THs are a crazy important part of the Vassar experience that I know 2012 will maintain. I'll work through the relations with B&G and S&S to keep things safe, beautiful, etc, you just worry about doing what you're gonna do, and if you can't let me know and we'll make it happen. Yes, we have to keep the THs a safe and responsible place for all. All while, we need to do it making sure we get to keep the autonomy and general good vibes that make the THs so great. I promise I'll rep you to the fullest - something on your mind, I'll be sure it's heard out. I can go onto a thing about flowing communications between you guys and me, but it's really as simple as let me know and I'll let it be heard. Or don't let me know - I got a nose for what's going on, I got you, I'll call out the things that aren't working out.
As far as credentials, I've worked the College Committee on Sustainability, so have worked with B&G before and coordinated between groups. Also done event coordinating and promotion and the like with VCPunx, so you can be sure TH events will be noticed. And that's that pitch. Hope you enjoyed it. Got a question about something just let me know, joberliner@vassar, you know the drill.
Jon Berliner for THs: A brighter dawn, a greater tomorrow.
My name is Alejandro, known to most as Dro, and I am running to be the next president of the Town Houses.
Ever since my freshmen year I have been waiting for this day to come, the day where we could call the TH’s home.. and now we finally can!
Honestly, I am running for TH president because of my love for this school. Specifically I love the community that Vassar has become to all of us. That is exactly what I am focusing on for my candidacy...COMMUNITY. As seniors, we deserve to have everyday at our sick houses be memorable and special. As TH President I plan to first and foremost be a powerful voice during VSA council as well as being visible and available to all of you. In typical TH fashion, I invite all you to approach me as we graze on the circle or to come in and chat.
Here is a little more about me.
- I have been actively involved in Habitat for Humanity since my Freshman year, and plan to sit on the exec board for the second year in a row.
- I assumed an exec board position with Poder Latino and helped planned our very successful community dinner along with many other events.
- Recently joined the Men's Lacrosse Team.
- Been active in the Poughkeepsie community since my freshmen year, including working as an interpreter at a health clinic at the Family Partnership Center.
Here are my ideas and hopefully realizations for the TH's this coming school year:
- As a way to keep our community in the loop as to what is happening in the TH's as well as the campus as a whole I am going to write a little newsletter every week.
In it will be:
- short summaries of the week's VSA meetings
- events occurring in the TH's
- Shout outs to TH residents who have done something awesome that week
- easy recipes to make in our TH kitchens
- and so much more!
Also I plan to make better and more efficient use of the TH circle with BBQ's, a friendly TH Volleyball League, Block Olympics, etc.
Lastly, I am jumping on the "green" bandwagon and will try and maximize the amount of composting that happens at the THs, get a greater population of us to volunteer to make our community garden even better, and finally create a relationship with all the awesome local farms.
VOTE DRO FOR TH PREZ!
This is it, 2012 – the exciting year that we’ve all been waiting for. We’re going to be living in the THs, ruling the school, and I want to be your programming director! As programming director, I would mainly work with the TH president and treasurer to plan SUPER AWESOME events, but also, I would address issues that we face within our housing community.
I have plenty experience under my belt that would make me a great programming director. As a two-year member of Jewett House Team (first, Freshmen Representative, then House President), I have a ton of experience with planning events on both small and large scales. During my time on 2012 Class Council, I contributed to the planning of Freshmen 15, The Non-Denominational Egg Hunt, the Freshmen Mug Night, and coordinated the Freshmen Envy Floor at Seven Deadly Sins. As Jewett House President, I oversaw the planning of Jewett’s all campus events Dormal Formal and Seven Deadly Sins as well as study breaks and other small in house programming. I also worked with the TH President in the planning of the all campus event “in THe circle”, the day long TH Music Festival (which is something I’d definitely like to bring back). My work as Jewett House President has adequately prepared me with all the necessary logistics in event planning, ranging from working with the SARC Office, to contacting B&G.
The THs always have a strong sense of community and I’d do my best to keep it alive. I want to plan events that will appeal to everyone in the THs and events that especially utilize the large open space we have, especially during the warmer weather. To start the year off with the bang, I’d like to organize a kick-off Barbecue to celebrate the start of our senior year - even if I have to flip Burgers and Veggie Burgers all day! Any questions, suggestions, concerns? Come visit me in Jewett 4West, or TH 40 (E-Block) next year!
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Hey Seniors, Congratulations! We’ve finally made it out of the dorms! Living in the Town Houses next year is going to be amazing! In order to get the most out of our senior year in the THs, it is important that we have a great team of people to support you, foster community amongst all the students living in the THs, and throw awesome events! I am running for TH Program Director because I want to ensure that we have an outstanding senior year. As TH Program Director, I am responsible for organizing events held by the THs throughout the year and working with the TH President and Treasurer to create an enjoyable living environment for TH residents. In addition to being really fun, the events we hold should be inclusive of the whole campus while also bringing together the residents of the THs. I will make sure these events are creative, exciting, and different from all other on-campus events.
As House Fellow Intern in Lathrop House, I planned a number of smaller dorm events, such as apple-picking trips, scavenger hunts, and cultural holiday feasts. As part of the larger Lathrop House team, we organized and created events such as the in-dorm concert Love Hurts. I understand the amount of time and work that goes into event planning for both small and large-scale events, and am prepared to devote myself to this position. I have experience working with Vassar Administrators as well as my fellow house team peers. Also as a resident of Blue House off-campus, I am helping to organize the upcoming off-campus BBQ. Given all that I learned as Lathrop HFI and in other roles on campus, I know what it takes to hold successful events, and will make the THs a sociable, entertaining, and comfortable place to live for everyone! Thanks for your support!
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I love living off campus, I like talking to people and am familiar with the VSA, and I think we should have more potlucks. If there's more you want to know, please e-mail me! email@example.com Lots of love.
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As a voter, these are the qualities I would seek most in a potential Chair of the Judicial Board:
- A knowledge of the relation of oneself and one’s actions to the Vassar College community and the (utterly confusing) cosmos as a whole.
That said, I think I embody these qualities.
Under the leadership of the chair, the members of the Judicial Board act as a kind of pseudo-juror-pool that are drawn upon to form academic panels (i.e. to decide upon possible violations of academic rules), disciplinary panels (i.e. to decide upon possible violations of disciplinary rules), and to act as a general auditor for the actions of the VSA.
As a sophomore, I was elected to the board and served on academic and disciplinary panels, but I think the board’s duty of providing the oversight for the VSA has been largely neglected.
The position of the VP of Finance, for example, has access to lots of our money, and, in recent years, I fear altruism may have fallen victim to egotistical impulses. The VSA currently self-audits its finances; this doesn’t seem to be a very good system. The judicial board should take a more active role in auditing all of the VSA.
It seems to me that the role of the board within the VSA should be more active: prodding and bugging our elected officials, not allowing irreverent expenditures or selfish greed.
I am a skeptical person, in general, and I think this might be what this position needs.
“What I Stand For: Fairness and Quality”
My name is Alaric Chinn and I would be honored to serve as your Chair of the Judicial Board for the 2011-2012 academic year. Serving as a 2013 Representative on the Judicial Board has been a valuable experience, but I have also witnessed that the Judicial Board is an imperfect institution. As the Chair of the Judicial Board, I will strive to increase awareness of the Judicial Board’s activities, I will cooperate with the VSA on issues ranging from the Constitution to Student Life, and I will work with the Office of Residential Life to clarify the Student Handbook and the disciplinary process to the benefit of all students.
Everyone makes mistakes at some point, and when they do, they don't deserve to have their rights stripped away by overzealous Security Officers or Administrators. As a 2013 Representative on the Judicial Board, as well as a varsity member of the Vassar Debate Society, I have developed skills on scrutinizing evidence, weighing arguments, maintaining fairness, and evaluating claims. As your Chair of the Judicial Board, I will work with the other members of the Judicial Board to exercise a high quality of discretion and care with every case under all circumstances. I will carefully analyze every piece of evidence presented, fully educate students of their rights, and ensure that everyone gets a fair hearing. It is imperative that the rights of students and their arguments be treated equally to the concerns of the greater community. To achieve the above, I have a plan.
“My Comprehensive Plan for Awareness, Reform, and Transparency”
AWARENESS THROUGH ACTIVITY: Not every student has the time to read the Student Handbook. As such, I want to begin incorporating alternative means of obtaining information. As the Chair of the Judicial Board, I will work with the Office of Residential Life to distribute materials on the administration side of what the Judicial Board does (i.e. the Judicial Board’s responsibilities as the Student Conduct Panel, College Regulations Panel, and Academic Panel). I think that it’s a terrible proposition to have students first learn about their rights when they are being accused of something. To rectify this, I will collaborate with the Office of Residential Life to hold teach-ins on the role of security and the student conduct process, I will work with the other members of the Judicial Board to have tabling sessions in the College Center, and I will strongly push for some form of informational talk on Student Conduct for new students during Freshman Orientation.
CLARITY THROUGH COOPERATION: During the past year, many individuals worked diligently to propose amendments to the VSA Constitution to include Class Senators, however, the proposed amendments were not implemented due to Constitutional technicalities. This situation is one of the many issues that I will address as Chair of the Judicial Board by working with the Operations Committee, the Student Life Committee, and the VSA Council:
- Operations Committee:
The last thing that any legislator wants to hear is that a technicality (even a Constitutional one) can hinder progress. Even worse is when that technicality is avoidable. As one of the first Judicial Board members to re-discover the Judicial Board’s advisory role, if elected to be the Chair of the Judicial Board, I will extend the Judicial Board’s advisory role to the VSA so that any inconsistencies and contradictions between the VSA’s governing documents (i.e. the Constitution, Bylaws, or policies) can be brought to light—a role that has been, unfortunately, neglected by past Boards. However, this is not a one-sided process. Working with the Operations Committee will take some of the burden of governing off of the Operations Committee while efficiently allocating resources. The outcome of the student referendum was incredibly stressful for all parties involved, but I believe that multi-lateral work done between branches of government can ensure that such a situation is avoidable in the future.
- Student Life Committee:
When it comes to Student Life, I believe that all students are equally affected by the disciplinary policies that govern conduct on the campus. Members of the Judicial Board are in a unique position to offer insights on the effects of those policies. While maintaining complete confidentiality, as the Chair of the Judicial Board, I will submit formal reports (and if need be, offer testimony) to the Student Life Committee and all other relevant committees on disciplinary policies. Working with these committees will form a clearer picture of cause and effect, which I hope will result in clarifications that will benefit all members of the college community.
- VSA Council:
As Chair of the Judicial Board, I will update the VSA Council (on at least) a once-a-semester basis on the general activities of the Judicial Board to increase transparency and general knowledge about the Board. The Judicial Board is an integral institution at Vassar College that participates in disciplinary actions and works to resolve student government disputes. With that said, I think that every student has the right to more information.
- Have in-depth descriptions of the Judicial Board and the Judicial Board’s derivatives: the Student Conduct Panel, College Regulations Panel, and Academic Panel. Needless to say, the website will highlight the differences, the similarities, and policies that govern each.
- Possess an online form for students with issues about the VSA to file complaints and/or concerns. Instead of having to find the Chair of the Judicial Board’s e-mail address, this form will allow for an efficient means of submitting a complaint while maintaining the student’s confidentiality.
- Maintain a general area for students to submit public concerns with the members of the Judicial Board in the form of forums and other means of communication.
- Serve as a database for all students regarding Residential Life policies, especially the Student Conduct FAQs.
My name is Greg Lichtenstein, and I would like to be your Judicial Board Chair for the 2011-12 year! It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as a class of 2012 Judicial Board Representative for the last three years, and in that time I have learned a lot of valuable information: Judicial Board does a ton! Fortunately though, I know the ins and outs of all the different types of panels (at least five!) that we administer and serve on, and this year in particular, I was fortunate enough to play a role in the VSA Referendum hullaballoo, which for all of its convolutedness proved to be very eye-opening both in terms of the role that Judicial Board takes in upholding the VSA’s constitution and bylaws, as well as assessing Judicial Board’s place within Vassar College’s structure. Apparently, not a whole lot of people understand what Judicial Board does. Thus, in serving as Chair, I will make sure that transparency is of paramount importance. I will make sure that I am accessible and open to answering questions via email for anyone confused about any Judicial Board related issues. It seems unlikely that the discussion over VSA restructuring has come to an end, and so it is even more important that the Judicial Board chair be on hand to resolve constitutionally based questions.
In addition to being available over email though, as Chair I would be in support of an info session or even Judicial Board panels during dorm study breaks to be held next year meant to address all aspects of Judicial Board’s role. After all, for my first two years serving as Representative, I only ever saw the side of it that dealt with college regulations, and obviously the infractions that come along with them. People seem to have a lot of questions about Judicial Board: when does one have to come before it? What kinds of cases does it hear? How are panels structured? I think that for those interested, open forums would be very useful in clearing up a lot of the “mystery” that surrounds Judicial Board.
Aside from transparency, as Chair I intend to focus some of my energies on reform. Our constitution is chock full of irregularities, and many of our college regulations are vaguely worded and ultimately unclear. I plan on undertaking to clear these things up: to make sure that all of our governing documents are clear, both in language and in spirit, and to thus ensure a more streamlined and easily understood system, both in terms of student government procedure, and in terms of what we are and are not permitted to do as Vassar students.
In the end, the role of the Judicial Board is to provide justice: to uphold our school’s constitution, and to ensure that every member of our community has an equal right to an undisturbed living and learning environment. Having been on Judicial Board for the last three years, I have done my utmost to serve in an open-minded and impartial manner, and as Chair I will continue to do so, while also striving to make Judicial Board the most straightforward and helpful organization it can possibly be. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: either via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or, as always, by stopping in at Blue House (16 Lagrange)!
Hey VC Student Body,
I’m Tiffany Shi and I’m interested in serving as your Judicial Board Chair next year. As a member of Jud Board representing the class of 2012, I’ve seen firsthand the responsibility and attention to detail that the Chair position entails. Because of the leadership and organizational skills I’ve developed in my current role as well as in my capacity as junior rep for Joss, I’m ready to make the jump from panelist to chair. I pay attention to details as well as the big picture, I’m extremely dedicated, and I get things done.
Being behind the scenes of the referendum case this past month made me want to take a more active role in the VSA. The constitution needs real work, and I’m ready and willing to shoulder any changes to the position that may arise as a result. The current role of the Jud Board Chair involves serving as a go-between for students and administration as well as the VSA council; organizing panels; and presiding over cases. I’m ideal for the job because I understand the importance of the position and also its day–to-day operations. I recognize that the function of the Judicial Board is singular in terms of Vassar student government; our decisions aren’t results of our own biases, but bound by College regulations and the VSA constitution. If elected, one of my goals is to periodically assemble the board in order to review the VSA constitution and bylaws, which hasn’t been actively done in the past. I believe that in light of this semester’s events, it’s the job of the Judicial Board (and, by extension, its chair) to maximize communication and understanding between the VSA council and the student body.
2012 Representatives (4 slots)
"All respect for the office of the (vice) presidency (of finance) aside, I assumed that the obvious and unadulterated decline of freedom and constitutional sovereignty, not to mention the efforts to curb the power of judicial review, spoke for itself."--Ruth Bader Ginsburg with parenthetical additions by Dan Abramson.
All jokes aside, I believe we need a level of judicial oversight which can check the increasing powers of the VSA council. Additionally, the judicial board should exercise the right degree of leniency in student cases.
Concerning the former, I have no connections to the VSA council. Also, I am a firm proponent for better monitoring of VSA budgetary operations as well as governing powers. In regard to the latter, I have made my own mistakes as a student on campus and am shaped by that experience.
I would be honored to serve the student body in this capacity and thank you for your consideration.
Abubakar (Baba) Awumbila
I have had the honor of serving on the VSA Judicial board during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years and I believe I have gathered experience and substantial insight into the vassar judicial system and how to improve it for the entire student body.
My involvement in the recent referendum situation has enabled me to realized some major flaws in the VSA judicial system and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with the student body to correct these flaws.
It would be my genuine honor to serve the class of 2012 as your representative on the Judicial board for the 2011-2012 academic year. I hope you give me the chance to do so.
I'm running to be part of the judicial board because I think its the most useful way for me to give back to the Vassar community. As seen in the recent referendum regarding changes to the VSA, the judicial board had a great responsibility to make sure that the student body was fairly represented. I feel like it is important to hold true to the student body and set an appropriate tone that represent the sentiments of Vassar in general. Being an international student and a senior I feel like I've spent a substantial amount of time with various groups within the student body which would allow me to make student centric, fair and just decisions as part of the judicial board.
Although I have not previously been on the Judicial Board, I have held a variety of positions on campus. Most recently, as VP of Finance. I have been intimately involved with the policy making process on this campus and would like to work to interpret and apply policy which we have the ability to effect. I strongly believe that students should know their rights and exercise them, comfortable with the knowledge that the judicial board will stand up for them. I also would like to increase the role the judicial board plays in monitoring the behavior of the VSA. If anybody has any questions about who I am or where I stand on particular issues, please do not hesitate to send me an email at email@example.com. Thank you.
I have represented the Class of 2012 on the Judicial Board for two years now, and I would love to continue serving in this position for another two semesters. I have a lot of experience sitting on College Regulations Panels, Student Conduct Panels, Academic Panels, and more recently, VSA hearings. As a result I've become very familiar with their respective procedures, and with Vassar's regulations and the VSA's constitution and bylaws.
As a representative in 2011/2012, I'd really like to preserve the use of Student Conduct Panels, which are small meetings held for minor violations and presided over by only three members of the Judicial Board. I've found that the student-to-student dynamic fosters a respectful and comfortable atmosphere, while also conveying the important notion that students are accountable to each other--not just the administration--for their actions.
I am also committed to finding alternatives to sanctions involving a loss of dorm privileges or removal from housing. I think there is a problematic paradox between Vassar's devotion to creating strong dorm communities and its readiness to abruptly expel students from housing after committing a violation. Other forms of sanctions that can still convey the gravity of certain violations without suddenly disrupting a major component of a Vassar student's life need to be explored and implemented.
Lastly, if the #trialofthecentury (no? dude, get a twitter account) has demonstrated anything, it's that the Judicial Board needs to communicate with the VSA Council more regularly, and it needs to commit to routinely monitoring the constitutionality of Council's proceedings and legislation. I would be excited to review components of the Constitution and bylaws that are unclear, ambiguous, or contradictory, and to make recommendations to Council regarding their revision.
I want to do even more on the Judicial Board than I have been, and I'd love to have your vote.
As a rising senior, I have had the opportunity to learn about and get to know Vassar, its ethics, and what it stands for. Because of this I feel that I am someone who could, and will, fairly and honestly serve as a member of the Judicial Board. I can promise that I will go into every case objectively and without bias, and will make a decision based on facts and facts alone. It would be an honor and a pleasure to serve this school and to serve the student body in this position in order to make sure that all that Vassar stands for is honored and respected.
Compassionate conservatism. No, I'm kidding. But seriously: I'm a supersenior and you should pity me.
After watching the recent campus-wide referenda, the role of the judicial board intrigued me. After attending both the initial hearing and appeal I decided this was a group I wanted to be involved with. If elected I will do my best to make all decisions in a fair, unbiased manner. I further promise to passionately defend my beliefs to my colleagues if and when this is necessary.
I can think of few fates less pleasant than having to serve on the Vassar judicial board, and that is precisely why I must do so.
The bulbous and grotesque mass that we have come to know as the VSA is comprised now of red tape and the excessively self-promotional individuals. It is apparent that this composition does not provide an atmosphere conducive to fair or unbiased discourse. It is because of this that I feel a duty to put a bid in for election.
I am, objectively, the most fair person I know, and more importantly, I have no desire to hold a seat on this board. I am really quite a busy person, and this would merely be another unpleasant stress in my relatively unpleasant existence. Still, my masochistic devotion to the Vassar student body requires that I put myself in this position.
So please vote for me, Max Middleton, because I would really prefer that you not.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet so you remember it:
My name is Noor and I'm running for the position of representative for our class on the Judicial Board. I'm not going to preach to you about how I've been chiseled to be the most "judicious" law-abiding college student with an admirable repertoire of leadership experiences (although Joss treasurer and SASA president have taught me a lot about leading student groups and missing receipts) and an infallible ability to distinguish right from wrong.
Instead, I want you to know that I'm running for this position because I know what it's like to feel like you're "being judged". Most of us have suffered from that heart-wrenching anxiety concerning disciplinary proceedings and Vassar's extensive and often difficult to comprehend rules and regulations. Faced with the looming prospect of being forced to search for off-campus housing, counting down the seconds to that final, conclusive meeting-- the hysterical rage that accompanies the aftermath.
However, having both heard these stories and been a part of some of them, I'm entering my senior year here at Vassar with a renewed sense of accountability and an acknowledgment of the complicated, but necessary process of fairness. At the heart of the matter is this: we govern ourselves. We are accountable for actions that are a result of our decisions. My job, along with my fellow representatives, would be to emphasize this self-governance in conjunction with the rules we're expected to follow-- our "constitution", if you will. But also, my job is to be somebody who you know you can relate to.
Of course, to be unbiased and fair are qualities that I know the job entails, and I will uphold them-- but one thing I promise you that I can bring to the table is a wholehearted effort to equalize us all and stress that we may be the "board", but we represent you.
(On a lighter note, I really like LSAT logic games and I'll approach all cases with my slowly-developing analytical prowess)
(Also this didn't turn out short or that sweet but hopefully you'll remember it)
I’m Alanna Okun, and I want to represent the class of 2012 on the Judicial Board next year. I’m an editor at the Miscellany News (Humor & Satire (but I promise I can be serious too)) as well as the business manager of the Night Owls, and both of these positions have taught me how to work independently as well as with a cohesive group, how to prioritize, and how to act in the interest of people and institutions beyond just myself.
Being on the editorial board of the Misc this year (and especially this semester, what with all the VSA brouhaha) has given me a unique view of our student government. I think there’s a lot of fantastic energy and ideas that get lost in the shuffle, largely because of issues with the VSA constitution. As a member of the Judicial Board, I want to help streamline and interpret our governing documents, and make them as useful to students as possible. In terms of disciplinary cases, I’m fair, detail-oriented and level-headed*, and I promise to bring those qualities to my consideration of College regulations. Basically, I think bylaws are the coolest.
I care about what goes on at Vassar, whether it concerns the administration, the VSA council or the student body at large. Judicial Board has the particular, integral ability to mediate between these different levels of the College, and I want to help contribute to and facilitate that conversation. Thanks so much!
*Except when there are no cups on the big side at the DC. Then all bets are off.
My name is Sam Scarritt-Selman, and I am running for a seat on the Judicial Board. Over the course of my time at Vassar, I have grown to greatly appreciate the important role that the Judicial Board plays in students’ lives. From the moment we set foot on campus, we are told that Vassar, as an institution, is dedicated to cultivating an environment of autonomy and self-governance. At times, though, it is difficult to see this dedication express itself in a tangible way. By granting students the ability to participate in disciplinary decisions not only concerning VSA bylaw violations, but also violations of college regulations and academic policies, the Judicial Board represents a true vote of confidence in the student body on behalf of the Vassar Administration. Through the Judicial Board, the college demonstrates its trust that we as students can hold ourselves accountable for our actions.
Beyond being a token of good faith in students, the Judicial Board is important because of the privileged knowledge that its constitutive members bring to the college’s disciplinary policy. When students face the prospect of disciplinary action, they want to be given a fair hearing by people who fully understand what it is like to be a Vassar student today. Their fellow students are well equipped to deal with these dynamics and can therefore provide informed and authoritative opinions on decisions with potentially serious consequences.
Having served as a student fellow in Josselyn House and as the Junior Class Vice President, I have spent a great deal of my time at Vassar engaging with topics in student life. Because of these experiences, I believe that I am capable of approaching student testimonials with both empathy and objectivity. Understanding both that school policies have to be upheld and that students deserve an opportunity to succeed at this college, I furthermore believe that I will be able to deliver sound judgment. Finally, I believe that I possess the analytical skills required to serve on an interpretive body like the Judicial Board.
I hope to serve you as a member of the Judicial Board, and I would be honored to have your vote.
2013 Representatives (4 slots)
I served on the Judicial Board freshmen year and learned to appreciate its role on campus. I learned the value of hearing all the facts and making sure to understand all aspects of the case before ruling on it as objectively as possible. I learned how to balance common sense with the sometimes confusing bylaws of the college. I'm proud of my record freshmen year and I'm hoping to represent you on the judicial board again this year.
Hey 2013! As your Judicial Board representative, I promise to bring the following important qualities to the table:
- FAIRNESS. As a Student Fellow and a member of the Vassar Debate Society, unbiased adjudication and fairness are are two qualities I treasure dearly. I would always be sure to carefully examine all evidence presented and weigh the argumentation from both sides. Students make mistakes and usually deserve second chances. As such, I would intensely scrutinize Security and ResLife reports to make sure student rights are protected and nobody is unfairly punished.
- TRANSPARENCY. Many students are unaware of their rights when dealing with Security and don't completely understand how the student conduct system works. I pledge to ensure that all students are fully informed of the charges being brought against them and know how to navigate the judicial system so they can properly defend themselves.
- KNOWLEDGE. I know the VSA Constitution, the VSA Bylaws, and Student Handbook inside and out. I'm also probably one of the few people to have ever actually filed a constitutional complaint with the Judicial Board. By voting for me, you're electing someone who is competent and extremely familiar with the processes and literature at hand.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for reading, and I appreciate your vote!
2014 Representatives (4 slots)
I have been honored to serve this past year as a representative on the Judicial Board for our class, and would greatly appreciate if you would choose me as a 2014 member of the Judicial Board for the upcoming academic year.
This semester, the Judicial Board has had much more visibility than usual. Often the only time someone will come face-to-face with the Judicial Board or have to think about what the board does for them is when they have personally run into issues with college policies and regulations, rather than issues of constitutionality.
Through the many panels I have sat on, I have gained experience that allows me to make decisions that are as well-informed as I can make them, and analyze each issue that arises carefully while keeping the wellbeing of my peers in mind. I have always made sure to pay close attention to details within the college regulations as well as the VSA constitution and bylaws, realizing that a few words can change how an article is applied to a situation. I hope to help spread word of the importance of these documents to the student body by working with the Judicial Board Chair, bringing about increased transparency in order to make our community a better place for us all.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at email@example.com .
My name is Michael Norton, and I would love to represent the class of 2014 on the Judicial Board next year. I am a proud member of the Vassar College Barefoot Monkeys, and a Political Science and Chinese double major-to-be. I hope to become a member of the Judicial Board so as to further my understanding of student politics at Vassar, and hopefully to become a part of this exciting period of reform and change within the VSA.
If elected to the Judicial Board, I will work to interpret the governing documents of the VSA with unbiased precision and clarity. Most importantly, I promise to bring as much enthusiasm and energy to the job as can be found in this Youtube video, courtesy of Spider Monkey Productions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WoBDT6FMTQ
Do you want to be treated FAIRLY? Are INTEGRITY, IMPARTIALITY, and JUSTICE
important to you? If one of your close friends is put on trial, do you want
him/her to have an objective hearing?
Then VOTE for NATALIA PRECIADO.
Hello, Class of 2014!
Of all the parts of the VSA, the Judicial Board is the most interested in your personal choices and actions. And if you are ever in a position where the Board is hearing your case, you will be the most interested in its members, their choices and their actions.
As a member of the Vassar Debate Society, I know the importance of considering all possible points of view before drawing a conclusion. As a result, I feel that I will help the Judicial Board make decisions that are better informed and more balanced. In addition, I think that it is important for us to know the VSA system and its many nooks. As one of four members on the 2014 Judicial Board, I will safeguard the rights of all students and work to reach the best possible solutions.
How many emails did we receive from the VSA in the last few weeks? Not only did Mat Leonard keep us up to date with what was going on with the proposed changes to the Constitution, but every time something came up, my inbox was filled with informative emails from Michael Moore and Olivia Tousignant-Pienkos, my house president. The interaction between the various representatives of the VSA emphasizes the interaction between students across classes and houses. It is because of the goal of the VSA to accurately represent Vassar¹s student body that I would like to be part of the Judicial Board. If elected, I will ensure that all cases be viewed in an impartial and objective manner. I will carefully examine all evidence and arguments before drawing any conclusions. But most important of all, it will be my priority that the students brought before the Judicial Board understand the VSA Bylaws and procedures, their rights and responsibilities, thus ensuring a fair trial.
Questions or concerns? Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come visit Cushing 119.
There are a few things about me that could be a little helpful when making this earth-shattering decision: I'm honest, I'm almost always ready for a chance to see an issue differently (except when I am hungry), and I am passionate about the things I am involved in. Different people like me, I like different people. I try not to make a judgment on the actions of an individual based on what I know. I think it’s worked so far. I've always been comfortable with taking minority sides if that's what it takes, and I like the idea of being a sort of secret helper fairy pixie thing that will make sure that the class of 2014 doesn't get treated unfairly in some way or the other. Being on the judicial board this past year has been a difficult and valuable experience, and I believe that I would meaningfully add to and contribute to any future panel I would be part of because of this.
These are some the reasons why I’m running for this position. I’d love to respond to any questions, concerns or non sequiturs. My email is email@example.com. You know what this is going to say next, yes you do.
Vote for me.
Matthew Douglas Steinschneider
I am deeply committed to the rule of law and to fairness. Academically, I am a careful student who closely follows instructions and diligently completes assignments. If I elected I would bring the same dedication to the judicial board.
In 12th grade, I served on my high school's 12 person student government as one of 3 representatives for the senior class. We had had a very successful year of planning, fund raising, and team building. Admittedly, we did not succeed in "getting rid of the cliques" as the administration asked us to, but regardless, it was a good year.
At Vassar, I am on the Varsity fencing team and also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a body that discusses administrative and other issues relevant to athletic life at Vassar, such as changes to leagues.
I believe that my work ethic and previous experience make me well qualified to serve on judicial board.
I believe I am a good choice for the Judicial Board because of my strong sense of fairness and my ability to closely evaluate situations. I think very rationally and work well under pressure, so I believe I would be well-suited for the challenges of this position. College should be lots of fun, but it should also be a safe environment to learn and explore. If elected to the judicial board, I will work my hardest to makes sure that Vassar continues to be both of these things.
Please e-mail me if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Food Committee Chair
Rachel Kate Ringo Schorr
I've served on the food committee now for two years, first as the Joss representative and this year as the chair. I've committed myself to the bettering of food and dining options on this campus as my primary extracurricular. A basic need, food plays a vital role in our experiences as students at Vassar. Though often under valued, a good meal can be the difference between a fine and a great day.
Yet, because our need of food is so basic and we will generally eat what we are given, the quality of our dining options are often overlooked by the college in favor of dealing with more visible problems. I have spent the past two years trying to close this gap between the importance of dining options for students and the attention paid to the quality of those options. Over the past year, I have lead the committee in securing several large dining changes as well as a myriad of small day-to-day changes.
This year's changes have included:
-new healthy options in all of the school's vending machines with the "fit pick" program
-the newly available option of having a senior meal plan, to make acdc more accessible to upperclassmen
-the coffee served at UpC is now provided by a local coffee roaster, Winchill Mountain
-the expansion of the stir fry station in acdc
-the installation of some soft seating in acdc
Aside from these more noticeable changes, I also am in constant contact with Dining Services about small everyday problems, such as table cleanliness, availability of certain options like condiments and jams, the use of a larger chafing dish for the vegan station, the inclusion of a cold dish at the vegan station in addition to the hot one, and more options at express lunch.
I have so many more ideas and goals for the future of campus dining, both large and small that I would love to help install. For next year, I hope to explore the possibility of expanded seating and outlets in the retreat, the appearance of acdc, the increased use of sustainable ingredients, the increase of variety both at the retreat and acdc, and the increase of options for those with restricted diets.
With the knowledge and familiarity I have with Vassar's dining system and Aramark, I know I will be successful in bringing many of these ideas to fruition. I hope you continue to let me improve food on this campus, one issue at a time.
Campus-Community Advisory Committee
Though I am currently in Washington DC this semester for my "JYA" or "JY not-Poughkeepsie" experience, serving on the Campus-Community Advisory Committee this past year as your student representative was a great experience. Having been employed as a Community Action Coordinator for Field Work and being born and raised in Dutchess County, I often work with a variety of Poughkeepsie institutions, not-for-profit organizations, schools, government offices, service centers, and various committees to seek change. Being on the Campus-Community Advisory Committee this year allowed me to strengthen the College's connections with many of these organizations and to develop new partnerships with others as well.
When I ran for this position last year, I hoped to look for better ways to bring the surrounding community to Vassar and to bring Vassar into the Poughkeepsie and Hudson Valley Community. We've made progress through working on sesquicentennial programming (both on-campus and off-campus), addressing ways to improve accessibility, working to create a master list of campus-community partnerships, and partnering with Field Work and other related groups to better provide students with information for off-campus events, but there is still more to do. Next year, I hope to follow through on the success of these efforts while also looking for input on starting other new initiatives. As always, I am open to any and all ideas from yourselves, faculty, other members of the Committee, and community members for ways to better improve our campus-community relationship.
Campus Investor Responsibility Committee (2 representatives)
I have sat on this committee as the VP of Finance and was impressed by how active a role students can have in affecting the investment decisions of the college. I firmly believe that the student voice is important in every administrative conversation and really wish to focus on reaching out to other students to get their perspective on the matter. If you have any questions about me or want to ask me any questions send me an email at email@example.com.
As a member of the Campus Investor Responsibility Committee, I will make sure that Vassar’s nearly $800 million endowment is invested in a manner that reflects the values of Vassar’s community, including but not limited to social and environmental responsibility. I will carefully research each company in question to ensure that they have practices that are conscientious and that the student body would be comfortable with.
As an Economics major and Vice President of the Vassar Business Club, I have a firm understanding of the structure and behavior of businesses. For example, in some cases it may be monetarily advantageous for a company to pollute or have unsafe conditions for workers; it will be my task to ensure that Vassar discourages these sorts of activities and instead encourages plans that are aware of and beneficial to the community at large.
I also feel that it is important that there is student input in the investment decisions Vassar makes. Not only is it essential in order to sustain a strong community, but also necessary so that students are aware of where the money they give to Vassar is going. I would like to have communication with the student body so that I can fully understand what values are important to you, so that I can make recommendations that truly reflect student interests.
I believe that I can help assure that Vassar’s endowment receives a healthy return while upholding ethical standards that we, the student body, believe in. Please feel free to ask me any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Planning Committee 2012 Representative
Hello Rising Seniors!
As an Urban Studies major interested in architecture and city planning, I am committed to the betterment of our campus’ physical environment. I will work to ensure that the historical integrity of Vassar College is maintained throughout renovation and development initiatives. Furthermore I will promote a community-centric campus plan, one that establishes a comfortable and accommodating living environment for students.
Master Planning Committee 2013 Representative
Master Planning Committee 2014 Representative
Carlos Ignacio Hernández Tellez
As a prospective Urban Studies major, I would like to represent the Class of 2014 in the Master Planning Committee during a year that promises lots of activity and dynamic discussion as the College considers significant changes in the infrastructure of our historic campus.
Admissions and Financial Aid Committee 2012 Representative
Hi everyone! My name is Lauren, and I would love to be your representative to the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. Can you believe it was only 3 short years ago that we were receiving our Vassar acceptances? I want to guarantee that every student, regardless of their financial capability, has the ability to go to Vassar. Including international students and waitlisted students, who currently aren't afforded this ability. I promise to dutifully attend all meetings and serve your interests- and if you have any feel free to contact me! So thanks so much and I hope you'll vote for me to be your representative to this important committee.
Admissions and Financial Aid Committee 2013 Representative
This year I served as the Vice President of Strong House and loved working in dorm programming. Next year I would like to experience another side of the VSA and Vassar College leadership.
Admissions and Financial Aid Committee 2014 Representative
In October, I was elected your representative to the Joint Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid on a platform of equality of opportunity. This year, the work of Admissions pursued just that.
The numbers speak for themselves. More students of color than ever before were admitted to the Class of 2015, admitted students' academic credentials are the highest in Vassar's history, and the College's acceptance rate dropped about two percent. Of course, I can't claim credit for much of this, but I can claim my piece. I had the best attendance record of all student representatives to the Committee, and provided a valuable student voice to the group's discussions.
Thank you for supporting me this past year as I stoop up for equality of opportunity, and I hope you will continue to do so in the future.
Committee on College Life 2012 Representative
Read my lips: No. New. Taxes.
In my three years at Vassar College, I have gradually gained more and more understanding of what exactly makes our college and the culture of Vassar really click.
I have participated in a number of different facets of Vassar life, allowing me a varied and in depth understanding of student’s views and interests on a number of different matters. I have worked on the Miscellany News as a photographer, getting the opportunity to observe and photograph many events and people. I also play on the Women’s Rugby team, and for the past year I have filled a spot on Main’s house team as House Fellow intern, intimately interacting with athletes, student leaders, the residents of Main, professors and their families and children. My time here has allowed me an expansive look at student and campus life, especially during a time of many changes. I am extremely open minded and I think that I will bring to this committee not only my own unique point of view on Vassar culture and college policies, but the consideration of other’s view points on Vassar life. I am interested in giving back to the student body and helping shape and define our college experience in the way that we really want it to be. I hope that you will vote for me, as I will give the position and the committee the time, dedication, and consideration that it deserves.
Committee on College Life 2013 Representative
Life at Vassar is pretty sweet, but there is nothing wrong with making it better. Serving on the Jewett House Team for the past two years has allowed me to focus on life within the dorm. Planning events for the residents and solving dorm wide problems. I now want to expand upon this and work on creating a greater college life at Vassar. As the 2013 Representative on the Committee of College Life, I want to get your voices heard on non-academic policies, including alcohol and party policies. I would love to hear from all of your, whether it’s a question or concern, and want to represent the Class of 2013 to the best of my ability!
Committee on College Life 2014 Representative
I'd love to get the opportunity to represent the class of 2014 on the Committee on College Life. I have lots of ideas and would love to hear yours. I'm very approachable and I think together, we can put some of our great ideas into action! Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Committee on Curricular Policies — Arts
As a Film and Chinese double major, an experienced student leader, and someone dedicated to community involvement, I know I have what it takes to be your representative on the Committee on Curricular Policies for the Arts. During my first year at Vassar I served as Vice President of the class of 2013 and was elected freshman representative on the Act Out executive board. I have continued my involvement this year as Transfer, Visiting, Exchange Fellow and Treasurer of Act Out. These experiences have garnered me with valuable skills and knowledge which qualify me for this position. I want to discuss problems and concerns of curriculum within the arts, the connections and dynamics between the arts and the other academic divisions, and deliberate on policies for the benefit of Vassar students and overall efficiency of our academic program. I want to be a voice on the CCP to see that curricular policies continue to serve academic rigor and liberal education, as well as the interests of Vassar arts students.
Committee on Curricular Policies — Foreign Languages and Literatures
Committee on Curricular Policies — Social Sciences
Committee on Curricular Policies — Natural Sciences
My name is A.J. Kim and I am running to represent the natural sciences division on the Committee on Curricular Policies. I am a sophomore biology major with interests in all the different sciences. My goal would be to gain insight to the policy and decision making process of our administrators. With this knowledge, I would like to expand the voice of the student in this heavily administrative process. Thanks for reading.
Committee on Curricular Policies — Independent, Multi/Inter
Hi everyone! I’m Lauren, a rising senior Comparative Cultures (Independent) major and I would love to be your representative to the Committee on Curricular Policies next year! I’m currently studying abroad in China and I was in Morocco last semester, but I’m excited to come back to Vassar next year, and have realized how unique the independent, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary majors and structures are to Vassar. I hope to guarantee that any curricular changes or policies in the next year take into account this unique aspect of Vassar’s academics, which I think is often underutilized. I also want to make sure the CCP addresses some important issues, like the Course Evaluation Questionnaires, and getting more courses cross-listed so that major requirements can be completed without so much paperwork. I have experience on the exec boards of VSA orgs and was a Community Works representative with the VSA my freshman year, so I’m familiar with VSA and committee structure. I want to make sure that your concerns, whether as an independent, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary major, are voiced in the CCP, and hope you’ll contact me with any questions or comments. Thanks for reading this!
Computing and Academic Technologies
Committee on Inclusion and Excellence (2 representatives; 2-year term)
As a student who comes from a working class background, issues of inclusion on Vassar's campus are of particular importance to me. I firmly believe that the college's work to bring a diverse student body to campus needs to extend far beyond the admissions office to include institutional support systems that ensure that traditionally underrepresented students are able to not only smoothly transition to Vassar life but thrive and succeed here. I believe there are several areas which Vassar as an institution should critically examine to make sure they are providing the best environment for all students, including orientation and advising. As a member of the Committee on Inclusion and Excellence, I will be prepared to bring my experiences, ideas, and passion to work towards enabling Vassar and all its students to realize their true potential.
I'm Mike and I'm interested in representing you to the Committee on Inclusion and Excellence for the next two years. As the VP of Joss this year I've worked with our residential system to support the students of our house. Next year, as House Student Advisor, I'll be further connected to both res life administration and the VSA. I hope to bring my experience with the administration and the VSA to this committee to make sure we're as effective as possible. Both positions have also opened me to a variety of student experiences, and I look forward to using this knowledge to address concerns I've seen in the student body.
Some specific goals I have for next year include:
*Formulating a social consciousness component to be incorporated into orientation and the first-year experience
*Continuing to collaborate with Health Services to incorporate trans concerns into the Vassar health care plan, hopefully creating health care support for hormone therapy or mental health professional referral
*Encouraging new first-years to take advantage of the newly created and highly successful Transitions program for low income and first generation college students
*Working with the campus to show support for incorporating a relationship abuse charge into the student handbook, and mobilizing this support to pressure the administration
But most importantly, I'll be open to hearing all voices, and excited and ready to take action with the Committee. Feel free to contact me with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to help make us as environmentally sustainable as possible. I have leadership experience, as the current president of Vassar Democrats , and finely toned active listening skills from being a student fellow. I've also worked with the Sierra Club and PennEnvironment, both non-profits, and have learned a lot about state and national goals for energy efficiency and sustainability. As your representative, I would work on
--Increasing the percentage of locally grown food at Vassar
--Making sure recycling bins around campus are clearly marked and are provided next to every trash can
--Making "Meatless Mondays" have less meat and provide creative vegetarian options as all of the main entrees
--Bringing back a dorm energy war that will have dorms compete for the lowest energy usages per person over a month long period--for a prize! This will increase awareness of energy consumption and incentivize saving energy
--Looking into alternatives for paper towels on campus
--Helping to remove bottled water from campus and provide BPA-free water bottles to incoming freshmen.
Thanks for your time!