Latest info on spring College Council elections below the break. Comments:

1) The election would be more competitive and, therefore, better if there was not a “co-president” option. Having co-presidents, as opposed to the traditional president/vice-president combination, encourages the two most ambitious/qualified candidates to run together. Back in the day, ambitious candidates ran against each other because neither wanted to play second fiddle.

2) There would be more/better candidates if the election committee were to post the names of those who are running as they submit their applications rather than after the deadline. If students see that no one (or no one good or someone who they dislike) is running for, say, cluster representative, they are much more likely to run themselves.

3) I like the new terminology for the Min-Co Rep: “All-Campus Representative with a Focus on Minority Concerns.” Are there any right-wing rabble rousers left on campus? If so, they should run for this spot. Republicans/Conservatives are a minority on campus with all sorts of concerns . . .

4) Want to learn a lot about life? Run for the Honor or the Honorary Degrees Committee. You will find either to be as educational experience as your best classes.

5) Insensitive?

For members of the Class of 2008 and 2009: while it is strongly encouraged that candidates for the class rep position plan on serving out their entire term, candidates who plan on/are currently studying abroad may run with another candidate. The names would appear on the ballot as: “John Smith (spring semester)/Jane White (fall semester)”

Just asking!

6) Excessive?

The Co-Presidents / President & VP are the leaders of College Council and have significant opportunities to influence school policy and student life. In addition to leading the weekly College Council meetings, they frequently meet with administrators, including the Dean of the College, the President, the Director of Security, and the Director of Campus Life. They also have a number of other responsibilities that are associated with being campus leaders.

I am a fan of College Council and have defended it for years. But this is just over-the-top! The CC leaders have so many responsibilities that a single paragraph is not enough to list them all!? Give me a break.


COLLEGE COUNCIL SPRING ELECTIONS
Self-Nominations Due:
Thursday, February 8th by 5pm to 07st@williams.edu

Dear Students,

It is time for the College Council spring elections! The following positions
are currently open:

Year-Long Positions:
Co-Presidents / President & Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Class Representative (1 per class)
All-Campus Representative with a Focus on Minority Concerns (1)
Semester-Long Positions:
Cluster Representative (4)
Freshman House Representative (6)
Committee Positions:
Class of ’09 Member of the Honor Committee (1)
Class of ’09 Member of the Honorary Degrees Committee (2)

College Council and student-faculty committees are a great way to get involved in student affairs, impact school policy, and improve the college. If there is something you want done, run for one of these positions and make it happen!

In order to run, email a self-nomination to Suranjit Tilakawardane (07st) by Thursday, February 8th at 5pm. For year-long positions, the self-nominations may be no longer than 1 single spaced page; for semester-long positions, they may be no longer than 350 words. These self nominations will be published in a packet that is distributed to all students before voting takes places.

Brief descriptions of the various positions are listed at the end of this email. If you have any questions regarding these positions, College Council, or the election procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me. On behalf of College Council, I wish you all the best in the upcoming elections!

Sincerely,

Godfrey M. Bakuli
College Council President

CO-PRESIDENTS / PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT

The Co-Presidents / President & VP are the leaders of College Council and have significant opportunities to influence school policy and student life. In addition to leading the weekly College Council meetings, they frequently meet with administrators, including the Dean of the College, the President, the Director of Security, and the Director of Campus Life. They also have a number of other responsibilities that are associated with being campus leaders.

Note: Candidates for Co-President / President and VP must run as a ticket, and only members of the classes of 2007 and 2008 are eligible. The decision of whether to run as Co-Presidents or as a President and Vice President is left up to the candidates. Feel free to contact the current President (Godfrey Bakuli, 07gmb) and Vice President (Suranjit Tilakawardane, 07st) with questions about the position.

SECRETARY

The Secretary is responsible for recording the proceedings of all Council meetings and making these records (i.e. the College Council “Minutes”) available to the student body. The secretary also handles Council “communications” in a more general sense; he/she is the person to whom Council will look when all-campus emails or flyers need to be sent out, when an event needs to be advertised, etc.

As one of the four College Council Officers, the Secretary also has a more general leadership role. Along with the Co-Presidents / President & VP and Treasurer, the Secretary sets the agenda for Council meetings and frequently meets with the College administration, the faculty, and other leaders of the College community. In this way, the Secretary has a significant opportunity to influence school policy and student life.

Feel free to contact the current Secretary (Remington Shepard, 08ras) about the role.

TREASURER

The Treasurer is responsible for managing the $340,000 received from the Student Activities Tax. Specifically, the Treasurer chairs the Finance Committee, which makes recommendations to College Council on how to allocate this $340,000 among the over 100 student clubs and organizations on campus.

As one of the four College Council Officers, the Treasurer also has a more general leadership role. Along with the Co-Presidents / President & VP and Secretary, the Treasurer sets the agenda for Council meetings and frequently meets with the College administration, the faculty, and other leaders of the College community. In this way, the Treasurer has a significant opportunity to influence school policy and student life.

Note: Candidates for the position of Treasurer must be, or have been, members of the Finance Committee unless they ask the Current Council to vote in favor of making an exception to this rule.

Feel free to contact the current Treasurer (Connor Quinn, 07cbq) about the role.

CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

Class representatives are responsible for representing the interests of their class, and keeping their classmates aware of Council proceedings. They are also responsible for initiating their own projects to improve student life. Because they serve a year-long term, Class Representatives will be expected to provide leadership and continuity within Council.

For members of the Class of 2008 and 2009: while it is strongly encouraged that candidates for the class rep position plan on serving out their entire term, candidates who plan on/are currently studying abroad may run with another candidate. The names would appear on the ballot as: “John Smith (spring semester)/Jane White (fall semester)”

ALL-CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE WITH A FOCUS ON MINORITY CONCERNS

There is one additional rep who has a particular focus on minority concerns. In addition to his or her other responsibilities, this rep serves as the primary liaison between the Minority Coalition and College Council, updating the Minority Coalition of College Council business, and vice versa. In order to fulfill this role, they are required to attend Minority Coalition meetings, in addition to College Council meetings.

CLUSTER REPRESENTATIVE

Cluster Representatives are elected by the upperclassmen in their cluster and are responsible for initiating projects to improve student life, supporting other members of Council on projects, and advocating on behalf of their Cluster’s interests. Cluster Representatives are also required to attend weekly College Council meetings and serve on subcommittees of Council. At the weekly Council meetings, they help make important decisions on student life and college policy, approve the distribution of the $340,000 student activities tax, and update Council on the projects they are personally initiating.

FRESHMAN HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE

Freshman House Representatives are required to attend weekly College Council meetings, serve on subcommittees of Council, and initiate their own projects to improve student life. At the weekly Council meetings, they advocate on behalf of their housing group, help make important decisions on student life and college policy, approve the distribution of the $340,000 student activities tax, and update Council on the projects they are personally initiating. House Representatives must maintain contact with their constituents through house listserves and other means.

The following are the freshman house representative positions available; you must be living in the house that you represent. Each house has one representative:

– Armstrong
– Pratt
– Mills
– Dennett
– Sage
– Williams

CLASS OF 2009 MEMBER OF THE HONOR COMMITTEE

The Honor and Discipline Committee is responsible for hearing cases of students who are accused of violating the Honor Code. At the conclusion of the hearing the committee decides three issues: 1) if the alleged behavior is a violation of the code; 2) if the accused student committed that behavior; and 3) what penalty they recommend the Dean impose. Although both student and faculty members of the committee take part in hearings, only the student members vote. Self-nominations may be no longer than 350 words.

CLASS OF 2009 MEMBERS OF THE HONORARY DEGREES COMMITTEE

Each year the Honorary Degrees Committee seeks the names of suitable candidates for honorary degrees and works through consensus toward selecting a group of recipients from a variety of fields (e.g., people in the arts and sciences, in the business and philanthropic worlds, in the public and private spheres, etc.). The Committee consists of several trustees, one of whom chairs the Committee, the President, the College Marshall, one faculty member from each division, and four students (two rising juniors and seniors). The Committee is also responsible for selecting the commencement speaker at graduation.

Note: Because these are two-year terms, it is strongly encouraged that
candidates for these positions intend to stay on campus to serve out their entire term. Self-nominations may be no longer than 350 words.

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