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.
If there’s one thing that Swarthmore students know how to do, it’s complain about Swarthmore. From gripes about Sharples bars to coin-operated dryers that hardly warrant the name, we all have something that we’d like to change. Yet we remain at Swarthmore because we believe in the possibility of progress. As Campus Life Representative, I would strive to transform discontent into tangible action and change.
However, the issues facing students in regard to campus life extend well-beyond food and laundry. We can no longer pretend we live in the Swarthmore portrayed in brochures, and we must acknowledge that there are serious issues causing frustration among students. As Campus Life Representative, I would institutionalize a method where complaints could be effectively heard and brought to the administration. By dividing up the number of student groups among all Council members and requiring meeting with group leaders at least twice a semester, we could ensure that the most pressing issues are being expressed to the Deans.
As a rising senior and former Council member, I am already well-acquainted with the administration and the issues affecting the student body. I would like to bring a level of transparency to this position to assure that issues are not only heard but also that the student body sees the results of their work. The role of Campus Life Representative extends to publicizing Council events and updating the student body about the progress Council is making. During my time as Student Events Advisor, I aided in the publication of the Council newsletter and was also responsible for revamping and updating our Parrish board to ensure an informed student body.
My experience and dedication to the student body in the past has shown that I am capable and willing to act as an open ear and a voice for change on this campus.