Candidate’s Forum 4/11/13
Michelle calls the meeting to order at 7:10.
Michelle ‘15: We are going to start the SGA elections April round SGA elections of 2013. Keep encouraging people to come. OK this is how it’s going to go. Limited time, if there is a lot of people running it will be like 2 or 3 minutes….. we want to get out of here as fast as possible. The first position I would like to bring up here is elections head….
Please introduce yourselves.
Elizabeth Vandenberg ’16
Coco Wang ‘16
Bamboo Ding ‘16
Chloe Bauman ‘14: Why do you want to be elections?
Coco Wang: We want to get involved in Bryn Mawr sisterhood.
Elizabeth Vandenberg ‘16: I have been involved in SGA, I am organized
Bamboo Ding ‘16: Let’s get excited.
Ali Raeber ‘13: How do think you’ll handle the work all by yourself, for the two, how do you plan on splitting the work so it goes smoothly
EV: I would prepare ahead of the 3…2 weeks time that is elections. I can delegate to the elections board, because the elections head is head of the elections board.
Coco : We’ve been working together for the past year, we know how to approach a problem, we’re both good coordinators
Emma Rosenblum ‘14: How will you hold yourself to your expections?
EV: The whole campus will know what
Coco: More international students involved in SGA…
Chloe Bauman ‘14: There’s not going to be anyone on campus who has run elections –
EV: I have read the bylaws and the constitution… talked to current and former elections head, I will also make sure to keep in contact.
Bamboo: New things for us, we have the energy, we are responsible for things, even though we haven’t started
Rebecca Cook ’15: Can you speak to working collaboratively, because you have to work with other people
EV: I am the editor of College News, I am on the fencing team, at Bryn Mawr I’ve learned a lot about working with other people, Member at Large,
Coco: I am the President of (club) and manager of the VB team. We also have different social circles so we’re able to reach out to lots of people.
Michelle ’15: Is everyone here who is running for Traditions Mistress here?
Running for Social Commiteee,
Josette Graves ‘16 will be up tomorrow
Ali Raber: She has to answer these questions as well. They have to be in the minutes.
Chloe Bauman ‘14
Lauren Mendelbaum ’15
Jennifer Park ’16
What is experiences will help you with this position?
CB ‘ 14: Involved with SGA, residential life, a lot of experience leading people, I am good at organizing
LM: Both of us on social committee last year, I have a lot of experience organizing events, Winter Formal, in high school I was involved in student government, I have organized lots of dances
JP: I was also on the social committee last semester, in high school I was also involved in multiple events, like school like events… we have casino night winter formal last semester, but we felt like we could do one more, like smaller
Natalie Kato ‘14: How does this position demonstrate with self-governance?
CB: I think self-governance is achieved we can do that through the head
LM ‘ 15: The reason I wanted to be on social committee is because it’s big part of being on SGA. I understand the importance of working with SGA, it’s not a stand alone position.
JP: While working with the social committee it was nice to se events run with no adults, no administration was involved, It was a really fulfilling experience because you don’t really know all the details that are involved, when you were planning. And if we asked for feedback from our friends, and we asked Bryn Mawr to be involved.
Anna Kalinsky ’14: How would you rank your abilities to manage your own time?
CB: On a scale of one to ten, I would say fourteen.
LM: 7 out of 10, I do excellently under stress, even if I only have two days to write a paprt, I can bang it out. I helped plan the winter formal and was under a lot of stress, that’s when I get my more
JP: As a BMC student everyone has a lot to do all the time. I’m a perfectionist so I never do anything without completing it. I will do whatever it takes to get the work successfully done
Natalie Kato: Goals, Initiatives, or Plans for this position
CB: Hell week… any suggestions, an event in the fall as well as a few in the Spring… help SGA funded positions with their events. Push paid bouncers, as well as help people who are planning things like Rock St. Patty’s and East/West who can help with these things when they need it, whether or not they know they need help.
LM: My goals are to keep in line with what Hannah did… Winter Formal…. Spring Fling… a spring party would be super fun. This campus needs more fun lightheartedness.
Jennifer Park: When I plan a party I would want to send out a survey of what the theme should be – help people come if students have a say. Have small events, Who is the biggest social butterfly on campus kind of contests.
Emma Rosenblum ‘14: How will you go about getting student input?
CB: Get together student input. Surveys suck. Getting the so-co to sit in Erdman and get voter turnout would work better. It makes things get done. If you hand out surveys, or stuff mailboxes and have a table set up that would work well.
LM: Word of mouth is the best way to approach this situation. It’s less formal but the way you can actively reach out to people through surveys is minimal. If you want actual input you need face-to-face interactions to make that happen. If it’s just a simple tally. It would make a difference in just getting people to respond.
Jennifer Park: Utilizing the DLT would be effective. They interact with people who live in the dorm on a regular basis. During hall teas and customs teas, it would be a good platform to get feedback and people can discuss it.
Josette Graves 2016 Answers:
1. I have been involved in clerking positions in high school such as: Operation: Donation, First Grade Buddies, and So You Think You Can Dance. At Bryn Mawr, I am currently the Treasurer for Best Buddies.
2. Having a student SoCo head demonstrates Bryn Mawr’s self governance because it shows that the student body is able to maturely and safely organize their social events.
3. In terms of managing my own time, I tend to get the easy tasks out of the way first so I can focus on the more difficult ones. I do find managing time difficult at stressful times, but the work always gets done!
4. Some goals for this position include hosting more Tri-Co events, establishing a safe social environment that everyone is welcome to on campus, and making Bryn Mawr the place to be.
5. If elected, I will distribute a short survey shortly after being appointed, gauging students’ satisfaction with the social events that occurred during the year on campus (i.e. how often they went to a social event at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore, and what they would like to see more of at social events, etc). During the year, students will be welcomed to join in on open forum meetings if they have any ideas/opinions about the social life at Bryn Mawr.
Michelle Lee ‘15: Any further questions? Will all those who are running for Traditions Mistress please come up.
Sofia Oleas ’15
Michelle Bearall ‘15
Anna Sargent ‘15
Pamudu T ’15:
Anna Kalinsky ’14: Why should I vote for the other group of traditions mistresses instead of voting for you?
Anna S.: We didn’t know who was running, Michelle is a wonderful customsperson, Sofia is also a wonderful customs people, very dedicated to her activities, track team. I know she is on top of her studying and she would be a fabulous traditions mistress.
Sofia: I know Pam is a supervisor in Erdman, she is able to keep her eye on multiple things, balance thing. Anna Sargent can get anything done. And yeah, and a lovely, lovely way of being, you both really love traditions, you are both really dedicated to it, putting yourself into traditions, I know how much work you put into your hellees.
Emily Tong ’13: Do you have any plans, your vision, for what you want to happen next year?
M: We wanted to build up the community feeling. Hell week is really specially and it makes people happy for a lot of different reasons and we want to build on that. Have more connections with the DLT, more organization, make those meetings happen earlier and sooner, everything is more organized. In addition we wanted to have the lantern night tickets more organized. For athletes, they often get the short end of stick, hell week and the swim team conflict. track team and May Day conflict. We want to make people more aware of this, doing things to really amp up the community feel, instilling that feeling
Pam: We want to make everyone feel comfortable. You be you. Integrating together with the customs committee with the customs people. Talking to make sure everyone is comfortable all the time, comfortable comfortable. Have a things like Q-forum in a dorm context for people to ask questions. Dorm wide team to get to know us on a more personal level. Tell us their concerns.
Kayla Bondi ‘14: Describe in as much detail as you see feel on your email ability?
Anna: I love folders on zimbra, I’m pres of the beekeeping club and match secretary for Rugby, so that lots of email.
Sofia: So I worked as a bilingual secretary over the summer and I was emailing in Spanish and English. I emailed and worked with social services, police department. I’m also treasurer on BMC greens and Earth Justice League keeping club budget and emailing facilitators for different meetings.
Jackie Handy ‘14: You have to confront people in this role, how comfortable are you?
Michelle: I work in the writing center, part of the training is learning how to say no, as a team we would have that covered.
Pam: So…Anna and I are both customs people, I am a supervisor in Erdman, I’m good at being nice even when I don’t want to. I am really good with confrontation and telling someone when something is not ok with me.
Devanshi Vaid ‘13: The administration is not happy with the use of alcohol during hell week. How will you deal with this?
Anna: We want to promote a safe campus, we want to make sure everyone is comfy with the way they are participating in traditions, make sure everyone feels safe, have alcohol awareness events, sexual assaults events, make sure everyone knows how to say no. We do have people who are 21 years old and older, so people will be drinking. We want people to realize they don’t have to feel peer pressured… juggling the student body – campus wide student event, the administration needs to realize the traditions are what define Bryn Mawr.
Sofia: Regards to alcohol – the hell week committee did a really good job. As a customsperson I told my babies they don’t have to drink…traditions doesn’t have to be about drinking, plenty of people have fun without drinking. We’re never going to see eye to eye with the administration on everyone so it’s about finding compromises that are realistic.
Julia Stewart ’13: I would choose a good pair over two people who work well individually. How do you two work together?
Michelle: Both really responsible people, both really well organized, her strength, open and friendly, and be the person in the room who is the entertainer, meanwhile if someone is doing something not ideal, she can switch and be that person. I am good at being that friendly face, but she is better at being that stronger presence. I am very organized, and I have a lot of the background skill, Sofia does as well, we balance each other.
Pam: Yesterday Sarge and I were talking about how both of us re very similar but very different. She has experience with things off campus, and I have customs committee…. We balance each other out, are both organized, know how things should get done, approachable, comfortable within our partnership.
Michelle Lee ‘15: Keep the answers to 30 seconds.
Syona Arora ’15: How do you plan on incorporating anti-hazing initiatives into your roles?
Anna Sarg: Use a Performance troupe. make sure students are aware of these things happening on campus.
Sofia: In DLT we went over regarding hazing, put emphasis for hell week like…we love them, it’s so much more than hazing and it’s never out of vicious intent.
Emma Rosenblum ‘14: Hypothetical Situation – New student who is really stressed out, miserable experience with traditions. One sentence on how you would deal with it.
Michelle: Traditions is there choice, and they can be involved in them as much or as little as
Anna: What you put into traditions is what you get out of it. We both work well under pressure.
Sofia: …both do a lot, athletic events year round, two labs, a bunch of medical things this spring semester, didn’t have to miss an exam.
Lauren M ‘15: What’s the most important leadership quality you both have as a team.
Michelle: Open communication.
Sarah Bristow ’14: Why do you guys want to do this?
Pam: This is something I’ve wanted to do since freshman year. Really good traditions experience…. They enjoy traditions regardless of what level they participate.
Sofia: I am remembering lantern night standing shoulder to shoulder with my classmates. May Day, there were no words, really. To give that to someone else and share that with their friends.
Devanshi Vaid ‘13: Handle stress individually and together.
Michelle: Individually I handle stress, critical of myself, would not handle stress… you take naps…we would work really well together
Anna: Reward systems. Give myself a cup of tea. Under stress I get a lot of my great ideas…We would keep each other focused.
Kayla Bondi ‘14: Been here a couple years, what would you do differently or change.
Pam: Keep dorm reps more accountable, customspeople more accountable, keep in check, more involved in fall traditions, Have more information sessions.
Sofia: Start early, incorporating the traditions mistresses in DLT like dorm presidents, cell phone and email, increasing communication with past traditions mistresses,
Sarah Bristow ‘14: Alternative to Parade night – what would you turn parade night into.
Michelle: March of colors – freshmen walk from Erdman to TGH, seniors throw colors on that
Anna: Class colors is something to stress, relaxed event, congratulate themselves on surviving. How? Party.
Amy Chen ’14: Traditions has the largest budget – how good are you at budgeting and how will you plan for Grand May Day?
Pamudu: Customs, in high school I dealt with free medical advice, a huge budget we had to budget, formal accounting education. Already have ideas for Grand May Day.
Sofia: Customs people, worked with budgets, I am treasurers together… Grand May Day – legitimate concert with a legit brand. Fantastic to do this with the budget.
Kayla Bondi ‘14: Cut one tradition, what would it be and why?
Michelle: Parade night, because out of all of the traditions it requires a smaller budget, it has the smallest community building, biggest potential for community building, potentially cut the budget and have a smaller…
Pam: …large budgets that can’t actually go towards Hell Week – budgets can be cut.
Julia Stewart ‘13: 20 seconds to sum up to someone who doesn’t know Bryn Mawr, what would you say?
Anna: The world’s biggest secret.
Sofia: Get together a different points – feel more like a community.
Michelle: Does anyone have anymore questions?
All right could I please have people who are running for Civic Engagement Office rep?
Sarah Lovegren ‘14
Alizeh Amer ‘16
Holly Borg ‘16
Emily Tong ’13: What experience do you have with civic engagement on campus?
Holly: None on campus. This is the way that I want to get involved. I have extensive experience with leadership and community in my hometown.
Alizeh: I am in the Gotwals program which is after-school teaching. I do Saturdays of Service: Community gardens, etc. I also do adopt-a-grandparent. It is on Wednesdays to give food to homeless people. Over spring break I did habitat for Humanity.
Sarah: My experience started as a freshman. I was doing a lot of Saturdays of service. My summer of service in 2011 and then ceo rep as a sophomore. I drive for the ceo when I can. I do my best to chat with Ellie and Kellie.
Amanda Beardall ‘14: People don’t know it exists. How can you change that?
Holly: All forms of social networking
Alizeh: Facebook… word of mouth, getting it out through facebook, when you meet with other customs people, get the word out.
Sarah: FB page, ways I could continue that, present and active in SGA meetings, these are ways you can participate, chalking.
Chloe Bauman ‘14: What is the other part of the job other than dealing with the CEO?
Holly: SGA meetings, student finance committee meetings… van usage. If I had been here during the fall, I would have been very active in those decisions.
Alizeh: Increasing community
Sarah Love: This position goes beyond the office. It’s the Civic engagement representative.
Michelle: People for class of 2015 president here?
Could we have class of 2015 presidents please come up?
Alex Fran ’15.
Kaeun bae ‘15
Natalie Kato ’14: Why do you want to be class president?
Alex F: Classmates are abroad, unified class.
Jackie Handy ’14: What is this role in your eyes?
KB: Informed, here as a resource.
Fran: Experience. Dorn rep, soph rep, excited to get more involved
KB: Teas and letters for our abroad peers
Emma Rosenblum ‘14: Plans to keep people JYA updated on what is going to on the campus.
Jennifer Mendez : How is your time management?
KB: We are both science majors so we both know how to manage our times really well.
Amani Chowdhury ‘14: How would you interact with the new sister class?
Fran: Good question. We want to have teas, get in contact with their presidents once they are elected.
Michelle Lee ’15: Could 2014 Class presidents please come up?
Lindsey Crowe ‘14
Chloe Baumann ‘14: What do you want to do for senior week?
LC: Senior week, not broken why try to fix it, send out survey the popularity of past events
Amani Chowdhury ‘14: Cocktail themes
Jancy: Tropical theme, East/West type theme, a versus, definitely ask the class what they’re interesting.
Amanda Beardall ‘14: What are your ideas for class shirts?
Lindsey Crowe: Didn’t know there were
Natalie Kato ‘14: What do you think the role is as senior class president?
Jancy: Communicate to the class.
Lindsey: …we are working for you, especially this year as well as other, questions, we want to try and do it for you since this is your last year.
Chloe Baumann ‘14: What have you done, and what would you do differently?
Lindsey: Communication, easy person to talking, more events. Personal issues to deal with. Working on making the rest of the
Emma Rosenblum ‘14: How will you communicate better?
Lindsey: A lot of publication, posting on bulletin boards, facebook notifications, free food.
Jackie Handy ‘14: Class blazers?
Lindsey: $45 to $50
JH: Is that no?
Lindsey: Depending on demand
Amani Chowdhury ‘14: Senior dues
Jancy: Tabling, stuffing mailboxes. Math major, so I think I can handle budgeting.
Lindsey: Neither of us have shame in hunting people down.
Sofia Oleas ‘15: Senior gift
Lindsey: Communication, teas. To be honest not sure about those things yet. We’re in conversation with Kersti and Maddie.
Eve Cantler ‘16
Syona Arora ’15: How do you deal with drunk screaming people who won’t listen?
Eve Cantler: Sing really loudly. Get my I can sing passionately just not well. You can hear my rap on Whipitbadger.tumblr.com.
Anna Kalinsky ‘14: Favorite shower song and why
The Chain by Ingrid Michaelson, at camp with my friends, do a round in the shower.
2016 Class Presidents
Karunya and Angela ‘16
Sarah Bristow ‘14: This is specifically for Medha, How will you handle Hell Week Friday business without a partner.
Medha: I am not planning for running for anything besides this, I know how big of a deal this is and I will put my heart and soul into making sure it goes as smoothly as possible, a lot of things go on during the day, keep my focus, I do realize how big of an impact it is.
Pamudu ‘15: Marian Slocum & Makala Forster did a really a good job, how would you continue that?
Medha: I would make sure it would go smoothly… close group of friend, a board of people who I can ask like “hey can you help.” I personally find myself a very social person.
Angela: on first name basis with Mike Ramsey…
Kayla Bondi ‘14: What do you do if the lizard keychains come in the wrong color
Karunya: Change the order and get the right color. We both know how to not sleep. If a problem arose, we would tackle it.
Medha: Ask other heads… I would try and get to it as soon as possible…send out an email about why we didn’t get it.
Kayla Bondi ‘14: Sophomore slump hits people really hard, do you have a support system
Medha: Yes, they are sitting here… stressed out first semester…sister…in control.
Angela: Slump… holiday cookie decorating before finals, keeping the energy alive, both very enthusiastic.
Beverly ’14: How would you let other people know?
Medha: How would you advertise? I am really into social media… bang wave… you can still be with your friends, how this can impact, my first meeting was this semester…I didn’t know anything, and you have to make it clear from the beginning.
Karunya: I am really into putting stuff in mailboxes… 5 time…piece of paper. Social media is great, helping out
____ ____: Leadership positions on campus?
Medha: Trying to get involved, social justice, SAW, I am still trying to figure out which ones I want to be apart of and I want to be part of next year. Pride, diversity, incorporate into being
Angela: Freshman, captain of the debate, pr officer of national honors society, heads up, Karunya is current class president, in high school captain of the debate team and involved in many other clubs.
Honor Board 2016 one year:
Amani Chowdhury ‘16: Have you read the honor code, describe it in one word
AC ‘16: mediation and confrontation.
Melanie: Assertive, you need to say something about it, I don’t have a problem being assertive with my peers, seeing people not respecting other people
Maddie Backus: No problem telling people how I think, customs and peer mentor, transition
Aviva: Lots of confrontation experience, trusting self
AC ’14: Confidential information – friend involved in a case
Aviva: Keep it internal. Not talk about it.
Maddie Backus: Not talk about it in friendship. Separate.
Melanie: I worked in administration
Eun-Young Park ’15: Why one year?
Melanie: Might be going abroad
Maddie Backus: See if I like this position rather than fall into a 2 year commitment
Aviva: I will be going abroad.
Song mistresses 2015 and 2014:
Pamudu: Can you sing for us?
Syona ‘15: No. Come to Night Owls concert tomorrow in Rock common room.
Jackie: Red hot something
Amani: Blue hot?
Michelle: Blue hot is really hot
Student Curriculum Committee
Honor Board 2016:
Molly MacDougel 2016
Julie Henrikson 2016
Pam: Do you plan on going abroad?
MM: No I don’t plan on going abroad.
Jennifer: Over the summer
Amani: Why do you want to be part of the Honor Board?
Jennifer: “…freedom born from trust.”
MM: Honor board is one of my favorite things about Bryn Mawr, special to be a part
Amani: Changes for next year
MM: Informational session for new student
Jennifer: Integral values should remain the same, it definitely should be, the visibility should increase…positive outlook on what the honor code really means…
Emma Rosenblum: Guiding day to day conversations that students have with each other, especially about race class, grades
Jennifer: Outside of that, in my first semester I wrote about the honor code, how it effects our day to day… promotes a general sense of trust in how we communicate, pride in students and their work, provides a general understanding that everyone should be respectful
MM: Amazing amount of respect…
Amani: Hypothetical situation… finals coming up, six hearings, no idea how long it will take, how good are you under pressure?
MM: I do well in high stress, block out days, time management
Jennifer: … diligence…balancing might be difficult; part of the duty is managing
Elizabeth Vandenberg: Have you read the Honor Code?
Jennifer: Yes, cumbersome language
MM: Yes I have read the honor code multiple time
Frankie Leech ’16: Past experience.
MM: Yes, I am a mediator with my friends
Jennifer: could resolve conflicts between themselves, helping other people see things through other perspectives
Natalie Kato ’14: Strengths and weaknesses.
Jennifer: Detach myself from situations – helps me be analytical, key in hearing honor board cases, other skills. Weaknesses, decisiveness, something I am hoping to develop further.
MM: Attitude of professional, and personal skills, get them done in the best way possible. Takes me a while to make decisions.
Amani: Emotionally exhausting. How would you describe your team working skills?
MM: Supportive of other members of our group…if I can help them take on their responsibility, I can do that…going above and beyond…no one has claimed on their own
Jennifer: Communication… working on a team my personal experience is I try to always delegate things, check points and balances, nothing gets overseen or mishandled
Amani Chowdhury ‘14: How on top of your emails are you? Taking minutes?
Jennifer: Check my emails too much… I type slowly.
MM: Check my email in class. Fast typer, minutes would be ok.
Eunyoung Park ‘15: Customs week, will you been available during customs week, any ideas?
MM: CP, Interactive with first years, what the honor code is really about
Jennifer: Tri co, will be here, small activities, assigned a role, abstracts, how would we go about this if we were on the honor board, placing it on a level where thy can really relate to it can give them an experience of what it’s really like
Julie Hernikson 2016 Answers:
1. I am considering summer study abroad programs, but none during the academic year.
2. I want to be a part of the Honor Board because it is such a unique part of Bryn Mawr–in fact, it is one of the main reasons I wanted to come here. The Honor Board ensures that we Mawrters continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards and I want to help keep it that way.
3. I’m so impressed that the Honor Board goes beyond facilitating things like hearings and has taken on a proactive role as was exemplified this year with events offering tips on conflict resolutions, etc. If elected, I would make a point of furthering the effort to make the Honor Board be an even more visible part of the Bryn Mawr community.
4. I see it as an equalizer. It serves as a constant reminder that, as Mawrters, we hold ourselves to high standards in every aspect of our lives, no matter where we have come from. The Honor Code expects us to respect and trust one another.
6. In high school, I was a “Link Crew Leader”, and as such, I was responsible for introducing freshman to the rules and procedures at our school, as well as being available throughout the year for things like conflict resolution, etc. I have also held many leadership positions, so I am used to the structure and know how to work well in a group.
7. One of my weaknesses is that I tend towards perfectionism, even though I am well aware that perfection is an impossible goal. This can make me hard on myself, but it also pushes me to excel. One of my strengths is my ability to readily see situations from different perspectives, making me, I believe, very easy to work with.
8. I work very well on the team. I can easily take on a leadership role, but I also work very well under someone else’s guidance. I love hashing out different ideas and finding a good middle ground, and really thrive when I can bounce ideas off of others, as well. I am also very reliable–if I say I will get something done, I mean it.
9. I check my email almost every hour, unless I am at work. I have never taken meeting minutes, but I am sure I would catch on quickly.
Questions – 2014/2015 honor code members
Chloe Bauman: What do the honor code mean to them?
Amani Chowdhury: What experiences have prepared you for this role and how good are you with confrontation mediation?
Natalie Kato: Have you read the honor code and what do you think are its greatest flaws?
Honor Board 2014 1 year member
Hema Surendranathan ‘14
Shireen Saxena ‘14
[Hema Surendranathan ’14 answers]
Chloe Bauman: What do the honor code mean to them?
Answer: In my mind, The Honor Code represents a social contract between community members at Bryn Mawr. It insists on respect in the community and generates spaces for dialogue between members. I think the Honor Code is essential to Bryn Mawr and ultimately makes this community what it is.
Amani: What experiences have prepared you for this role and how good are you with
Answer: I’m currently serving on the Honor Board and have participated on one hearing and one Dean’s Panel. I’m fairly experienced in confrontation mediation based on my work with Re:Humanities, a national undergraduate symposium in new media held in the Tri-Co, where I have to work and deal with many different humans. I also have lived in communal spaces with roommates for the last two years and feel that I often play the role of mediator.
Natalie Kato: Have you read the honor code and what do you think are its greatest flaws?
Answer: Yes I have and I don’t think the code is flawed but I do think its integration into daily life requires improvement. When individuals elect to participate by a code they do so with free will, but can also elect not to. I believe there needs to be more efforts like Emily Tong and Irene Shin’s TLI to integrate the academic Honor Code into the classroom
Shireen Saxena ‘14
Chloe Bauman: The Honor Code is the foundational underpinning of both social and academic conduct that makes Bryn Mawr distinct from other academic environments. We have an unwritten understanding of respect and trust among us that facilitates comfort and good faith in one another. This is a large part of what makes our college special and our experience so freeing and safe.
Amani: Conrontational mediation is something I had to deal with in my position as “Class Conflict Manager” in middle and high school – a position similar to that of Honor Board Class Representative. We, as a group, were often faced with difficult situations in which we had to remain open, diplomatic, and fair in line with a people situated in opposing sides. As far as experience goes, I have served on the Honor Board for one year now, so the experience is definitely there. I would simply like to continue serving this position.
Natalie Kato: Yes; If there had to be a flaw with the Honor Code, it would be that all of its guidelines are assume that are confrontations and procedures will take place in confidentiality. In reality, this is not necessarily the case. Transparency with following the Honor Code has always been an issue and a fear for students. (ex/ “If I report her and everyone finds out, I might be seen as a tattletale.”) Working to rectify this should be a point of focus for Honor Board Reps in the coming years. The Honor Code makes Bryn Mawr College a safer and more respectful community.
Student Curriculum Heads:
Carolyn Jacoby 2014:
Elizabeth Reilly 2014:
Natalie Kato: What does the curriculum head do?
Carolyn: meets with curriculum committee, requires, faculty, distribution things, student curriculum committee, direct them the best way they can, talk to people you know about concerns that they have… attending SGA, and representing curricular interests at SGA.
Elizabeth Reilly: What she just said, it’s important to meet with the faculty and being representative with SGA, student input.
Chloe Bauman: What qualifies for this position? Proctoring exams
Elizabeth: Never been a part of SGA, but I have done DLT…directed plays for greasepaint which involves planning a budget, planning rehearsals for 20+, good person to communicate between student and facilities.
I have not proctored.
Carolyn Jacoby: In the position now, dorm president last year, proctored exams every semester.
Emma Rosenblum ‘14: Transparency.
Carolyn: …not interesting on a day to day basis. 25 classes got proposed… hold a tea, come learn about it, why did we make these
Michelle Lee ‘15: That concludes candidate’s forum.