Vassar Student Association

Spring 2017 Candidates and Statements

The following students have filed for this election. The list will be updated on a rolling basis. Click on a candidate's name to read their candidate statement.

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VSA President

Miranda Amey


Heyo, Vassar! My name is Miranda Amey, I don’t have any preferred pronouns, I’m an Aquarius, but most importantly, I’m running to be your next VSA President. 

If there is anything I have gotten from my years in the VSA as 2019 Class President and Chair of Programming, it’s how much power and potential the VSA has to enact structural change and how much of that is wasted. In my positions, I’ve gotten to know many administrators, prior VSA leaders and local businesses/organizations (like those included in Tasty Tuesday which I am in charge of.)  

As someone who is also involved in student activism and organizing, I’ve found that the best part of my last two years on VSA has been the opportunity to go to the VSA and to administrators on the behalf of the people and communities here at Vassar that need our support most of all. I know, however, that the responsiveness of the VSA and of administrators has almost always been unsatisfying and often the necessary needs of students are disregarded and conversations are not had.

This is the biggest thing that I want to addressmaking the VSA truly responsive and supportive of our vulnerable communities. I’ve learned the hurdles and pitfalls of pushing for change through the VSA in ways that people who haven’t been actively doing this work can’t know.

The VSA President is the person responsible for representing the students to the administration and to the board of trustees. This job requires a person who has ties to organizations and communities, and who has a clear vision of priorities and ways that they plan on representing the student body and student concerns.

I will represent you by centering the students and communities that most need our support — the past two years have seen so much organizing, and I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in some of it. I want to build on the VSA’s commitment this year to anti-racism and intersectional feminism and on the tremendous work done by so many students (like H2A, etc) by bringing my dedication to community and justice to the VSA presidency.

I will represent you by listening proactively and carefully to your needs — communication is important, and I promise to seek out your needs, thoughts, and input.

I will represent you by making sure that you are in the room — I know that I can’t know everybody’s experience or needs, and so I will push for the inclusion of more student voices in places where decisions are being made and refuse to be simply the token student voice anymore.

I will represent you by not letting procedural technicalities be more important than student and community needs — making sure that things run smoothly is definitely important, but I will make sure that the VSA cares more about your needs than it does about its own procedures.

 I will represent you by not letting administrators or trustees simply dismiss your needs — despite Vassar’s promises of “shared governance,” the trustees and administration often just treat student needs as unimportant. I will work hard to not let them simply ignore your needs, and will continue to bring up important issues until they are resolved.

And finally, to address what you may or may not make of my campaign—

I am aware that to certain people, I’m just a comedic persona on campus or a friend of a friend. There may be truth in that, however, I want you to know that more than anything, I am a person who is dedicated to putting in work and prioritizing others in every way possible and I will not remove that from myself if elected. I am here because I want to make VSA better. I do not believe in removing identity from leadership. I am a black/queer/femme and I have entered into these spaces VSA exists in and have learned how, with more allowance into these spaces, effective and holistic change might be attained. If you vote for me, I believe you are voting for a person who is both very qualified and knowledgeable, but also undoubtedly going to fight for what our communities at Vassar need.

 

 

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Pietro S. Geraci


Hi Vassar,

My name is Pietro Geraci, and I aspire to be your next VSA President! Unlike the other candidates, I won't make abstract promises that will never be delivered upon. Instead, I've come up with a list of proposals that I believe will help make Vassar a better place. Check it out, and if there's anything you'd like to see the VSA do for you, email me at pigeraci@vassar.edu or message me on Facebook. 

VSA Presidential Platform
The Greatest Campaign You Ever Did See

1. Weekly trips to the local animal shelter, with transportation to be worked out with ResLife;

2. Film all VSA Senate meetings for transparency purposes;

3. Enact a permanent ban on secret ballot voting in all Senate and committee meetings;

4.Explore and enact programs and community service opportunities that would benefit downtown Poughkeepsie on behalf of Vassar College;

5. Explore and enact programs and community service opportunities that can further engage Vassar College with Syrian refugees;

6. Explore and enact strategies and actions that would press the administration to get to work straightaway on the renovation of Raymond House, including calling for a boycott of Raymond House, with all assigned students living with other students in different houses. 
a. File a lawsuit against the College to get Raymond fixed if absolutely necessary as there are serious safety issues with Raymond House;

7. Work with administration to create and implement a plan to install new elevators in Raymond, Josselyn, and Cushing Houses;

8. Explore and enact strategies and actions that would press the administration to install ramps on at least one entrance to Strong, Lathrop, Raymond, and Noyes Houses;

9. Work with the Chair of Residential Affairs, the Chair of Equity and Inclusion, and the Chair of Finance to achieve the construction of ramps at Strong, Lathrop, Raymond, and Noyes Houses; 

10. Continue to pressure the administration to divest from the fossil fuel industry;

11. Work with the administration to change the mandatory reporting policy;

12. Work with the Chair of Finance and Finance Committee to better allocate funds financially struggling clubs that serve a vital purpose on campus;

13. Work with administration to create and implement a plan to have solar panels installed on the roofs of all buildings;

14. Work with the Chair of Organizations to create strategies that will help all clubs grow and succeed in their goals;

15. Establish two rounds of Senatorial debates on two different days for elections: one for general Senate candidates and one for Senate executive board candidates;

16. Work with the Chair of Residential Affairs and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to bring about services for people of less common religions.

 

Real Leadership, Real Change. Vote Piet for President.

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Rebecca Pober


Hi Vassar!

My name’s Rebecca Pober (she/her/hers), and I’m a rising senior running to be your next VSA President.

BACKGROUND:

 I've been involved in VSA for 3 years, as twice 2018 Class President and as a 2018 Senator of Student Affairs, and believe I’ve gained the skills and experience essential to doing this job, cutting into institutional frameworks, and ensuring VSA truly makes structural change.

 VSA Positions Held:

  • 2018 Senator for Student Affairs (Spring 2017)
  • 2018 Class President (2014-15, 2015-16)
  • Student Life Committee Member (2014-15, 2015-16)
  • Finance Committee Member (2014-15)
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee Member (Spring 2017)
  • Academics Committee Member (Spring 2017)
  •  Health & Wellness Committee Member (Spring 2017)
  • VSA Restructuring team member (2015-16)
  • Student Rep for First Year Committee (2014-15)

Other Activities:

  • Student Fellow (2015-16)
  • Student Activities Resource Center (SARC) Intern (2015-16)
  • Vassar Rep for the Seven Sisters Colleges Coalition (2014-15, 2015-16)
  • Rowing Team Novice Captain and Varsity Member (2014-16)
  • Dean of the College Intern (Spring 2017)
  • 2018 Chair, Vassar Alliance of Women in Foreign Affairs (2015-16, Spring 2017) 

From helping write the 2015 Title IX survey to founding and reinvigorating Project.Period, I work hard, get things done, and see things through.

I have sat on committees each year that have representatives across student orgs, so I have a broad perspective on student needs, how orgs work with one another, and the best ways VSA could empower students of ALL identities across campus.

What makes me different from the other candidates: I have the most VSA experience and have gained a well-suited ability to ensure VSA focuses not on its own operations and affairs, but on the communities it serves.

This campaign, and if I'm elected, presidency will be about YOU, not the VSA.

 My main goal as VSA President will be to give students platforms for their voices outside of what VSA and the College have typically provided.

 Here are some specific, concrete plans.

 PLATFORM:

 Changing Institutional Structure to Prioritize Marginalized Bodies

Having been at Vassar for 3 years, I have seen marginalized communities consistently attacked and targeted, and in response their voices are often silenced by some Admin and Trustees. Oppression is part of some students' daily, lived experiences here - that cannot be forgotten by any part of the Vassar community. It is underlined and interlaced in the historical fabric of this institution and we must daily, actively push back.

 But it should not just rest on the shoulders, energy, and courage of the students here, mainly students of color, to lead the enormously important work fighting oppression on campus. VSA should be a platform for student voices, uplifting those most marginalized and serving as a network connecting students, orgs, faculty, and admin to build and interlock a Vassar community that unceasingly works against hate.

 It’s time we reinvent the spaces we fill. 

 Plans:

  • Connect the expert Vassar has hired to restructure the BIRT report response process to ALANA, identity, and religious orgs to ensure the right communities' voices are being heard and work hard to guarantee those views are prioritized in the changes made
  • Create structures that enable professors to better engage with the Administration, students, and orgs to ensure we’re providing necessary context and recognition of institutional history to all members of the Vassar community
  • Ensure more students of color are able to sit on the College’s committees that deal with diversity, such as the Committee on Inclusion and Equity
  • Get Admin more in touch with the student body by working to institute processes that prevent oppression and unawareness within the Administration and that put the well-being of students FIRST when problems arise

o   Organize more group discussions of students with Administrators and confirm that information is actually being shared throughout the appropriate channels

o   Encourage Admin to provide the tools and supplies for activism: from markers/paper to events/workshops that give the podium to students

 VSA must prioritize our college's most marginalized communities. Black and brown bodies, trans bodies, bodies of lower-income households, disabled bodies, bodies that have experienced assault and trauma, bodies that identify with more than one of those categories, must NOT be a VSA afterthought but put at the forefront. I hope to bring a new form of intersectionality to the VSA across identities and social circles because it’s important we work together and hear each other in meaningful, effective ways.  

I will fight to ensure students don’t feel alienated here, but important and valued.

 Building a Better VSA

Transparency and Accessibility: Bringing the VSA to YOU

VSA must not only actively seek out students’ opinions, thoughts, feelings, and reactions, but also ensure internal VSA friend groups and connected social circles aren’t being prioritized over the rest of the student body. Here are some ideas:

  • Sending VSA updates as part of every weekly all-campus email I send
  • Requiring Senators to send weekly or biweekly VSA updates to their class
  • Have committees whose work directly affects certain constituents notify ALL constituents, not just those who benefit
  • Push VSA Senate consistently to think outside itself, and push VSA members to help every other member, not just their friends on Senate

 “Moves for Action:” Acting on Your Needs

“Constituent Concerns” are on every weekly VSA Senate agenda. I'd like to attach “Moves for Action” to the Constituent Concerns element. When a VSA member brings up a constituent’s concern, whether it’s redirected to a committee or brainstormed by the member themselves, I want to ensure there is an actual act planned and made in response. This happen sometimes on the current VSA, but it should be a consistent thing.

 Building VSA Institutional Memory Annually

Through my 3 years on VSA I’ve seen how quickly processes are forgotten, and new VSA members come in without knowing what their position is all about or how to do it. While each person makes their own of their role, having the procedural basics down are important to making the most of their time in the position and instill greater change. Taking advantage of the new planning positions, I hope to:

  • Ensure VSA members have clearly defined and outlined weekly, monthly, and annual responsibilities for their positions
  • Get all the VSA documentation across the years in one digital space to ensure institutional memory isn't forgotten and we aren't just going in circles on certain projects every year

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 Overall, I want to make Vassar a place where students know they can count on institutional support when they need it.

 The reason why I’m running is because I care deeply about students' experiences at Vassar, and I have spent my time here working to make it a better place. I hope I have earned your vote, and I hope I have the opportunity to make the VSA yours.

 I promise I will reach out for your thoughts, feelings, and needs and be proactive, accessible, and transparent.

 We need to build a VSA that focuses not on communities, not itself. One that is mindful and aware. One that cuts the institutional fabric.

 Across activists, athletes, scientists, philosophers, musicians, writers, artists, performers, fire throwers, VSA must be in touch with all students and all corners on campus.  We all want to pursue our passions, and I want to make that process as easy as possible.

 Bottom line: I deeply care, and I will use every ounce of my energy to listen, to hear you, and to act.

 Thank you for reading if you made it this far!

 If you have any questions/comments/concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me at repober@vassar.edu or on Facebook message.

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Kate Spence


Hey y’all, 

My name is Kate Spence (she/her/hers), and I’m running for VSA Pres to get shit done. I’ve observed great presidents like Ramy and I’ve seen what can get done e.g. the VSA restructuring. 

Yes, I have not been directly involved with VSA, but I have attended senate meetings, met with current members and I have been paying attention to what has been working and what has not. I was a student fellow in Lathrop, I am restarting the Women of Color Alliance and I hope to implement new first year programming specifically geared towards this group. I want to use my access to the administration to help encourage more direct student and administrator interactions. Specifically, I would like to see a group of students working with the administration to help reform the way bias incident reports are handled.

I want to run to bring in a new perspective and to serve as a leader and a liaison between a traditionally white space, white administration and Vassar’s student body. 

 

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Gray Thurstone


Wow, where to begin? My name is Gray Thurstone (figured I should start with the name).  It's kind of hard to say why I am running to be president of the VSA, but I guess the truth is that I'd like the opportunity to get to know the students at Vassar as best I can. I've been here almost three years now, and I honestly should have done better at that. I haven't liked being at Vassar the entire time I've been here, and I don't even have it bad. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'd like to make people happier. Everyone deserves to be comfortable--that shouldn't be an issue, but we all know it is. I can't promise that I will be able to do that (or even be a good president); but I can promise that I'll try. Everyone deserves to be able to call Vassar theirs; so I guess that's my mission. Thank you,

Gray  

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Ian Vasily


Hi,

Do you feel like student government gets too little done? Do you feel like the issues that matter to you are ignored? Do you want some chicken parm? Then vote for me, Ian Vasily, to be VSA President.

Last semester was great; we had chicken parmesan at the deece about once every week. This semester I did not see it once: a tragedy for the average Vassar student. Now, this was no fault of chicken parm. It's a protein heavy dish that is both nutritious and delicious. Not only that, but as it is made with chicken, it's very economical. In 2016, the wholesale price of chicken was 85 cents per pound. Much cheaper than the 145 cents per pound price for pork and the 295 cents per pound price of beef. Vote for me and I will fight to have chicken parm served at least once a week.

 

Chicken parm would do wonders for our campus's sustainability. Pounds upon pounds of food are thrown away at the deece every month. Frankly this is because the food just isn't very good. If we served weekly chicken parm, people would be licking up every last bite of it, not throwing it out.

 

Another issue many students have is a lack of weekend programming. With regular chicken parm offered, this will no longer be a problem. Who needs to go to a party when chicken parm IS the party?

 

I understand my chicken parm platform may not offer much to vegetarian students. Don't worry however, I have you covered. You know those really tasty Oreo brownies that are at the deece about once a month? Yeah, I want to make those weekly too.

 

This election, please consider me for the position of VSA president. And remember, "A little parm does no harm!"

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VSA Vice President

Cody Harmon


Hello everyone:

Before you decide that you want to read all of this on top of our excessive workloads, here is a quick summary of what I wrote below:

  • Who am I? I am Cody. I use the preferred pronouns: He/Him/His. I am non-traditional student who identifies with Transitions, BSU, Posse, Accessibility
  • What am I bothering you? I am announcing my candidacy for Vice President of the VSA for the 2017-2018 academic year and here is some of what I’d like to offer for the next year and beyond (real simple):
    • Help understand what is the VSA to the student community who has no idea what is --- introduce plain language about the VSA history.
    • Remind the VSA who is the VSA for and who does it represent --- cut the politics out and be honest.
    • Making VSA for accessible --- no transparency unless you devote an hour or more of your time on Sunday to understand what is discussed...increase media opportunities for our community (on campus, abroad, future, alum) to stay aware of what we are doing with the money being managed.
    • Have more town halls and student-led sessions about what you want and need from your student government (if anything) --- returning power back to the student population and not the elected representatives
    • Increase awareness through programs, forums, discussions addressing social class, gender, microaggressions, coalition building, grant writing, etc. --- tackle the real-life issues head on.
    • Recognize the importance of community building --- working with local colleges to host joint events, new organizations that promote equality like ACLU & NAACP, and dedicated time for community service beyond Arlington, NY area.
    • Letting you in --- the VSA Exec Board and committees have a lot of “power” with the board and admin, but we need to have different faces be able to address their concerns and thoughts because you matter just as much! We cannot honestly say we hear from everyone all the time can we?
  • What is my VSA experience?
    • 2015-2016: VSA Operations Committee Member
    • 2016-2017: VSA Chairman of First Year Programs (Student-led)
    • 2016-2017: Vassar Orientation Committee
    • 2016-2017: VSA Academics Committee - Multidisciplinary Representative
    • 2016-2017: VSA Finance Committee Member

-----------------------The Candidate Spiel ----------------------------------

Hi everyone my name is Cody and derive from New Orleans, Louisiana and it is with hopefulness that I submit my candidacy for Vice President of the Vassar Student Association for the 2017-2018 academic year. Currently, I am a current 2nd-year student majoring in Education with a correlate in Anthropology. I encourage the use of he/him/his pronouns, but I have been known to answer to “Hey Boo” or “Hey Trash” as well.

This candidacy for Vice President is not about me but all about you! Service is the word that comes to my mind first and foremost and only believe that is fair to continue to serve after over a decade in the U.S. military. While on active duty I learned how to be operational, strategic, and committed to the mission that would come of great value for service to you. This is exactly what the position calls for as the VP is responsible to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the VSA and overseeing the internal affairs of the VSA.

Why I want to represent you?

In positions like these in the Exec Board of VSA, it is important not only to have an inclusive and accountable representative but consistency is a word that is not really used. Consistency is necessary for the times we are in right now at Vassar. With the recent VSA restructuring, major shifts and discussions about academics, admissions, programs, funding, faculty and staff, it is vital that we, as a student community, solve the issues through reasonable, accountable timeliness. I do not have to remind you that most things here tend sit and die in committee, with the administration and board of trustees but it is a smart strategy because the more time they buy the more our population loses the spirit of change on a specific issue. Imagine a moment when something needed to change/has been problematic and you did not get an answer in a respectable timeline. This is a change that I would want to bring to the VSA VP position. Having some capital from the previous academic year would be helpful to advise the incoming VSA VP on matters that were discussed, determined and dedicated for a response that many times we never see. Let’s change that together.

My commitment to keep it real through accountable discussions with the board of trustees, administration, and faculty is something I’ve been able to do because of my experience before and in Vassar. I am definitely not bureaucratic at all...I am honest to the T. Criticism (constructive or not) is a lesson I’ve learned through mentorship to develop a sense of growth in a department. Keeping it real comes from listening and hearing first and that is what I will continue to do for us all.

Through my involvement in the Operations Committee (before restructuring), I was able to work with Ruby (former VP of Operations) and Ramy (former President of VSA) on matters that directly affected us a student community. It was their vote of confidence in my ability as a first-year that I became interested in how the VSA and this community works? Does anyone really know --- I would like us to learn together through transparency, accountability and responsibility. Let’s face it...the VP is not the President but they may have influence on decision.

What have I done in the past?

While there are a plethora of organizations, committees and activities, I decided to join the VSA Operations Committee as the only first-year student on the committee (before the restructure of the VSA) on the first semester. The challenges, authority and successes of operating the livelihood of all students on and off-campus was helpful to understand basic complexities of the VSA. I’d like the opportunity to work with you to understand the issues and correct them in our time together as Vice President for 2017-2018 academic year.

Having many identities it was easier to navigate in the individual programs/orgs but it was harder to understand the inconsistencies in these programs/orgs. This year, my service has been in the VSA Senate as the Chair of the First-Year Committee, Multidisciplinary Representative on the Academics Committee, a member of the Financial Board and appointed to the Orientation Committee. In addition to VSA duties, I have served with ACCESS, Black Student Union, Campus Life & Resource Group, Council of Black Seniors- African Violets, Divest, Exploring Transfers, First-Year Programming, Posse Veterans Program and Transitions.

Hopeful Future

Building on the skill set from the military and the life at Vassar, I can attest that I’m committed to overseeing a process for much needed changes. The service in helping orchestrate better changes has been my track record in matters that are most concerning to my identities and those identities that I do not directly identify with. It is in these moments I am able to call on my soft skills and find common ground. This is how the change-progress system works (transition=change+progress). Commitment.

The 2017-2018 academic year has been one of excitement, trial, uncertainty, and action. Students have been mobilized on campus, in the city, throughout the state and at national level regarding social, economic, political and environmental issues at at a minimum. I have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside you in these issues and I will continue to fight for you on the campus, community and wherever needed on issues of affordability, environmental awareness, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Building upon the progress and strengths of students, I will continue to devote my time and effort to the benefit of fellow and future Vassar students.

Finally, I will continue to encourage you, connect with you, and listen to you. Regardless of if I am elected or not, I will continue to address the issues ranging from campus accessibility to community accountability. As a student, we all carry the responsibility to work together and expand upon our strengths and forge into new ideas as we all understand how important time is for all of us students.

If you have made it this far...thank you for reading. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have now, during campaigning season, and beyond. This work never stops.

Peace & Blessings to you and yours:

Cody

coharmon@vassar.edu

 

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Anish Kanoria



Hi! My name is Anish Kanoria (he/him/his) and I'm a rising senior, an international student from India, and a Political Science/Economics double major. 
 
Why I want to run for VSA VP? To make the VSA more responsive and transparent.
 
Experience:
  • 2018 Spring Senator for Strategic Planning - member of the Senate, Operations and Planning Committees of the VSA
  • Co-founded the Vassar Refugee Solidarity Initiative
  • Cushing House President was involved in flagship VSA projects like the VSA Restructuring and the City Shuttle
  • Cushing freshman representative

Ideas:

  • Posting of attendance records of Senate and committee meetings on the VSA homepage or some other public forum 
  • Creating a database of meetings and promises made by the college so that we can start building institutional memory on the student side
  • As a representative to the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, I will try my best to make sure the college sticks to its commitment to need-blind admissions
  • Hold 'VSA Review' meetings twice a semester to take stock of where we are and where we want to go
  • Work with the VSA President to democratize the process of VSA Agenda setting. This could include sending an anonymous survey to all students and ask directly what you would like to see discussed and acted upon
  • Initiate the construction of dedicated VSA sessions for specific campus issues and invite students and/or administrators 
Thank you if you made it this far! 
 
Please feel free to contact me via email (ankanoria@vassar.edu) or Facebook with any questions, comments and the like. 
 
Have a lovely rest of spring (when it starts)!

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Chair of Equity and Inclusion

Tamar Ballard


What's up shawties,

My name is Tamar Ballard (my first name is pronounced Tammer...like hammer but with a T!), my pronouns are she, her, and hers, and I'm running for Chair of Equity and Inclusion.

Apart from being a member of the Class of 2019, I'm a Computer Science and Urban Studies double major (my URBS clusters are Africana Studies and Sociology). I'm also a part of Noyes House Team as a Student Fellow, a member of the 2015 cohort of the Transitions Program, and work as a student assistant at the Infant Toddler Center on campus. I enjoy blazers and windbreakers, music, Oreos, and laughing.

An essential part of my time here at Vassar as been working towards making this space a safe space for everyone, especially those who experience prejudice and discrimination both on and off-campus for certain parts of their identities. As a low-income, first-generation, black student, I've had my share of trash times on this campus, ranging for micro-aggressions to racist remarks written on bathroom walls. I know how it feels to be uncomfortable here. However, while things haven't been all peaches and cream for me (or some of my peers) here, I recognize that we (as a community of people from all over) have to do the work to see the changes. And while we all enjoy being unique in our experiences and identities, we all have a responsibility to work to make sure that we are all able to be our best selves here, despite our differences.

 I created and spearheaded several talks for the We Got You and We Got You, Too! series last semester (two of the most rewarding experiences of my life), and I've started a community group that works to give back to the community of Poughkeepsie (right now we're working with a bunch of cute kids at Krieger Elementary). As Chair of Equity and Inclusion I would love to continue dialogue surrounding the issues addressed in these spaces as well as work to expand dialogue across campus to work to make this space more like home for everyone, because while it might sound cheesy, we all deserve to feel happy and safe here.

Feel free to message me on Facebook or email me (taballard@vassar.edu) if you have any questions about anything!

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Chair of Residential Affairs

Takunda Maisva


Hello my name is Takunda, I am a sophomore Biology major, and currently the House President of Noyes House. I would like to be the Chair of BORA next year and I hope that you will see that I am the best fit for the position.

If you were to ask anyone what BORA was they would not know unless they were on a house team or residential leadership position. I would like to promote and make aware the importance of the board and make it more accessible to all students. Residential affairs involve ALL residents not just those representing others.

I have lived and breathed ResLife for the past two years.  By being apart of a house team as a first year representative and as a house president, I have built lasting connections with the people who work in the ResLife Office. This relationship will allow me to build and reinforce a connection between the ResLife Office and the student body. As chair, my goals will be to ensure that the concerns of the students are presented and addressed promptly and effectively. Especially, because the areas this position covers deal with the living conditions of the students which should always be a priority.

As seen by the information above, I believe that I have gained much experience through the various leadership positions I have been in, and I know that I would successfully chair the Board of Residential Affairs.

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Chair of Academics

Joaquim Gonçalves


Hello/Hola! My name is Joaquim (Joaqy) Gonçalves [they/them/their] and I would love to have the chance to serve as your Chair of Academics for 2017-2018. It is extremely important for there to be a Chair of Academics that understands how curricula and pedagogy is experienced by students of color and those of marginalized identities. Being an afro-latínx queer femme, I know what it feels like to be unheard. I have been silenced and unheard at this institution, and I am not afraid to say these things. I am ready to relay and advocate the issues that are brought forward to me and will not hesitate to take action when oppressive classroom dynamics are brought to my attention. 

This position carries immense responsibility, and I am willing to shoulder that weight for my community. I will aim to support and create policy in conversation with and for students who have been historically silenced at this institution. Representing students' concerns to faculty and administration must center the most marginalized voices seeking to be heard. I have been unheard, and I no longer wish me or my community to be.

en solidaridad,

joaquim

 

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Chair of Organizations

Pat DeYoung


Hi! My name is Pat DeYoung (he/him/his) and I would like to represent you as the next VSA Chair of Organizations. I am a rising senior, a political science major, a first generation college student, and a student veteran. I’ve had the privilege of serving on Lathrop House Team for my first two years at Vassar, and as a College Planning Senator in the VSA Senate this year.  My goal is to make the student organization process as transparent, functional, and fair as possible, with an emphasis on serving the needs of underrepresented communities here at Vassar. This process is not currently representative of the needs of the student body, and I want to change that. I would love to share more of my ideas for enacting changes on the VSA Org process, and also hear any ideas other students have. I can be reached by email at padeyoung@vassar.edu, thank you for your consideration.

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Chair of Finance

Alissa Bringas


Hello! My name is Alissa Bringas and I’d like to be your next Chair of Finance!

 

SOME BACKGROUND:

·      I’m a junior
·      I’m a math major
·      I was in Transitions (2014 Cohort)
·      I served as a Transitions Intern (2015 Cohort)
·      I have been in Finance Committee since Spring 2016
·      I will not be writing a thesis

 

MOTIVATION:

Well frankly I applied for Finance Committee on a whim back in sophomore year, and pretty soon discovered that I felt quite a bit of enthusiasm for the job. Since then I have sought ways to get more involved and consistently strive to serve the Committee as best I can. Some of you may already be aware, but for those who are not, Finance has a strange and rocky history, with many of its issues remaining unaddressed year after year. I believe I have strong enough concern and desire to finally tackle many of these issues and since I have no ties to any other organizations and no thesis to write, I can dedicate a lot of time to this task.

 

GOALS:

Among Finance's many issues, there are three I would like to emphasize most and plan to dedicate most of my energy towards:

1. Finance Committee Awareness

            I truly could not tell you the number of times people have told me they had no idea there was such a thing as Finance Committee. Prior to joining, I also had little to no idea what it was. I am absolutely dedicated towards changing this and I believe a great way to do that would be to simply increase our presence online. In the past we have made Facebook groups and I was directly involved in the creation of one of these, however they have been dismantled. As of right now, there is no organized effort towards making Finance known and accessible to everyone, so I would love to move forward with this essential task. This includes creating new and official social media pages as well as updating the current website or even creating an entirely new website to reflect everything from who is on the committee, to what it is we do, how much money is available, what the official rules are, expectations for funding applications, and much much more.

 

2.  Collaboration

            In an effort toward making Finance Committee more accountable to the student body, I would like to engage and collaborate consistently with all the other VSA committees, the treasurers of all organizations, and the administration. There is a perception that Finance Committee is exclusive and extremely insulated, and I would like to change this. I believe everyone on this campus is impacted by this Committee’s decisions, and thus we should be held accountable by more than just the few people who show up to the meetings. I would like to have the Committee on Inclusion and Excellence to play a greater role in what we do and help Finance become a more welcoming and helpful space for everyone.

  

3. Customer Service

            To me, being in Finance does not just mean being an arbiter of rules, but rather being a liaison here to help you achieve your goals and get you the money you need. If elected, I would prioritize the needs of students and offer my support in every way I can. I want to actually form connections with our treasurers. I love seeing you guys put on cool new events and create philanthropic projects and I want to be here to help you along the way, not hinder you. From what I’ve heard about the restructuring of Finance, there will be an emphasis on members being liaisons to specific organizations, and this is something I would love to help implement. I want to see Finance serve its customers (you guys) to the best of its ability, and I would like to lead in this effort.

 

Overall, I am very excited by the prospect of working with the VSA to improve Finance Committee, as well as working with Accounting and the administration in order to make the entire process smooth and efficient (no more doing budgets by hand!) and I am prepared to dedicate myself fully to these goals in addition to what is required of me by the job.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my statement!

 

Tl;dr: Vote for me and all of your wildest dreams will come true.

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Robyn Lin


Hello! My name’s Robyn (she/her/hers) and I am a rising senior majoring in international studies. Having served as the Asian Students’ Alliance’s treasurer for the past two years and managed a budget of $11,000, I am well aware of the logistics of finance.

I want to be the chair of finance to help all treasurers effectively manage their money. Organizations but especially treasurers have a responsibility to use VSA funds to benefit their constituents but also the greater Vassar population. As chair, I will do my best to help all orgs create the best programming possible.

Some of the key issues I want to address as Chair are:

  • Increasing efficiency and understanding regarding p - cards, reimbursements, and other payments

  • Creating new forms to help treasurers keep track of transactions and manage their budgets

  • Create the opportunities for treasurers to meet one another, especially in regards to collaborating for events

  • Work with VSA and especially the Committee of Equity and Inclusion (which I was a member of this year) to create greater opportunities for other members of the Vassar community to access funds

  • Work with Finance Committee to create a safer and more welcoming environment for treasurers when applying for funds

  • Create greater transparency and understanding regarding Finance’s role in the greater VSA structure

I believe that my position and experience as a treasurer brings a new unique perspective to the VP for Finance position. I am able to help new treasurers navigate finance from budgeting to p - cards and work to create Finance more accessible and understandable.

 
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Seth Molwitz


I’m Seth Molwitz, and for those of you who don’t know me I’m a rising senior and a declared Political Science major, with my declaration for a double in Economics somewhere in limbo, and a minor in Hispanic Studies.  Please feel free to add me on Facebook or email me at semolwitz@vassar.edu if you have any questions, or just want to see what I’m up to.  I’m running for Chair of Finance because I want to ensure that all campus organizations can have quick and easy access to their allocated funds, to ensure equitable distribution of funding across organizations, and because I think my experience makes me well suited to do a good job in the role.

First, a bit of background about me.  I have been abroad this whole year on two different JYA programs, the first in Madrid with the Vassar-Wesleyan in Madrid program, and am currently studying at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.  My freshman year I was on Finance Committee, and participated in the planning process for the overhaul of finance committee, which is now superseded by the recent VSA restructuring.  I participated in the annual budgeting process, participating in almost all the budgeting sessions, of which there were many.  I have also worked on the other side. The summer following my freshman year and then during my sophomore year, I worked under Steve Dahnert (the then Treasurer of Vassar, and now Acting VP of Finance and Administration) in the Accounting Services office, so I have experience and connections to work well both on the student side and the administrative side.  Given the history of relatively fraught relations with the accounting side (which can cause everything from slower reimbursements, to extra charges, to longer times to update budgets) I plan to work closely with everyone, both administrators and students, to ensure that finance runs more smoothly than it has in the past several years. I can help students interact with the Accounting Services and Accounts Payable administrators on an as needed basis, if a problem does arise.  Additionally, I’ll be working in as a finance intern in a large health insurance company this summer, so by the time this role begins, I’ll not only have experience with Vassar’s finance, but also with best practices in finance in the corporate world as well. 

I am truly dedicated to helping ensure that organizations receive fair budget allocations, but also allowing organizations to easily access and grow their budgets for worthy causes through other means such as fund apps if they didn’t find their initial allocations acceptable.  

I would like to provide my firm commitment that I am willing to put in the hours needed to make my time as chair a success.  I worked closely with the VP finance my freshman year, and have a good understanding of the workload and time commitment involved, and especially given the fact that this will be my work study job, I’m willing to make that commitment.

Even though I’ve been away from Vassar for a year, I am fully dedicated to working hard to make Vassar the best place it can be, and I feel the best place I can do that is by being Chair of Finance. 

I hope to represent you next year. 

 

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Committee Chairs

Chair of First Year Programs

Kevin Arce


My name is Kevin Arce. 

A majority of first-year programming has not met the desires and needs of the first-year body. 

I have participated in a large and diverse amount of programming on campus, specifically first-year oriented programs, many of which only exist because of tradition and familiarity. As the chair of first-year programming, I would like to amend the quality and diversity of programs offered to the first-year body so that it may accurately reflect both the interests and demands of the incoming class.

With the opportunity, I would like to branch out programming to better collaborate with orgs and affinity groups on campus to advertise and strengthen the Vassar community. 

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Chair of Health and Wellness

Tanyx Madrigal


Hello,
I'm Tanyx pronounced TAHN-ee-ks but most people don’t get it on the first try. I use they, them, theirs pronouns. I'm a non-binary/gender-queer vegan Latinx Pisces sun Aries moon psychology student who enjoys deconstructing westernized notions of well-being, decolonizing my mind and body, and having a love hate relationship with over-analyzing most things. I’m fluent in cat, dog, 90s-17 tv, movies, social media, memes, yoga, naps, and 5 human languages too. My true loves in life are my emotional support cat Lucero Xochitznel Madrigal, old school and some new school R&B, veganism, decolonial thought, Latinidad, queerness, disability rights, mental health, neuroscience, and non-neurotypical ways of thought. I aspire to be a social worker with a focus on community healing and child psychological development amidst adversity.

In case you're wondering about some of my qualifications, I personally believe holistically caring for one's self must be individualized and very personalized. Ultimately we're all on our own very different journeys to wellness, and I hope to give our vassar community the tools, tips, and encouragement needed to continue to better ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. I'm really interested and wanting to hear from more of our student body to be able to charter new paths and improvements to Vassar as a whole.

I currently work as an ALANA intern primarily trying to spread resistance, positivity, and community healing through my work, programming, and social media presence. I've held and taught my own Self-Care/Self -Love workshop for the East Coast Chicanx Conference at Vassar, for the Women of Color Conference at Vassar, and was invited to present my workshop for the National MEChA conference in Seattle, Washington this year. I've personally tailored my own lengthy and strenuous work with DBT, CBT, OT, Metcalf, Baldwin, off-campus providers, the AEO, and many more offices to better take care of myself and empower others to do the same. I've had my own difficult and continuous fight for my own wellness, which has pushed me to learn how to advocate for myself and those around me. Therefore, a vote for me is really a vote for a passionate, stubborn, and compassionate warrior to help fight for your right to thrive on Vassar campus. I've got your back and will fight for your needs.

If you care to know more about me, I'm obnoxiously active on FB, snapchat, wordpress, and I co-star in Chismosx, a podcast with two other Latinx queer femmes that centers and celebrates the experiences of Latinx and people of color at large. Feel free to email me too at Tamadrigal@vassar.edu. Please do approach me and ask me something or spark a conversation with me or come play with Lucero my cat.

Your friendly neighborhood ace,
-Tanyx

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Shelby Thomas


Hi, I’m Shelby, and I am ready to meet the challenges that come with being the Chair of Health and Wellness. But first, a bit about me. I’m originally from Las Vegas, and as soon as I came to Vassar I knew that I had found an un-perfect home. I am an unapologetic intersectional feminist always ready to listen and learn. I am endlessly curious, a proud lab girl, and an activist. I hope one day to become a doctor, emphasizing inclusivity of all identities, accessibility, and empowerment for all bodies in my practice.

As a pre-med Women's Studies major, my ideologies about health and wellness strive to be holistic, accessible, and equitable. I firmly believe in self-empowerment and healing on one’s own terms. I also firmly believe that it is a human right to have accessible resources to provide help when asked for. More personally, as a survivor of violence, I have reached out to numerous services for the mind and body at Vassar, and I feel that real and substantial changes need to be made for the betterment of our community. My experiences have led me to apply to this position. By asking for your vote, I am asking to help build a bridge between students and Vassar as an institution. I acknowledge and have personally encountered the negatives of a system of resources created by the College for students.

I have experience effecting change as an intern at Vassar's Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Office where I have undertaken several collaborative projects with QCVC, the LGBTQ Center, the Women’s Center, the ALANA Center, the Office of Health and Wellness, YES!, and Feminist Action. One of the projects I’m most proud of raised nearly $1000 for our local branch of Planned Parenthood. I have also worked with students and Vassar staff to organize a BDSM and consent workshop, survivor support activities for student athletes, and other awareness campaigns surrounding ideas of consent, sex, and mental health. I also have an understanding of off-campus healthcare options as a volunteer at Vassar Brother's Community Hospital. This summer I will be working for Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, which is an anti-capitalist eco-feminist advocacy organization. As a science education intern, I will work to publish accessible health science that empowers people to make decisions about their bodies and their health. These experiences embody my passion and commitment to health and social justice. But my experiences aren’t the only thing that will inform my actions as the Chair of Health and Wellness, yours will. Please feel free to reach out to me in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable.

A vote for me is a vote for equity, accessibility, and inclusivity in our health and wellness services with improvements asked for by students for students.   

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Chair of Planning

Jacob "Jake" Miller


Tl;dr, I’m the candidate with the experience to do this job

Hey, Vassar! My name is Jake, I use he/him/his, and I’m running to be chair of planning for the 2017-2018 academic year. Before I get into my specific plan, which I have (see below), I want to give a list of why I am the most qualified candidate for this role:

  1. I am the only candidate who has sat on the VSA Board of Strategic Planning Before.
    1. I am currently the VSA 2020 Senator for Strategic Planning, which means I am the only candidate who knows how the board of strategic planning has run in the past and therefore am the only one who knows what should be changed in the future.
  2. I am the only candidate who has been to a Planning Committee meeting.
    1. One of my jobs as Senator for Strategic Planning was to sit in on Planning Committee meetings and participate. This is an open committee yet I am the only candidate who has ever been to planning.
  3. I am the only candidate who has experience on a joint committee with administration.
    1. The Chair of Planning sits on the College Master Planning Committee. I am the only candidate to sit on a committee like this: Orientation Committee, in which I give a student perspective on what must change in orientation.
    2. Some changes I made to Orientation include: making activities more open/accessible to students with marginalized and intersecting identities such as poc, trans/non-binary folk, disabled students, religious students of different faiths; having set meal times so students know when they can eat and that they can eat; adding schedule breaks so students aren’t running around all day without getting a chance to relax; and finally, giving students more time to learn about registration and think about what classes they want before registering.

So, what’s my plan as chair of planning? Here’s the plan:

  1. Create a Calendar of when and where all VSA committee meetings occur for the student body and VSA to know.
  2. Meet with VSA Executive Board at the beginning of each semester to get long-term and short-term goals for what they want to accomplish.
    1. As VSA Planning Chair, I would work with my planning committee to come up with a set timeline and plan for how these other committees can achieve their goals
  3. RESTRUCTURE FINANCE COMMITTEE: This is a project that the planning committee has been working on since January this year.
    1. I am the only candidate who has worked on this project, which is set to continue next year.

If you want anymore information about my plan, experience, or if you have any ideas that you want me to add to my platform (after all, this is 100% about what the student body wants, not me), please feel free to message me on Facebook (Jake Miller), email me at jmiller@vassar.edu, or stop me if you see me walking and say hi!

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Maimuna Touray


I am the candidate Vassar needs to do the job.

Hey y’all!  My name is Maimuna, I use they/them/theirs/ pronouns and I am running to be the Chair of VSA Planning!

This semester I served as the Class of 2020 Senator for Student Affairs. I sat on the Committee of Equity and Inclusion, the Committee of Health and Wellness, as well as the First Year Committee of Programming. I also currently sit on the Alcohol Task Force, which is a joint committee with administration that is developing a strategic plan to reduce alcohol abuse and increase wellness amongst Vassar students.

On the Senate floor, I pushed for Interim President Jon Chenette, Dean of the College Chris Roelke, and the VSA Senate to listen to the concerns of my constituents.

Outside of my responsibilities as Senator, I have met with student leaders of different ALANA orgs and with administrators such as Associate Dean of the College and Director of Campus life and Diversity, Ed Pittman. In response to the recent incidents of hate speech in our library, I facilitated conversations and meetings with administrators and students to address the need for transparency and accountability on the part of Vassar’s institution. I am a Co-Founder of an activist org on campus called Healing to Action (H2A).  We believe that what affects one individual on this campus affects us all and that it is that it is through healing, accountability, and active solidarity that we can resist institutional oppression targeting marginalized bodies on our campus.

The work I have done this year reflects the work I will continue doing as your Chair of Planning.   

The VSA is an institution that many on this campus feel does not represent them, does not hear them, and will not protect them. As a Black, Queer, gender nonconforming student at Vassar, I too feel this way. This is why I am the candidate the VSA needs to do the job.  Not only do I have experience organizing, planning, and strategizing, but I have the creativity to imagine a VSA that works for all of Vassar’s students. A VSA that not only promotes but also models equity and social justice.

 

My tenets as Chair of Planning are:

  1. Accessibility: Ensure that all students have tangible opportunities for engagement with VSA by hosting monthly open houses where students can meet VSA representatives to voice their constituent concerns.

  2. Transparency: Create a comprehensive monthly VSA newsletter to make the inner workings of VSA open to the broader student body - not only the processes but also the rationale behind decisions.

  3. Accountability: Create a page on the VSA website for ongoing projects and their stage of completion to hold Exec and Senate accountable for the goals set in VSA. As well as being accountable and proactive in actions called upon us by Vassar students in informal settings.   

  4. Active Solidarity: Ensure that the VSA actively works to address Vassar’s history of white supremacy and institutional oppression to earn the trust of members of our community.

I am the candidate YOU need to do the job. Vote Maimuna for Chair of Planning!

 

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Chair of Programming

Joshua Carreras


Hey All, it's 1:58 p.m., as I find myself sitting in the notorious Villard Room, just finished my express lunch, and I have 47 meal swipes left. BUT... it just dawned on me the deadline for filing is 2:30 p.m. so I figured I'd do something with my life. The only leadership position I've held is co-president of publicity for Vassar's Chapter of the Red Sand Project (current) and I'm looking to broaden my reach in this lovely world. Being a part of this group has helped me grow as a person of effective communication. I'm pretty social and it has honestly made me more capable of working well within a team, while striving to achieve a set of goals. I get it: The message is rather short, but why keep you reading when there are VC dogs to spot, trees to hug and parties to attend? Anyway, I hope these last 158 words get me elected<3

Yours truly with much love,

Josh

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Rori Chuck


Hey VC!

My name is Rori Chuck, I'm a Sophomore Political Science major from (somewhere near) Atlanta, GA, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I would really like to be your Chair of Programming!

I've sat on the VSA this year as 2019's Senator for Student Affairs and had the privilege to be part of the Transitions program as a Sophomore advisor. I have the experience, the knowledge of the VSA at my disposal, and a passion for putting on programming that showcases the diversity of interests here at VC.

I want to work towards making events safer, more equitable environments. I want to continue to improve on the great stuff we already have, and brainstorm new ways we can interact with spaces off campus. I want to work towards finding a simpler way for students to find out what's happening around campus, and I want to continue to infuse Programming with the VSA's commitment to anti-racist, social justice work.

I think I can do all that, and then some.

And if you're down to share some ideas or just want to chat you can email me - rochuck@vassar.edu or shoot me a message on FB!

xoxRori

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Senators

College Planning Senators

(Two Representatives)

Olivia Rhodes


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Angela Sbano


Hello all,

I am interested in becoming a Senator for College Planning because I feel the position helps give students a more active role in several different major aspects on life here at Vassar. If elected, I would do my best to work for all students at Vassar within the channels that I would be responsible for. If I am able to fill the position, I would be extremely open to feedback and input from fellow students regarding decision making. I hope I can earn your vote, because I am confident I could do a good job if I am lucky enough to be elected.

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2018 Senator for Activities

Cyrus Cohen


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2018 Senator for Student Affairs

Nora Eigenbrodt


Hi! My name is Nora Eigenbrodt (she/her/hers) and I would love to serve as the 2018 Senator for Student Affairs next year! 

I'm a junior political science major with a women's studies correlate. I was abroad last semester in the Netherlands, but before that, I was lucky to serve as Vice President of Davi and as the 2018 rep for the Board of Elections and Appointments during the 2015-16 school year. As Davi VP, I got to communicate with my constituency on what they wanted from house programming, study breaks, and their overall residential experience. I also used this position to familiarize myself with the VSA by proxying and reporting back to my house team what was being debated and what changes were being made. 

I'd love to represent the class of 2018's interests, especially heading into our last year, when we will be looking for resources and accommodations specific to seniors' needs as we face post-grad life (though I'm still in denial about that whole post-grad thing...) I want to look at continuing and expanding existing initiatives like the Project Period, and making sure that changes implemented by Vassar administration that directly affect students' daily lives, such as the new meal plan and dining vendor, are adapted or responsive to students' needs and feedback. I want to make sure that the needs of marginalized students are centered in discussions on student affairs, and help bring critical discussion on accessibility and inclusion to committee and VSA meetings. Ultimately, I just want to make sure our class' voice and needs are heard in the functioning and thriving of our residential and academic community. 

If you have questions, comments, concerns for me, feel free to contact me at noeigenbrodt@vassar.edu, through Facebook, etc. etc. I'd love to hear from you! :)

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Ryan Maher


Hi future seniors,

My name is Ryan (He/him/his or they/them/theirs) and I’d like to be your Senator for Student Affairs. I am a psychology major with a correlate in Art History who just returned from studying in Copenhagen.

During my time at Vassar, I have worked in many different aspects of the VSA in which I have been

· An active member of the Previous Student Life committee for 2 years

· Our Classes representative on the committee on college life for 2 years

· A member of our the 2018 class council Freshmen and Sophomore year

· A part of Main House team both as a sophomore rep and Spring semester House Fellow Intern

I have also worked on various projects both as part of the VSA and outside of it including

· Helping administration draft a commitment to gender neutral bathroom access in academic buildings

· Being trained as a Mentor in Violence Prevention by the SAVP

· Helped create the first SAVP student survey as part of the Title IX mandate

· A member of the team that created Project Period

· Advocated that the administration hire more counselors for Metcalf

· Organized conversations and events as part of the QCVC E-Board

· Created Programing for my class and house in respective bodies

Through my time working in these different capacities, I have seen many initiatives be successful, but I have also seen many people disheartened by the bureaucracy and politics of the VSA. I want to make sure that real issues that affect students remain at the forefront of senate discussions.

As someone that wants to work in clinical psychology, mental health is an issue I want to dedicate much of my time to. Since our freshman year, there have been real improvements to resources that are available to us, but I think we can go farther. I also want to work with the Health and Wellness Committee to develop initiatives that make will improve everyday life on campus and make Vassar a healthy place to live and learn.

My previous work with SAVP and initiatives outside of it have shown me that like most campuses, sexual assault is an issue that remains as a major issue on campus. Furthermore, sexual assault within and against queer communities remains an issue few want to address or rectify. It is long overdue that we expand this dialogue to include queer survivors.

This is becoming longer than I wanted it, but I am passionate about fighting for racial, gender, and socio-economic justice in many forms and would love to have a conversation with anyone interested. Please contact me at rymaher@vassar.edu if you think of any questions or want to meet up to chat.

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Alicia Menard-Livingston


hello alll

My name is Alicia & I'm trying my best to be your 2018 Senator for Student Affairs. I use they, them, theirs pronouns. I'm a Psychology and Sociology double major, an ALANA intern, committed bunny owner, and one of the Transitions head interns for 2017/8. I am also an aspiring social worker, a capricorn, and a plant-lover. 

I possess an inherent sense of responsibility and obligation for people - and that's what drives me to VSA. I want to ensure that all students on this campus are being seen, heard, and understood. As a queer black femme, I understand what its like to feel invalidated and left behind on this campus. 

I would like to think, however, that I understand a thing or two about how to minimize these kinds of experience. As an ALANA & Transition intern, I've learned how to create spaces, support and advocate for myself and other vulnerable individuals/communities. 

I want to continue to help build a Vassar that works for everyone - so help me help you. Please contact me here or through email (almenardlivingston@vassar.edu) if you have any questions, qualms or concerns. Also feel free to contact me with any ideas or initiatives you'd like to see me push/bring forward as the 2018 Senator for Student Affairs. 

w/ love and admiration,
Alicia
 
 
 
 

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2018 Senator for Strategic Planning

Jacob Sowder


Hey y'all,

I hope to ensure the VSA's commitment to intersectional feminism, anti-racism, LGBTQ-empowerment, environmentalism, and social/economic progressivism are reflected in the long-term strategic planning of the college. 

Namely, I will work to protect and strengthen the college's commitment to need-blind admissions, equitable financial aid, and progressive admissions policies. 

I will also actively evaluate the long-term budgetary trends of the college - for example, is academic funding suffering due to increased administrative growth? Are vital student institutions such as the ALANA/LGBTQ/Women's centers and Metcalf being consistently underfunded in favor of less-pertinent priorities?

Ultimately: where is the money going and is it contributing to an equitable & sustainable future for our soon-to-be alma mater? 

Email me at jasowder@vassar.edu with questions/suggestions and I hope for your support.

Thanks!

P.S. below are some additional policy positions

- divestment from the oil & gas industry in favor of investment in renewable energy resources

- reconsideration of long-term administrative powers, policies, and positions - are administrators properly incentivized to center the needs of vulnerable students? Which points of administration need deeper investment? Which points are overpaid and/or unnecessary? 

- unwavering support for undocumented students & families

- streamlining & refining alumnae affairs 

- standing with staff & faculty unions/labor organizations 

- shifting investment away from administrative growth back into academic growth

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2019 Senator for Activities

(Elected By Semester)

Kevin (Do Hyeon) Park (Spring Semester)


Hi everyone,

My name is Kevin Park, and I am a Biology and prospective Education double major from Georgia.
I am currently involved in mostly two orgs on campus: VxF (Vassar Christian Fellowship) and EMS. I am on the executive board for both orgs and truly enjoy working with the people on both orgs.

As I got involved in these two orgs, I realized that there are many more beautiful orgs on campus that doesn't get heard often within the VSA and wanted to change that.

If elected, I would like to sit on Organization committee and Programming committee within Board of Activities and hope to manage and improve our organizations and programming in a way that our class hopes to see.

Thank you so much for your time!! My email is dopark@vassar.edu. Feel free to ask any questions :)

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Derek Sonntag (Fall Semester)


tl;dr   Vote for me, I know my shit. Like, I really know my shit. De-rek is not a wreck! (I really tried, and that was the best punchline I could think of...)

Hey all!

If you are reading this, I would first like to thank you very much for taking the time to consider me and others for the next school year’s VSA positions. The fact that you are speaks to how much you care about the student government’s future. As someone who has tried to make student life better and improve involvement with the student(s?), this means a lot to me.

I'll keep this concise, though. Below is a little bit about me, what I have done so far in the VSA, and what I hope to do as Senator for Activities.

 

WHO AM I, YOU MAY ASK?

  • Yeah, so I'm an economics and computer science double-major. In case you're curious, I'm studying abroad at Oxford in the spring, so I'll only be around for the fall.
  • I like fundraising efforts. I was a volunteer for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a community group in Poughkeepsie. NLMH had a winter drive this year to raise money to help low-income families in the area be able to afford power for utilities during the winter, as the local monopolies would likely shut off their power if they couldn't pay.
  • I like bad puns and I have a loud fucking sneeze.

 

WHAT HAVE I, LIKE, DONE?

  • I was the Chair of Planning this past school year. As stated in the Governing Documents, I chaired the Planning Committee, and we've coordinated with many other committees in the VSA to get some serious shit done. This is the shit I got done:
  • The first semester, I worked with the Chair of Health and Wellness to set up Project.Period. I wrote the Project.Period survey with Natalie Kopke (you might have taken the survey, and if you did, thank you so much because it was so helpful :D) then made an analysis of the survey results and proposed a financial plan for Project.Period. Once the products are purchased, it will be up and running! Free menstrual products for everyone!!!
  • This second semester, Planning and Finance sat down together to restructure the Finance Committee. Finance is an undeniably flawed system, and for the past three or four months, our two committees -- along with other members of the Exec Board -- have been discussing ways to make Finance more equitable, more accessible, and more transparent. We will continue to work on financial restructuring until the end of the year and, if necessary, into the next school year so that we can make the system better for everyone.
  • Besides what I'm tasked to do as Chair of Planning, I sat on Operations Committee and Finance Committee all semester. I have also worked with Organizations Committee a few times throughout the year.

 

WHAT WOULD I EVEN DO?

  • I hope to continue working on Financial Restructuring throughout next year, if necessary. That way we can continue doing the work we have already been doing.
  • Honestly, I love working with Finance Committee and helping people get the funding they need. It's my favorite part of working with the VSA. With my experience with Finance, I know where our outreach is lacking and I know how we can improve the committee and help be more accessible to you, the students. I love the things you do for Vassar's campus and I want to be able to help you all get what you need to do what you love.

 

And that's all I have to say! You can always message me on Facebook or email me at desonntag@vassar.edu (I doubt you will, but humor me; I'm asking for it at this point). Thank you for your support!

Peace out,

 

Derek Sonntag

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Kiki Walker (Fall Semester)


Hey, I'm Kiki Walker (she/her), and I'm running for ~FALL~ 2019 Senator for Activities.

My campus activities include being a Joss Student Fellow, Transitions Sophomore Advisor, gasping when dogs walk by, doing some chem research with sea anemones and sociology research on first gen students transitions into college.

I also currently serve on the VSA as the 2019 Senator for Activities. As senator, I sit on the Finance and Programming committees, as well as the VSA senate weekly. I want to remain serving in this role so I continue to be committed making sure that the events on campus are not only inter-sectional, but also are publicized, accessible, and engaging. As a student fellow and a Sophomore Advisor, I have become very comfortable with planning and executing events, such as Transitions monthly lunches, and have spearheaded events such as POCs and Pops, as well as Joss Beach Party (coming soon (; ). In high school, I also held various leadership positions such as president, treasurer, and event coordinator of different clubs, which helped to develop of a holistic view when it comes to activity planning.

I can only serve for one semester, as I'm going abroad in the spring. In this short period of time, I hope to ease and promote the organization of campus wide activities that focus on representing and respect the interests and identities of all students on this campus. I plan to achieve this by having frequent communication with the student body, representing constituent concerns at Senate, and continuing work with the Finance and Programming committees in order to make sure events have proper funding, the highest possible turnout through effective publicity, and creating a space for students to share their passions. Thank you for your time, and for voting!

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ZIyi 'Yina' Wang (Spring Semester)


Helllooo, Class of 2019!

It's me, Yina. I am a Computer Science major, but it's casual. I'm here again on this page running for 2019 Senator for Activities during the spring semester! 

Currently, I am sitting on BoRA (Board of Residential Affairs) and Raymond House team this year as Raymond House President. I have been plugged into student government in the past as I was the Class President for two years in high school and I was Raymond First Year Rep my first year here at Vassar.

I believe that my determined and unique personality, along with my past experiences, will be a positive contribution to the VSA Senate. I hope to sit the Finance and Programming Committee in order to have a more cohesive and productive understanding of getting funds for organizations. 

If you guys have any questions, please feel free to contact me (ziwang@vassar.edu) or find me in person!

 
 

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2019 Senator for Student Affairs

(Elected By Semester)

Maxwell Canty-Hilchey (Full Year)


Hi everyone!

My name is Max (he/him/his) and I’m from Piedmont, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. I live in Noyes in Anne Hathaway’s old room (!!) Unfortunately, Anne had to leave Vassar after  her sophomore year to film for the Princess Diaries. People often compare me to Anne, and though it is my full intention to be cast as Mia Thermopolis, princess of Genovia, in a remake of the Princess Diaries, I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket. Now… more than ever… I need your help in landing the role of 2019 Senator for Student Affairs.

As senator, I would strive to ensure that Vassar continues to progress as an inclusive environment that promotes the well-being and safety of all students. I feel very connected to the class of 2019, and want to do something positive for our class/school. I intend to listen fully to every voice in our grade and do my best to be a representative of those voices. Being senator for student affairs means responsibility for all aspects of student life. I want to be your voice for the various concerns you may have as a Vassar student or just as a person in general.  

As far as my resume goes, I have been a representative on Vassar’s judicial board and a Student Fellow in Noye’s House. In high school, I was captain of my mock trial team and editor-in-chief of the yearbook. This past Summer, I worked for the Attorney General of California and dealt with the stress of a high-pressure environment. The experience helped me develop strong communication and organization skills- tools that are essential for any VSA position. I am also mostly proficient in Microsoft office but still have some trouble with Excel :/

If you have any questions I warmly invite you to email me (macantyhilchey@vassar.edu) facebook message me (Max Canty-Hilchey) or Instagram dm me (@max.canty).

 

And remember....


A vote for Max is a vote for Max

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D'Angelo Mori (Full Year)


Hello!

My name is D’Angelo Mori, my pronouns are he, him, his.

I am a first semester Sophomore pursuing a double major in Biology and Political Science. I am a member and a Sophomore Advisor of the Transitions program. I currently work two jobs as a mentor for first through third graders at the Family Center in Poughkeepsie under the R.E.A.L Skills program and I am an Intern for the Spiritual Life office. My interests are weight lifting, hip hop dancing, plants, and law.

As a low income, first generation, gay, Latino, being the 2019 Senator for Student affairs means more than a title I can add on my resume. It’s a position to which I can make certain marginalized groups and underrepresented communities are properly represented in order to diminish the conscious and unconscious biases, stereotypes, and discrimination against race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, mental illness, and dozens more of social justice issues within Vassar’s College’s community.

Of course, my duty/mission cannot be done single handedly, we all have a responsibility to strive for the equal and equitable treatment of others. As the roles of my position are to address issues of student life in an intersectional manner across committees and create guiding principles at the beginning of the academic year, I want to work within the board of Student Affairs in order to ensure the progression of our community by continuing intersectional dialogue surrounding current and future issues Vassar administration drop the ball with.

As a Sophomore Advisor for Vassar’s Transitions program, I was allowed to improve my skills in group programming, active listening, and critical thinking. In addition, I have had many opportunities to be involved with campus life such as being a member of CARES, VSA Student council member, and being the Class of 2019 Representative for Admission and Financial Aid. These particularly meaningful experiences have greatly enhanced my leadership, communication skills, and public speaking. My dedication, strategical thinking, and emphasis on quality work ethic will make me a valuable asset to the Board of Student Affairs.

Feel free to message me on Facebook message me or email me via damori@vassar.edu with any comments, questions, and/or concerns you may have.

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2019 Senator for Strategic Planning

(Elected By Semester)

Marvin "Robin" Corleto (Fall Semester)


Hey y'all, my name is Marvin "Robin" Corleto (he/him/his), a Bio and French major and I'm running to be the Senator for Strategic Planning for Fall Semester.

Currently, I'm a Student Fellow in Noyes, a Wellness Peer Eductator through the Office of Health Education, and the Secretary for ACCESS/Disability Rights Coalition. Through all these positions, I have gained the skills to plan efficiently and keep everything in check (because I get them checks). I aspire to work to hold VSA accountable and get shit done, and making sure that VSA is going as smoothly as possible and as planned. I also want to add my voice as a person of color to a historically white space, and I help empower my fellow people of color to aim to enter positions like these where we can be the changes we wish to see.
 
If you have any questions, or just want to say hi to me, feel free to message me on facebook (Marvin Corleto), or shoot me an email at macorleto@vassar.edu. Hell, feel free to even visit me in my room Noyes 431, I have a pet snake named Lucifer and he's pretty chill.

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Max Jahns (Spring Semester)


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Janine Smith (Spring Semester)


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2020 Senator for Activities

Tabraiz Lodhi


Hey 2020!

My name's Tabraiz Lodhi (he/him/his) and I'm running to be your Senator for Activities. Senator for What? Activities. I know, the name’s a bit vague, but let me explain what that means:

  • I’ll be sitting on VSA committees that make decisions on all-campus programmes and student org financing.
  • I’ll be managing student activities more generally, such as maintaining a calendar of student-sponsored events and a catalogue of orgs and pre-orgs.

Here’s what I hope to do during my time in office:

  • Create guiding principles for the Board of Activities that are based on inclusion, diverse programming, and sensitivity to the student body, particularly the Class of 2020’s, needs.
  • Maintain constant channels of communication with my constituents in order to fairly represent their views in the VSA. Have a pre-org you want to start? Worried about funding for another org you really care about? I’m here for you!
  • Use my position in the VSA to - wherever and whenever I can - streamline day-to-day activities, create transparency, and institute structural change.

Feel free to reach out to me at tlodhi@vassar.edu for more information!

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May Venkat


Hi Class of 2020! 

 

My name is May Venkat (she/her/hers) and I am hoping to be your Senator for Activities. I am a strong-willed, caring, and passionate extrovert who wants your vote! I was executive president at my high school and want to continue refining my leadership skills at Vassar. I truly value organization and my planner is with me at all times. 

As a senator, I have the privilege of representing you and working with the VSA. In particular, working as the Senator for Activities I will sit on committees such as Programming, Organization, and Finance. I want your thoughts and opinions to be heard (loudly and in my very Midwestern voice)! 

Please reach out anytime on Facebook or email me (mvenkatramani@vassar.edu) to get to know me better or just say hi! :) 

 

~May

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2020 Senator for Student Affairs

Brandon Impastato


Greetings Vassar Class of 2020!

My name is Brandon Impastato and I hail from Long Island, NY. I plan on majoring in biochemistry and minoring in political science. As your Senator for Student Affairs I intend to be active on the committee for Health and Wellness and the committee for First Year Programs. The committee for Health and Wellness means so much to me considering that I am pre-med and an active member of VCEMS. In addition to this, first year programs such as Transitions have made my transition to college as a low income student much smoother than I anticipated. Ultimately, I would be honored to serve as your Senator for Student Affairs. The organizations that the fall under the umbrella of student affairs have significantly impacted my life and I would love to give back.

Thank you for reading my statement and I hope I can have your vote! Feel free to contact me by email at bimpastato@vassar.edu.

-Best

Brandon Impastato

VC Class of 2020

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Theodore "Theo" Lewis Lawrence


Hello All, 

In an effort to be transparent, I'll make this brief. I am actively trying to become more involved on campus and think this is the best opportunity. Representing the class of 2020 on Student Affairs is a chance to learn how we'll be affected academically in the future. I want to make sure we have fair, open-minded representation and I'm more than willing to go more in depth with any questions you may have. You can contact me at tlewislawrence@vassar.edu. I look forward to your support! 

Thanks in advance,

Theodore "Theo" Lewis-Lawrence

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2020 Senator for Strategic Planning

Micah Fedenko


Hey everyone! 

•WHO I AM: My name is Micah Fedenko (they/them/theirs) and I hope to demonstrate that I have earned the responsibility of advocating for the class of 2020 as the Senator of Strategic Planning. I am a Black, queer, gender nonconforming activist and I have dedicated my first year at Vassar to working with others to strengthening our community's resistance to oppressive hegemonies. I'm currently vacillating between declaring Gender/Women's Studies, Sociology, and/or Political Science with correlates in Prison Studies and/or Queer Studies. 

•WHY I AM RUNNING: During my first year here on campus, I have observed the student body's attitude towards the Vassar Student Association, and more specifically, I have witnessed an overall lack of faith in the potential of our student government. There is little hope or expectation that the VSA will be or even can become a site of active resistance to the systemic oppressions of racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism. I believe the potential for our student government to be a leading force in combatting these injustices is currently unrecognized. 

•WHAT I HAVE DONE: My experience includes co-founding the student activist org H2A (Healing to Action) that focuses on engaging the entire Vassar community in active solidarity with those whose identities make them targets for marginalization. You may have heard of our group in reference to the "Rally, Resist, Rise" event in February that provided a platform for students, faculty, and workers who spoke about the need for an intersectional movement at Vassar. 

In the past few weeks, in response to the recent incidents of hate speech I have been attending meetings with students and administrators like Associate Dean Pittman, Dean Roelke, and Interim President Chenette to not only make our campus culture more inclusive and affirming for our student body, but also to focus on how Vassar's bureaucracy can address and remedy its historical and contemporary complicity in systems of domination.

In addition, I am a member of the Organizing Board for MBSA (Multiracial/Biracial Student Alliance) and have facilitated discussions and events pertaining to identity, positionality, and accountability. Also, as an intern at the Office of Admissions, I have been integral in organizing programs like Vassar View and FOCUS which allow for prospective high school students from under-represented backgrounds to visit our school and get a preview of college life. Lastly, as a member of the Committee of First-Year Programming I organized leadership development events for our class. 

•WHAT I WILL DO: The position of Senator of Strategic Planning requires creativity when imagining structural alternatives and improvements to the current VSA system. I plan to utilize my position to embed the tenets of active solidarity, transparency, and accountability within the structure and policies of our student government. Students need to be informed of decisions made in VSA, but also of the various processes that occur before the decisions are finalized. I am dedicated to ensuring that the VSA becomes more accessible for students so that we can have a more engaged population. 

Please reach out to me with concerns, questions or even just some love via FB or email at mfedenko@vassar.edu

In solidarity,

Micah Fedenko

 

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Senior Class

2018 President

Ashley Hoyle



To the class of 2018,
 
It has long been my dream to be your class president. I have worked for all three of my years here to prove that I can do the job well and right and I hope to be given the opportunity. To prove how much I want it, I offer you my candidate statement from 2014, I will do all these things again, and more.
 
"Ahoy!

My name is Ashley Hoyle (A-Hoyle. Ahoy. Ha.)

I’d really love to be 2018 Class President. 

I will not try to seduce you with promises of getting lobster in the deece or outlawing 9 AM classes, but I will work my absolute hardest to be an advocate for the class of 2018 and listen to the needs of my classmates. 

Here are some concrete ways I will do that, nautically themed of course.

Message in a Bottle

Starting tonight, there will be a glass bottle and adorably undersized legal pad hanging on my door (Noyes 222)

? (*Now you might leave me a note in my mail box! 1854*)?

. Feel free to stop by and drop me a note anytime, about any problem you want addressed, and I will do everything in my power to reach out and get that problem solved! Lost your V-Card? I will search high and low for it. Haven’t seen a womp-womp yet? I will catch one for you. Want something tabled at the next VSA meeting? Done.

 Captain’s Quarters

During my campaign (and hopefully my presidency) drop me an email anytime at ashleyhoyle@vassar.edu if there is an issue that you think I can help resolve through committee work on the VSA. We’ll work out a time when you can come hang out in my room with my oversized stuffed squid Tarrence and tell me exactly what it is I can do for you.

Hittin’ the Deck

Daily during my campaign (and twice weekly during my potential presidency) I will stand for two hours out on the porch of the retreat (accompanied by Tarrence) and some nautically themed music to meet and greet all my classmates I haven’t yet gotten the chance to know. Please stop by to chat and get to know me a little better!

Keep an “Aye” Out

 ?Find me on Facebook to keep up with some pun-ridden hopefully hARRRlarious videos and promotions during campaign week!

On a serious note, I was a serious leader at my high school back home in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. I was the president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, chair of Relay for Life, a Drum Major for our 450 member marching band, our school mascot, and more. I have acquired the skills necessary to be an outstanding, organized, patient, and passionate representative for our class and sincerely hope you will give me that chance.

Thanks and hope to see you soon!

Land-ho!

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Shigeru Kaneki


To my fellow 2018ers,

I’m Shigeru Kaneki (he/him/his) and I hope to serve you all as Senior Council President! During the past two years, I have worked closely with Senior Council Members to help run Senior Class events. In addition to managing administrative duties, I performed for both 50 nights, and Senior Formal last year, as well as, setting up the venue for the Shiva Showcase. 

Last year, I was an executive member of Asian Students’ Alliance. We worked closely with many identities organizations to proactively involve and further strengthen the POC community. I hope to use the strong connections with these organizations to diversify our community and the type of events planned for Senior Council. 

As an executive member of Vassar College Sound Systems and member of VICE, I can use appropriate resources to improve our class events in creating a more successful and memorable experience for all of us. As Senior Council regularly collaborates with these organizations, my active involvement in both identity organizations and entertainment organizations will help enhance collaboration between a wide range of groups on campus.

Due to all the excellent work put forth by many groups on campus, I have been able to enjoy the past three years. My goal is to enrich everyone’s experience at Vassar and make it as amazing as it has been for me. If elected as Senior Council President, I will work with this mindset, listen to your concerns, and make our final year fun and memorable. 

If you have any questions or comment, please contact me at shkaneki@vassar.edu.

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Antony Manokhin


Hello everybody, many of you know me, and I’m lucky to know many of you.  I’m Antony Manokhin (he/him/his) and I’m from the grand state of CT.  I would be honored to serve as your senior class president and ensure that you have the best senior class experience.  Through my ideals of inclusivity, efficiency, and fun, memorable senior events, I’m positive that we can set our senior year up for success.

 -Experience Statement:

·       Junior Student Fellow to 12 great first-years (2016-Present)
·       Co-President of the Vassar Debate Society (2016-Present)
·       Transitions Student (2014 cohort)
·       Vassar Solar Initiative (2015-Present)
·       Lathrop House President (2015-2016)
·       Lathrop Freshmen Rep (2014-2015)

I think I have a unique background that will set me apart and will allow me to make sure that all of you have an awesome time your senior year.  Having led a house team as Lathrop President and a competitive debate team as the Co-President of Vassar Debate, I feel prepared to guide a team of senior class officers.  As a Student Fellow this year, I am dedicated to listening – I want to be there for all seniors not only as a friendly face, but as a thoroughly trained Student Fellow who is approachable and can provide expertise in what resources are the best and can be of most help for students of any race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or class. As a Transitions student, I’ve run into and overcome many challenges here on campus being a first-generation student – I want to be a visible resource for students facing similar obstacles so that I can help them navigate Vassar.  When it comes to being a voice for the senior class, you can guarantee that I will try my very best to be there for anyone at any time.

-Platform:

Where my greatest strengths lie are in my abilities to create and run awesome and fun events – this is the most important part of being senior class president seeing as Senior Class Council puts on all major senior events like 100 Nights, 99 Nights, 50 Nights, and Senior Week.

Ensuring that programming is fun and memorable
·       As Lathrop President, my house team and I created and put on the first-ever Lathrop Ultraviolet Party, more commonly known as LUV.  For such a new event, it has been wild, successful, and is now a Lathrop tradition that the campus looks forward to each year.  I want our senior class events to be memorable and a good time.
·       As Lathrop Freshmen Rep, my house team and I started Valentine Candygrams.  For the past three years, people have had tons of fun treating their friends and treating themselves.  As a fundraiser, it’s been very successful and I have no doubt that, if selected as your senior class president, my senior class officers and I could put on some more inventive programming.

Promoting an inclusive and safe environment in all senior events
·       SAVP has documented that events like 50 Nights have had high numbers of sexual assaults, interpersonal violence, and many students who have felt unsafe.  I want to prioritize inclusivity, respect, and fun/comfortable environments when it comes to senior programming.
·       I want senior programming to be welcoming and have options for any type of person.  For example, I want to provide spaces for seniors who may not be as interested in drinking or partying, and work with organizations like Big Night In to make sure that people always have options when it comes to senior programming – whether that’s a bumpin' party at the Chance Theater or a night out bowling.

Executing senior programming to perfection: 100 Nights, 99 Nights, 50 Nights, Senior Week
·       I’ve been to the past two senior weeks and I feel that I understand the ins and outs of how the events are run, events like the FDR Mansion Tour, Booze Cruise, Winery Tour, Shiva Showcase, and much more.  I’m confident that I’ll be able to coordinate efficiently with my senior class officer team as well as with the Council of Black Seniors to make Senior Week and all senior events run smoothly and enjoyably.

Creating useful, worthwhile CDO programming to help you succeed post-grad
·       I want to work with the CDO and you guys, the Senior Class, to make sure you all are prepared and set you up for success in post-grad.  I plan to provide for events that will provide ample opportunities for networking and finding a job and then also learning important adult-skills like how to find housing after graduation (sublet, rent, lease…? etc).
·       Your feedback will be important to me on this and I’ll be sure to reach out to all of you regularly to meet your needs and make sure life outside and after the Vassar bubble isn’t some mystery.

Thank you for reading!  I’m excited to have the opportunity to work and listen to students on all of these goals.  I’m always open and here to listen, please feel free to reach out to me however you feel comfortable – my email isanmanokhin@vassar.edu.  I’d love to talk to you.

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2018 Vice President

Hallie Ayres


Hi

I was the Vice President of our class during our sophomore year, and I served on VSA council as Noyes' president for a lil bit, so I guess I have some idea of what's up with these VSA normies

anyway talk to me if u have questions. thanks

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2018 Secretary

Mark Lawson


Hey y'all!

My name is Mark Lawson, and I'd love to be your 2018 Secretary! A little poem:

I carry around a pocket dictionary.

Merriam is my lil' vice secretary.

I'm scary,

and hairy.

 

Vote Mark Lawson

plz. 

Past experience includes 3 invigorating years on Main House Team, serving as the Freshman Rep, President, and Junior Super Duper Extra Student Fellow+. I am the current Vice President of the sketch comedy group, No Offense.

So if you want a pun-making, note-taking, and heart-breaking sec-sec, me.

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2018 Treasurer

Kyle Gray


I've been on finance committee for three years.    

I do work.

Please consider me for this position.

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Cushing House

Cushing President

Ifeacho Awachie


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Cushing Programming Director

Kathryn Burke


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Cushing Treasurer

Jaein Kim


Do you want Cushing to stay on budget? Do you want our honest taxpayer's $$$ to go to noble causes? Yeah? I gotchu. Here are some examples of my responsible-ness as a young adult:

I eat multivitamins like three times a week. A++ dedication.

Only buy clothes when they're 75% on clearance with an additional 20% off.

I don't eat breakfast at the deece to save meal swipes.

All jokes aside, I promise on my honor as a short, nerdy, Asian girl, that I am plenty capable of being a great treasurer. Vote for me, or it's dishonor on you, your family, and your cow. 

 

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Anna Lockhart


Hey everyone! I’m Anna (she/her/hers), a proud member of 1 East, and I would love to be your treasurer next year!

I love living in Cushing, and it is the House Team that has created the warm, friendly, and homey environment I now call my home. I want to give back to the home that means so much to me so that you all and the incoming Freshman will have as an amazing experience in Cushing next year as I had this year. 

As a House Team Member, it will be my aim to represent all cushlings- I want to hear all your ideas and suggestions on things you want and/ or things you think can be improved. Cushing’s money is in safe hands with me, as I am very organized, detail oriented, and excellent at managing money.

Stop by my room (104), email me (alockhart@vassar.edu), or message me on facebook if you have any questions/suggestions, or if you just want to talk!

 <3 Anna

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Halle Smith


Hello, hello!

As you can see my name is Halle (she/her/hers), and I love long romantic walks on the beach...

I'm not all that fond of beaches, but I love nothing more than having a home to return to at the end of the day; since I've come to Vassar, I've been very passionate about puzzling out a way to encourage community and positivity on campus. 

For me, Cushing has been both of those things this past year, and I want to work encourage it further through open communication.

So - "cash me ousside" in room 260. Howbow dah? Or you can contact me at esmith@vassar.edu; I'd love to hear from you. Have a good day! 

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David Stevenson


Give me a small loan of a million dollars and I'll give you back a billion...

no but for real, you need someone about business to be your treasurer and I'm all about that business and stacking paper.

They say mo' money mo' problems but for me I see it as more money, MORE LIFE. 

It's the money that can make a difference not the money that makes you different. If I was put in control of Cushing finances, I would be no different as I'm a saver who maximizes every cent, dime nickel, penny , or whatever you wanna call it.... my dude.. I made it to Atlanta and back over spring break for less than $50!

Once you dig deeper you will find that I have experience in various sections of Econ and math which I find will hold useful as treasurer. 

Vote for me so I know it's real...

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Cushing Secretary

Hiep Dinh


I'm like the meaning of life. Most of the time you won't think of me. But when you do, either I won't be there, or I'll just bore you to death.

PS: I think I filed on the spur of the moment just to tell this very pathetic joke, so vote for me or not, it doesn't matter lol.

PS 2: You could treat this postscript as a blatant case of flip-flopping.
*Start of alternative rhetoric (much spicier than alternative facts) that vaguely relates to the secretary position*

Vote for me and I could show you how to be more in touch with your existential angst through the medium of note-taking, however (im)possible that might be. I could also introduce you to some very spicy books/essays/authors guaranteed to shook you. Trust me, my mediocre knowledge of obscure angsty philosophers is well up to the task. Did I mention that I take very mediocre notes as well?

Vote for Hiep - Notes Taken and Existence Shaken!

*End of alternative rhetoric*

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Ashley Kim


Hey lovely Cushlings!! :) 

My name is Ashley Kim and I'm a meme connoisseur and professional Netflix marathoner. I'm a small girl from a small town called Suffern, NY, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I’m running for Cushing Secretary. I’m a prospective Psychology or International Relations major with a Communications correlate and am on the Varsity Fencing team, UJIMA, and KoDC (Korean Dance Crew). 

Cushing has always been a safe haven for me and everyone is always so friendly and welcoming here. I’d love to be a part of House Team next year and do my job with love, passion, and enthusiasm. I want to help maintain a safe space for all individuals and for all voices to be heard. As your secretary, I will keep these awesome Cushing events and House meetings running smoothly and efficiently, and communication between House Team and you lovely people will always be my priority. I am very organized and diligent and will work very hard for you. 

If you want to talk or have any questions, just drop by Room 103 or contact me via my email (akim@vassar.edu).

Thank you;

it would be such a privilege to serve you guys as your 2017-2018 Cushing secretary. 

Vote Ashley Kim for Secretary!

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Hien Nguyen


Hey, I'm Hien. I use he/they pronouns and I want to be your Cushing Secretary. I'll keep this brief: I simply want to contribute what I can do to organize and take care of Cushing, however that will take form. So vote for me and I'll try my absolute best to meet your expectations!

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Katie Spear


Hello Cushing!!

I'm Katie and I've had a great experience finding my place in the Cushing community this year (catch me in the mpr every night). I want to be on house team to help everyone feel at home in Cushing like I do!

I will make sure to be a committed member of house team and do whatever I can to listen to your ideas and reflect them in house activities. Feel free to reach me at kspear@vassar.edu or come hang in room 245 if you have questions or suggestions. See you next year!

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Davison House

Davison President

Jaewon Kang


What’s good Davi!


For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Jaewon Kang (he/him/his), and I would be honored to be your House President for 2017-18. Just a little background info about me, I’m (most likely) a Chemistry major with either a Biology or Greek and Roman Studies correlate from the Super Bowl droughted city of Buffalo, NY, but I currently live in good ole’ Murray, Kentucky.


As fellow inhabitants of the dorm with the nicest basement (though Raymond is a close second), I would love and be honored to serve as your house president! I have strong background in leadership, for I served as your Freshman House Representative this year (nope, still no updates), Student Council President my senior year of high school, and class officer during my sophomore and senior years. Additionally, I have held other positions of office in various other clubs and organizations, including being a founding member of the Vassar Red Sand Project (a organization that raises awareness for human trafficking through art).


As President of Davi, my goal is to let everybody’s voice truly be heard-- and I mean everyone. I feel as if I’ve had a solid amalgamation of diverse experiences that would help me relate to many people of the house with various backgrounds and personalities. I’ve lived my life through the eyes of a minority in both culturally diverse and homogenous areas. I’ve lived in regions that despise guns to a region that contains more guns than people, and from a state where everything is bigger to a state where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. Also, I consider myself an introvert who is trying to be more extrovert. Because of this, I know the difficulty and anxiety when trying to get your voice heard in front of large groups of people. But I am here to assure you that I am here for you! Though every person’s experiences are different, I’ve been in similar shoes, and will help your thoughts be heard!


Lastly, I hope to continue the Davi tradition of being the House Team that our campus needs as oppose to the team that we want. Though big dance events and Villard Room parties are fun, events like the Hope Quilt and the Dorm Dinner that Davi hosted this year are events that I will strongly push for. Events like these not only bring our house together but the entire campus as well, and that’s what I believe a House Team should do.


Well, I feel like I have rambled on enough. If you ever want to talk, stop by room 300E or shoot me an email at jkang@vassar.edu


I hope I can earn your vote on election day!

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Davison Programming Director

Kevin Fernandez


What is happening Davi people?!

My name is Kevin Fernandez (he/him/his). Since the first day of orientation, I have been a passionate advocate for Davison. When other students yelled out “Joss is boss” or “Main is bae,” I could have replied with “Davi all the way” but I had a better idea. I crafted many memories on my floor by directing music videos.

Since our arrival at Davison, we all formed close bonds with one another. I formed a family not only in Davison, but also in Vassar’s friendly community. Looking back at my own experiences and the lessons I learned, I can say that life would be completely different if I never lived in room 315. Because of the incredible experiences I've had at Davison, I want to ensure everyone loves and enjoys Davison as much as I have.

If elected, I will innovate our study breaks and generate new events for all class years. I will fight for transparency and equality for our student body. One of my ideas is to create multiple open mic nights with a theme, which gives students an opportunity to be heard. Thus acknowledging that Vassar is a safe community for all. Finally, I will reform the study breaks in order to make them more open and fun for all students.

My statement cannot reveal all of the passion and excitement I have to work on behalf of the Davison family. I care about your interests and your voice. I am concern about making sure everyone feels welcome at Vassar and is surrounded by people who truly care about him/her/them. Come share your ideas, and I will do my best to make them happen. I acknowledge that it will be a bumpy start, but I will never stop improving my ideas and projects. Overall, my goal as programming director is to act as a liaison for all students in Davison, while incorporating original and unique ideas.

I am pretty excited right now. Anyways, if you want to chill or talk, come to my room at 315 or reach me by email, JFernandez@Vassar.Edu. Also, take care and good luck with the rest of the semester. I hope you consider me as your programming director.

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Olivia Guarnieri


Hi Davi!

 My name is Olivia (she/her/hers). I live on the third floor (with the unbelievably charming and intelligent Bobo) in a wonderful room right across from the study. I’m thinking of double-majoring in English and art as I would love to write and illustrate children’s books as well as pursue a few other leapingly creative undertakings in the future. 

 Ideas for my little books and other drawings come from my detailed observations of life and often from some of you! I have much anticipation in having more and more interactions with you Davi people- knowing all of you and your mindsets/interests is what would create success for someone in this position, not to mention that these bits of information would simply be enjoyable to find out. As a programming director, I want to create events that will have good scenes for everyone. Since these events are for all of us, I will use complete input from you guys to make them really what people actually want! I am open to anything and everything.

 Being organized and on top of scheduling is in my nature. I’m the kind of person that writes everything down and has every minute of the day planned out. I did not miss one day of high school nor have I gone one day without writing in my small, donut- patterned planner since then. Other than being precise, I would so much love to add my personality to the already bouncy and homey house team.

Many of you have inspired me (often in terms of my outfits) in ways you could not possibly imagine :). It would be so great to combine the influence you have had on me with my own thoughts in order to organize Davi festivities in the future.

I hope to only get to know everyone more and continue spreading the strawberry vibes!!

Questions about the vibes? -->

  otguarnieri@vassar.edu, rm 321

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Margaret Matthews


Hey Davison!! This website will probably tell you that my name is Margaret (she/her/hers) but I've gotten pretty used to being called Meg. I would love to serve as Davison's programming director next year, and I think I'm the right mixture of wacky and organized to do the job justice. 

Want cookies? Movies? Conversation? Meditation? Celebration? Cookies? I would welcome suggestions while throwing out my own ideas for inclusive and exciting events to help keep us sane over the course of next year.

Feel free to find or message me with any questions!!

- your aspiring prograMEGing director

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Davison Treasurer

Maxwell 'Max' Guarnieri


Hey Davi!
 
My name is Max Guarnieri, I use he/him/his pronouns, and I am running for Davi Treasurer.
I am currently a member of the Class of 2020, part of Vassar’s Wind and Jazz Ensembles (I play the trombone!), and I work as a lifeguard at Vassar’s pool on campus.
 
As a first-year student living in Davi, I have been consistently inspired and awed by how friendly and welcoming Davi’s current House Team has been throughout the entire year. Through orientation week’s activities, Davi’s events, and the numerous study breaks that I have attended, I have never been disappointed by House Team’s ability to facilitate activities and conversations that are meaningful and inclusive. I would be honored to be a part of Davi’s House Team as Treasurer so I can reciprocate the welcoming environment that I experienced this year and create a similar one for students next year. 
 
After serving as Treasurer for my French Honor Society in high school, taking both AP BC Calculus and AP Statistics in high school, and taking Multivariable Calculus during my first semester at Vassar, I am confident in my ability to manage numbers and use money in a cost-effective manner, and I believe that I am qualified to be Davi Treasurer. 
 
Please feel free to email me (mguarnieri@vassar.edu), message me on Facebook, or stop by my room (428) if you have any questions! 
 

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Samuel Kim


What's good Davi fam,

So I'll keep this short and simple. Y'all are looking for someone who's good with numbers and can manage our money?
 
Bet
 
That's me
 
No doubt
 
I got arithmetic skills that are out of this world. I'm also gonna be a math minor so you know what's up. I've taken multi-calc last semester, so you know I'm gonna be taking into account all the variables of what's gonna happen to our Davi budget. So give me your vote, and I'll give you the best treasurer you've ever seen.

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Sarah Newman


Dear Davison residents, 

My name is Sarah Newman and I would be honored to take on the role as Treasurer of our house. It has been such a joy this year to closely connect with members of Davison House Team and stay updated on house related projects. After seeing how much creative thought and dedication this year's house team has so graciously put into our community, I only wish to be a part of this integral family next year. I believe I would excel in the role of Treasurer as I am extremely organized, detail-oriented, and attentive. As Treasurer of Kellenberg Memorial High School's Student Body, I worked to seamlessly coordinate the backstage chaos behind every school event. I have experience in managing funds and insightfully allocating money. In combination with the Economics courses I have taken and plan to take more of, I believe I would be well suited as the Treasurer of our house. Thank you for your consideration. 

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Davison Secretary

Jillian Hornbeck


Davi!!

My name is Jillian Hornbeck (she/her/hers) am I am excited to be running for Davi House Secretary!

Davi has become like a second home to me, and I would absolutely love to be a part of House Team next year. A huge part of what makes Davi so great is the amazing people that make this house into the supportive, fun, and friendly place that it is.  Ever since move-in day, when I was greeted by our energetic and enthusiastic House Team (who had no complaints about helping me carry all my stuff up to my room. And I over packed. By A LOT) I knew that I wanted to be a part of that wonderful group of people next year. So, here I am!

I am a very detail-oriented, organized person and I will do my best to keep meetings and events running smoothly. I love taking notes and making lists, and I hope that I will be able to do all of this next year as Secretary! 

As a member of House Team, I will strive to make everyone’s voices heard. I used to be pretty shy, so I know what it’s like to have your voice overpowered or unrecognized in a large setting, but I believe that everyone’s opinion matters and everyone should have a say in how their house is run. So please, come to me with any ideas or suggestions you have and I will do my best to make your voice heard!

Additionally, I see this position as much more than just taking notes and recording meetings. House Team is integrally important in ensuring the wellness, safety, happiness, and inclusion of the entire house. I want to make Davi the very best it can be. Some ideas I have include monthly house discussions about current events and issues that students would like to discuss, increased education and activities centered around wellness and mindfulness, and increased communication between House Team and the house itself. Additionally, I would love to create some events such as Open Mic Nights & Coffeehouses that allow Davi residents to express their creativity and talents to the community in a comfortable environment.

Davi is home to so many amazing people, and everyone should feel safe and cared for here.

Please stop by my room (300C) or send me an email (jhornbeck@vassar.edu) if you have any questions or just want to talk!

And, in the words of my favorite TV secretary Pam Beesly, “There’s nothing better than a beautiful day at the beach filled with sun, surf, and uh, diligent note-taking.”


Vote Jillian Hornbeck as Davi House Secretary!!

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Natalia Santos


Hi everyone!

My name is Natalia Santos (she/her/hers) and I’m running for Davison Secretary.

I’m in the class of 2020 and am a prospective biology major (strongly considering medical school). I was born in Colombia, but I’ve lived majority of my life in Queens, home of diversity. If you’ve been to Matthew’s Bean, you can also catch me making some delicious (I hope they are?) lattes.

Honestly, when I first heard I was going to be in Davi during summer, I wasn’t sure how to feel (I hadn’t heard of it) and I was nervous I wouldn’t fit in. However, now I’m so proud to be a part of Davi and I’ve made some of my closest friends. It really is a family dorm. Our house team this year was outgoing and fun. Study breaks were fun and Just Dance was probably the best. Salihah was slaying tbh.

Because Davi made me find my place and I’m thankful for the work done by house team this past year, I want to be a part of it next year. I think being a part of house team would allow me to show the class of 2021 why they should love being a part of Davi. I’m outgoing, so I think I’d be able to get everyone excited for study breaks and events. I’m going to have the best event pages so that EVERYONE will be excited to go. I’ll spread the word on study breaks and you can always make suggestions that I’ll address in meetings. Even though Davi is the best dorm on campus (not biased at all), we do have problems, so I’ll make sure that your voice is heard and if you ever need someone to talk with regarding a particular circumstance, I will help facilitate that communication. You can always knock on my door or pass by the study. I’ve been told I don’t sleep so don’t worry. My main goals as secretary would be to make everyone comfortable in having their voice heard, keep an organized collection of notes on meetings, and have information readily available to anyone who needs it. I will take this seriously, but I’ll also make it fun. I understand the seriousness of this job and how organized I have to be. It is my duty to have information readily available to those who need it and to keep everyone informed. Need something? I’ll have it written down and in detail.

Some problems I plan to fix:

-Lack of communication between the floors and not enough people going to study breaks. I’m going to make the events so lit, you’ll want to come (Nerf wars across floors?).

-Awareness regarding some problems. I hope to have Davi host more talks regarding bias incidents. There was a lot of mention of racial biases, and although the LGBTQ biases didn’t recieve as much attention, they were still targeted. I hope to raise awareness for all bias incidents. The struggle is real, and I will make sure that the underrepresented population is heard.

-Whatever you can think of. I am here for you, and I plan on having your voice heard, so I will treat your problem like it’s my problem.

Being a secretary is not just taking notes, but also providing information and getting your voice heard. It’s being a part of house team.

If you have any questions, just contact me at nsantos@vassar.edu, message me on Facebook, or just stop by my room (317).

Thank you for reading this long statement. Vote Natalia Santos as Davison Secretary!

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Erik Silver


Hey Davi!

I’m Erik (he/him/his) from Davi 400B, and I’m running for secretary! A little bit about me: I’m from the small town of Averill Park NY (1.5 hours North of Vassar), and a prospective history or political science major. When I’m not working, I enjoy playing frisbee, reading the news (although not as much as I used to pre-election) and watching re-runs of Friends/Seinfeld/Game of Thrones.

The friendly, inclusive, and vivacious atmosphere that Davi has is something that I truly appreciate, and if I am elected secretary, will actively try to maintain. As secretary, I would use the student governmental experience I have attained in high-school, with the organizational and logistical skills I learned from working at/interning at a public library and at my county historical society to help run a smooth, well-functioning, and overall amazing house. I hope that you can help me achieve this goal by honoring me with your vote.

Please feel free to email me at esilver@vassar.edu, Facebook message me, or swing by room 400B with any questions you have, or if you just want to chat. Thank-you!

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Jewett House

Jewett President

Kati Kim


Hi everyone!
 
For those of you who may not know me, hi! My name is Kati Kim (she/her/hers) and I’m excited to be running for your House President!! I’m from Suffern, NY with an interest in international relations and human and civil rights. If I’m not doing work, I’m usually binge-watching Netflix series/YouTube videos :).
 
I love Jewett House and its residents! All the smiles remind me that Jewett is a second home and family.
 
I served on the House Team as Jewett Freshmen Rep this past school year (2016-2017) and it was a lot of fun!! I really enjoyed meeting new people and taking part in organizing the dorm events. My transition into college would have been a lot more difficult if I hadn’t met such wonderful people so early in the school year. When I arrived at Vassar, I was greeted by our friendly and warm House Team. At that moment, I knew that I would like my stay here. I also knew that I wanted to take part in that welcoming process and overall experience for others.  As House President, my goal, therefore, is to improve the general state and condition of the House and ensure the comfort and respect of all residents.  
 
As House President and as I have done as Freshman representative, I will serve Jewett with humility and integrity. I will listen to your ideas and organize more awesome events with House Team: Dormal Formal, Seven Deadly, study breaks (with food, of course!), House dinners, etc. I will work with the House Team to guarantee a cleaner laundry space and kitchen because, let’s be honest, that should be one of our biggest concerns. I will also make it a priority to send out weekly emails, be ready and available to speak to anyone with ideas and/or concerns, and to address House issues. My door is always open for those who want to chat about anything. I want to create a better living experience for all residents. 
 
 
It would be an absolute honor to serve you as your 2017-2018 Jewett House President
Feel free to contact me at kkim@vassar.edu
 
Thank you and please vote Kati Kim for Jewett House President!!
 

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Jewett Programming Director

Marc Chien


Since the moment I've arrived at Vassar, Jewett has been a second home to me. Having lived all across the world before, from Milan to Frankfurt to Shanghai, I never had a place that I could really associate with up until now. Jewett, and the people I've met here, have given me a community that I want to serve and dedicate myself to.

Commitment, integrity, and determination are all important in fulfilling any task, and I believe that I can bring all three to the table. Since I arrived at Vassar, I’ve always been looking for opportunities through which I could help the college. Beyond participating in extracurriculars such as Amnesty International and ASA, I want to involve myself in actively promoting the well-being of the House that I've grown attached to.

By becoming a Programming Director, I’ll be able to work together with a capable group of individuals to support our community and help each individual. If you give me the chance to become a Programming Director, I will make sure to listen to every one of you, and to use your ideas to build a better year for all of us. It would a privilege to serve you as your 2017-2018 Jewett Programming Director, and to strive to make your ideas reality.

If you have any questions, please contact me at mwchien@vassar.edu!

 

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Samantha 'Sami' Hodes


 Hi Jewett!

For those of your who don’t know me, I’m Sami Hodes, and I am so excited to be running for Jewett Programming Director for 2017-2018!

For my first year, Jewett has been such a comfortable, welcoming place on campus. The Jewett community has introduced me to some of my best friends, and it has completely shaped my life at Vassar.

I always say that the common rooms in Jewett must be some of the most interesting, comfortable, hilarious, and homey places on campus, and I would love to bring this environment to the rest of the house! Whether on the first floor or the ninth, I want to make the MPRs feel less like empty areas and more like whole-house common rooms for all floors to enjoy!

Most importantly, I want to hear what kinds of events/study breaks you guys would like to see happen next year! Do you want a Friends TV marathon? Ice Cream and cookies? Some in-house competition games? A picnic on the quad? Trips to the movies? Assassin? Dodgeball? Ice skating? Let me know!!

 If you have any questions/suggestions feel free to email me (shodes@vassar.edu), message me on Facebook, or come stop by my room (325- right across from the 3-trans door)!

I can’t wait to get to know all of you!

 

 

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Nanak Nihal Khalsa


Would you like a pool in the middle of the quad?

Would you like live elephants in the quad for Founders Day's wildlife theme?

Or chickens

If you answered yes to any of these, you should vote for me.

 

These are not going to happen. I will not actually do these. But they show what type of person I am:

A dreamer.

 

And that's what Jewett needs in a programming director. I don't promise to do any of the above ideas because those will not be in my power. However, as Jewett's Programming Director, one thing will be in my power:

to make Jewett events more lit

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Jewett Treasurer

Mendel Leandro Jiménez


Hey Jewett!

If you haven't already seen my name by clicking on it, I'm Mendel L. Jiménez and I'm running to be your treasurer!

Qualifications

I've served as treasurer of the Questbridge Scholars this year and it has helped me to realize that the treasurer position is more than just a cool title. There's real work involved in writing fund applications to the VSA Finance committee and making sure all the fine print is followed to ensure the fiscal health of our house, especially with our decent budget and campus-wide events. I would know as I'm currently the finance intern for the VSA finance committee and have served all of our treasurers on campus.

Motivation

I love Jewett House, from its stunning architecture to fascinating history and awesome inhabitants. I'm committed to ensuring that all of the funding for our planned events come smoothly and that we stay on top of our deadlines and opportunities for more funds. The position of treasurer requires responsibility and organization, and I am committed to ensure the efficiency and responsibility of the treasurer position. 

 

Thank you for your support and interest in your house, because that's why we're here :) 

 

Mendel

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Jewett Secretary

Maya Allen


Hi! I’m Maya (she/her/hers), the girl who face planted during the Brewer Games, if there are any missed connections out there. I’m also really excited to be running for Jewett Secretary!! In high school, I was my class Secretary during sophomore, junior, and senior year. Freshman year I was my class Athletic Rep, which is pretty ironic if you know me now, but I used to drink Gatorade. I’m amply equipped with the skills to lead this position and contribute to Jewett house team with great efficiency and practicality. As Secretary, I will stand for issues that tend be overlooked (e.g., drain flies) and offer direct communication for any residents that have comments or concerns regarding the house or entire campus. Jewett has become my home away from home, and if I could get that expression stitched on a satin pillow I would. In fact, I will—if you so graciously choose to elect me as Jewett Secretary!! 

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Josselyn House

Joss President

Aidan Anderson


Greetings to the residents of the noble Olivia Josselyn Hall- I am jazzed to be running for House President for the 2017-2018 year!! 

My name is Aidan Anderson (he, him, his), and I live in 227, am from from Ohio, am enjoy doing music on campus, and am thinking about a Education major, and I love Joss. I have been thinking about the fact over for quite some time, and I just can't get over the splendid place: I love Joss. I love it and I want to be a part of it as much as I possibly can.

I am experienced with leading groups and representative work, and I want to engage in these areas. Working with House Team to build the most caring and supportive community possible is my main goal. I would strive to serve the house as best I can. I can be a friendly face for the first years if they ever need a listening ear or helping hand. Any resident of Joss will be welcome to approach me with concerns, and I will address them immediately to the best of my ability.

I love the people who make up the fabric of Joss, and I hope to work with you next year.

If you want reach out to me, please feel free to do so on Facebook or through aanderson@vassar.edu

Love,

Aidan Anderson

 

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Colette Cambey


Hey, I'm Colette and I live in Joss 221. I'm a prospective ENST major, I'm on the volleyball and rowing teams, and I'm the 2020 rep on the Board of Elections and Appointments. 

I want to be House Team President because I love Joss and I want to continue the amazing legacy of this year's house team into next year. The integral value that mindfulness, respect, and compassion brings to Joss House cannot be understated, and I hope to bring those qualities to House Team as your next President. 

This year has taught me a lot of things, but most importantly, anywhere can feel like home when you are surrounded by amazing people and feel supported by those you share the space with. Vote for me, and I will do everything I can to keep making Joss feel like home. 

Thanks for reading! Best of luck to everyone running for positions!

 

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Victoria "Vicki" Clarke


Hey Joss House!

My name is Vicki Clarke (she/her/hers), and as you can already tell, I am running for Joss House President.

If you haven’t met me yet, hi!  I hope to see you during campaign season (bearing snacks, of course).  On campus, I am a part of VCEMS and the Vassar College Orchestra, and I also work at the Dean of Studies Office.  I’m from Hopewell Junction, New York and I’m a prospective STS major with a possible correlate in Chemistry.  When I’m not in class, I’m probably watching The Office or playing Mario Kart/Super Smash Brothers with friends (even though I am far from good at it).

The main reason why I’m running for President, other than the fact that I adore Joss, is so I can give back.  Transitioning to college life was one of the hardest endeavors I’ve had in my short life and without this year’s House Team, it most certainly would not have been as successful as it was for me.  I’m beyond thankful for everyone I’ve had the pleasure to meet in Joss and for them helping me to become a better person.  I want everyone to know that my door is and always will be open to those who need someone to talk to, someone to drink tea with, or someone to play ping-pong with (fun fact: the reason the net is up is because my mom helped set it back up during First Year move-in day).

As your House President, I will also be representing Joss on the Board of Residential Affairs.  I hope to represent Joss with our three core values: mindfulness, heart, and individuality.  I will work with them to help make our residential community even better than it already is.  I will make sure to keep all of you informed on what is going on around campus (get ready for meme/gif/compliment filled e-mails every week!) and will help organize events like Battle of the Bands and countless Study Breaks.

Like I said, I am here to represent Joss House, which includes all of YOU.  Feel free to stop by my room (Joss 209), e-mail me (vaclarke@vassar.edu), write me a letter (Box 2018), or contact me on Facebook Messenger if you want to talk about anything!

tl;dr – Vote for Vicki Clarke for Joss House President.  She’s a good one, I promise.

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Atticus Koizumi


Hey Jossians, I’m super excited to be running for your House President for the 2017-2018 year! I’m Atticus and I use he/him/his pronouns, I’m from Brooklyn, NY, I live in 407, and am a first year likely majoring in Poli Sci with a correlate or double major in Education.

 
In the past semester and a half I’ve worked as an intern for VSA on the Committee on Health and Wellness, the Committee on Academics, and the Senate. I’ve also done some student theater with FWA and now Phil this semester. And I am incredibly proud and grateful to be a part of the coalition of first years action group, H2A (Healing to Action); we had all the red posters up for our “Rally, Resist, and Rise” rally earlier this semester.
 
Coming in as a first year was an insanely different experience than I ever thought it would be. Not only was it constructive and impactful on the start of my year, but also presented Vassar in such a different light than I see it now. My main point here is that every individual has a unique perspective of and experience at Vassar and when it comes down to it House Team needs to be their for first years to get them as ready as possible to hit the ground running. That being said, although orientation and programming are integral parts of that process, a balance of love and support for incoming students as well as honest and un-sugar-coated advice are absolutely necessary as well. 
 
I have greatly appreciated everything our 2016-2017 House Team has done to make our first year as manageable and enjoyable as possible and I would love to continue that great work next year! If you have any questions or just want to talk my email is akoizumi@vassar.edu. Feel free to hit me up on Facebook or come to 407 too!
 

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Joss Programming Director

Joshua "Josh" Samolchuk


Hello everyone! My name is Josh Samolchuk (he/him/his) and I would love to be your Programming Director for the 2017-2018 school year!

If we haven't met yet, here is a quick bio: I'm originally from the great state of New Jersey and am a Greek and Romans Studies major with possible correlates in Religion and Native American Studies. On campus, you may have seen me in any of the Barefoot Monkey's performances or awkwardly walking around the Deece looking for an empty table. 

When I was younger, I went through a period of time where I wanted to be a wedding planner, and the urge to organize and bring events to fruition hasn't gone away. From planning several surprise parties for friends to being a part of the Relay for Life Planning Committee and making an agenda for weekly Scout meetings, I have had a hand in planning events big and small. Serving as Programming Director would allow me to use this set of skills for the betterment of the Joss, and by extension, Vassar community.

But I do not just want to be Programming Director to plan events. I believe that by planning thoughtful, inclusive, and exciting events, there is real potential to impact the culture of our house and college. I would love to use this platform to maintain the community of Joss that I have come to love during my first semester and a half at Vassar so that the incoming first-year class can have just as great an experience as I did!

Feel free to stop by room 418 (where I live) to ask me any questions you may have or just to say hey! ...but I know that its a lot of stairs to climb so feel free to message me on Facebook or shoot me an email (jsamolchuk@vassar.edu).

Thank you and remember to vote Josh for Joss :)

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Joss Treasurer

Tyler Hatch


Hey Joss! 

For those I haven't met yet, my name is Tyler Hatch (he/him/his) and I'm running for Joss house treasurer. On campus I've been active in several orgs and worked for VAST (Vassar after school tutoring). I'm from Allentown, Pennsylvania and mostly likely going to be a Physics major with an Arabic language and culture correlate. 

When I'm not in class I like to spend my time having weekly seances in Joss 307 (unfortunately all of them have been unsuccessful), jamming out to Carly Rae Jepsen, and watching vegan recipe videos. 

Coming from a single-parent, immigrant household, college was not an easy transition. I want  to make this as smooth as possible for the class of 2021 and to ensure that their time in Joss is as amazing as it's been for me. 

As your treasurer I would ensure that the programs and events you want to see get the proper funding so they can be as rewarding as possible. I also want to be a person you all can go to to express your problems and concerns about  Joss with, so that I can address them at house team meetings for you. 

Feel free to reach me through Facebook, email me at thatch@vassar.edu, or stop by my room (Joss 211) if you have any questions or just want to talk! I'd love to hear your ideas on how to make Joss a better place. 

I hope you all consider me, Thank You!

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Joss Secretary

Madeline Crump


Hey Joss!

If you don't know me, my name is Maddy (she, her, hers). Living in Joss has made my freshman year amazing. As part of house team, I look forward to making next year a fun and accepting experience for you and the incoming freshman.

In high school, I served as student government treasurer one year, and secretary my senior year. Vote for me, and I'll use my organizational skills and prior experience to be an awesome Joss secretary.

Stop by Joss 205 to chat or email me at mcrump@vassar.edu with any questions or just to say hi.

Thank you and vote Madeline Crump! :)

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Louisa Kuper


Hi Joss!

I'm Louisa Kuper, and I live over in Joss 229. I'm a prospective Biology or Neuroscience major, a member of the ultimate frisbee team, and a writer for Spoon University (look out for my rating of Nilda's cookies coming soon!) 

I'd love to part of house team because I think that the Joss community is just as top notch as our bathrooms, and I want to be a part of organizing some super appealing events. I love taking careful notes, and I understand the importance of house team being organized so that events can be well-advertised and happen smoothly. I also understand the importance of being responsive to issues. 

Vote for me because I care about making Joss the best place it can be by having fun events as well as a respect for the building and each other. Feel free to come by Joss 229, or email me at lckuper@vassar.edu. 

Thank you and vote Louisa Kuper for Joss Secretary!

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Lathrop House

Lathrop President

Elias Contrubis


Fellow Lathropians,

Lathrop, drop top.  Readin’ up books in the throp, throp, throp.

I am Elias Contrubis (he/ him/ his) and I am running for the position of Lathrop House president.  I am an incoming sophomore from New York City, possibly double majoring in Computer Science and Physics.  It is my goal for the upcoming year to represent Lathrop and the amazing people that live in this dorm.

In order to be a successful president, organization is of paramount importance.  As a highly organized person, I will be able to smoothly orchestrate house team meetings, which would allow for greater efficiency.  Of equal importance is the ability to be personable.  I am a very social person who is not afraid to approach others and I understand the value of offering a listening ear.

Finally, while I am hesitant to make any concrete campaign promises, a top priority of mine, if elected president, would be to ensure that Lathrop is as inclusive as possible.  With the recent injustices and acts of racism we have seen on campus, it is as important as ever that our residential spaces make every single resident of our house feel welcome and unafraid to be who they are.  I will make sure that these ideals are at the forefront of next year’s house team’s priorities.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at econtrubis@vassar.edu or simply stop by Lathrop 321.

Thank you,

Elias Contrubis

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Parveer "Parv" Kaur


Hey everybody,

My name is Parv Kaur and I’m excited to run for Lathrop House President!

Just a little bit of background on my experience:

I served on house team this year as Lathrop Freshman Representative and this experience has informed me on how to facilitate meaningful events and provided me with an understanding of how house team operates. I would love to carry some of the ideas I have already learned as a freshman rep over to next year’s team. Focusing on making Lathrop a more inclusive community is of great importance to me. Making spaces such as the basement cleaner and more inviting is a step in the right direction towards achieving this goal.

Being a part of first year programming committee has taught me the value of communication. Effective communication is essential to foster an environment of transparency where people are comfortable sharing their ideas. As house president, I would like to be a voice for people who feel that their opinions aren’t being heard.

I didn’t choose the Lathrop life, the Lathrop life chose me and I hope you will too as your House President. Thanks for allowing me to be your Freshman Rep! Being a part of House Team this year has been an incredible experience and I hope to continue to be a part of it with your support. Join Parv’s Kaur on the road to success - Vote for her as Lathrop Pres!

Feel free to swing by Lathrop 405 or email me at pkaur@vassar.edu with any questions or concerns.

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Lathrop Programming Director

Annika Rowland


Hey Lathrop!

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Annika Rowland (she/her/hers), I live all the way up on 4 north (it's a pretty great view of the deece), and I am excited to say I am running to be Lathrop's 2017-18 Programming Director!

As an undeclared bio major and art correlate on a pre-med track who participates in several different campus orgs, you could say that I need to have my life pretty planned out. This is why I believe I would fit perfectly as Lathrop's Programming Director next year. I will be able to use my careful planning skills to create some intriguing and inclusive house programs throughout the year. Want to learn to bake a delicious treat but never had the means? We can use our stocked kitchen for that. Want to take a break from your work and watch some throwback movies or TV shows? We can do that. 

Living in Lathrop during my freshman year has been one of the best times of my life, and all of the relaxing and entertaining house programs definitely played a role in this. I cannot wait to work with next year's house team to make living in Lathrop an as excellent, if not more enhanced, experience! 

Feel free to hike up to room 409 or e-mail me at arowland@vassar.edu with any questions/suggestions.

Thanks for your time and don't forget to vote Annika for Lathrop Programming Director!

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Lathrop Treasurer

Jo Hsuan 'Brian' Lee


Hello my fellow Lathropians, 

After having been blessed with almost a year of CommuniTea and other study breaks, Brian is here to return the favor! Many may know of me as Elias Contrubis' Asian roommate, and note that while I am sincerely grateful for the recognition, he actually can't do as many pull-ups as I can. I (he, him, his) am a prospective STEM major who occasionally secures a starting position on the rugby team. Though Elias would phenomenally represent Lathrop as the president, a strong Cabinet is necessary for the efficiency of our government - the Lathrop Treasury needs a reliable candidate!

As the two-term "fund manager" for my highschool's elaborate t-shirt ordering agency for international students, I proudly declare that I shall embrace this opportunity to provide you fine people my solution-oriented and customer-centered service. I can crunch numbers day and night as long as there's a dollar sign in front of it, and this natural drive of mine ensures a streamlined resource distribution. I promise you that our funds will be used to benefit all students, and at the same time, any of your ideas are guaranteed to be put in action to the best of my ability. 

I am excited to get more involved with our house events, and continue to establish Lathrop as the best community on Vassar Campus. 

Sincerely,

Jo Hsuan Brian Lee

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Glyn Lloyd


Hi everyone!

For those of you who haven't met me, my name is Glyn Lloyd, and I'm an incoming sophomore from a small city in upstate NY I'm sure you've never heard of. So far, my limited time in Lathrop has made me very proud to be a member of such an amazing and unique dorm community.
The work that the house team does is critical to making Lathrop a more comfortable and fun place to live in. As a highly organized, math oriented person, and having had experience being the treasurer of my high school Honor Society, I think I would be useful in helping our house team achieve its goals.

Thanks for your time and consideration, and have a great rest of the semester!

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Colburn Morrison


Hi Lathrop!

My name is Colby Morrison and I would love to be your next treasurer!

I have a strong interest in mathematics, and am planning to pursue a correlate in the subject. 

Furthermore, I have experience in House-Team like settings: I spent 2 years on my High School's Choir Council as both Secretary & Vice President, served as a grade-level representative on my High School's Student Council, and was my Middle School's Student Council President for 2 years.

Money is also cool. I too have money in my bank account, and also have experienced spending money.

As our economy falls apart in the next four years, I hope to make the next year a Strong one. At least for Lathrop.

Vote for me. Because I'm qualified....I promise.

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Lathrop Secretary

Sana Zaidi


Hey everyone!

My name is Sana and I'm looking forward to running for Lathrop Secretary! I'm from Marlboro, New Jersey and a proud member of 4 south. In my short time at Vassar, I have come to really appreciate the sense of community that Lathrop offers and I would love to contribute to making this dorm our home. 

In the past, I have held various leadership positions, such as Vice President of French Club and Platoon Leader of my local first-aid cadet division. I would like to use my acquired skills to help our house team. 

Thank you for your time! :)

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Main House

Main President

Simone Karuga


Hello y’all,

My name is Simone Karuga (she/her/hers) and I’m running for Main House President!

This past year I have had the amazing experience of being this house’s freshman representative. The position has allowed me to participate in house team meetings, help plan and execute events, and of course, be a voice for the freshman class. Throughout the course of the year I have learned what it takes to run a house effectively. But I have also learned that like our bathrooms, our house has room for improvement.

I remember, like every other first years, looking at Main for the first time and gawking at its beauty and size. And I remember throughout the year, wondering how such a big dorm could be so lonely. And I realized that the loneliness didn’t stem from the lack of great people or an incredible house team. It stemmed from the lack of support I felt from my fellow house members.

Part of what makes freshman year bearable is support. But not just from your student fellow, or your fellow group. But from anyone who is willing to lend a hand, whether it be a concerned neighbor calling EMS at 2am or someone passing you a paper towel after you brush your teeth. And I want Main to become that place of support, not just for first years, but everyone and anyone who needs it. I want neighbors to become friends. I want people to know more than just their roommates. And I want everyone to be able to reach out anybody in this dorm if they need help or want advice.

However, Main can often seem like an intimidating place with its giant windows and long corridors that are reminiscent of an asylum. It’s also true that talking to a person on the south side of the building if you’re from the north side seems like a foreign concept. However, as Main House President, I will set out to prove that our dorm can be as homey and inviting as any of the other dorms without having to compromise who we are.

I know that Vassar tries to be an inclusive and welcoming place and that house team is often on the front lines trying to achieve that goal. However, I believe that creating an environment where everybody feels safe and loved cannot come out of complacency or simply good intentions. It must come out of a willingness to constantly evolve for the better. And I am hoping that I can help Main House evolve into a better future.


Feel free to email me at skaruga@vassar.edu!

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Main Programming Director

Maya Goodwin


dear main constituents,

i write to you today to formally announce my candidacy as main programming director. what does this position involve?!?, you may ask, and so you should. wait a sec and i'll google it and come back to you. ok, here it is, slightly abridged and edited for clarity.

the aforementioned seat on Main's estimable house team is tasked with the following:

Coordinating all House programming a.k.a making stuff happen. i'm gonna coordinate with my pals on house team 2017 to make all sorts of stuff happendetails below!
Attending weekly House Team meetings attendance will be 10% of your grade
Assuming the duties of the President in the case of absence, incapacitation and constipation

well i gotta say, those sound like things i could do, and do with pleasure, pride, and passion! and so i eagerly look forward to next year, like a cat looks forward to mowing the lawn. i have a series of Robust and/or Fun ideas for next year's programming including smoothies, movies, dance parties, robot parties, slumber parties, crying parties, and serious discussions about diversity. House Team's responsibility is to make Main a safe home for all.

If you want Main to become a rockin' boat of social justice and social parties, vote for meI know I will.

my future is in your very capable hands,

Maya (the Squid) Goodwin

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Maya Goodwin


dear main constituents,

i write to you today to formally announce my candidacy as main programming director. what does this position involve?!?, you may ask, and so you should. wait a sec and i'll google it and come back to you. ok, here it is, slightly abridged and edited for clarity.

the aforementioned seat on Main's estimable house team is tasked with the following:

Coordinating all House programming a.k.a making stuff happen. i'm gonna coordinate with my pals on house team 2017 to make all sorts of stuff happendetails below!
Attending weekly House Team meetings attendance will be 10% of your grade
Assuming the duties of the President in the case of absence, incapacitation and constipation

well i gotta say, those sound like things i could do, and do with pleasure, pride, and passion! and so i eagerly look forward to next year, like a cat looks forward to mowing the lawn. i have a series of Robust and/or Fun ideas for next year's programming including smoothies, movies, dance parties, robot parties, slumber parties, crying parties, and serious discussions about diversity. House Team's responsibility is to make Main a safe home for all.

If you want Main to become a rockin' boat of social justice and social parties, vote for meI know I will.

my future is in your very capable hands,

Maya (the Squid) Goodwin

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Main Treasurer

Ted Xie


Cream of the crop, rise to the top. Math and econ major.

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Main Secretary

Kci Archibald


Hello Main House Residents,

I’m Kci and I would love to be your secretary.  Our residential experience in college is important to how we view our experience, and I will work relentlessly with my fellow house team members to create a Main House with more community and unity.  We are a large dorm, but we can have the same sense of comfort and togetherness that the other houses have.  As Secretary, I would work to plan events that everyone can participate in, actively communicate with members of the house, and put my energy into making this house the best it can be. My goal is to create a more diverse, inclusive, and fun Main.  While I want to maintain the traditions of this dorm, I think it’s important to create new traditions to add to the Main legacy.  I am an organized and passionate person who will take the responsibility given to me seriously.

Your Hopeful Main House Secretary.

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Hanna Stasiuk


 

Hey Best Haus!

My name is Hanna Stasiuk (she/her/hers) and I would be honored to serve as your secretary for the 2017-2018 school year!!!

A little bit about me: I am from the Boston area and currently reside in the lovely 3 South (yay Main!). I plan on declaring a history major with an adolescent education certification at some point this spring. I am organized (catch me “jammin’ on my planner” at any point in the day like the greatest politician of all time, Leslie Knope, puts it), reliable, and love notetaking. I think I could bring the effort and enthusiasm necessary for a great secretary!

Why I am running: I truly feel like Main is my second home. When I first visited campus, I fell in love the beauty of the building. Now that I am ¾ of the way through my first year, I can honestly say that I love the people. Main residents are spirited, energetic, cool, and kind. I have felt welcomed every second of my time here, and want to give back to the community that I so greatly appreciate.

If you have any questions or just want to introduce yourself, feel free to email me at hestasiuk@vassar.edu, message (and friend me!) on Facebook, or stop by room 351. I am eager to hear what you have to say!

Remember: Vote Hanna for Secretary!!!!

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Noyes House

Noyes President

Esperanza Garcia


Hello beautiful Narwhals, Esperanza here (she, her, hers)!!

I am running to be your upcoming Noyes House President!!! As a current first-year, one of the aspects that stands out to me from my transition to Vassar is the community I found here at Noyes. From my time as a Noyes resident, I have already witnessed the immense unity and pride we demonstrate and this is what makes me so excited to be your next president. I am convinced that with an amazing House Team, Noyes will show the rest of Vassar which house is truly the best.

This past year, I had the honor of being Noyes First-Year Representative. This position has allowed me to gain much insight into the job requirements and I am confident in my ability to perform this task superbly. I have not only been exposed to the responsibilities of being president, but I have also had the opportunity of seeing what a successful House Team dynamic looks like and how it enhances the living community that is present in Noyes. Through my position on House Team, I have gained many experiences that will make me a perfect fit for this position.

If elected I would ensure that Noyes House continues to preach inclusivity and comfort for every single resident. Building on what has already been established this year, programming that is welcoming and enjoyable for all will be a must and all residents will be able to have their voices and opinions heard. As president, I will establish an effective communication method that will address any issues and concerns that arise in hopes of improving our shared living space. This is essential for ensuring that every person feels safe and valued within this house. I want to foster an environment where students feel supported and loved, especially during difficult times.

As a Noyes representative, it is my job to listen to everyone so don’t hesitate to stop by my room (Noyes 228), approach me at any point (I’m usually in Jetsons), or message/email me!! I am more than happy to listen and answer any questions that you may have.

Thanks for your time nars and remember to vote ESPERANZA for Noyes House President!!

 

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Kenji Nikaido


Hey folks, it’s me Kenji. I use he/him/his pronouns, and I want to be YOUR Noyes House President. I am confident in my ability to represent the diverse groups in Noyes; I am a member of Transitions, Vassar Burlesque, and Camerata, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and I worked previously as the Bayit Assistant. I work at the Kiosk currently, and though that probably won’t be a reality next semester, I can still share smoothie and secret recipe tips.

Aside from my student fellow, the first person on House Team I knew and recognized on entering Noyes was the President. The President is more than just a representative in VSA meetings, the Noyes President (love you Takunda) is a friendly face who can be approached for questions from anyone in the house. I want to be that friendly face, because I know how difficult the transition can be from the familiar to unknown environments. While this may not mean as much to you voters, it does not mean the sentiment is any different. I hope to make myself known to all of you as someone you could easily talk to about house issues or dorm advice. As the representative for Noyes, I will be as accommodating of every student’s needs as possible!

Conceptually, Noyes is the most open dorm; Jetson is the largest open lounge on campus, and I hope to encourage the welcoming environment it entails. As President, I will be as approachable as possible with any concern or ideas y’all have. I really love working in Jetson’s anyway so you can probably find me there most nights. Because of its separation, I hope to make Noyes more actively involved with other dorms and House Teams on campus and to facilitate greater connections with the far-off dorm quad. The well-being of Noyes and its residents is of great importance to me because it’s more than just a home, it’s a family.

A bit about me: I’m from Memphis, Tennessee (lmk why there’s no Chick-fil-a nearby) and have always been a bit of an oddball. I love concerts, any Ryan Gosling movie, and all of Square-Enix’s video games. If you ever want a concert partner, I’m your guy, hmu with the deets (catch me at all the VICE Jazz concerts!). Or if you wanna gush about a band, I’m all for it. I might die from happiness on June 9, 2017 (in which case I’m sorry for wasting your time!)  because of Sufjan Stevens, London Grammar, and Alt-J all releasing new albums (highly! suggest!).

If you have any questions or concerns, Facebook is my favorite procrastination tool, or you can contact me formally at knikaido@vassar.edu. Or hit me up when ya see me in Jetson.

Thanks for your consideration!

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Prosper Onungwa


Hello Narwhals!
I’m Prosper Onungwa (he/him/his). I’m an already declared computer science major and I’m running for Noyes president. First off, I want to thank you all for being wonderful people and making my transition from a Nigerian high school to The US as seamless and as pleasant as it was. Noyes has played a major role in the lovely Vassar experience I’ve had so far and for that, I’m immensely grateful to you all. Now I would like to give back to you lovely people that I’ve come to owe so much. I would be honored to be your next president.
As your president, I pledge a service of love and optimum efficiency. I was class captain in my senior year of high school (it's equivalent to class president) and testimonies of my tenure were quite astounding. If given the opportunity, my service as president will be a truly amazing experience for us all. Everybody's opinion and concerns will be heard and with the cooperation of an already superb house team, we'll ensure the realization of every positive change we want to see in Noyes. I will be a stellar representative of Noyes and our excellent values of inclusion, solidarity and integrity on the VSA board and on campus. I bring a vast, diverse local and international experience unique to only me and beneficial to us all.
Noyes will always prosper. Let's just make it official. Vote Prosper for president!

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Noyes Programming Director

Laura Zapien



Hello fellow Noyesians! 

My name is Noyes Programming Director and I want to be your Laura Zapien (she/her/hers). I am a prospective film and psychology double major and I am from El Paso, Texas. I participate in various orgs such as VCTV, Transitions, and Wordsmiths. 

The most important thing I want to do is give the house an opportunity to share their suggestions or ideas and vote for future events. As Noyes Programming Director, I want to organize activities that would beautify Noyes itself, such as gardening plants for Jetsons and planning creative events that would be used to revamp Noyes and leave an impression for future residents. I will arrange events that encourage the musical and artistic abilities of Noyes House with showcases of talent. I would also incorporate our location on campus into our study breaks, using Noyes Circle as a space for athletic activities, BBQs, and potlucks (emphasis on food). Other potential events include poster/comic book sale, a flea market, baking contests, and off-campus trips. I appreciated the We Got You and melanin-based events that discussed race and other personal subject matters that were extremely helpful in becoming more transparent about what it means to attend Vassar in our different backgrounds. I wish to continue this with inclusive events that foster a diverse community. I will put hours of effort into each event if it means that my house will enjoy an hour of no anxiety, no stress, and of course no work.

I live in Noyes 304, feel free to stop by or message me on Facebook! I’M APPROACHABLE. DON’T BE AFRAID.

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Vincent Zarate


Class of 2020 (he/him/his)

There is a legend that states that a young lad came out of the womb with a strange blue aura and glow surrounding, permeating, and engulfing him. This child would grow up always feeling a relentless sense of longing for something more, something different…that is, until he came to Vassar, and specifically, Noyes house. Once there, he knew he had ended up at the right place, and that his calling was to be on house team where help to make Noyes, which is already the best dorm on campus, even better. On a more serious note, Noyes house, and more importantly, the community that makes up Noyes, is sincerely the first place where I have really felt at home. A lot of that I feel can be attributed to the tight-knit atmosphere that embodies Noyes, which I think is in part a result of some of the programming that Noyes offers. It is because of this that I would love to be the Noyes Programming Director.

I have truly enjoyed a lot of the programming that Noyes has offered this year, however, as with most things, I still feel that some improvements can be made. I would like to develop more community focused programming: programming that focuses not only on strengthening Noyes as a whole, but also individual floors, relationships between Noyes residents of different classes, and the relationship of the house team among the residents. In addition, I want to also develop programming that focuses on self-care. Finally, I would also like to implement things such as offering house meals and house trips to go to places like the ice skating rink and the Walkway Over the Hudson. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me, facebook message me, and of course talk to me in person.

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Noyes Treasurer

Fiona Madden



Hi Noyes! :)
 
I’m Fiona, and I’m running for Noyes House Treasurer. Noyes has made Vassar feel more like home to me, and I would love the opportunity to make next year’s freshman feel as welcomed as I have. As treasurer, I want to make sure that we take more input from residents on what money should be spent on and spend more on programs that are beneficial to everyone. Also, by investing more in Noyes itself, I hope to create a house that everyone will be proud to live in.

 

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Noyes Secretary

Sharen Rivas



¡Hey Nars! My name is Sharen Rivas and I am running for Noyes Secretary. I look forward to working with the rest of House Team in order to help coordinate events and create a safe and comfortable environment for all Noyesians. I believe this position would allow me to give back to the community that made me feel welcome at Vassar. ¡ShaRUN to the polls to vote for me! 
~Noyes house best house~

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Raymond House

Raymond President

Noah Pliss


Hey Griffins! My name is Noah Pliss and I'm running to be the Raymond House President next year. If we haven't met before, I'm using the pronouns they/them/theirs, I live in Raymond 302, and I'm a freshman interested in studying Religion and Sociology. 

This year, I've had the pleasure of serving on the Raymond House Team as the First-Year Representative, and doing so I've gotten to know the ins-and-outs of Residential Life and House Team ethics at VC. I've also enjoyed acting in FWA's production of Bare: a Pop Opera and being a student activist in a new coalition of first-years called H2A: Healing to Action.

Through the work that I do at Vassar, I intend to make a direct impact in the educational experiences of my peers by providing them with welcoming, loving, and efficient spaces. I believe that this has to start with Residential Life. As the President of Raymond House, I want to energize the House Team to have a more personalized approach to Freshman Orientation that would cater specifically to the new needs of incoming students. I think that Vassar, experienced, is much different than I thought it would be upon enrollment. New freshman need both love and hardcore advice from the Raymond House Team. Throughout next year, I would like to work with Michael Drucker and the other brilliant members of House Team to create robust programming at the center of our House that communicates self-care, safety, and political intent to our residents. Strategically planned events with these baselines will help maintain the momentum that is built up during Orientation week to carry us through the year as a key influence in our Griffins' experiences.

After organizing around Cole Fisher's petition to the Board of Trustees, throwing Under the Stars, and holding a responsive circle after anti-black graffiti was found in the library, I believe that the current 2016-2017 House Team has done a remarkable job in creating a resilient voice for Raymond House. I intend to build off of their inspiration in the coming year!

Shoot me an email (nipliss@vassar.edu) or stop by room 302 if you would like to talk. Otherwise, see y'all in the hallways!

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Raymond Programming Director

Tyler Lopez


Hello Ray!

It is surprising to think that this year is nearly over. Upon move-in day, in the beginning of last semester, I was overwhelmed by the thought of settling in at Vassar. However, my doubts and fears went away when the Raymond House Team introduced themselves and ensured the members of our house that this year would be full of exciting events and that our house would be a safe and welcoming space. It is through this platform that I plan to reach out and positively affect the lives of the residents of Raymond House. That is why I want to be a part of House Team next year.  I am Tyler Lopez (he/him/his) and I want to be your next Programming Director.

Some ideas that I aim to bring into fruition are trips to the bowling alley, the Walkway Over the Hudson, and the rock climbing gym. As for study breaks, I will organize each event in a manner that promotes inclusiveness. This will include areas for open discussions about events and/or issues not only going on at campus, but in our world at large. I will also organize events such as guest professor talks, house musician showcases, talent showcases, cookie decorating contests, as well as movie nights and team bonding games. On a campus-wide level, I plan to create new dance events such as a Raymond Rave.

I am creative, organized, and approachable. I will work to represent everyone and am open to new ideas. I am highly motivated to make the next academic year and house team just as memorable, if not more so, than this year. If you have any questions or concerns, or  just want to chat, please feel free to send me an email attlopez@vassar.edu or visit me at Raymond 207.

Your fellow Raymondite,

Tyler Lopez                   

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Sammy Storz


Helllooooooo :~)

I’m Sammy (they or she pronouns), and I want to be your Raymond Programming Director! I’m from northeastern Vermont and I’m undeclared but leaning towards American Studies or something humanities based.

I love the community I’ve found in Raymond, and want to continue to build upon the work that House Team has done to foster such community as Raymond’s Programming Director. Because first-year orientation and the rest of freshman year is such a formative time for Vassar students, I want to focus on ensuring that next year’s first-years are equipped with the tools to navigate Vassar’s sometimes scary social and academic world. Some ideas I’ve had are: info sessions with the Office of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, a workshop on pronouns and gender identity, an event discussing Bias Incidents and racial violence on campus, and on the lighter side of things, trips to the roller rink in Poughkeepsie and the movie theater at the galleria. 

Most of all, I want to get to know all of Raymond’s wonderful residents, because you are all so kind, talented, funny, and welcoming. Facebook message me, visit me in 315, or email me at sastorz@vassar.edu with questions!

Love,

Sammy

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Raymond Treasurer

Sarah Boese


Hello fellow Raymondites!! I am Sarah Boese (class of 2020) and I am I am running for Raymond House Treasurer. I will be a sophomore net year and am studying math and german here at Vassar.

I believe that in being treasurer I will have a unique ability to use my influence within House Team to make Raymond as welcoming as possibly. The sense of community I have experienced here during this last year has been amazing and also very grounding and I hope to extend that feeling into next year and create a similar, or dare I say better, experience for the incoming freshman.

I hope you vote for me for Raymond house treasurer!!

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Juo-Hsi (Sylvia) Peng


Hello neighbors and friends! 

My name is Sylvia Peng and I am a freshmen living in fourth floor. For those who don't know me, I am a perspective International Studies major and math correlate. On campus, I am involved in orchestra, the debate society, and contrast fashion magazine. 

Because of living in Raymond, I have met so many kind and unique people and made some of my closest friends, EVER, so it would be an honor to be your Treasurer. 

As the Secretary of Vassar Debate Society, I came to learn that finance is so important in any org because without enough money, events or programs are limited. Working in the debate exec board also allowed me to understand how org budgets work at Vassar, so I have confidence in advocating for our budget. 

Despite our poor facilities, Raymond residents are known to have a tight knit community. I find that extremely admirable, but, at the end of the day, we deserve better! I hope to work as the treasurer to help rally funding for renovations and, at the very least, make some minor but important changes like installing another water fountain or new shower curtains. 

If you have any questions or suggestions contact, me at jpeng@vassar.edu or come by room 417 for some tea, toast, or rice! (my roommate splurged on a lot of kitchen appliances)

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Raymond Secretary

Ryan Levitt


Hey Raymond :DD—

My name is Ryan Levitt (they/them/theirs or he/him/his), and I live in 431.

I’m really excited about doing secretarial things with Raymond house team!

The Raymond community has been an integral part of my time at Vassar, and I want to contribute to its legacy as the dorm with A+ people; I think the quality of the Raymond community year after year is built from a thoughtful, fun-loving, and down-to-earth spirit embodied in house team.

If you’ll let me, I am excited to work with others on house team to not only maintain Raymond’s community character, but also establish it at the forefront of thoughtful, inclusive, supportive housing. I am committed to helping house team evolve by more intentionally meeting the various, complex needs of incoming freshman. I believe that our house team can really accomplish new steps in the orientation and freshman year process.

Feel free to email, FB message, or stop by 431 if you want to chat or set up a time to deece or whatever~~ 

Love,

Ryan <3

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Strong House

Strong President

Strong Programming Director

Mackenzie Nielsen


Hi! My name is Mackenzie Nielsen and I'm running for Strong House Programming Director. I would love to get more involved on campus this coming school year and I think House Team is a really amazing way to do so! I really love to plan events so I think this position would be perfect for me! Also the dorm environment in Strong is super awesome and think I could help to continue it's greatness and push it to be even better next year being the Programning Director.

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Strong Treasurer

Dea Oviedo


Hi!

(I'll keep this brief)

I'm Dea and I want to work with next year's Strong House team as your treasurer to make sure Strong can continue to serve as a warm and welcoming home to all of its residents. I moved to Strong this semester and I immediately fell in love with its unique charm (plus it's close to everything).

You should feel confident when casting a vote for me because I have a lot of experience working with budgets, requesting funds, etc. (I am also currently a member of the VSA Finance Committee), and I am organized and accountable– qualities I believe make me a great candidate for this position.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions via e-mail or on Facebook. Vote for Dea!

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Strong Secretary

Jillian 'Jill' Frechette


Hey Strong!

 

If we haven’t met yet, my name’s Jill (she/her/hers) and I’m running for secretary! Some background on me: I’m from central MA, am planning on majoring in English with a correlate in French (and possibly doing pre-med, but the prospect of orgo is terrifying). I’m currently involved with The Misc and Vassar On Tap, and you can usually catch me Wednesday evenings at study breaks. I’m organized (my planner is color coded!), probably one of the best note takers of all time (ask any of my friends), and know everything I know about politics from The West Wing and Parks and Rec (just kidding!).

 

Coming in as a freshman last fall I was a little terrified (isn’t everyone?), but everyone in this house (especially House Team) has made my time here so enjoyable! Strong provides an atmosphere that is so welcoming and uplifting (I love the self care corner), and I’d love to be able to contribute to that next year (freshmen and upperclassmen alike!)

 

If you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to message me on Facebook, send me an email (jfrechette@vassar.edu) or visit me in 408!

 

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Yesenia Garcia


Dear Strong,

My name is Yesenia Garcia and as a little girl my only dream was to serve as the Strong Secretary for the 2017-18 school year at Vassar College, a highly selective, residential, liberal arts college located in the heart of the Hudson Valley in New York State.

I am a prospective Neuroscience and Behavior major with a correlate in Race and Ethnicity. My greatest passions are science, writing, and knitting, so my observation and writing skills (as well as my scarves) are of the finest quality! As the secretary, I will ensure that our house runs in an organized manner and that everyone’s voice is heard.

I am also the proud new owner of a set of scented gel pens and would be delighted to put them to good use. If you have any questions or want to discuss school supplies, I live in room 420 and my door is literally always open!  

If elected, I promise you that I will be The Strongest secretary in the world.

Love,

Yesenia Garcia

She/Her/Hers

Prospective Strong Secretary

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Terrace Apartments

Terrace Apartments President

Sunny Gaughen


Hey! I’m Sunny (she/her/hers) and I would love to be TA president for next year! I’m currently a junior, majoring in political science and Russian studies, and spent this year studying abroad in Russia and the Czech Republic. (So if you’re looking to spot me on campus, you’re out of luck, friends.)

I’d like to serve as TA president because representing the TAs and their residents in the VSA and other college forums is such an important part of Vassar's student government, especially with recent changes to VSA structure, meal plans, and more. I'd do my best to get to know people living in the TAs and represent their opinions and interests the best I can. I'm also very interested in working on events and programming to foster a ~fun~ and welcoming community for everyone living in the apartments. While at Vassar, I've been a part of Main House Team and 2018 Class Council, so I'm familiar with ResLife and student government and would be honored to represent the TAs if given the opportunity. 

Questions? Have cool programming ideas? Want me to send you adorable pictures of George, my golden retriever? Find me on Facebook or email me at sugaughen@vassar.edu.

xoxo,

gossip gaughen

 

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Kaden Grae (Wood)


Hey everyone!

My name is Kaden Grae (he/him/his), and I'm a rising senior at Vassar. I'm an urban studies major with concentrations in earth science and political science. 

I'm a member of the Vassar rugby team, as well as a member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). Both of these organizations have a focus on responsibility and safety for yourself and those around you. Harm reduction. 

As your TA president, I would work encourage the adoption of harm-reduction policies by both the VSA and the Vassar Administration. For the health and safety of our community, we need a total review of Vassar's new party policy. As it stands, it encourages dangerous behavior that impacts everyone here. Nobody wants to be involved in an EMS call, and my goal is to implement policies and revisions that will reduce the amount of students who require EMS. Additionally, I want to see a formal confirmation from, ResLife and Safety and Security, that the Good Samaritan Policy applies unequivocally. 

I also believe in full transparency. I will take whatever steps possible to engage as many students as possible in policies and decisions that directly effect them. I will also work to encourage the full disclosure of discussions and voting on all Boards, Councils, and any other role that I serve. 

 

Thanks for your consideration!

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Nora Igesund Kyrkjebo


hey pals! My name is Nora (she/her/hers) and I want to be your TA president :) 
together we can make living in the TAs a great time!! I believe in accurate representation and would love to listen to your concerns & opinions and would make sure to do something about them
 
Peace & Love,
Nora

 

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Terrace Apartments Treasurer

Skylar Widman


Tryna have a good time and handle some money 

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Town Houses

Town Houses President

Emily Martin


Hi everyone!
 
My name is Emily Martin (she/her/hers), and I am a rising senior majoring in math.
 
I am currently the House Student Advisor in Jewett and have been on Jewett House Team for the past two years. While I have experience working on residential life issues within a dorm, I am eager to apply my experience and skills to the more communal setting that is the THs. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions! 

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adam senack


Hi guys, vote for me for TH president. I'm fun and funny! i didn't have time to think of something funny to say but  I guess you'll just have to take my word for it.

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Town Houses Treasurer

Amber Dean


I want to make the Town Houses a great place to live! 

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Town Houses Programming Director

Jonathan Alperstein


I would love to do outdoor dining events. I want to foster a strong TH community; I am very open to ideas. 

Please consider me for this position

 

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Glynnis Olin


Hi everyone!

I'm Glynnis Olin and I'm running for Town Houses Programming Director because I want to make Vassar a fun and exciting place for everyone!

I plan on creating social opportunities for the Town House community to bond, as well as larger campus-wide events that will bring all students together in an inclusive, positive environment.

We have enough daily stress from our classes, jobs, and extracurriculars, so why don't we have some fun programming, too?

Vote Glynnis for Town Houses Programming Director! 

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Town Students

Town Students President

Sessi Blanchard


keep it fun, keep it funky. involved in some cute community organizing, so would def be bridging the bridge between vassar and those orgs (like ENJAN, antifa lol). also idk i'd make sure there were more backyard drag shows

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South Commons

South Commons President

Halle Hewitt


Hello! My name is Halle, and I use she/her/hers. I am a rising Senior majoring in Media Studies, and will be living in the SoCos next year. I’d like to be your next SoCo president!

If I was SoCo president I would want to get to know my neighbors and do what I could to make their residential experiences as enjoyable as possible. I won’t claim to know what people need and desire from and during their time in the SoCos, or what their grievances are- I would like to hear and find out, and work with SoCo residents to create the kind of community and living space they want to have. I want to do what I can to make this space as safe and open as it can be. 
 
While I am personally interested in having events such as SoCo barbecues, brunches, potluck dinners, dinner in Poughkeepsie nights, bakeoffs (we’ll need the break from the Deece), present exchanges, movie screenings, walks in the Farm, bowling or roller skating nights, and arts and crafts 'times', I think the SoCos should be crafted around their residents, and what they are interested in doing!

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Cooperative Housing

Cooperative Housing President

Mathew "Mat" Thomas


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Judicial Board

Judicial Board Chair

Noah Webster


Hello friends and peers,

My name is Noah Webster (you may know me as the one who wears a blue and white hat with a tree on it everywhere), and I have been a member of the Judicial Board since my first year at Vassar. I value the work that the board does, and have been honored to serve as Chair during this 2016-17 academic year. We have seen a number of logistical changes in how we have managed the student conduct process this year, many of which have resulted in positive improvements for board members and, I believe, for the campus as a whole. We have had many more active participants in Student Conduct work than in several years prior, which I am proud to have helped with. 

I would relish the opportunity to serve in this capacity again. I know the Student Conduct system very well and would like to see it improved even more going forward. Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for participating in the campus election process. 

- Noah Webster, Vassar Class of '18, Blue Tree Hat Guy

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Judicial Board 2018 Representative

(Four Representatives)

Zuheily Quiñones


Hi!!! I'm Zuheily and I would love to be one of your Judicial Representatives for 2017/2018. I am a third year Japanese major and Computer Science correlate who has dedicated their life to pursuing the true meaning of fairness at the root of all intersections. When I’m not, I can usually be found coordinating themed selfie sessions with my cat Ixchel.

You may have heard of my exploits as Caribbean Student Alliance Freshman Representative of 2014/15, Strong House Sophomore Representative of 2015, Poder Latinx Community Co-chair of 2016/17, Caribbean Student Alliance Vice President of 2016/17, and, of course, as a student overall. I do a LOT of representing and, trust me, I am real loud. I also like to believe that I have watched enough Caso Cerrado, La Rosa de Guadalupe, The First 48, Forensic Files, HTGAWM, and Florida court public broadcasts to know how the Judicial System works.


In addition to my excess of wonderful leadership roles, I have often been on the receiving end of academic judicial sanctions for petty offenses such as excessive tardiness, late payment of school fees, and getting a C once (or twice?) back in the day. I definitely know what it is like to be punished for the little things, while watching others get away with pretty big things themselves. I want to fix that.

Elect me as your Judicial Representative and you’ll know I got you. ????

 

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Abhideep Singh


Hi, my name is Abhideep and I am currently running to become one of the Class of 2018 Judicial Board representatives for the 2017-2018 academic year. A little bit about me: I am from a small neighborhood in Queens and I am currently a Biology major with a correlate in German Studies. I am currently part of VSA Finance committee, in which I help review fund/budget applications. As a Judicial Board rep, I hope to address issues with an unbiased perspective and help maintain the integrity of Vassar College's conduct and safety code. I believe it is important to maintain a safe environment for all students, in which we are able to respect and honor one another. I'll keep things short and I'd like to thank you for considering me! 

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John Wallner


My name is John Wallner, and I am running as representative for the 2018 Judicial Board. I am an upcoming senior at Vassar and have studied this year abroad in Paris at SciencesPo. My intended majors are in French and Geography. I believe I would be a good candidate for Judicial Board Representative because I am passionate about the fair treatment of students and believe that most students should be given the chance to prove themselves even after they have made a mistake. I find that Vassar's disciplinary actions are less than consistent, and that the rules and standards for students are often vague and confusing. Safety and Security also seems to be quite inconsistent with its actions and decisions. These are two things I would like to work towards improving if I am elected to serve on the Judicial Board. I thank you for your consideration and hope to serve as a 2018 representative on your Judicial Board!

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Yvonne Yu


Hi Everyone!

My name is Yvonne Yu and I am running to be one of your 2018 Judicial Board Representatives! I am a Biology and Education double major from Princeton, NJ.

For the last three years, I have lived in Jewett and was part of Jewett House Team as a Student fellow and HFI. Next year, I will be serving as the Senior Community Fellow for Joss House Team. In addition, I have worked on Campus Patrol for the past three years and have been a Supervisor for the past two.  In these positions, I have often interacted both with students and administration, acting as a liaison between the two. From this, I have developed important communication and enforcement skills in a variety of issues, including academic, social and private. I believe that my past experiences and commitment have prepared me for addressing various conduct issues in Judicial Board panels. Last year I was elected as one of the Judicial Board reps but due to a change in VSA policies I did not serve on the student conduct panel. If re-elected, I hope to serve on the panel next year and I will be a responsible, just and dedicated representative, so please consider me!

Feel free to reach out for questions or comments - yvyu@vassar.edu. Thanks!

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Judicial Board 2019 Representative

(Four Representatives)

Jesser Horowitz


Hello,

My name is Jesser Horowitz (he/him/his). In high school, I served as president of the Yorktown High School Mock Trial Team and as a member of the Yorktown Youth Court. At Vassar, I serve as President of the Mock Trial Team and am a member of the student conduct board.

I have a passion for law. As your representative to the Judicial Board, I plan to pursue a non biased, equal approach to proceedings that benefits the students. I will do my best to ensure the maintenance of justice and the rule of law at Vassar.

If you want to talk more feel free to contact me at jehorowitz@vassar.edu.

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Grace Kirkpatrick


Hi Class of 2019! I'm applying to be a judicial board rep from the standpoint of already being a member of Vassar's separate Student Conduct Board. Last summer, I was called to do jury duty in my hometown, and as dreaded as that might sound, I ultimately learned so much from listening to a difficult sexual assault case and then interacting with my fellow jurors while we had to decide someone's innocence or guilt. This motivated me to join the conduct board here at Vassar, where I learned that delivering sanctions is not about "punishment" or "justice" so much as it is about creating the most good for Vassar's community, or motivating a person to succeed past a small misstep. Now, I and my peers try our hardest to deliver sanctions in line with this philosophy, and I would greatly value the opportunity to do this on the judicial board as well.

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Sabrina Ulsh


Hi Class of 2019! I'm applying for a seat on the judicial board because I believe in the power of government at every level, and I want to bring a compassionate and fair voice to the judicial board. I am interested in making Vassar a fair and equitable place, and as a member of the judicial board I am interested in determining each case in a compassionate way that upholds the values that Vassar stands for, especially inclusion and fairness. 

 

A little about myself: I am a political science major interested in a future career in politics and government. I have been a member of several communities on campus, including in the student athlete community as a member of the women's basketball team. I would be honored to represent the class of 2019 as a member of the judicial board.

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Devon Wilson


Hi there! 

 

My name is Devon Wilson and I am applying for the position on the judicial board as a representative of the class or 2019. 

I have experience  serving on many representative boards outside of Vassar pertaining to student conduct, fair management, and responsible resource usage. I have recently been serving as programming director of Noyes house and have garnered considerable experience that I feel is relevant for this position. 

Thanks for your consideration and time of reading my statement. Have a great day! 

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Judicial Board 2020 Representative

(Four Representatives)

Spencer Edmonds


Hello, Class of 2020! I am applying to be a judicial representative for our class year! Although I may not have any prior experience serving on any judicial board, I do love hearing both sides of an issue and then making a logical decision based on both side's cases. I do however have experience in going to my local government's county commission meetings, watching and analyzing how certain people within my county make their decisions. I want to help Vassar students and not hurt them in any way. Nor do I want any student that has been charged with misconduct to feel as if the Judicial Board's purpose is solely for trying people in a malicious way, but for the student to see that the board is there to create a positive and all-inclusive environment for the Vassar community. 

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Claire Kendrick


Hey, class of 2020! My name is Claire Kendrick and I'm running for the privilege of being your Judicial Board representative. Why Judicial Board, you ask? Disciplinary action can often seem scary or unfair (I know because that's how I felt every time someone I knew got kicked out of my boarding school), but I hope to use this role to make decisions that are fair and benevolent because I care about making Vassar a happier and safer place for everyone.

Though my high school didn't have a student government, I spent a significant amount of time working with the administration through my various leadership positions, especially during my senior year. Through my work as an editor of the school newsmagazine, heading the Jewish Student's Association, and in the admissions and advancement offices I have dealt with a diverse array of problems, highly confidential information, and seemingly constant decisions to be made. I think this experience will help me contribute positively to the Judicial Board and to our community. 

Please feel free to reach out to me by email (ckendrick@vassar.edu), on Jewett 5Tower, by smoke signal, or however. Thanks, class of 2020!

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Yume Murphy


Hey y’all!

My name is Yume Murphy (she/her/hers) and I am running as one of the potential Judicial Board Representatives for the Class of 2020. So about me? I am a first generation student of color. Yes, I am empathetic, but I possess a fierce passion for justice; I’ve always been considerate and open minded and am eager to learn more from all of you. In the past, I’ve been spectator to cases decided by the Juvenile Conference Committee, a community-based arm of Family Courts that allowed for volunteers to hear and decide matters involving alleged juvenile offenders. In addition, I’ve spearheaded an organization in my high school that focused on how the school to prison pipeline and racial profiling manifested within my local community.

I have witnessed how a lack of fair and equitable accountability manifests within institutional structures. Thus, it’s pertinent that the Judicial Board is utilized regularly and is representative of the student body. I am enthusiastic to be able to serve as an ally and advocate on the Judicial Board, and ultimately contribute to an atmosphere of inclusive and fair disciplinary action. I want to see students become uplifted and grow!

Feel free to hit me up on facebook or email (ymurphy@vassar.edu) to chill or chat.

Best,

Yume Murphy

 

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Dylan Smith


My name is Dylan Smith and I am running for the Vassar Class of 2020 representative on the Judicial Board. As an upstanding student with no previous conduct violations and no intention to commit any future violations, I am the right person to hold this position. In addition, I believe in the importance of holding students responsible for their actions, as well as following rules to ensure the productivity, effectiveness, and accountability of the VSA. Students have a responsibility to the Vassar community to follow the rules established by that community, and we have a responsibility to make sure those rules are followed. 

To say, briefly, what interests me about this position: I have been involved in Mock Trial in various forms for the past 5 years, and through my experience I have developed an interest in legal systems and proceedings. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this statement. 

Respectfully, 

Dylan Smith 

 

 

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Joint Committees

Committee on College Life (CCL) 2018 Representative

Sophie Deixel


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Committee on College Life (CCL) 2019 Representative

Patrice Scott


PASCOTT@VASSAR.EDU

we've got a bubble to pop.

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Committee on College Life (CCL) 2020 Representative

Patrick Eom


IT'S YO BOI PAT AND HE'S BACK

I drew that one cover photo for the Vassar 2020 Facebook page with the library and the sun with sunglasses and bet if it got a hundred likes, admin gotta make it the official cover photo, but it got over a hunnidfiddy

click this link for a tiny throwback to last summer

Get you a representative that can make the rain  stop and the sun shine through the clouds, someone who can make the grass green and the flowers bloom... Spring's long overdue and your college life ain't no college life without em bees buzzin

VOTE FOR ME NOW AND TOMORROW ....

1. Deece food will taste better

2. Raymond will be renovated

3. Memes of Color will blow up bigger than UC Berkeley Memes for Edgy Teens

In all seriousness, I'm here to put a hint of goodness into the things that happen on this campus. Vassar's a unique school with a character that's defined by all our lives, so let me be the representative that can help you do what you love.

 Patrick Eom (he/him/his) is a South Korean Freshman from California. He loves to ride his bike and is a Computer Science major pursuing the Dartmouth program. He's a DJ in his free time with his best friend forever Sam Kim.

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Alan Vision


 Hey there, 2020! 

My name is Alan if we haven’t met (I have no preferred pronouns but imagination is key!) and I would love to be your representative for the Committee on College Life. I am interested in the Film, Women’s and Prison Studies majors/correlates, I am from Brooklyn, NY, and I can juggle and hula hoop at the same time, so that’s a thing! 

Since coming to Vassar, I have been extremely active as a member of the First Year Programming Committee and co-founder of Healing to Action, a group dedicated to supporting students on campus with marginalized identities. I have already met with the chair of this committee, Dean Roellke, on various issues impacting students lives here at Vassar, and I am dedicated to serving and representing the class of 2020 in a tangible and genuine way.

I would like to serve as your representative for the Committee on College Life for the following reasons:

1.  I am a strong believer in wholistic wellbeing and I understand how important the different aspects of our lives are in crafting our experiences on campus.

2. I believe that what happens outside of the classroom is just as important as what happens in it, and the regulations that this committee is responsible for overseeing and revising are of deep importance to me.

As your representative for the Committee on College Life, I will be responsible for reviewing and altering college regulations, particularly as they relate to our lives outside of the classroom at Vassar- namely “alcohol policies, party policies, parking policies, and the legal definitions of punishable offenses” . It is extremely important to me that these penal codes are not only realistic, but that they are sensible, egalitarian, and just. As a black student on campus, I am extremely vigilant of the ways in which penal codes are representative of broader systems of oppression, and it is extremely important to me that these regulations and codes are not complicit in reproducing biases.

And most importantly, I am here to serve you. We are such a dynamic class of diverse passions, interests, and talents, and I want to make sure that all of these truths are heard and represented for. If you have any questions or would like to contact me, please feel free to do so at avision@vassar.edu, Facebook, or if you happen to see me around campus!

See you soon,

-Alan

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Committee on Inclusion and Excellence Representative

Eugene Lopez-Huerta


Hey, everyone! I'm very excited to run for this committee, in short, because I want to have a part in improving the Vassar experience for all current and future students. This job requires more than just my own perspective, so I really look forward to hearing and representing other students' ideas through this position.

Currently, I am a representative on the First Year Orientation Committee, and I really enjoy providing the insight of others as well as my own in order to improve future Orientation programming. Running for Inclusion and Excellence feels like a continuation of my work in the Orientation Committee.

I'm always refreshing my email, so you can reach me at elopezhuerta@vassar.edu. Thanks for reading!

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