As seen in the election results, our new student leaders are Mike Tcheyan ’10 and Lizzy Brickley ’10. Mike is a Water Polo player who coordinated the WOOLF program for two years. Lizzy is on the Crew team, a former CC class representative, a current JA, and one of two students representatives on the Presidential Search Committee. Both are members of the 114th delegation of Gargoyle. See their Self-Nomination and Platform by clicking….
Their Self-Nom:

College Council (CC) presidents play an enormous role in shaping every student’s experience at Williams. In addition to leading CC, the co-presidents are the main liaisons between the student body and the administration. Through our proven dedication to the campus and enthusiasm for improving Williams, we are in the best position to both assure that the student body’s voice is heard and to successfully pursue projects important to our beloved ephs.
Anyone can propose an idea, but we have the leadership experience and campus knowledge needed to implement real change. As the CC Class of 2010 representative and a member of CC Campus, Lizzy knows how to organize, delegate, and lead an effective College Council. She knows what CC needs to do to make this campus run smoothly, how to implement change and which administrators to approach for campus improvement projects. Lizzy has proven her devotion to Williams by serving as a JA to the class of 2012 and proudly competing on the Crew team. She has experience organizing campus-wide projects, including Do It in the Dark and Peer Mentors. Currently, Lizzy is working to ensure that a successful Williams presidential transition by serving as a student representative on the Presidential Search Committee. From his grassroots leadership experience, Mike knows how to implement projects and has the communication skills and campus knowledge needed to make sure that each student’s voice is heard and taken into account. He has been the director of the WOOLF program for the last two years and has been an enthusiastic public face of Williams as an admissions office tour guide. As a member of the club water polo team, Mike understands the struggles of club athletes and will be a forceful advocate for improving the funding, institutional support, field access, sports medicine and coaching resources available to all club sports teams.
We pledge to listen to the concerns of all students and to work our hardest to meet your needs. As Co-presidents, we will work to:
1) Preserve Essential Williams Values and Programs During the Presidential Transition Process. This is an especially critical time for Williams, as a new president will be in place for the 2009-2010 academic year. We will fight to protect student run programs and ensure the perpetual continuation of beloved Williams traditions, like Mountain Day, tutorials, an autonomous JA system and Winter Study, under the new administration.
2) Advocate for Students’ Financial Interests and Limit the Impact of Budget Cuts. We will fight to keep financial aid packages and need-blind admissions the same as they were when our endowment was $1.8 billion. We will also work to ensure that the budget cuts mandated by the school across all departments—including dining services, facilities and all academic departments—have the smallest possible impact on student life and no effect on the quality of the education offered by the college. We are especially sensitive to the financial pressures associated with Williams’ extracurricular life. We will protect funding for student activities, including club sports, minority groups, and social organizations and continue to promote and create affordable textbook options.
3) Promote Campus-wide Communication. We aim to erase invisible boundaries separating student groups. We want to improve student-faculty relationships by expanding the Lyceum model and developing a Take-Your-Professor-Out to dinner program.
4) Improve the Neighborhood System. We want to tailor the neighborhood system to become a benefit rather than a detriment to student life. The administration has imposed the neighborhood system on the student body. We will work within those constraints to make all students’ residential life experiences as good as possible. We will start to improve the system by fighting to expand the co-op program and reclaim unused small houses around campus for the student housing pool.
College Council needs strong, experienced, and dedicated leaders to effectively address student concerns. As involved members of the Williams community, we are genuinely connected to the views of the student body and have the motivation and leadership to deliver concrete results. Since freshman year, we have been dedicated to making Williams a more supportive atmosphere for learning and extracurricular life. Under our leadership, College Council will be an outlet for student opinion and a champion for student interests. We recognize that the Williams community is a continually evolving space, and we will work to make sure future changes improve life on campus. We are also dedicated to being approachable and working with you. Please always feel free to let us know what is on your mind, tell us if there is anything we can do to improve your experience and approach either of us with any questions or concerns. We greatly hope to have the opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,
Lizzy Brickley‘10 and Mike Tcheyan ‘10

Their Platform:

MIKE TCHEYAN & LIZZY BRICKLEY
For CC Co-Presidents
Vote 10 pm Wednesday, February 18 — 10 pm Friday, February 20
As involved members of the Williams community, we feel genuinely connected to the views of the student body and have the motivation and leadership to deliver concrete results. Since freshman year, we have been dedicated to making Williams a more supportive atmosphere for learning and extracurricular life. Under our leadership, College Council will be an outlet for student opinion and a champion for student interests. We recognize that the Williams community is a continually evolving space, and we will work to make the most of the changes.
We pledge to listen to the concerns of you, the students, and to work our hardest to meet your needs.

1. Preserving Essential Williams Values during the Presidential Transition Process
This is an especially critical time for Williams, as a new president will be in place for the 2009-2010 academic year. We want to work to preserve the student organizations that make our purple valley a community that are we are proud to live in.
–Perpetuate Williams traditions under the new administration. We will stand up for Williams traditions, such as Mountain Day and Winter Study.
–Protect programs run by students for students. We will ensure that student programs, such as the JA and Entry system, ACE, and residential life remain student-designed, evaluated, and run.

2. Advocating for Students’ Financial Interests
–Fight for students’ interests in light of the budget cuts. We will fight to keep financial aid packages and need-blind admissions the same as when our endowment was 1.8 billion dollars. We will do this by creating a student committee to participate in administrative discussions on budget cuts. We will push to protect funding for student activities, including club sports, minority groups, and social organizations.
–Continue to develop affordable textbook options. We will continue to expand the permanent textbook reserve program and to support the growth of Springstreetbooks.org.

3. Promoting Campus-wide Communication
–Serve as an assertive voice to the administration. We aim to develop a strong relationship with administration to allow the student’s voices to echo in all policy decisions from Hopkins Hall.
–Erase tangible boundaries between student groups. We will facilitate forums to discuss the further unification of the campus, because at present divisions do exist among us.
–Develop faculty-student relationships. We will create a Take Your Professor Out to Dinner program that will allow students to develop relationships with faculty outside of the classroom.
–Strengthen student-staff communication. We believe the staff are an integral part of the Williams community and should be invited into the students’ lives more often.

4. Improving the Housing System
Residential life is at the heart of the Williams experience, and we want to make housing the best suited for the Williams student body
–Foster neighborhood collaboration. We will work to continue to tailor the neighborhood system, so that it becomes a benefit rather than a detriment to student life.
–Expansion of Co-op Housing. We propose a plan to expand co-operative living options for seniors.

Mike Tcheyan Lizzy Brickley
WOOLF Leader/2 year program director College Council, Class of 2010 Rep
Africana Studies Student Committee Junior Advisor
College Tour Guide Presidential Search Committee
Gargoyle Society Gargoyle Society
Williams Water Polo Williams Crew Thursday Night Group
WOOLF

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