Chris Goy ’09 responds to Wesleying’s call for a statement pertaining to the WSA Presidential race, elections for which are open this week:
I know a lot of you are recovering from last weekend, either physically or academically, and the last thing you need is to be bombarded by our two campaigns asking you to vote for us. I’d like to take a hot second and address the issue of leadership experience. The following are some of the highlights of what I have accomplished over the past three years. This is not to self-aggrandize but only to directly counter what seems to be the sole reason people are considering voting for my opponent.
Relevant details regarding my student leadership on campus include:
- President of Wesleyan Democrats, 1 Year
- 2 Years of WSA Experience
- Most years serving Wesleyan & only rising Senior candidate.
- SBC Member, Approved over 200 student group requests.
- Led collaborative effort with President Roth, the CT Secretary of State, and student leaders to provide a new polling place on campus this November.
- 1 of 3 students asked to find a new dining contractor to replace Aramark.
- Organized numerous widely-attended campus events.
- Additional Memberships: Usdan Advisory Committee, Finances and Facilities, Undergraduate Residential Life, Behavioral Health, Government Majors and the Middletown Democratic Town Council.
Many of the accomplishments we cite as WSA members are the product of committee action and thus, many people are typically involved in decisions. It is important for voters to hold both campaigns accountable for what is said. Voters need to learn how to be able to seek out and analyze clear distinctions between fluff and substance.
Why I Am Different…
Unlike others, when vitally important student issues, like new security cameras, come to my attention, I would not want to bargain until I had successfully engaged the student body. No real engagement occurred as students were left in the dark. This was truly the fault of every WSA member, including Mike Pernick and myself. The committee my opponent was chair was, however, most intimately involved in approving camera policies and negotiating with the administration on this issue. A WSA President should not need to learn how to effectively engage students. It should already be second nature.
I have served in a number of leadership roles outside of the WSA. My opponent admitted that he has not.
I have offered my Senior Year to the student body, and my opponent is a sophomore with time left to grow.
Most WSA members could easily compile impressive lists such as those of my opponent. We deserve better.
Thank you for your time,
Chris Goy ’09