Class of 2017 President
Alexis Wiltshire and Valerie Salas
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Hey 2017! We are Alexis Wiltshire and Valerie Salas and we are running for the position of class presidents. Alexis is a History and Italian double major and Valerie is a Sociology major with a minor in Psychology. Alexis has experience in SGA, as she was a Dorm President of Perry House in 2014-2015 and is currently the class president of 2017. She is also a co- student representative for the history department. Valerie has been a Student Coordinator for Dining Services since 2014. She was also a Supervisor at Erdman from 2014 to 2016. Currently, she is Mujeres* Co-President. We believe we are qualified for the position of Class Presidents due to our experience in student leadership roles working in affinity groups, SGA, and with faculty, staff, and administration.
If elected Class Presidents, we want to build and maintain a close relationship with our Sibling Class of 2019. We plan on holding sibling class socials and hangouts where the Class of 2019 can ask the Class of 2017 questions about declaring a major, studying abroad, classes to take, and other general topics. We want our classes to become resources for each other.
We have spoken with one of the class presidents from 2014 as well as the current senior class presidents about responsibilities and expectations of the position. We are well aware of the workload we have ahead of us and are ready, willing, and able, to tackle all challenged headed our way in order to make senior year fun and memorable for everyone. We plan on having one or two senior cocktail events in the Fall of 2016, along with a sibling class hangout and a trip to an arcade or a theme park. For the Spring of 2017, we want to emphasize that our events will be used to destress because we know that many people in our class will be writing and finishing their theses at this time. We want to have many fun and exciting events planned for senior week, and both of us are very receptive to criticism and feedback.
We hope that we can serve as Class Presidents during our senior year to make this time very memorable!
Hannah Henderson-Charnow and Priyanka Dutta
Our names are Priyanka Dutta and Hannah Henderson-Charnow and we are running for the position of Co-Presidents for the Class of 2017! Senior year, we believe, should be a celebration of our growth at Bryn Mawr. Therefore, if elected class presidents we plan to foster a meaningful final year, and create both relaxed and exciting events for our peers.
We believe we bring a wide set of skills and experiences to the job. Both of us have held leadership positions at Bryn Mawr — we have been involved with community building on campus as Customs People and Hell Week Representatives. In addition, Priyanka is the former president of Pulso Latino and a Wydham supervisor and Hannah was one of the founders of the club Spokes and has coordinated with outside performers; she currently works for Conferences and Events.Through these positions we have gained substantial experience working with different departments and resources on Campus to produce a multitude of events.
We have worked together before and we believe ourselves to be a dynamic and energetic team, and are very excited to create truly unique senior cocktails and senior week events. For example, one of our brainstorms include a jazz/R&B evening under the stars & potentially bringing an outside musical performer! However, most importantly we value community engagement and we hope our ideas will be critiqued, and supplemented by our peers next year.
Priyanka Dutta – email@example.com
Hannah Henderson-Charnow – firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2018 President
My name is Connie Lam and I am running to be the 2018 Class President. I am a Posse Scholar from Boston and in my free time I enjoy catching up on TV shows and jamming out to songs…everywhere. I am co-manager of the badminton team and am also the secretary-treasurer of ASA. All those experiences provide me with a background of being able to plan and organize events, develop a better social presence, and handle time well.
As class president, I will strive to be someone that everybody feels comfortable with sharing their honest opinions with. I intend to make sure that everybody’s voice is heard and that everybody feels included. For the past two years, being the 2018 Class President was an amazing experience. I had gotten to meet a lot of members of the class through the many events I had hosted including movie socials, sibling class teas, and hell week mixers. I have also helped plan an event during hell week and the sophomore celebration, both of which had an incredible turnout. Through all these events, I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge as to what is the best way to foster the class spirit and unify our class.
It’s great seeing many of the members of the class sporting the Class of 2018 sticker and for the next year, I plan to design more items to develop a more unified class. I look forward to being able to work with the new class presidents of 2020 as they will be our new sister class and I already have several ideas in mind for class socials.
If elected as your 2018 Class President, I aim to make this position stronger, make the class happier, and to reach out to each and every one of you guys. It’s always so much fun planning these events to unite the class even more and I hope to be able to plan and host more of these events in the future! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com!
Class of 2019 President
Lillian Oyen-Ustad and Nikitha Shankar Shakamuri
Hello everyone, Nikki and I are excited to start the sophomore year with all of you next year and would love the opportunity to re-represent us as a class. My name is Lillian Oyen-Ustad; I am an biology major with a double minor in environmental science and health studies here at Bryn Mawr, a SAAC representative, a varsity athlete, and one of the sitting co-presidents of the wonderful class of 2019. Nikki Shakamuri and I are re-running for this position so we may continue to serve you all as we have for the past school year. You can reach me firstname.lastname@example.org or in Rhoads S 102 and Nikki at email@example.com or in New Dorm 112. Nikki is a prospective biology with a minor in neuroscience and statistics that is deeply involved with SAS, dance, and cultural life on and off campus.
After a full year of being your class presidents, we are excited at the chance to do it again in the upcoming year. From bringing together our class and the rest of the community through bud and roses teas and sister class socials, to celebrating the holidays of different cultures, to coming together to battle finals, Nikki and I cannot imagine not being involved in SGA. We know first hand what comes with this position, the budgeting, the planning, and working with the E Board and other SGA members. With us, you get experience and a true love for this position. Beyond the last year, I have served in student government as president of my school for two years, president of my class for one and liaison between the clubs the administration throughout high school. Nikki served as LEO club president, dedicated herself to practicing Bharatanatyam and Tennis at a competitive level, and recently went abroad to pursue her research in Oncology. On top of this experience, we are always open to new ideas and various contributions from any and all members of the class.
We cannot wait to help guide our class through our second years here at Bryn Mawr. Between strengthening our bonds with other classes to creating new friendships with the incoming class and transfer students, the upcoming year has much to give us. We hope to increase attendance to class events while also increasing the number of events we have throughout the year. By an increase in our budget, we hope to increase the opportunities we have in planning. We can’t wait to celebrate the milestones that come with our second year, from participating in traditions, to acting in DLT and gaining leadership positions in other clubs, to declaring our majors and minors of studies, we hope that you feel the same way.
We hope you give us the opportunity to act as your Co-Presidents again, and share the excitement we have for a new and prosperous year.
Class of 2017 Honor Board Rep
My name is Justine Robinson, and I am running for a one-year position as Honor Board Representative for the Class of 2017. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Since my first year at Bryn Mawr, I have been interested in the inner functions of the Honor Code and how to incorporate it to the productivity and flourishment of the students here, and not to their detriment or failure. I have studied under a system of academic and social trust placed on students since high school, so I understand the value and need for a foundation like the one we have at this school, and would never take it for granted. As a Haverford major, I have seen the differences between their Honor Code and ours, and as a member of the Bryn Mawr Honor Board, I would make sure our Honor Code keeps its distinctiveness and singularity. I like to think of myself as a calm, rational, and logical person, and if elected to the Honor Board I would look at each case without bias and try to come to the most satisfactory outcome for everyone involved. As far as experience goes, last year I was Co-Treasurer for the Bi-Co Women’s Rugby Team, and I am also Vice-President of the United Students Against Sweatshops Club here at Bryn Mawr, giving me great leadership experiences and responsibilities I had to fulfill. The Honor Board needs people who can lead not only with questions but with introspection and observation to help keep the integrity of the Honor Code, and improve its purpose at Bryn Mawr. If you elect me, I will try and live up to those high standards and make Bryn Mawr a more accessible transition for future students.
Being on the Honor Board as One-Year Representative to Class of 2017 last year and the year before has been a powerful part of Bryn Mawr experience and way to give back to the community, and I hope to be reelected to the position.
I have learned many of the important aspects of the job. If elected, I will serve as a confidential representative of my class in the student body in hearings and other situations, a resource for students who have questions about processes associated with the Honor Board, as well as a facilitator of communication and outreach to help educate students constantly about the details of the honor code and how it directly affects student life. I have prior knowledge of the job and all that it entails, and hope to improve outreach and publicity by being a member this upcoming year.
In the past, I have been trusted with issues of a critical nature while being a member of the Customs Committee as well as a Customsperson and a Hall Advisor. Both the DLT and being on the Honor Board have given me experiences with issues that must be kept confidential, and I have proved myself and believe that I will serve the Honor Board well in that respect. I also consider myself articulate and open to speaking about the Honor Code to help educate upcoming first year effectively. With information sessions or teas, first-year students and beyond would have a free, safe space to express thoughts about the Honor Code and different aspects of it such as confrontation and micro-aggressions, both of which have proved a problem in the past.
Finally, I believe that I would be a great candidate to be reelected for the position because I truly care about educating the student body about the Honor Code, resolving academic and social issues, and creating an environment that is respectful and welcoming to all students, regardless of race, class, gender, or sexual identity. As a woman of color, I am witness to many issues that divide us as a student body, and I believe that respecting and educating people on the honor code will facilitate a safe space for all members of the College.
Class of 2019 Honor Board Rep (1 yr position)
My name is Katya Olson Shipyatsky and I am running for a position on the Honor Board as the Class of 2019 one-year representative. I believe that the honor code is an integral part of the Bryn Mawr community, particularly powerful in that it pushes the students of the college to hold themselves to personal standards of integrity and promotes an atmosphere of respect and independence within the college. The honor code, in my opinion, uniquely allows the students of Bryn Mawr to be autonomous: adults accountable for their own actions. The honor code system drives us to compete with ourselves within ourselves. It asks us to strive to be the best version of ourselves.
It is my impression that, above all else, being a member of the honor board requires a strong internal ethical framework and the ability to carefully weigh and examine all sides of a situation. As captain of my high school’s large and competitive speech and debate team, I had to make many difficult decisions and look objectively at many complicated situations. Mediating relationships between debate partners and making confidential disciplinary decisions for members of the team who had broken our team’s ethical competition policies alongside my speech and debate coach taught me how to be weigh all arguments and hear all sides of a story while keeping an open and fair mind. Being a member of Bryn Mawr’s honor board is a big responsibility, but I believe that I have both the skills and the ethical frame of mind to succeed in the position.
The Honor Board, by virtue of the role it plays for the community, has to maintain a precarious balance between the somewhat contradictory values of confidentiality and transparency. Respecting the privacy of those involved in hearings is necessary to maintain consistency with the spirit of the honor code. However, I think that the Honor Board could adopt some community outreach policies to help Bryn Mawr students feel as though the workings of the honor board are less mysterious. For example, hosting abstract discussions or releasing modified abstracts about recent honor board hearings in very general, broad language might help the community begin to feel that the honor board is more transparent and that its members have more accountability. Such discussions/abstract releases would serve the purpose of informing the community, and, more importantly, would act as springboards from which the community could begin to engage in productive and (hopefully) restorative discourse surrounding the honor code and its interactions with day-to-day life at the college.
I believe passionately in Bryn Mawr’s honor code and its significance for the special community we are a part of. The duties of the honor board are essential to the functioning of the honor code as a living document that governs the Bryn Mawr community. I want to serve on the honor board because I care about the unique climate of respect and independence it has created in the college. I want to put myself in the best position possible to both ensure that the honor code continues to govern the student body in the way that it has and to ensure that it can continue to move and evolve with the community. Most simply, I want to serve on the honor board because I care deeply about justice and fairness and want to do everything in my power to make sure that the spirit and values of the honor code are well reflected in the Bryn Mawr community.
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Hi Bryn Mawr! I’m Sofia Colosimo ‘19 (she/her pronouns) and I’m running for the position of One-Year Honor Board Representative. If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t consider this position until I was nominated for it. But after learning more about the position I can now say that I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to be a part of what makes Bryn Mawr so special— our Honor Code. In my year at Bryn Mawr, I have appreciated the Honor Code and the community it helps foster. It’s only when I leave the Bryn Mawr Bubble that I remember just how special and sacred the agreements we keep as a community are.
My understanding of the position of Honor Board Representative is that it requires a great deal of sensitivity. It requires sensitivity to the nature of the hearings process, sensitivity to the situations of my fellow Mawrtyrs, and a sensitivity to the needs of the Bryn Mawr community at large. I feel confident that I could engage in Honor Board work with sensitivity. However, I also understand that serving on the Honor Board requires objectivity. The Honor Code works well at Bryn Mawr because of the mutual respect we all have for one another and for the Code. I also have the ability to look at conflicts objectively and thoroughly to maintain the respect needed for our community to flourish.
One need I have heard in the Bryn Mawr community concerns the inaccessibility of information and processes within the Honor Code and Honor Board. As a first year, I struggled to understand how the Honor Board functions and found it difficult to find more information. I hope to bridge those informational gaps, especially for first years, but also for anyone who finds the Honor Code difficult to grapple with. Furthermore, I hope to work towards changing the relationship between the Honor Board and Bryn Mawr students and also hope to find new ways to spread information about the Honor Code to every corner of the campus and beyond.
I want to be a part of the Honor Board because I want to be a part of a process that builds respect and trust. I am so grateful for the community the Honor Code has created and I would love to see that community continue and grow into something more accessible for every student. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2019 Honor Board Rep (2 yr Position)
My name is Rebecca Kaplan (’19, she/her) and I am running for 2019 Two-Year Honor Board Representative. I intend to major in psychology and minor in health studies, and am on the premed track. One of the things that initially drew me to Bryn Mawr was the way that the school’s commitment to student self-government, as embodied in the Honor Code, demonstrates a fundamental respect for us as students. Now that I’ve been here for close to a year, I have come to understand the integral role the Honor Code plays in virtually every aspect of life in the Bryn Mawr community. The trust that the College places in students is unique, but like all trust, it comes with responsibility. My goal is to uphold the Honor Board’s tradition as a body that solves problems, rather than hands out punishments, and to make the Honor Board less fearsome and more accessible to the community; I also hope to be able to use my ability to understand and empathize with others in order to facilitate social and academic harmony. Finally, I understand that serving on the Honor Board is a major commitment, but I am confident in my ability to balance my academics, extracurricular responsibilities, and my work on the Honor Board. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Class of 2017 Songsmistress
My name is Sofi Chavez, I’m class of 2017 and I’m running for re-election for Class of 2017 Songsmistress. I’m grateful to have served as Songsmistress this past year, and would love the opportunity to serve as Senior Songsmistress. This year I was able to attend Lantern Night rehearsals, lead Step Sings, and help with clean-up for the traditions. I also served on the Traditions Committee as a way to be more involved in Traditions and strengthen my connection to the community. If elected, I’m excited to work closely with the next Traditions Mistresses and ensure that the Traditions and Step Sings are as safe, fun, and inclusive as possible. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 2018 Songsmistress
My name is Paige Weber and I am running for class of 2018 songsmistress! I love participating in step sing where I am always front row. I know that changing songsmistress will be a little strange but I promise to bring a lot of energy to keep the spirits up at step sings. I have participated in Lantern Night as a runner and I am willing to work hard alongside the traditions mistresses/Misters/Mystics this coming year to make lantern night the best it can be for the upcoming class of 2020. Step sing is a great example of the community we have at Bryn Mawr. Even though the classes are divided by evens and odds we still come together a sing our hearts out. I would love to help lead this really special tradition. I know that many of our classmates will be going abroad but I will try my hardest to keep the spirits and energy up even though we have fewer numbers! I feel like I have the ability to take over songsmistress this year and make the upcoming step sings, lantern night, and all other traditions the best they can be.
Class of 2019 Songsmistress
Daniela Lopez Lopez
Cassie Paul and Katherine Lee
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Hi! I’m Cassie Paul (she/her). I’m class of 2018 and an art history major. I hardcore love traditions! They played a big role in my desire to attend Bryn Mawr. I know that not everyone feels as strongly, not everyone feels the same, when it comes to traditions. While I know our community’s relationship with traditions is complex and intense, I want to be Traditions Mistress because I want to see as many Mawrters fulfilled through traditions as possible. I’ve also had some experience planning and carrying out Bryn Mawr’s traditions: I’ve been a runner on Lantern Night and a maypole dancer on May Day; I was the head sophomore rep for Pembroke West during Hell Week 2013 and I was the head sophomore rep for Merion during WTF Week this year (yes, this is my second time being a sophomore); I was also on the Traditions Committee this year. Ultimately, I’m excited to help translate the feelings and opinions of our college community into a productive practice of traditions that we can engage with together.
Katherine Lee – firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Katherine Lee (she/her) and I am running for the position of Traditions Mistress. I didn’t come to Bryn Mawr for its traditions. Truth be told, I didn’t really know that much about them until I arrived on campus. And since, arriving here, I have become, what many would call, a “bad” Bryn Mawr student. I don’t usually know what’s happening on campus. I rarely venture past the arch on any given day. And over the past four semesters, I have spent the majority of my time at Haverford. I’ve been called a bad community member time and time again for skipping out on my civic responsibilities, and yet, there’s something, some choked up, eye-watering, heart-racing thing, (I’m not sure I could even tell you what it really is) about traditions that each and every time they occur, I make it a point to be there.
Bryn Mawr’s traditions tie us to our history, of generations who came before us and generations who will come after. With them, we share secrets, we share tears and we share joys. We share sorrow and heartbreak and stresses. They allow us to be a part of something bigger and greater, and yet bring us back to those first few days that we were on campus, lowly, un-jaded first years. And this Bryn Mawr community, this one which dates across classes, has always welcomed me with open arms, something for which I am so grateful.
This past year, I had the wonderful joy of working with the Traditions committee revamping WTF week. I saw injustice in the system and I heard the cries of people who loved the tradition as much as I did and do. There is more work to be done and many more voices to be heard. The spirit of our traditions are what keep us true to the generations of Bryn Mawr students who came before us, and what make us genuine and real role models to those who will come after. They are what make this place, which often times is stressful and overbearing and just awful, they are what make it so special. I didn’t come to Bryn Mawr for its traditions, but they are the reason that I’ve stayed and as traditions mistress would see to it that they remain true to their original intent.
We understand the frustrations surrounding traditions. What we value most about this community is our willingness to talk about issues and to come to, at least, some sort of resolve. We want to listen to people talk about how passionate they are, about how their hell weeks and Lantern Nights and Step Sings went. Traditions is part of what makes this community so special, and yes, they change and yes, sometimes that change is forced and we are committed to making sure that in that process, student’s voices are being heard and communicated in the most powerful way.
Residence Council Head
Bridget Murray and Kyra Sagal
Kyra Sagal ‘17 and Bridget Murray ‘17: After being dorm presidents this past year, we have decided to run for ResCo Heads together. We have both enjoyed being on Residence Council this year and hope to become more involved with the role, with the Dorm Presidents, and with our community. We see this position as an opportunity to deepen our involvement with both the student body and the staff here at Bryn Mawr and facilitate communication between these two. Moreover, we also anticipate active involvement as leaders of the Residence Council in aiding and advising Dorm Presidents over the course of the year. We hope that our experiences this year as DPs of Erdman (Kyra) and Rhoads South (Bridget) will aid us in providing perspective to new and returning presidents over the course of the year regarding their positions, dorms, and DLTs. Both of us are actively involved in our community and have substantial experience with leadership and organization. Bridget has been a supervisor and student manager at Wyndham, working with a team of 40 student workers including 10 supervisors and other unit managers, and was Head Traditions Representative for Rhoads South this year, working with a small but loyal team to plan, organize, and execute our new tradition. Kyra has been a Teaching Assistant and tour guide the past two years, learning how to interact with and lead groups of people. This year, she is part of the Customs Committee and has learned how to identify and foster leadership skills within herself as well as others.
Our goals include making both the ResCo Head and the Dorm President positions more known to campus. We plan to make the position descriptions for DPs clearer and better known to encourage a greater level of student involvement while working internally to make the council more engaging for students. Moreover, as presidents ourselves, we recognize and respect the commitments DPs make, and want to find ways to make the role more enjoyable. Beyond the council, the ResCo head position entails serving as a liaison between various faculty and staff departments and the dorm presidents, who in turn disseminate important information to their dorms and Dorm Leadership Teams. The aforementioned organizational skills will aid us in doing so, while our continued involvement in multiple spheres of the Bryn Mawr campus community places us in touch with student needs to be discussed with departments including Housekeeping, Campus Safety, and Dining Services.
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Social Committee Head
My name is Sam Heyrich and I am running for re-election to Head of Social Committee (SoCo). As I enter my senior year at Bryn Mawr, I am pondering how I can give back to the College community and Social Committee continues to surface as a platform to serve my peers. My term as SoCo Head has been successful and I am excited by the possibility of building upon the wonderful strides the committee has achieved under my leadership.
This year, I organized, planned and ran Bryn Mawr’s most successful Campus Center Halloween party with attendance exceeding 500 people. The Spring Fling, held in Rhoads Dining Hall also was a huge success with high attendance from the tri-co community. If re-elected, I would like to continue the use of our newly implemented committee blog, increase transparency and attendance at SoCo events. Additionally, as Head of Alcohol Concerns Review Board, I wrote and presented a successfully passed plenary resolution, which modernized the board by renaming it to The Board of Social Life Orientation and Wellness (BSLOW) and shifted the focus from reviewing party infractions to a peer-led drug and alcohol education system. As a result of the BSLOW resolution, I have created a working group comprised of Dean Balthazar, Mary Beth Horvath, Reggie Jones, Kathy Tierney and Colm Daly, to develop a comprehensive curriculum to be implemented in the Fall of 2016 by the peer-leaders on BSLOW. BSLOW also has hosted alcohol and drug education seminars. If re-elected to SoCo Head, I can envision the continued growth of BSLOW, the peer-education system and increased visibility on campus.
During my time as SoCo Head, I have grown the Paid Bouncers Program by hosting bouncer-training sessions. I have had numerous meetings to re-structure the Paid Bouncers Program to make it an independent club with numerous new and expanded student leadership opportunities hopefully to be launched next year. Requesting a paid bouncer and signing in guests to parties has become easier due to the transition to electronic Google forms.
Finally, I have created a Social Committee Manual to preserve the institutional memory of the Committee. It proves imperative that the future leaders of Social Committee have documentation and guidance to ease the transition of leadership. This Manual will be published to the community by the end of the semester.
I am confident that my successful year serving as Social Committee Head has afforded me many skills and opportunities that prove applicable to serving the Bryn Mawr Community for a second term. The potential opportunity to build upon the success of the committee under my leadership excites me. In conclusion, I am eager to continue to serve my peers and the greater College community.
I, like most others, chose this college for its unique curriculum, which encourages an extensive engagement with academics, by encompassing the depth and breadth of the best a liberal arts curriculum has to offer. I would like to take this opportunity to take this engagement a lot further, and become a part of a greater conversation on both academic and personal levels. I would love to be the students voice in the committee meetings, and review, revise and change our curriculum for the better. I think I am very well suited to the roles and responsibilities of this position due to my intellectual interests on campus, as well as my skills of organization and effective communication.
My relationships with my peers and professors at Bryn Mawr have led me to believe that being a part of the Curriculum committee can achieve so much, especially in this time of a much needed discussion on diversity requirements and other important changes in our college community. I believe that I suit the position of Curriculum Head and I am ready for the responsibility and the tasks.
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