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Meet Your SGA Senator Candidates!

Originally posted March 22, 2016.

With Student Government Association (SGA) elections beginning on Friday, now is the perfect time to get to know the senators that are running to represent the student body! The candidates took the time to answer a few questions that will help students become educated voters.

CCM

KENDALL DINSMORE, ‘18, Filmmaking

Photo Courtesy of Kendall Dinsmore

Photo Courtesy of Kendall Dinsmore

Why are you running for SGA?

I am running for SGA because I have a passion for making a difference and leaving positive changes behind me. I have a strong history in student government and leadership, and I believe that government and politics is a place where I thrive. My being on SGA would not only benefit myself, but my constituents as well.

What makes you different from other candidates?

I am incredibly headstrong and motivated to succeed and do well. I won’t give up until I get the things done that need to get done. I also think it is very important to bring fun and humour to something like SGA, and I probably do that almost too much but like, it’s funny and cute.

What will you work to fix if elected?

I really want to focus on empowering women within the CCM division and developing a stronger platform for them to grow as creative entrepreneurs and scholars. I also want to focus on uniting CCM as a whole and implementing a stronger and healthier community within the division.

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

I have never met so many young people that are so driven to make a difference and succeed in life. Champlain harvests the strongest, most motivated and driven people that I have ever met and I love being a part of it.

If you could have any superpower, what would you you have?

Obviously mindreading, if anyone doesn’t say mindreading they’re lying.

Who is your biggest role model?

Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

CHARLIE CARUCCI, ‘18, Game Design

Photo courtesy of Charlie Carrucci.

Photo courtesy of Charlie Carrucci.

Why are you running for SGA?

I first ran for SGA last year to get more involved and give my fellow students a voice at our school. After serving as senator for the CCM division for a year, I’ve learned that having someone who is really passionate about what goes on at Champlain and cares about their peers and classmates is really important. This year I am running again because I know I can be that person. I want to bring even more support to the CCM division and help students work with each other to unlock their greatest potential.

What makes you different from other candidates?

The other candidates running for CCM senator are great people. Though I don’t know them all personally I have worked with a few of them before which has been an incredible opportunity for me. What sets me apart though is that SGA is always a top priority for me no matter what else might be going on. I know that being present at every meeting and working hard to represent the students within the CCM division shouldn’t just be a responsibility but instead, a passion. It takes a lot of time and effort to change things for the better and I’m willing to put the work in.

What will you work to fix if elected?

Within the CCM division there is a strong lacking of cross collaboration between the different majors. I want to encourage a stronger sense of community within the CCM division so we can all grow together and use each other’s skills to create even stronger work.

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

The new art gallery in the CCM building! 

What’s your favorite movie?

The Dark Knight

If you could have any superpower, what would you want?

Fire Powers.

DAVID FIDDLER, ‘17, Creative Media

Photo by Quinn Kanner.

Photo by Quinn Kanner.

Why are you running for SGA?

To continue developing the initiatives I have worked tirelessly to promote last term. 

What makes you different from other candidates?

I have previous experience in the SGA as well as professional experience in a variety of Creative Media related fields.

What will you work to fix if elected?

The disconnection and lack of integration between the majors inside the CCM department. 

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

The openness and opportunities it provides for the students. 

What’s your favorite type of candy?

Carrots. 

What’s your spirit animal?

There’s an animal in my spirit?!?!?!

RICHARD STOCK, ‘18, Graphic Design & Digital Media

What makes you different from other candidates?

I am well liked, and I can bridge the gap between students and the college executives/faculty.

What will you work to fix if elected?

I want to increase the happiness of the student experience here at Champlain. I hope to begin to make life here at Champlain an enjoyable one.

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

Watching the sunsets from the Library Balcony.

What’s your favorite type of candy?

Smarties.

Who’s your biggest role model?

Pablo Hidalgo: Lucasfilm storygroup manager

SSB

BAYLEY PALZER, ‘18, Business Administration

Photo courtesy of Bayley Palzer

Photo courtesy of Bayley Palzer

Why are you running for SGA?

I think that a lot of students at the school keep their opinions to themselves rather than voice them. Given that these students don’t articulate what they think of the school and how we can improve it, I feel that it is important for someone to step up and take the responsibility of conveying these ideas to those that can take action.

What makes you different from other candidates?

I think the main thing that differentiates me from the other candidates is my drive to help people. I enjoy helping people solve problems and it’s rewarding to see a problem resolved. Being a member of SGA entails many responsibilities, but the number one responsibility should be making sure you do everything you can to help those in the community, and I think I am the best candidate for that.

What will you work to fix if elected?

I’ll work to make financial records of the college easier to access. According the Champlain 2020 plan, large developments are going to be made to the school and I plan to work with administrators to make these new improvements be as environmentally friendly as possible. In addition to that I would like to work with LEAD to expand options for students that don’t seem that interested in what we have to offer now.

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

The overall good nature of the student body. I really appreciate that people are friendly, and generally approachable throughout campus.

What’s your favorite type of candy?

Jolly Ranchers & M&M’s

What’s your spirit animal?

Polar Bear.

KARA BARD, ‘18, Finance and International Business

Photo courtesy of Kara Bard

Photo courtesy of Kara Bard

Why are you running for SGA?

I’m running for reelection so that I can continue the relationship I’ve developed with my constituents. I’m amazed by Champlain’s eagerness to make student initiatives a reality, and would love to continue my rewarding role of pushing initiatives forward.  

What makes you different from other candidates?

I have two years of previous experience with SGA, eliminating the transition time that would come with learning the nuances of the role. Also, I’m extremely engaged within the Champlain community– I teach yoga three days a week at the Fitness Center, I’m an active member of the Finance Club and a recent recruit of Stiller Women in Business.

What will you work to fix if elected?

If reelected, I hope to continue the conversation with my constituents about what SGA does, how SGA serves them, as well as continuing to amplify their concerns and initiatives. 

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

Small, dynamic class sizes.

If you could have any superpower, what would you want?

The ability to be fluent in every language.

What’s your spirit animal?

My sassy pug Margo.

EHS

HALEY PARENT, ‘18, Environmental Policy

Photo courtesy of Haley Parent

Photo courtesy of Haley Parent

Why are you running for SGA?

To help better represent EHS students within Champlain’s campus.

What makes you different from other candidates?

I come from a small major, and I understand the need for more opportunities for students of all majors. 

What will you work to fix if elected?

As a member of the EHS division, we have the most women in any division, and I would like to help give more opportunities for women in the EHS division and divisions across campus. 

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

Our diversity and variety of majors.

Who’s your biggest role model?

Rachel Carson.

What’s your favorite type of candy?

Anything with peanut butter.

MORANDAH GARRETT, ‘17, Psychology

Photo courtesy of Morandah Garrett

Photo courtesy of Morandah Garrett

Why are you running for SGA?

Being a part of SGA would be a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that has a direct impact on students view and experience of college and community. 

What makes you different from other candidates?

We are all looking to do the same within the Champlain community. I think I am coming into this position with the perspective of various students who don’t feel included on campus and are seeking for someone to be their voice. As cliche as it may sound, I am not in this for myself; I am in this for the unheard people.

What will you work to fix if elected?

The connection between students and SGA, as well as forming a stronger community within the Champlain College community.

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

The Vista Room view.

What’s your favorite movie?

The Lion King.

What’s your spirit animal?

A mix between Adele and Beyonce.

ITS

DUSTIN YOST, ‘19, Game Programming

Photo by Quinn Kanner

Photo by Quinn Kanner

Why are you running for SGA?

I am presently a First-Year Senator, and want to continue being involved in the SGA. I believe in needing transparency on campus, and want to continue being a voice for my constituents.

What makes you different from other candidates?

I have experience in SGA as well as working with others in the ITS field.

What will you work to fix if elected?

I look forward to continue mixing the ITS division. The LCDI was a huge step in getting the different majors to communicate, and I want to continue to foster that communication as I work with my co-senators to find new ways to mix the majors in new and fun ways.

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

The acceptance of others and passion for what each of us wants to do.

What’s your favorite movie?

Anything Disney. All the Disney. Oh, and all the Marvel things too!

What’s your spirit animal?

For now, a dog. I’m just too darn excited about all the things!

AARON LEONARD, ‘19, Computer & Digital Forensics

Photo by Quinn Kanner

Photo by Quinn Kanner

Why are you running for SGA?

I’m running to be involved in what happens here at Champlain and hopefully improve the school in general however I can.

What makes you different from other candidates?

I have a lot of leadership experience that I believe will be helpful for me in the SGA.

What will you work to fix if elected?

I want to improve the housing and food situations on campus.

What’s your favorite thing about Champlain?

My major specific classes.

What’s your favorite type of candy?

Peanut Butter Snickers.

What’s your favorite movie?

13 Hours.

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