Speech Night: Candidates for the Inter-Hall Board and the SGA Executive Committee speak out (Update)
Students listen as candidates explain their goals for the next academic year
Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 2, 2012 00:04
More than 60 students filled the Spa during Wednesday’s Speech Night, watching from the hallway and the upstairs balcony as 15 candidates voiced their platforms and ideas for the open positions on the Inter-Hall Board and Student Government Association Executive Committee.
Although more than half of the audience left after the two candidates for SGA president spoke, approximately 25 remained to hear the remainder of the speeches. The filmed event was hosted by Raiza Nazareth ’12, vice president for Communications & Outreach on SGA.
“As a senior, it definitely feels strange that my time on the SGA is soon coming to an end,” Nazareth said. “Being a part of the SGA is like being a part of a family. I will truly miss the work I’ve done, the events and committees I’ve been a part of and most of all the people I’ve worked with.”
Of the 11 open positions, eight had students who ran uncontested. The only three that had more than one candidate were the positions for the SGA President, Vice President for Club Affairs, and Vice President for Communications & Outreach.
Candidates for SGA President: Aaron Shifreen ’13 and Matt Walsh ’13
Shifreen currently serves as vice president for Residential Affairs and the SGA’s digital coordinator, and has been an SGA officer since the third week of his freshman year, when he started as the president of Howe-Rounds. He has served on numerous committees, including the Inter-Hall Board and the Student Affairs subcommittee.
Among his goals, he said, is the need to make the administration feel more accountable to the student body and to increase student involvement in faculty committees.
“The administration sees us as an apathetic body, which I see as absolutely not true,” Shifreen said. “I think the best way to fix this is to increase channels for student output. I want to demonstrate that students are still interested in Skidmore College.”
When asked to define a leader, Shifreen described a person who is conscious of his environment and is aware that working toward the next thing inspires others to follow in the same path.
“A leader is someone who does the right thing, even when no one else is watching,” Shifreen said.
Walsh, who is now president of the Class of 2013, opened by repeating what he described as the most memorable thing anyone has ever said to him: “Solve the problem today.” He said his time serving on the Sustainability Ad Hoc committee has shown him the importance of the student voice, especially in his work on the team that created the Sustainability Committee, the latest addition to the SGA.