Executive Board – Vice President

Lorelei Colbert

Hometown: Toms River, N.J.

Year: Freshman

Major: Undecided

Clubs/Activities: Freshman Class President, Women’s Club Lacrosse President/Founder, Leadership Development Program, Educational Opportunity Program, Emerging Leaders, Orientation Staff Leader for the 2011-2012 year

Why are you running for this position? I am running for SGA Vice President because I have an undying passion to help others.  In detail, my passion is to inspire, appreciate and motivate the people who surround me in order for us all to reach our utmost potential. With this being said, the student body of our school is clearly one of my top priorities. As president of the freshman class and an acquaintance to many, I try to brighten as many days as I can. I am an extremely hard worker with an even bigger heart, and those two things aren’t seen in just anyone. As vice president, I will bridge the gaps between our students and our university. I will be there to help with whatever is needed, and more importantly, I will be there to listen in order to make our experience the best it can be.

Why should people vote for you? I am without a doubt the best candidate for vice president of our Student Government Association. I have big goals for this school, and I am not afraid to reach and exceed them. I will be a sophomore next year, which means I have three more years of loyalty to this school to make it better than ever. My goals may take time, but we are destined to be successful if we are each driven towards the same target. I have the passion to help. I have the experience from my involvement this past year as well as in high school. I was my class treasurer for all four years and student body president my senior year. Above all, my hard work and drive is something that cannot be hindered. I love knowing that I am being the best person I can be, and I would absolutely love to make each and every student feel the same way.

Daniel Gonzalez

Hometown: Washington Township, N.J.

Year: Sophomore

Major: Finance and Business Administration

Clubs/Activities: Emerging Leaders, SGA, Rider SERVES, captain of an Intramural Flag Football team, volunteer at a local homeless shelter/soup kitchen in Union City, intern at the Department of Health and Human Services of the city of Trenton

What changes would you like to see made next year? One of the changes that I would like to see next year is more communication with the Rider students. I want to put together a lot of surveys, in which I call for active participation from the entire student body; only then can I truly understand what the student body really feels is important, what issues need reform and, consequently, how I can make those changes a reality. These changes would include everything from dining services to housing improvements to perhaps expanding Greek life. I also want to leave an open suggestion box where I welcome any kind of recommendations/thoughts by the student body any day of the week. I will strive to make sure that Rider University makes every student happy in some sort of fashion through my surveys.

How would you go about making those changes? I would go about making changes by becoming a successful intermediary between the Rider student body and Rider faculty. I intend on meeting with several deans and any personnel in charge of student affairs and persistently and respectfully presenting to them our ideas creatively. I want to see a change for a happier student body at Rider University and more smiling faces on campus. I will not stop until we get what we want. I promise you this.

Ethan Grossman

Hometown: Metuchen, N.J.

Year: Junior

Major: Finance and Global Supply Chain Management

Clubs/Activities: Delta Sigma Pi, DAARSTOC, Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon

Why are you running for this position? I’m running for this position because I feel the vice president is someone who should serve the student body and continually have its best interests in mind. I want to be that person to make sure those interests never fall by the wayside.

What changes would you like to see made next year? Empowering students to make the changes they want to see. As the VP I will strive to make it easier for students to accomplish what they want to at Rider.

How would you go about making those changes? By creating ad hoc committees in Senate to execute what it is the students want to accomplish, as well as maintaining a strong relationship with the administration to work together in the best interest of the student body.

Why should people vote for you? I have the ability to bring my extensive experience to this position. From past presidencies of organizations to multiple internships including ones with a congressman as well as on Wall Street, voting for me brings experience to the table and improvement to Rider for the students.

Kristen Lynn

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Year: Junior

Major: Journalism, Public Relations Track

Clubs/Activities: Community Outreach Chair of SGA, Secretary of Rider SERVES, and a member of Improv Club and Alpha Psi Omega

Why are you running for this position? I am running for the vice president position because I want to work directly with the student body to turn their ideas into action.

What changes would you like to see made next year? I’d like to see a considerable increase in school spirit and unity. Just because Rider is small in size and doesn’t have a football team doesn’t mean that its students can’t have some school pride. Along with that, I’d like for more people to get involved in extracurricular activities, because it seems to me that students who are involved in various clubs, sports and/or activities are the ones who enjoy their time at Rider the most.

How would you go about making those changes? I would like to enhance the existing Awareness Day or create an additional one during the spring semester to make it even easier for students to get the information they need to get involved. I’d also like to set up a committee consisting of various members from SGA and other sub-governments to do surveys about the student body.

Why should people vote for you? I am outgoing, open-minded and very passionate about my involvement in SGA. To be elected Vice President would be the perfect way to cap my college career.

Andre Thomas

Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology and Theater

Clubs/Activities: Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Vice President of Interfraternity Council and Army R.O.T.C.

Why are you running for this position? I am running for the VP of SGA because I want to bring cohesion and connection to this school — a connection between the students and the administration and a connection between student organizations. I want to use SGA as more than an outlet for students to change things; I want to make this a source to unite the school. SGA should be a place for residence halls to hear that they are doing similar events and then unite their communities of people and maybe even get input from commuters or Greeks to find out a way to get interest among their communities so that they can unite as well for a better outcome and a better program.

What changes would you like to see made next year? I would like to see a greater participation and support system among the students and student organizations. In many Senate meetings over the last year we talked about uniting our communities. I say now that the conversations have started and it seems to be something we want as a student body. Let the actions start.

How would you go about making those changes? My goal is to start with the SGA. I would like to have one SGA program a semester where we work with all of the student organizations and residence halls in collaboration to create a major event on campus where all students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Additional comments: I would like to thank everyone in advance for the opportunity to run for SGA vice president and I hope that you desire the same Rider I do, but the change does not lie within myself. We must all put forward the effort. Take one of your limited free times during the week and attend an organization’s event that you have never attended before and be that progression to unification.

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