Who’s Who in the Current Student Government Elections
Students can vote in the online elections for campus positions through tomorrow, March 30.
Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 01:11
Sarah Baldessari ’15 and Andrew Gabel ’15 both have a lot on their plate. The two first years are each running for several student government positions next year: sophomore representative to Student Council, sophomore representative to Campus Senate, sophomore class president and communications director for Student Council, plus Campus Senate secretary, in Baldessari’s case.
Gabel, who currently serves on First-Year Council, doesn’t care which position he is awarded, “just as long as I’m in a position to do something meaningful for the class,” he said.
Baldessari expressed a similar sentiment. “I’ve always really enjoyed and gravitated towards Student Council, and I have a general concern for the students and faculty,” she said. “I think it’s really important to make Kenyon the best it can be.”
Sophomore Representative to Student Council
Four first years are vying for this position: Gabel, Baldessari, Kelsey Hamilton and Jackie McGraw.
Hamilton, who currently serves on First-Year Council, has “a lot of ideas for the campus,” she said in her letter of intent. “I would be an enthusiastic, hard-working addition to the Student Council.”
McGraw, the first-year representative to Student Council, would like to continue to serve as class representative next year. “I’ve met a lot of different kinds of people and believe that I can bring multiple points of view and perspectives to the table. … I would love to make all voices heard next year,” she said.
Sophomore Representative to Senate
Four first years are competing to represent their class on Senate: Wilfred Ahrens, Baldessari, Gabel and Ryan Nabil.
Ahrens, who serves as the Collegian’s design editor and whose father attended Kenyon, believes his family history with the College will improve his ability to serve students.
“As a legacy student, I have a distinct love for this place — a love that was instilled in me long before I took my first steps on Middle Path as a student,” he said in his letter of intent.
Nabil, the first-year representative to Senate, is also in the running for Vice President for Academic Affairs and Campus Senate co-chair. “Because I am from Bangladesh, Kenyon is truly my second home,” he said. “I deeply care about student and academic life. … By being on five [student government] committees, I have had a lot of exposure, which has made me learn a lot about how things work.”
Sophomore Class President
Baldessari, Meredith Bentsen, Gabel and Megan Shaw are all running for sophomore class president. Bentsen, who currently serves on First-Year Council, said she will represent all members of the current first-year class because she has taken the time to really get to know her peers.
Shaw loves Kenyon’s small, tight-knit environment and wants a chance to give back to her community. In her letter of intent, she said, “I would be honored to serve as Sophomore Class President, and help our small community continue to thrive.”
Junior Class Representative to Student Council
Samuel Loomis is unopposed in this position.
Junior Class Representative to Senate
Luke Rogers is running unopposed. He has not yet submitted his letter of intent.
Senior Class Representative to Student Council
Faith McDuffie, who is unopposed, has been involved with student government for the past year and a half and is currently in several leadership positions around campus. “By being a [Community Advisor], I’ve learned a lot about the freshman class and know a lot about what’s going on, not just because of my job but also by naturally picking up on things,” she said.
Senior Class President
Ryan Liegner is running unopposed for this position. He has been class president for his past three years at Kenyon and feels that his experience has taught him how the Council works and how to be successful in his position.
Student Council President
Both Liegner and McDuffie are running for this position. “I’ve come to have an informed understanding of the functions of Kenyon’s student government,” Leigner said. “I see a lot of unrecognized potential in our current system, and with the right programs and legislation, we could have a closer campus community.”