Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Hello my fellow Swarthmoreans,
My name is Kimberly St. Julian and I am a freshman running for Student Events Advisor. I will not bore you with countless promises that are unrealistic, or cram my entire resume into this platform. I feel that student council needs more fresh faces and ideas, a better connection with the student body, and an events advisor who is willing to think outside of the box. As Student Events Advisor I will work within the SAC budget to fund events that benefit the Swarthmore Community as a whole. I feel that this is very important if we want to build a truly diverse campus.
I have four goals in mind to guide me if I am elected:
To cut down on the hoops that students have to jump through to get funding and receive refunds for the money that have spent by working with the SBC and SAC.
To listen to what the students want in events and what they want to get out of events by creating an open blog for students to voice their opinions.
To have more involvement in events and planning by advertising in the Swarthmore newspapers and with flyers around campus so those who want to be involved can.
To continue to have events such as Qdoba lunch days, to keep students satisfied and excited about being at Swarthmore.
I have only been here at Swarthmore for three months but I am ready and willing to dive into this head first and gain as much experience as possible. I am open to new ideas and suggestions and happy to work with others to get things done. We need to create more events and avenues for recreation during the week and on the weekends to keep life from being humdrum and repetitious. Why not have more movie nights and parties throughout the week? I believe that if the student body has a chance to voice their opinions and tell the elusive committees what they want, work will be done and more of us will be satisfied. How many students are unhappy or dissatisfied with social life on campus? How many of us have actually voiced our opinions about it? This lack of communication is a problem that I hope to alleviate by opening the lines of communication between Student Council, the SAC, and the Swarthmore students.
As for my resume, I will only cover a couple of things that I have done as a member of groups in high school as an example of my experience. At my high school I was president of the Music Honor Society and we were able to have two marching band dinners with full catering, marching band group outings, and we organized and fundraised enough money so the band could go on a cruise this year. I cannot claim full credit for these accomplishments because I had help from other band members and I worked with the band to see what they wanted and to find ways to get it.
As for my time at Swarthmore, I am currently a staff reporter for the Daily Gazette, a member of the Swarthmore Mock Trial team, and Peaslee Debate Society.
Swarthmore students I am one of you and I want to help us have a better and more fulfilling social life at Swarthmore while we learn here together.
If you have any questions, concerns, or opinions I am open to them and more than happy to speak to you about them. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org