Candidates for Princeton SGA President

head-shots-team-pic-005-cc-c33333.jpgName: Shannen Kahler
Year: Senior
Major: Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Arts in Teaching
Hometown: Ojai, Calif.
Clubs/Organizations: Rider Tennis team; Rider Swimming and Diving team; Circle K International
Why are you running for this position? I want to bridge the gap between the two campuses.
What issue(s) is/are most important to you in this election? Why? The important issue is the community of Westminster and how we can better bridge the gap between the two campuses. I believe in our esteemed community and vision here at Westminster and appreciate all of the great opportunities that we have being linked with Rider University, like being able to play on Division-I athletic teams. But, I believe that the community suffers from lack of communication between campuses. I have experienced these problems firsthand in being a recruited athlete onto the Swimming and Diving team at Rider University and a transfer student into Westminster Choir College. Having already done so much to try and connect the campuses, I believe that I am the best person to bridge this gap.
If you win, how do you plan to address the issue(s) you feel are important? I would like to see the SGAs of both campuses alternate their meetings every month from campus to campus to keep each other up to date on issues concerning both campuses.
What would you do if elected to foster a more harmonious relationship between the two campuses? I would like to see more interaction between campuses; Westminster should put on a few performances over at the Lawrenceville campus. I would also like to see the shuttle more often. Two days a week is not enough. I think in order to get the students back and forth between the campuses more frequently, we need a regular shuttle so that students who do not drive can take classes over at the Lawrenceville campus, play sports, use the gym or eat at Daly’s.
What qualities do you think an SGA leader should have? I think an SGA leader should be motivated, dedicated, enthusiastic and articulate.

pres-cc-c2.jpgName:Ryan LaBoy
Year: Sophomore
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Wallkill, N.Y.
Clubs/Organizations: President, Class of 2010; Black and Hispanic Alliance; Residence Life; 2007 Summer and Fall Orientation Leader; Music Educators National Conference
Why are you running for this position? Westminster is going through an exciting transitional period, seeing the rise of the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Although this proves to be an exciting turn of events for both campuses, there is expressed concern on behalf of the Princeton campus students regarding the position of our college in the larger University setting. It is paramount for us to maintain the integrity of our institution and to ensure that both the Lawrenceville and Princeton students and faculty view our college as an essential branch of the University.
What issue(s) is/are most important to you in this election? Why? As I previously stated, Westminster’s situation in the larger university setting is of great importance to me. We may have fewer numbers, but that does not make our voice any less important. It is a tremendous privilege to be afforded the musical opportunities we receive; however, it would be nice to see that we are treated as equals compared to our sister campus. We are definitely on the right path to bridging the two campuses, academically and socially, but I believe there is much work to still be done.
If you win, how do you plan to address the issue(s) you feel are important?To pick up where the former SGA president left off, I will do my part to progress the WCC Heritage Project. As students, furthermore student leaders, it is our obligation to embrace our school’s history, defend its integrity and to ensure a bright and melodious future for all WCC (and Rider) students. I also believe it is imperative to keep our students in the know. They’re the ones who pay to come here; they’re the ones who vote us into office. We are indebted to them, to keep them well informed. Some of my running mates and I have talked about making monthly newsletters, holding regular forums with the upper administration and students, and initiating a WCC News Program. These are all just ideas, though.

president-patrickmeyers-cc-c.jpgName: Patrick Meyers
Year: Sophomore
Major: Voice Performance
Hometown: Burlington Flats, N.Y.
Clubs/Organizations: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; Princeton SGA Student Senate
Why are you running for this position? I am running for this position because the Princeton campus SGA needs a strong leader who is familiar with the ways of life both within and far beyond a college setting. With my experiences of prior colleges and life outside, I will be able to efficiently conform to the needs and desires of the WCC.
What issue(s) is/are most important to you in this election? Why? The most important issues that we need to cover in the coming year are: parking, heritage, dining services and facilities. These are all extremely important to me because they directly affect the students living both on and off campus.
If you win, how do you plan to address the issue(s) you feel are important? As a student senator I have already begun to tackle some of these issues. I have been researching a parking solution that has already been proposed to Dean Annis, and I participated in the kickoff of Westminster Wednesdays, which is a program by the heritage committee to highlight the college. I am the chair of the Facilities and Parking focus group in Student Senate and I’ve been working hand-in-hand with Aramark food services surveying students and promoting food committee meetings so that we can improve the food quality on campus. If elected president, I can take these actions one step further by working with administration and passing on the views of the student body.
What would you do if elected to foster a more harmonious relationship between the two campuses? I would like to see more intramural sports between the two campuses. I would also push for more transportation between the campuses. While working on these two tasks, I would simultaneously poll the student body and ask what they would like to see between the two campuses. Greek life is a very large factor in every college experience. I would like to see more Greek relations between the campuses as well as opportunities for students to be more involved with the theater program.

n24306050_31212173_8011pres-cc-c.jpgName: Christopher Sierra
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education and Vocal Performance
Hometown: Clifton, N.J.
Clubs/Organizations: Music Educators National Conference; Mentor, Black and Hispanic Alliance; 2005-2006 Princeton SGA Senate; Student Orientation Staff Leader; Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society; Princeton University Exchange Program; WCC Williamson Voices Section Leader; Westminster Opera Theatre
Why are you running for this position? I am running for SGA president because I believe I’m qualified for such a position and capable of successfully executing the presidential mandates of the SGA. Additionally, I yearn to address the needs of my fellow colleagues and make a difference in my school’s community.
What issue(s) is/are most important to you in this election? Why? Some of my goals, if elected president, include finding new ways to integrate the Princeton and Lawrenceville campuses so that students can gain a better understanding and appreciation for the culture that exists on both campuses. Having a drug awareness day in memory of Justin Warfield that provides free group counseling and small sessions on how to help others with an addiction is also important. Assuring that the student body is informed of discussions that take place during the monthly Princeton SGA meetings and that senators who are communicating with students on a regular basis is crucial. Making a continued effort to assure that WCC students get a fall break and addressing the parking situation are other key issues in the election. These issues are important to me because they deeply concern both myself and my fellow colleagues.
What would you do if elected to foster a more harmonious relationship between the two campuses? In order to foster the harmonious relationship between the two campuses I would try to integrate students from both campuses by holding more events that attract both the Princeton and Lawrenceville students, encouraging the Princeton SGA and RSO’s to do combined activities with the Lawrenceville SGA and RSO’s, having Westminster students perform on the Lawrenceville campus more frequently, and doing more advertising on the Lawrenceville campus.

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