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February 2015 Elections Results

The votes are in and counted! Your new position holders are:

President: Charlie Bruce

Vice President: Gabrielle Smith

Secretary: Angela Motte

Treasurer: Linh N. Tran

Head of the Honor Board: Molly Mac Dougall

Heads of the Elections Board: Joy Chan & Delaney Williams

Appointments Committee: Sarah Awad, Rachel Bruce


Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for voting!

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February 2015 Run-Off

The votes were too close to call for the position of Treasurer, so there will be a run-off election! There will be one ballot for all class years, and it will be open on Moodle between 9am Thursday, February 19 and 7pm Friday, February 20.

Candidates for the position of Treasurer are: Linh N. Tran, Elizabeth Vandenberg


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February 2015 Candidates’ Forum

Candidates Forum

Feb. 12th 2015

Start: 8:05 pm


Molly MacDougall ‘16: So you all know this is being recorded. Welcome to the 2015 Candidates Forum! We are going to get started with the position of head of the elections. board. Start by saying your name.


Joy Chan ‘17: My name is Joy Chan, Class of 2017


Delaney Williams ‘17: My name is Delaney Williams Class of 2017


Molly MacDougall ‘16: Are you running together?


Delaney Williams ‘17: Yeah, we are running together!


Anna Kalinsky ‘15: Elections and this position require you to have really good communication with each other. How do you expect to facilitate that?


Delaney Williams ‘17: We are roommates, so we live together, we talk on a daily basis and are generally pretty good at answering all of each others texts and other forms of communication.


Molly MacDougall ‘16 : How good are you at email? How quickly do you generally respond?


Joy Chan ‘17: We are fantastic with email e are on top of our emails.


Molly MacDougall ‘16: Why are you running for the position?


Joy Chan ‘17: We wrote in our bio which, I think, is posted tomorrow, it has a lot of what we want we think we’d be awesome at SGA. We want to be a bigger part of tSGA and we also love elections.


Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16: How familiar are you with the elections cycle?


Delaney Williams 17: It would definitely be a learning process for us, we know all of the general information, like 3 elections per year, and that general information, but we definitely have a bit to learn, but I’m sure the former co-head would help us.


Namita Dwarakanath ‘15: So one of the things about the elections board is that unfortunately things don’t always go as planned. How do you feel like you’re prepared to handle stressful situations?


Joy Chan ‘17: I’ve got that down. Delaney and I have had to deal with a lot of scheduling conflicts, we’ve seen it happen, we can learn from those experiences.


Molly MacDougall ‘16: I’ve tried to hype of elections through advertising and themes, what are your ideas for getting people involved with elections?


Delaney Williams ‘17: I think “I voted” stickers and table toppers to advertise more and spread ideas to the general student population, plus Joy is hyper all the time.


Molly MacDougall ‘16: Any further questions? Okay, thank you. The next position we have is for president so please approach the mike.


Charlie Bruce ‘16: Charlie Bruce, class of 2016.


Syona Arora ‘15: How are you suited for this position?

Charlie Bruce ‘16: As secretary I worked closely with Syona, the current president of SGA, I learned a lot about what the position requires, both on and off the scenes. I think that what I really like about the role is that it’s like the facilitator of the student body. I think that over the course of the past year I have gained the skills to do that kind of facilitating role.


Anna Kalinsky ‘15: If you could change one thing about SGA what would it be?


Charlie Bruce ‘16: Right now one thing I’m working on is institutional memory. What I’ve seen is every year there are students who come and go and are more or less active in SGA, and the ideas they bring are really important and really interesting but aren’t remembered. So I’m working with Rachel Appel, in special collections, to come up with ways in which we can hopefully sediment those ideas and build upon them.


Syona Arora ‘15: What experience do you have to prepare you for this position?


Charlie Bruce ‘16: As secretary I took minutes for every SGA meeting and that has made me really familiar with the procedure and what I think I like about procedure One of the things I would like to build upon that Syona has started this past year, is making SGA more of a platform for change, I think part of that is in particular facilitation of SGA meetings. So I’d like to start instituting work that I’ve gleaned from anti-aggression facilitation workshops and start each meeting with particular guidelines so people people feel more encouraged to participate


Namita Dwarakanath ‘15: We have to strike a really careful balance between the amount we rely on guidelines and dabbling in the more abstract, thinking of things more conceptually. How do you think you would be able to strike that balance?


Charlie Bruce ‘16: Knowing how to have that balance requires personal reflection but it also requires discussion. I’m really excited to, if I am president, I would really rely on help of the board. Because one of the things I learned this year is that we all really relied on one another for growth and support, and we also relied on the greater representative counsel So just being aware of personal reflections and then community reflections is I think how we’ll create progress and negotiate the space between the abstract.


Melanie Bahti ‘15: One of the things we’ve had to think about in our roles on the E board is how to balance your own opinions as yourself versus yourself in this position with the role of SGA president, as a spokesperson for the student body at large. How do you think you’ll be able to balance those two things? How do you see yourself speaking for the student body?


Charlie Bruce ‘16: The facilitator needs to listen to the opinions of the group. I’ve learned how important it is to listen to others opinions, not reject my own, but by trying to listen to the needs of the community first, if necessary reflect and organize my own thoughts, not privileging my own ideas


Syona Aurora ‘15: This can be a full time job. how much time will you dedicate to your position as president?


Charlie Bruce ‘16: I can’t think of a better way of serving my community and will put in whatever hours necessary.


Namita Dwarakanath ‘15: You have to work with a lot of people. How do you feel equipped to deal with those conversations with people who may not share your same ideology?


Charlie Bruce ‘16: I’ve been in a lot of different situations. No matter our different ideologies we can still equip ourselves with the same form of communication.


Melanie Bahti ‘15: What are some of your initiatives? What would you like to do?


Charlie Bruce ‘15: I mentioned before: institutional memory. I’m also interested in how the faculty don’t feel as though their voices are being heard. I’d like to work with the faculty representative and communicate ways in which we can improve that. SGA represents the student body’s needs, but we can expand that to the faculty.


Molly MacDougall ‘16: Any further questions? Next position is Vice President


Marisa Rafsky 2016

Gabrielle Smith 2016


Angela Motte ‘17: What qualities do you have that you can bring to the table?


Gabrielle Smith: I have a positive outlook which is good because sometimes it gets rough.


Marisa Rafsky ‘16: first semester at bryn mawr, I was appointed to many committees. I also have a close relationship with the executive board through email and in person.


Charlie Bruce ‘16: Accountability has been one of the hardest things when it comes to appointments, how do you propose to remedy this problem?


Gabrielle Smith ‘17: Better communication with them, advertising the appointments, holding meetings instead of just email. So, just as we do with the representative council, having them come to SGA meetings.


Marisa Rafsky ‘16: Sometimes people have a hard time committing. I think it could be beneficial to have them indicate their time restraints on the application, as well as having a list of alternatives so we can all come together.


Alexis De la Rosa ‘15: Could you please talk about how you would work to increase interest in applicants?

Gabrielle Smith ‘17: Having the committees themselves advertise bc they know more than we do. Putting up flyers in the bathrooms because everyone uses those!


Marisa Rafsky ‘16: I agree with Gabby. On the outreach and communications committees I talked to all the committees. I also suggest each applicant have an intro video so that everyone will be able to ask questions online. Hopefully this with get everyone energized.


Alexis Del Rosa ‘15: Things don’t always run smoothly, how do you plan to mediate when situations arise?


Gabrielle Smith ‘17: I’d like to have a consensus on what we do, definitely having more collaborations.


Marisa Rafsky ‘16: In collaboration with committees, that way we can make everyone reach their highest potential. Greater partnership with faculty, it would be a great benefit to combine the research we have and bring it into the committees.


Molly MacDougall ‘16: Next up is treasurer.


Charlie Bruce ‘16: Why do you want to run for treasurer?


Linh Tran ‘16: In my opinion, being treasurer is not just a gate keeper for the student fund but is a finance advising resource. So I have 3 reasons why i am so passionate about becoming treasurer: I am passionate about empowering and helping people. As a club president I know the SGA fund is a great resource to help us achieve more from a lot of clubs and activities. Secondly, I am as a scientific person I am comfortable making sense of budgets and big amounts of data. Lastly I am an international student, I have diverse experience and exposure, so I can communicate effectively


Smitha Pallaki ‘17: As treasurer I want to provide students with the power to run their clubs as stress free as possible.


Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16: I think this position is a very concrete example of what self-governance is, we have the ability to distribute money to clubs and address what we want to see on campus. On a more macro level: you work with the administration and the CFO budget officers, you are responsible for leading students finances and making sure the needs are filled


Namita Dwarakanath ‘15: A big part is working with the student finance committee and they aren’t always accountable, how will you gather them?


Linh Tran ‘16: From the start we need to set straight forward guidelines,do our best to have everyone agree and keep the communication line open. We must be flexible and sensible, they have a lot of things going on in their life and other responsibilities. It is important as treasurer at times to make sense of the situation and negotiate.


Smitha Pallaki ‘17: I think communication is very important in making sure people do their job. It isn’t our job to motivate them, but we should be aware of what’s going on and updated on everything.


Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16: I’ve been a treasurer for 3 clubs for 2 years. In terms of mostly in budget meeting and review I would use them to see how much budget to give to SFCC, definitely go over receipts. It can be hard to motivate, but we need to share expectations and be part of appointments


Namita Dwarakanath ‘15: So, pretty apparently, people can be sensitive about the budget they receive. How are you equipped to deal with situations where you arent the favorite in the room?


Linh Tran ‘16: I think that knowing that is very important to really think very clearly about every decision. Make sure that for every decision made, I have concrete data, and will be able to explain my decisions objectively. But also take their feedback to see the full view and accomodate.


Smitha Pallaki ‘17: I’m a treasurer for 2 clubs so I know that feeling I think it’s important to be aware and remind people that we don’t have unlimited money, that it needs to be provided to everyone. We must keeps perspective on things and always double check. If you do make a mistake it’s important to admit it and make the best of the situation.


Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16: I’ve had experience with this. I was the old election’s head and a custom’s person and I’ve been in uncomfortable situations where I’m not necessarily the favorite.The budget is a lot better than it has been, so I don’t anticipate a lot of those hard conversations, but i will distribute the budget as it serves the entire student body, and just go line by line, discussing everything and explaining each step.


Namita Dwarakanath ‘15: You have to work with the haverford treasurer. How do you feel equipped to work with the bi co relationship?


Linh Tran ‘16: I’m confident in working with haverford. I’ve taken a lot of classes at Haverford and one of my clubs is going bi co, so I have communication down. I’m comfortable and open, we both want to maximise the best outcome


Smitha Pallaki ‘17: Im a pretty good communicator. I think it’s good to have a different view of things and to have others to bounce different opinions off of.


Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16: I think in situation where change is constantly happening, setting a plan and allowing it to be more flexible is important, as opposed to not having one and trying to adjust. Communication is really important. and talking with the SFC


Namita Dwarakanath ‘15: You function as a liason, how do you feel like you will best represent concerns of the student?
Linh Tran ‘16: I’m passionate about this job as well as different groups of students. I have a good sense of what the students needs are. I think it’s really important to have a two way communication channel, talk with the board, and bring information to the students. increase transparency and accessibility.


Smitha Pallaki ‘17: Communication is such a big factor, talking to as many people as possible, including students, board, faculty and staff, to get a view from all sides of how people feel about stuff. i want to reach out to the student body and get their opinions on things, ask questions and dig deeper to seek out issues.


Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16: I have a good amount of experience from the various committees I have been on. I anticipate working with the seven sisters and representing Bryn Mawr to the wider community.


Swetha Narasimhan ‘15: How do you see yourself in a group dynamic? As part of the E board, or SFC or greater?


Linh Tran ‘16: I have lots of experience with collaboration, I’m really big on communication. I think a lot can be solved by listening to the viewpoint of others and opening up a =platform for change.


Smitha Pallaki ‘17:I think a lot can be better as a collaborative effort, I’m a big team player.The best way to bounce around ideas is to listen to others, keep things organized, and make sure that any issues that are happening can be worked out by talking it through.


Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16: I learned a lot as a customs person and as election’s head. I think they really taught me how I work with people. I’ve gotten better at confronting people and being confronted.


Charlie Bruce ‘16: So you can pick to answer either question: why is self governance important to you or how does being the treasurer exemplify self governance?


Linh Tran ‘16: As an international student, did not think I was gonna do SGA, i always shied away from it. My junior year I got emergency elected as dorm president. Since then, I’ve changed a lot and have forced myself to become more involved. I’m passionate about learning more and empowering others. As SGA treasurer I want to bring this experience to a bigger student body as an international student representative, and a sort of role model to show how I became empowered.


Smitha Pallaki ‘17: Bryn Mawr can be very intense academically, the treasurer really contributes to non academic life on campus and can create an outside outlet in terms of activities and clubs. I view this as a strong connection between SGA and the students because we work so closely with clubs and monetary issues. Students get the most out of what Bryn Mawr provides.


Angela Motte ‘17 – Candidate for Secretary


Charlie Bruce ’16: How many words per minute can you type?


Angela Motte ‘17: I can type at 81 words per minute, with 413 keystrokes. According to the examination, I am a better typist than 90.35% of users who have taken this examination.

Charlie Bruce ’16: What do you bring to the role of secretary?


Angela Motte ‘17: I bring my knowledge of the SGA’s constitution, policies, bylaws and “Robert’s Rules of Order.” I also bring my experience as a member-at-large, and organizational skills. From my previous leadership roles on campus, I bring the ability to have a presence when public speaking. I am also easy to contact, and I have a fast turn around time with my responses.


Charlie Bruce ’16: What initiatives do you hope to bring to this position?


Angela Motte ‘17: I would like to continue and expand our digital outreaches. This year we have created weekly recap videos of SGA meetings. I think this is very important because we need to create a more inclusive space. Bryn Mawr students are all united under SGA, and some students may not be able to attend our weekly meetings. The first video we posted a week ago received 77 views, and the second video we posted three days ago received 66 views. This time-to-view ratio shows a positive increase in viewers, which implies that more students are becoming aware of this service, watching the videos, and allowing them to connect to SGA more directly by staying informed.


Syona Arora ’15: How good are you at proof reading?


Angela Motte ‘17: I am very good at proofreading! I have experience with sending out mass email messages, so I’m comfortable and familiar with the process.


Linn: Do you have any problems with the position as it currently stands? What would you like to change?


Angela Motte ‘17: I think that Charlie is doing a really good job at their role. I think that the constitution does a very good job outlining all the responsibilities that the secretary will need to handle. I would like to change the roles of members-at-large, who work with the secretary. I think that we should shape the position to be more utilized in a time effective manner. I think that they should handle more social media opportunities. They should be used to create a more inclusive environment, as well as mass distribution of information through various mediums.


Rebekah Gallop ’18: What is your favorite fruit and why?


Angela Motte ‘17: My favorite fruit is a pomegranate! It’s my favorite fruit because my freshmen year Anna Kalinsky and Katie Guye taught me how to open it properly without popping the seeds.


Rachel Bruce ’18: What does self governance mean to you?


Angela Motte ‘17: I would want to say “empowerment” because that’s a huge part of our association. However, I think that SGA brings the entire community together, and provides a platform where everyone can have their voices and opinions heard. I think that “unity” would be a better way to describe how I feel towards our system of government. We are all one student body, and we are unified through this shared experience.


Molly MacDougall ‘16: Next up is appointments committee.


Charlie Bruce ’16: Why do you want to run for this position?


Rachel Bruce ‘18: I want to run for this position because I think that Appointments is an imperative part of the Bryn Mawr Self-Governance experience. I think that I can make a big difference as far as not only streamlining the process but also making the Appointments Committee more accessible in general.


Sarah Awad ‘17: I am rerunning for the position because I really enjoyed the experience over the last year and I want to continue to be involved and work with the Vice President to reform the appointments process and change how committees work to make them more productive and efficient.


Namita Dwarakanth ’15: How would you recruit the broadest group of students for appointments?


Rachel Bruce ‘16: I think that it is important for the Appointments Committee to have more of a presence on campus. We can do this by holding teas targeted at specific groups – for example, International Students – speak to affinity groups, as well as have general interest teas. Additionally, I believe that an increased presence on social media would greatly help these efforts as well.


Sarah Awad ‘17: I think that more responsibility needs to be put on the current committees to broadcast the openings they have. People on those committees are more likely to know people interested in the that topic and would have a broader reach than the appointments committee alone would.


Angela Motte ’17: What is your biggest strength and your biggest weakness in terms of this position?


Rachel Bruce ‘18: I believe that biggest weakness, in regards to this position, is that I have the habit of overthinking things because I truly care about the wellbeing of the committee, the individual, etc. My biggest strengths, I believe, is that I am very honest as well as that I am willing to talk to people, both of which I think are extremely important when it comes to the wellbeing of the Appointments Committee.


Sarah Awad ‘17: Weakness is overthinking and becoming too involved in a project and wanting it to be perfect. Strength is communication and collaboration skills


Elizabeth Vandenberg ’16: What is your favorite committee?


Rachel Bruce ‘18: My favorite committee is the Customs Committee because I love what it stands for – making first-years feel as at home as possible. I also love what the Hell Week, Social, and Plenary Committees stand for because they truly emphasize what is unique about (as well as try to best adapt to the time) the Bryn Mawr experience.


Sarah Awad ‘17: hell week committee, I honestly think they have the hardest job on campus and they out in endless amounts of work to make hell week as flawless as possible every year.


Alexis De la Rosa ’15: One of the biggest issues is that appointments needs to be more efficient. Do you have any ideas on how to streamline?


Rachel Bruce ‘18: I think that the Appointments Committee’s use of Google Docs has benefitted not only the committee but student as well this year. I think that it would be best to move away from Moodle as much as possible because it can be extremely difficult/confusing to use at times.


Sarah Awad ‘17: Our switch to google docs last year was very important and successful, I think continuing to integrate that and other technology will help the process. I also think we should offer shorter segments of time for people to sign up for appointments so that it is easier for the committee and we are all more likely to be present for most of the interviews.


Charlie Bruce ’16: Why is self governance important?


Rachel Bruce ‘18: Self-governance is extremely important. It influences our curriculum, the way we govern ourselves, the way we govern one another. It teaches students to be more self sufficient and responsible. When we graduate and go out into the world, we will know how to take care of ourselves and those around us because of the lessons taught to us by self governance. I know this is a broad statement to make, but that is why I believe self-governance is so important.

Sarah Awad ‘17: Self governance is like a statement of personal responsibility and that we are all able govern ourselves, which leads to a special level of trust that we can have as a community.





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Appointments Committee

Sarah Awad

Hi, my name is Sarah Awad and I am running for a second term on the Appointments Committee. I have served on the committee for the past year and I loved the experience. The main reason I’m hoping to serve another year is because I have a lot of hope for progress and change in the appointments process. This past year, we discovered a lot of inconsistencies and things that need to be updated or reworked in the appointments process. For example, not all committees have assigned heads or are aware of their faculty contact and there is often a lack of commination that results in committees never meeting or not being as productive as intended. The changes would be tedious since they require the restructuring of each individual committee and that’s a lot of work for the SGA Vice President to take on alone, especially if they are new to the appointments process. If I was reappointed, I would be able to take on more responsibility and work with the other Appointments Committee members and the Vice President to make the changes needed to assure that the SGA committees are functioning properly and meeting the promises they have made to the community. Thank you for your time!


Rachel Bruce

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Bruce (she/her) and I am running for the position of Member of the Appointments Committee.

As a member of the class of 2018, the Self-Government Association has truly influenced my love for Bryn Mawr and the community with its affinity for serving the greater good by teaching students to empower not only themselves but also their community. While serving as a Member-at-Large I have had the pleasure of working with many members of the SGA Representative Council and have seen this initiative in action.

If elected as a member of the Appointments committee, I will work with the other members of the committee sure that the committee chooses the best candidates that will not only carry out the tasks of their committees but also will benefit the greater community as a whole. As a member of the Appointments Committee, I will never put my personal interests ahead of what the my fellow Appointment Committee members as a whole feels is best for the committees that influence the activities of all Bryn Mawr students with the appointment of committees.

As a First-Year, the Appointments Committee has always been presented as something that does exist and has a significant impact on our community as a whole, but can appear as inaccessible for lack of information or interaction with members. As a member of the Appointments Committee, I hope to work with my fellow committee members to organize teas, hold office hours, etc. in order to familiarize the greater BMC community with the Appointments Committee, its purpose, and how it works to make a positive impact in the lives of so many Mawrters. As a member of the Appointments Committee, not only do I want to see committees become more accessible and diverse but also make sure that the Appointments Committee as a whole knows what students want out of their committees and their members. I also hope to work with members of the Committee to streamline the process of appointments to make these positions more accessible for students by collaborating with the members of the Appointments Committee, SGA Vice President, and SGA Webmistress/Master/Mistex better organizing the Appointments Blog as well as making sure the word is spread about Appointments via social media.

I have been involved with SGA since the beginning of my time here at Bryn Mawr, first as a community member and then as a Member-at-Large.

I would be honored to have your vote in this election. As a member of the Appointments Committee, I hope to make the Appointments Committee and appointments in general more approachable and diverse in order to reflect more of the student population

Please contact me at if you have any questions or to say hi!


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Head(s) of the Elections Board

Joy Chan & Delaney Williams

Hi All,
We are Delaney & Joy and are running as Co-Heads of the Elections Board! We have always made plenary a priority here at Bryn Mawr and we love all things SGA. Although we have not had a position through SGA (as of yet), we would be honored to be a part of the organization that helps run everything to make the magic of Bryn Mawr happen. Despite not holding an SGA position, we have both had leadership positions in Green Ambassadors, A/ASA, and Night Owls, as well as been a part of a multitude of other groups. Apart from our abilities to reach out to all corners of the Mawr, we also just want to make the voting experience within the Mawr a more accessible process with greater clarity and excitement. One initiative that we would potentially have is customizing beautiful stickers just like the ones you get when you actually vote out in the real world to encourage more student participation <3 We truly believe that we would do a good job and we hope that you all can support us with your votes!


Joy and Delaney

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Head of the Honor Board

Molly Mac Dougall

Since the beginning of my time at Bryn Mawr, I have very much valued our Honor Code and our system that emphasizes student-led solutions for breaches in trust. As I have served out the preponderance of my two-year term on the Honor Board, I have been able to help with some initiatives and to sit on hearings and Dean’s Panels. These opportunities have solidified my immense respect for the system that we use. While there is certainly room for improvement in our methods, the basic structure that we have at our institution is immensely special, and it is something that we should cherish and into which we should put effort. As Head of the Elections Board, I would want to hear input about changes we can make to our Code and our system, ways that we can make things better, and ways that individual students and student groups have seen faults in the system. I would also like to make the Honor Code and the Honor Board more accessible to the community.

The Honor Code truly facilitates our ability to be self-governing and I cherish the opportunity to be part of its upholding and interpretation. If elected, I will work efficiently with other student leaders, professors, and administrators to continue to create a community dynamic built on trust and respect. I look forward to hearing your concerns and continuing to build on this very special community that we have.

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Elizabeth Vandenberg

My name is Elizabeth Vandenberg, and I am running for the position of Treasurer of SGA. I am interested in running for Treasurer because I think that the role provides a tangible manifestation of self-governance: the Treasurer distributes student dues to fund student events, through budgeting rounds for clubs and committees and proposed student events. I am also interested in the position because of how it interacts with finance. Not only being involved in distributing money to student organizations, but also the ability to see how the Bryn Mawr administration addresses financial concerns are opportunities that I would look forward to if elected.

As Treasurer, I would be to try to increase transparency in financial decisions made by the SFC and Treasurer and, more broadly, at the upper levels of Bryn Mawr’s administration. Another goal of mine is to increase accessibility to SGA’s administration of self-governance. As Treasurer, I would try to bridge the gap between smaller conversations and technical language that only a few have access to, in order to widen the accessibility of students to SGA and to knowledge about how the college is run.

My experience last year as the Elections Head means that I have a lot of experiencing with a whirlwind schedule of emailing, scheduling, and keeping on top of little details. I have also been a club treasurer for two years, and I have budgeted for three different clubs and committees, which means I have experience with the budgeting process. The Treasurer is not only in charge of budgeting and representing students at administrative meetings, but also a member of the Exec Board. That’s a role that necessitates really understanding SGA, something that comes with experience with SGA, which I have gained from numerous angles. I have been a Member-at-Large, Head of the Elections Board, a member of the Constitutional Review Committee, and presented resolutions at Plenary. In those positions and as an editor of the college news has given me a lot of experience in dealing with people in stressful situations, both as their peer and as someone in a higher-ranking position.


Smitha Pallaki

I am interested in the position of Treasurer for several reasons. First, I have grown to appreciate what SGA does on campus and how self-governance affects the many aspects of Bryn Mawr. I have both seen and experienced how important clubs and activities are to many students, and the amount of power that clubs are able to have over their own activities and plans. The treasurer is vital in this position, not only as a support source and a resource as an SGA E-Board member, but also as the liaison between clubs and the funding that allows them to flourish. Bryn Mawr can also be quite intense academically and the clubs, traditions, and other student activities we have here are the best venue for people to enjoy themselves outside of academics. As treasurer I want to make this time as stress free and productive as possible to make sure students have this outlet.

As treasurer, one of the greatest responsibilities would be my strong duty to connect and communicate with the student body. It is important to find a balance between working with the students, SFC, and clubs, and working with the E-Board as a representative of student self-governance at Bryn Mawr. It is also necessary for the treasurer to be an objective resource, especially in dealing so closely with the SGA dues and funds that feed our clubs and interest groups on campus. Financial issues can be difficult to discuss, especially when personal ties or interests are at stake, and as treasurer, I would do my best to accommodate all viewpoints and ideas. I understand that a lot of this position also deals with communication with the Haverford SFC and other faculty on campus. I am an active part of many activities on campus and consider myself a great team player, listener, and contributor which I see as necessary to be treasurer.

I have been a club treasurer for two clubs; first, for the Bi-Co Judo Club, which became Bi-Co this past year. This position has given me valuable experience about both finances and leadership for a new (restarting) club, and insight into the process of becoming a Bi-Co club, as well as how financial processes and information differ from solely Bryn Mawr organizations. I have also been the treasurer of the Bryn Mawr Iron Owls Club.

I really admire the structure of the position of treasurer right now, and I appreciate the changes that have been made in this position over time. Doing everything electronically for budgets this year has been helpful and more organized than ever, especially for bi-co budgeting. However, the process of bi-co budgeting can still be stressful, and I would like to see this run more smoothly in the future. I hope to bring several benefits to the position of treasurer, including my ability to manage money well.

Finally, I would like to see financial issues more openly discussed on Bryn Mawr’s campus. Money can be very difficult to discuss, especially when there are personal ties such as a beloved club or campus organization. I have been involved with several campus activities and groups that have increased my awareness of SGA- being a club treasurer, attending BMLOW each semester, and attending SGA meetings from time to time. I think it is important to remember that self-governance means something different to various students and groups. However, SGA is constantly evolving as the needs and identities of the student body changes, and I would be excited to be a part of such a constant and necessary support system for our community.


Linh N. Tran

My name is Linh N. Tran, Class of 2016, and I’m running for the position of SGA Treasurer.

To me, an ideal SGA treasurer not simply administers the SGA Funds, but more importantly acts as a finance advising resource for students. The treasurer also plays an essential role in representing the student body’s voice regarding monetary matters of the college, e.g. the rise in tuition, as well as informing the student body of updates on such matters. With that belief I became very interested in the position and confident that I’m suitable for the position because of three reasons:

  1. I’m very passionate about helping and empowering others to achieve their goals and develop to reach their full potential. As a club leader on campus myself, I can see how SGA, and especially SGA fund, can truly empower students by providing the financial resource to enable many promising student activities, many of which could really create life-changing experience here on campus.
  2. As an international student and a rising senior, who have been involved in many activities on campus, I have had diverse exposure to various groups and aspects of Bryn Mawr. Such experiences have enabled me to understand the dynamics of the diverse student organizations on campus, as well as how to work with administrative offices to create an effective communication channel between the students and the college.
  3. I’m a Chemistry major so my strong science background makes me very comfortable dealing with large amount of data and number and make sense of it. Being dorm president of Rhoads South I also have experience with handling budget and the many procedures regarding money, reimbursement, allocations for student activities on campus.

My goals for the next terms are

  1. Be a helpful resource to students regarding financing by making budgeting process as transparent and information as accessible as possible. I know Namita has been doing a great work with this and I also share the same vision with her on transparency and accessibility. I hope to pick up on the progress she had made and further develop it to benefit students.
  2. To be more involved as an information channel between the student body and the college, representing students’ voice on how the college is dealing with money, as well as informing the students of the institution’s financial decisions and the workings behind it.
  3. Collaborate effectively with our counterpart at Haverford to maximize the benefit of our students. The number of Bi-Co clubs is increasing faster than ever so making the resource of both colleges available and accessible is vital for student organizations empowerment.

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Angela Motte

My name is Angela Motte, class of 2017, and I am running for the position of SGA Secretary. If elected, I plan to continue to connect the Bryn Mawr community to SGA. SGA is a place where students can have their voices heard, and I would want to be able to facilitate that space. I also would like to expand our most recent initiative- weekly update videos available online for students who were not able to attend SGA meetings. I think that these videos have a lot of potential, and can open up new modes of communication for students who are unable to attend meetings for various reasons. Accessibility issues should not put a hindrance on a community member from actively engaging in SGA, and I believe that this would be a good stepping-stone to create a more inclusive space. I would also want to reformat the structure of Members-At-Large in order to create a more utilized branch of resources.


I am confident in my ability to perform the duties of Secretary, and I know that I am qualified to handle situations that may arise if elected. I can type at 81 words per minute, with 413 keystrokes (76 correctly spelled words, 1 incorrectly spelled word). According to statistics, I am a better typist than 90.35% of users who have taken this examination. I am organized, and effective with my time management. I am familiar with the constitution, our bylaws, and “Robert’s Rules of Order.”  I am present on social media, and can convey information through various modes. I am comfortable working in, and in front of, large groups of people. I have had experience keeping and distributing minutes. I am a current SGA Member-at-Large, and through this position, I am familiar with various other duties that are not directly stated in the Constitution, although they are necessary for SGA to continue to be a presence on our campus. I will be accessible to students of the community, and will try to present myself as friendly and approachable.


I want this position because I recognize the personal growth that Bryn Mawr has created within me. I have become a better leader, a more active member in a community, and a harder working individual. I recognize that, and through it I have become empowered. I think that by continuing to surround myself in the culture that has so greatly shaped me would only continue to help create positive growth. I owe a lot to the Bryn Mawr community, and I believe that by electing me, I would be at the best advantage to give back. I am personally invested in the well being of our Self-Government Association, and believe that I can make a series of progressive changes that will only strengthen our system, and in turn, our community.

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Vice President

Marisa Rafsky

My name is Marisa Rafsky ‘16 and I’m running for SGA Vice-President. As a rising senior in SGA, I have engaged in projects with leaders who inspired me to run for a vital role in self-governance. My past community roles in Customs and the Career Peer Program have allowed me to interact with not only students, but faculty, administration, and LILAC staff. Because of my experiences, I’m well prepared to immerse myself in the Vice-President role. The Vice-President is responsible for disseminating information to the student body about each appointment round, updating the appointments blog, and conducting interviews alongside members of the Appointments Committee. As a first-year, I became involved with SGA appointments and have been successfully appointed to committees. I’m familiar with how appointments rounds work and requirements of committees. My prior appointments on the Outreach & Communications and Plenary Committees helped me develop excellent advertising, public relations, and organizational skills, which will serve well in recruiting new SGA members. In addition, I received specialized training from the Career & Professional Development Office on interviewing and advising students. My 2-year stint on the Plenary Committee led to close collaboration with the Executive Board. I understand how the EBoard and individual roles work to address community needs. I want to foster strong bonds between students, LILAC, faculty, and administration. I plan to evaluate the current Appointments process, in hopes of creating a more streamlined application with the Appointments Committee. In accordance with the Honor Code and Bryn Mawr’s values, I hope to increase accountability for all committee members, in the form of mid-semester reports to SGA on committee progress. I’m immensely proud of what SGA has accomplished so far. If you’ll have me, I’m committed to working with you in finding innovative ways to make SGA grow. I outlined my plan for 2015-2016 below:

BMC Appointments

-Regular updates of Appointments blog & bylaws to reflect current SGA trends

-Increased accountability for all SGA appointees/committees through mid-semester reports to community

-Simplified Appointments process for new & returning appointees in each round

SGA & BMC Community

-Build supportive relationships between students, faculty, LILAC, and administration

-Become accessible to all students through email & office hours

-Work with EBoard to provide space to address student concerns based on community input

If you have questions about my goals for SGA contact me at .



Gabrielle Smith

My name is Gabrielle Smith, class of 2017, and I am very excited to be running for the position of Vice President! Since coming to Bryn Mawr I have been very invested in SGA and what I can do for this community. I think the position of Vice President is perfect for me because through my role on the Appointments Committee I would be able to help others in the community become leaders as well. Having been on the Appointments Committee this past year, I have a clear vision of how much Bryn Mawr relies on Appointments, and may not even realize it! So much of what we consider important, like Customs and Hell Week, starts from Appointed Positions. I was also made aware of the way that the Appointments process can be streamlined. If elected I would continue to work towards getting the applications on Google Docs, and commit to increasing Committee involvement in the advertising and selection process. And to further increase accountability of committees, I would make sure there is a head of every committee. In the past the Vice President has had trouble contacting committees, and committee members have had trouble contacting each other. Even if it is just for the sake of facilitating this communication, I think it is very important to have a head for every committee. I would be so excited to work with the Appointments Committee to follow through with these changes.


From attending SGA meetings this year and last year, I really appreciated the changes that the current Eboard has made. From the little things, like changing their seating arrangement so they’re more approachable, to bigger things like Hot Topics, SGA has changed for the better! If elected, I would continue to work on those types of changes with the new board, in order to assure that SGA is not stagnant, and it continues to grow and develop as the years go on in order to better serve the student body. On that note, I think it would be great to do more collaboration with different groups on campus in order to have fresh, interesting Hot Topics and also get greater campus involvement.


Thank you for your consideration! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

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Charlie Bruce

My name is Charlie Bruce ‘16. I am a comparative literature major. I use they/them pronouns. This year, I’m running for president of the Self-Government Association.

I can’t think of a better way to serve my campus community than being president. Through fulfilling their different responsibilities, the president acts as a steward of the members of the association. They preside over SGA meetings in order to make things run smoothly. They act as a liaison between the students and different campus administrators. They keep an ear to the ground and encourage all voices to be heard.

Last year, when I ran for secretary, I had no idea what degree of responsibility the role would require. If someone had told me how demanding it would be, I wouldn’t have felt prepared. Over the course of this last year, I’ve gained confidence in my skills as a leader and a member of a team. I’ve collaborated with the Executive Board and the Members at Large to create change within our SGA meetings and the campus community. I’ve started my own initiatives with the institutional memory project with Special Collections and the McBride community. Most importantly, I’ve learned the value of self-governance as a platform for personal and collaborative change.

As president, I will fulfill these duties and continue current initiatives, like mine on institutional memory and Syona Arora’s efforts to make SGA meetings a more accessible platform for personal and collaborative work. As a person skilled in facilitation techniques, I would implement those in SGA meetings to encourage participation from different voices. While I recognize that my leadership skills still need work, I’m confident that I will continue to learn to lead more effectively through personal reflection and collaboration with other members of my community.

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