Across Consortium, Students Elect Class Representatives and Senate Members

Scripps College

On Sept. 18, Scripps Associated
Students announced Tatissa Zunguze SC ’18 as the winner of the First-Year
Representative election. Although voting began Sept. 16, the
majority vote rule was not met by the end of the initial 24-hour period, and the polls had to be reopened for an
additional 24 hours for students to recast their votes.

Zunguze ran against six other
candidates in the election. As the only first-year in SAS, Zunguze said her goal
is to “serve as a voice for the first-year students at Scripps.” Zunguze
intends to plan grade-specific social events to help first-year students bond
as a class.

“I have fallen in love with
Scripps and look forward to working with SAS to make Scripps a better community
for everyone,” Zunguze said.

Pitzer College

The Pitzer College Student Senate
announced election results Sept. 22.

Ben Shelley PZ ’18 was elected to
serve as First-Year Representative. Shelley said that he hopes to promote
better communication and more transparency between the Senate and the first-year class.

“Senate is for the students, and
during my campaign I tried to show that I’d be a good voice and a good
mouthpiece for the Senate, and just make the Pitzer experience better that way,”
Shelley said.

Shelley also plans to create an
outreach platform to help Pitzer artists and musicians gain more visibility.

Jacob Dorfman ’16 was elected as
the Junior Class Representative.

Tiana Wu PZ ’16 won the position of Transfer Representative. Wu wrote in an email to TSL that she was part of the student
senate of her previous institute and is excited to be part of what seems to her to be a more active student group.

“Having a representative on
senate not only allows us the transfer students to have an established voice
but also aids us in integrating into the Pitzer community,” Wu wrote. “I merely
act as the messenger for the cause (and hopefully do a good job at it).”

Pomona College

The Associated Students of Pomona
College announced election results Tuesday, Sept. 23 around 10 p.m.
after a 24-hour voting period that began Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.

ASPC Elections Commissioner Beshouy
Botros PO ’17, who was in charge of generating interest for elections, making sure candidates followed the elections code and confirming votes, said
that the elections went smoothly.

“We had great turnout for this
election, about 40 more votes than last year’s,” Botros said. “That’s about a five percent increase, maybe six percent, so that’s great.”

According to an email to the
student body by Associate Director of Smith Campus Center and Student Programs
Ellie Ash-Balá, 713 students voted.

Chloe An PO ’18 was elected out
of seven candidates running for First-Year Class President. 

An said that “building
community was a big part of my platform, just uniting the freshman class,
making sure everyone has a community they belong to.” 

An also hopes to work
with other Pomona class representatives, as well as with the other 5Cs, to
promote unity across the entire consortium.

Peter Kim PO ’17 was elected Sophomore Class President. Kim, who was the First-Year Class President last
year, said that he hopes to build upon the initiatives he began last year.

“I want to foster unity and
integrate the class,” Kim said. “Sophomore year is also when students transition toward choosing majors, deciding whether to study abroad or not and thinking of
careers beyond their time at Pomona, so I want to help them with that transition.”

Elena Cardenas PO ’16 won the
position of Junior Class President. Cardenas said that she hopes to maintain a
strong bond between the junior class by sending postcards to students studying
abroad. Her other goals include setting up the Junior-Senior Social, promoting
discussions about diversity on campus, continuing a specialized résumé workshop and putting functional printers in North Campus residence halls.

“I’m really excited because I was
really nervous during the campaign, so I’m just really happy that I have won,” Cardenas said. “And I’m happy to put into action all the plans that I wanted to do.”

Nico Kass PO ’16 was elected to
the position of North Campus Representative. He ran against two other candidates.
Kass said that he is interested in emphasizing responsible drinking,
organizing student groups to help prevent sexual assault, improving the
dining hall and bringing more awareness to mental health.

Aldair Arriola-Gomez PO ’17 was
elected to the position of South Campus Representative. Arriola-Gomez wrote in an email to TSL that his goals for this year include providing a better support environment for victims of sexual assault, planning a block party on Bonita Street in South Campus and creating an online forum where students can comment on the college’s dining halls.

“I am beyond ecstatic to be the newly elected South Campus Representative. I was driven to run for this position because I am very passionate about improving some issues at Pomona,” Arriola-Gomez wrote. “I hope that this an open invitation for anyone and everyone to come up to me to talk about anything, not just South Campus related issues.”

Claremont McKenna College

Candidates for Associated Students
of Claremont McKenna College’s Freshman Class President presented their
speeches Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Collins Dining Hall, during a first-year-only ‘snack’ break. Voting began at 10:30 p.m., and results were released Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. 

Reid Dickerson CM ’18 won the election. Dickerson wrote in an email to TSL that he was inspired by
the incredible passion and ideas that the other candidates brought and that he
feels lucky to have won.

“On top of the stereotypical
awesome social calendar, I want to tackle a few of the more complicated issues
on our campus—dangerous drinking and sexual assault,” Dickerson wrote. “One of
my biggest dreams for this year is to get every 5C freshman class to work
together to hopefully begin a partnership that will continue throughout our
time at Claremont to improve the quality and safety of our campus.”

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