It’s 6PM. Have you voted for WSA Class Rep?
WSA Spring Elections end in 6 hours! While many of you have voted (especially 2014), many of you haven’t (2013 should be embarrassed). If you like the current WSA, vote to keep it that way. If you don’t like the way the WSA currently is, vote to change it. Either way, voting in WSA elections can have a huge impact on practically every aspect of the school year. Complaining that the WSA sucks or that it doesn’t represent you doesn’t mean anything if you don’t vote.
If you take classes or have an advisor, you have an interest in academic affairs. If you spend time on campus (i.e. living here), you have an interest in student affairs. If you eat or get financial aid, you have an interest in finance and facilities. If you’re in a student group, you have an interest in community outreach and student budget. If you want WSA transparency, you have an interest in external affairs. Basically, if you’re a student, you have an interest in getting the best possible people on the WSA.
Don’t forget to participate in the WSA survey also, so the assembly can get a better sense of what you want. Constitutional changes matter too. To vote in these, and in class year elections, just go to WSA.WESLEYAN.EDU/VOTING. It only takes a few seconds!
If you have questions about candidates running for re-election, ask another WSA representative. Quite frankly, if you ever have questions or complaints about anything Wes-related, tell any and all WSA representatives. While I’m sure the ACB has its highlights, it often helps to tell someone who can do something about it.
Here’s some info on the candidates, in the order it was submitted:
The MAN IN THE HAT, now moustachioed, is back for more, no longer officially UNCLE FRESHMAN (though I still respond to it)!
Hey everyone so I hope y’all know who I am and that I know who you are! I’m running for re-election to serve as our class rep on the WSA
following another great year. This year I’ve been serving as the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, student representative to the faculty and voting member of the Educational Policy Committee.
I am also passionate about athletic issues and have been representing Wesleyan at the All-NESCAC Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where I have defended team fundraising over individual fundraising and led the conference initiative of developing environmentally sustainable
All in all I love serving on the WSA and hope that you’ll give me a chance to continue serving next year!
(Nics 7212, 617-571-3629)
Hey guys, my name is Cameron Couch, and this year I served on the Student Budget Committee. If you’re on a student group that has received money in the past year from the WSA, I have had a hand in approving that process. Aside from spending my Monday nights sitting in a windowless room for hours on end, delegating a ton of money to various student groups, I also helped organize the rally against the new housing policy, worked alongside other WSA members to improve the structure and operation of Concert Committee and Social Committee, and helped review and change the WSA bylaws.
My goal for next semester is to keep on keeping on. I hope to rejoin the SBC, fund some great requests, and continue being awesome.
Here’s why you should reelect Aubrey Hamilton to the WSA—
- I’ve served on the WSA and the SBC for 3 years—I’m committed to representing our 2012 class as a student representative.
- On the Student Budget Committee, I’ve worked with hundreds of student groups to allocate funds and ensure that events, lectures, and concerts are diverse, well publicized and successful.
- I know the ropes, having collaborated with students, administrators and faculty on the Committee for Investor Responsibility, Social Event Policy Commission, and the Financial Aid Search Committee.
- I co-created the Concert Committee and will continue seeking innovative ways to streamline and improve the funding process as well as ways to improve accessibility to the SBC and know-how surrounding student-group funding.
As a founding member of the Cheese Co-op, I help bring local, organic dairy to cheese lovers on campus. I am running for the WSA because I want to become more involved in improving dining and standing up for students at Wesleyan. As a class representative, I will:
* Fight for lower prices at WesWings
* Advocate for environmental changes, such as switching to more local ingredients at Usdan and Summerfields
…* Make the process of creating co-ops easier, so students can buy more things in bulk and save money
* Improve lunch options, especially the sandwiches at Pi and the Usdan Café
* Introduce a bake sale system at Espwesso, in which different student groups take turns selling food to raise money for their cause
* Bring Middletown Cash to more restaurants
* Expand the Food Salvage program so that more leftover food is donated to local shelters instead of thrown out
* Work to address YOUR suggestions and concerns about dining
Through working with many student groups, I have gained valuable organizing skills – but I am new to the WSA, so I will not get caught up in pointless politics. No bullshit, just better food on campus.
Vote for more Mari and Softness!
The WSA has done great things this year, and I’d like to do even more for Wesleyan students in the future. If elected, I plan to:
- Add more vegetarian options to Pi and Usdan Cafes.
- Establish a 24-hour study room all year in both libraries. The university should accommodate all students’ sleep schedules.
- Reason with the university officials about attacks on Greek life. Wesleyan prides itself on being diverse, so the university should support endeavors that are important to students.
- Work on making “Prof-It,” the Wesleyan professor rating website, successful. Rate My Professors is outdated, and the ACB isn’t searchable anymore. We need a reliable source for advice about classes.
Most of all, I want the WSA to be a vehicle for all students’ voices to be heard. My name is Rebecca Markell, and I’m running for the WSA so that I can make Wesleyan a better place for you
It’s the diversity of the student body that makes Wesleyan such an incredible place. Accordingly, it should be the WSA’s job to take into account ideas and complaints from every part of the student body. As a friendly, approachable, non-threatening member of the Class of 2014, I am readily available anytime to listen to your concerns (Butt A, room 218, 860-770-7950). If elected this time around, I plan on working to address issues that matter most to our class – things like better meal plans (mo’ points), better study spaces during exam periods (mo’ hours), more support for student initiatives (mo’ money) and overall, a more accountable WSA. In my frigid, quaint Canadian high school, I was elected Head Boy (like in Harry Potter but with more magic), and gained valuable experience working within the constraints of often stubborn administrative regulations to create change. Vote Veerasuntharam – pronounced: “for a better wesleyan”.
This year on the WSA I introduced University Certificates (design your own certificate!), launched Prof-it (“Rate Your Professor” for Wes), and worked to improve research opportunities. If I am reelected I will continue to work to extend facility and dining hours and options, introduce minors, fight for financial aid and work with you to improve Wes! VOTE MARI J. FOR WSA!
Chances are I’ve knocked on your door this year to ask what the WSA can do for you (canvassing, not campaigning), but you might have forgotten my name. So here’s a list of things I’ve done so far and what I’m looking to do next year:This year:
- Served as a member of Academic Affairs Committee, plus assisting projects on all other primary WSA committees except SBC
- Worked extensively with faculty on FYIs, Library/IT…S issues, and advising issues
- Helped expand Prof-it
- Sitting on two Faculty Re-accreditation Committees – a 2.5yr commitment
- Played extensive role in fighting Roth’s restrictive housing policy
- Alongside others, created the University Certificate program
- Worked to expand undergraduate research opportunities
- Reached out to students to learn/address their concerns
- Fix issues with faculty advising
- Push for a year-round 24-hour library
- Create craigslist-style Wes undergrad research website
- Work with fellow students to increase SJB standard-of-proof
- Make GRS easier/happier
- Expand WSA visibility/outreach, through things like Office Hours, election debates, and continuing personal door-to-door canvassing
- Continue my standing projects
I hope I can continue serving you next year. Vote Trexler!