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Student Council Elections – Meet the Candidates

April 26, 2016
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Student council elections are being held this week, through an online ballot on orgsync (check your email). Those elected will represent the interests of the student body while interacting with the administration, and will have the ability to implement change on campus. See the candidates below!*

President of Student Council

George Costanzo – Candidate: Student Council President, Sophomore Class President, Sophomore Class Rep to Student Council. “We are fortunate enough to be surrounded with extremely intelligent young individuals, and it would be a privilege to be the student charged with connecting and representing every single one of those individuals’ thoughts and opinions to the administration in order to create a Kenyon that is truly reflective of the community we have here.”

Phillip Clark ’17 – Candidate: Student Council President, VP for Student Life, Senior Class President. Previous Experience: Committee Member- Housing and Dining. “I want to be the Kenyon Student Council President because I know I can foster the communication between the administration and student body, that the students of this College want, need most importantly and deserve.”

David Resnekov ’17 – Candidate: Student Council President. Previous experience: Junior Class Council. “I want to be able to make a difference on campus.”

VP of Student Life

Emma Mairson ‘17 Candidate: VP for Student Life. Previous Experience: Committee Member- Student Life. “It’s honestly pretty exciting to see the variety and number of clubs on campus and I would love to help continue this diversity while ensuring that all clubs make valuable contributions to the campus community.”

Samuel Troper ‘18 – Candidate: VP for Student Life. “I am interested in running for VP of Student Life because I want to work to maintain and improve student life at Kenyon. I want to work to ensure students are happy, but not solely that. I want to promote an environment in which students not only can be involved, but one in which they actually want to be involved.”

Phillip Clark ’17.

VP for Academic Affairs

Arthur Lian ‘19 – Candidate: VP for Academic Affairs. Previous Experience: Committee Member- Academic Affairs. ”I want to build Kenyon like I built this snowman.” [photo of snowman not included]

Abhaya Tatavarti ‘17 – Candidate: VP for Academic Affairs. Previous experience: Committee Member-Academic Affairs. “With Kenyon undergoing several changes, it is especially important for the student body to remain involved and cognizant of all aspects of student life.”

Henry Brill ‘19 – Candidate: VP for Academic Affairs Previous Experience: Committee Member- Student Life, Committee Member- Academic Affairs “I want to facilitate meaningful change in Kenyon’s curriculum and academic policies to enrich—and expand—Kenyon’s liberal arts education to fit the demands of our current world.”

Chair of Housing and Dining

Elizabeth Eder ‘17 – Candidate: Chair of Housing and Dining. Previous Experience: Committee Member- Housing and Dining. “Housing and Dining is an important part of student life that I have found to be very engaging and rewarding. It involves an essential part of life at Kenyon and I enjoy addressing issues to improve student life here.”

Reagan Neviska ’17 – Candidate: Chair of Housing and Dining, Chair of Buildings and Grounds, Chair of Campus Safety.I’m not afraid to challenge the administration, but I also see the value in working together to come up with solutions that work for us all. I won’t back down from a challenge. I have a hardworking nature, believe in compromise and lively debate, and the importance of bravery in leadership. After all, if you don’t have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, how can you encourage others to do the same? As a resident of Knox County, and the daughter of a staff member, I feel that I bring unique perspective on Kenyon and Gambier to all positions I have applied for.”

Chair of Buildings and Grounds

Edgar Martin ‘17 – Candidate: Chair of Buildings and Grounds. Previous Experience: Committee Member-Buildings and Grounds. “I want to help push Kenyon to take into account that long term facilities plans do have effects on students in the short term.”

Reagan Neviska ’17

Chair of Campus Safety

Kaylin Allshouse ‘19 – Candidate: Chair of Campus Safety, Sophomore Class Rep to Student Council, Sophomore Class Rep to Senate. “I work very hard in everything I do and this is no exception to that rule.”

Russell Brunner ‘18 – Candidate: Chair of Campus Safety, Junior Class President. “I believe a good working relationship between students and those that keep us safe and enforce college policy is important.”

Aldis Petriceks ‘17 – Candidate: Chair of Campus Safety, Senior Class President, Senior Class Rep to Student Council. “My experience at Kenyon has been one of both challenge and growth, and it would be awesome to use those experiences to contribute to a more productive and effective Kenyon environment.”

Hayley Yussman ‘18 – Candidate: Chair of Campus Safety. “I want to facilitate communication and shared decision making between faculty, staff, and the student body.”

Reagan Neviska ’17

Senior Class President

Sam “Samson” Clougher ‘17 – Candidate: Senior Class President. Previous Experience: Junior Class Council (President). “I want to continue pushing for transparency and use my relationships with administrators to let students have a say in school affairs!”

Phillip Clark ‘17 

Aldis Petriceks ‘17 Candidate: Chair of Campus Safety, Senior Class President, Senior Class Rep to Student Council. “My experience at Kenyon has been one of both challenge and growth, and it would be awesome to use those experiences to contribute to a more productive and effective Kenyon environment.”

Junior Class President

Joshua Walmer ‘18 – Candidate: Junior Class President. “Life’s too short for bad student government.”

Eliza Abendroth ‘18 – Candidate: Junior Class President. Previous Experience: Freshman Class Council, Sophomore Class Council. “I want to continue to work with the Class of 2018 to make their Kenyon experience the best possible.”

Alex Swaim ’18 – Candidate: Junior Class President, Junior Class Rep to Student Council, Junior Class Rep to Senate, Campus Senate Co-Chair, Independent Rep to Senate. “I want to channel the different opinions and hopes for change from my class into a larger picture of Kenyon as a whole.”

Sophomore Class President

Anderson Scull ‘19 Candidate: Sophomore Class President, Sophomore Class Rep to Student Council. “I’m willing to listen to anybody who thinks they might have a good idea for how to make things better. I try my best to understand where everyone is coming from with their concerns.”

Matt Mandel ‘19 Candidate: Sophomore Class President, Sophomore Class Rep to Student Council. Previous Experience: Freshman Class Council. “In short, I want to make life on the Hill the best it can be for the Class of 2019. This means continuing to raise money for our class with exciting and fun fundraisers (in order to pay for even more fun when we’re Seniors), along with representing our class on Student Council, and making sure the administration hears the concerns of the Class of 2019.”

Brent Matheny ‘19 Candidate: Sophomore Class President. Previous Experience: Freshman Class Council. “I want to make Kenyon great again, not that it wasn’t great already, yes, but I just want to keep perpetuating that greatness that is normally associated with Kenyon that it may have lost to some degree in recent years, you know with the Cove closing and all it can be a lot to deal with on an emotional level and I would just like to get back to that nice happy medium of pre-Cove-closing level that I think really represents Kenyon at its greatest, if you get what I mean.”

George Costanzo ’19

BFC Co-Chairs

Malik Ahmed Khan ‘19 (running with Guillermo Garcia Montenegro ‘17) Candidate: Treasurer (Chair of Business and Finance Committee) Previous Experience: Committee Member- Business and Finance “I think Guillermo and I would make a great team as Treasurers for the BFC. I think if you want two committed people who represent the true blend of passion and experience, we would be ideal candidates for this position.”

Guillermo Garcia Montenegro ‘17 (running with Malik Ahmed Khan ‘19) – Candidate: Treasurer (Chair of Business and Finance Committee). Previous Experience: Committee Member- Business and Finance, Treasurer(s) of the Business and Finance Committee. “It is my hope that as I come back next year as the student treasurer, along with Malik Ahmed, the BFC will have a greater potential to better allocate funds to student organizations who need them.”

Charles Lehman ‘17 – Candidate: Treasurer (Chair of Business and Finance Committee). “I hope to give be able to allocate funds in a way that best serves the campus, as well as the organizations, which facilitate the community feeling that we all hold dear.”

Emily Top ‘17 – Candidate: Treasurer (Chair of Business and Finance Committee). Previous Experience: Business and Finance Committee. “As the co-chair, I would get to work more closely with the groups and really help them fulfill their missions.”

Senior Class Rep. to Student Council

Benjamin Grannis ‘17 – Candidate: Senior Class Rep to Student Council. Previous Experience: Social Board Rep to Student Council. “Senior class rep is a position that I think would fit me very well, as I hear a lot of different opinions around campus on certain issues and areas for improvement and I am passionate about getting messages across in an effective manner.”

Junior Class Rep. to Student Council

 Erick Ditmars ‘18 – Candidate: Junior Class Rep to Student Council, Junior Class Rep to Senate. “I want to ensure my fellow classmates have a voice in school policy.”

Emma McGorray ‘18 –  Candidate: Junior Class Rep to Student Council. “I want to help maintain Kenyon’s excellence and make Kenyon even stronger. I believe that the relationship between Kenyon’s students and its administration is a crucial one, and I want to take part in the process of strengthening that relationship.”

*Those running for more than one position are listed only by name upon the second or third mention.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 27, 2016 8:55 pm

    I would like to nominate Gray Clark to run my life

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