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.
DO NOT READ THIS.
Ah, a bit of cheesy reverse psychology to brighten your day. By this point you have successfully succumbed to my trap, but have still yet to figure out why exactly I would be a good candidate for a Financial Policy Representative. Well, eager Swattie, I believe financial policy is more about allocating resources to the right institutions than strictly gathering the most resources we can. You and I both know how much dough we have here at Swat, but don’t you still feel that XYZ could use some improvements?
One important reasoning behind Swarthmore’s large endowment is the fact that, regardless of the economic state of the country, Swarthmore must continue to provide the same standard and reputation of education, living, and activities. Yes, academics are first, but what we do outside our classes is as important. Swarthmore is a college that prides itself in diversity, both in demographics as well as activities. As a Financial Policy Representative, I will make it my duty to advocate every facet of Swarthmore’s community, from cultural organizations and academic clubs to art and sports programs – and with a $50K investment, you deserve it.
But the little things besides organization funding tend to bug us the most. Have you seen the pool and ping pong tables at Tarble recently? What a mess. And who wouldn’t mind a bigger gym? Renovated music practice rooms? Art studios? AC in dorms other than AP and DK? Playable squash courts? Segways? Or even extended meal hours and dining options for Essie Maes and Sharples? God knows we need some REAL food around here…
In any case, all these improvements, whether for sports, art, music, dance, academics, or housing, require a piece of the big pie that is Swarthmore’s wallet. Being the treasurer of my school to managing the finances of four clubs, I feel fit to be your Financial Policy Representative. Regardless of whether such major improvements are made, what is more important is the fact that they are communicated – that such requests are at the least considered; that us, as students, have a say in where OUR money goes. I will proudly be your direct connection from the Swarthmore student body to the College Budget Committee (CBC), relaying your needs, concerns, and desires. As a finance and statistics nerd in the greatest sense, I will develop surveys and polls to gather YOUR opinions at a regular basis, and will forward such information to the CBC. Together we shall transform a college that has a few, nerve-wracking annoyances to a diverse, multifaceted community that has next to none.
Vote Harshil Sahai 2015 for your Financial Policy Representative. Over and out.