Westminster SGA election finalizes 2010-11 exec board

By Dalton Karwacki

Though there may not have been much mystery going into it, the next Westmin­ster Student Government Association Executive Board has been decided.

Junior Anthony Baron will serve as president of the 2010-2011 executive board. Anna Friars, a sophomore, won the vice presidency in the only contested executive board race. The secretary position will be filled by junior Dorothy Shrader, while sophomore Samantha Scully will serve as treasurer.

Baron, who is the outgoing executive board secretary, is a piano and voice performance major from White Lake, Mich. Additionally, he was an SGA senator from 2008-2009 and the Class of 2011’s secretary in 2009. Baron says he aims to help WCC remain a top-notch institution for musicians.

“My hope is that SGA can help provide this in two ways: By reminding administrators the unique focus of the Choir College curriculum and what that requires from a student perspective, and by helping our great clubs and organizations flourish and provide events that let students de-stress from the rigors of the conservatory-style education offered at WCC,” Baron said.

He said it was a peculiar experience not to have any competition for the seat, especially given the nature of last year’s contentious elections.

In spite of his uncontested victory, Baron said that, while he does not feel an increased demand to perform well, he is grateful for the chance to serve.

“I do not feel any added pressure, but at the same time I am thankful for the vote of confidence the student body has given me by electing me to the position, and I look forward to helping prove their confidence was well-placed once my term begins this June,” he said.

Newly elected Vice President Friars is from West Deptford, N.J., and is a music education, sacred music major. Shrader, from Alva, Okla., is majoring in voice performance. Scully is a voice performance major from Ringwood, N.J.
Baron seemed hopeful about Westminster’s future.

“When I look back on my time at Westminster, it is my hope I will have seen the construction of new walkways, renovated practice rooms, musician chairs in the Playhouse, a repaired floor and new seating in Bristol Chapel, renovated bathrooms, expanded ADA accessibility, new signage and a new parking lot,” he said. “I hope that my administration will leave a legacy, which will help continue these types of improvement projects during my term and beyond.”

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