Decision 2012: President & V.P.

Note: Forum staff did not edit or revise these statements in any way. They are directly from the candidates in their own words. Their views do not necessarily represent those of the Forum. Statements from each of the candidates are below, listed in the order they were received. Acting in accordance with ASCMC election rules, comments have been disabled for this post.

· President ·

Aditya Pai

I’m Aditya Pai and I’m running for President. I was Freshman Class President, Sophomore Class President, and am currently Vice-President of ASCMC. But I’m running for President because I want to do more.

Last year, I made a promise to be an effective Chair of the Senate – and I kept it. I streamlined our funding and voting processes; I revived Senate committees to work on meal plans, improve Ducey, digitize professor evaluations, and other issues we care about; and I brought senior CMC officials to Senate to listen to our comments and concerns. The result has been a Senate that is not just a source of funding but also a forum for ideas and a platform for action.

As ASCMC Vice-President, I have organized campus leaders to make CMC a better place and we’re now beginning to see the impact of our work. We secured Hub meal-replacements on weekends for CMC students. We extended the hours of Ducey Gym. And perhaps most importantly, we submitted a Proposal for Student Spaces to President Gann and senior staff that has been approved and will be implemented this semester.

Now I’m running for President because I have a vision for what this College could be, and want to use my experience to make that vision a reality.  CMC’s most distinctive quality is that its students lead balanced lives: working hard and playing hard; excelling academically, thriving socially. As ASCMC President, I’ll facilitate that kind of balanced student life. I’ll help you work hard by fighting for more access and better hours in the Reading Room, the classrooms, the library cafe, and the Kravis Kube, Terraces, and Lab. And I’ll help you play hard by preserving our unique social scene while creating new and interesting dry alternatives. Being ASCMC President is an awesome responsibility that demands experience, judgment, and a vision for CMC. If you elect me, I will do my best to fulfill it.

Connor Barclay

Dear fellow CMCers,

Let’s get straight to the point. Why should you elect me to be your ASCMC President?

Simple: I will stand up for you.

Every year you pay $225 to ASCMC. The President’s primary responsibility is to ensure that $225 is spent in the way that maximizes your happiness and to represent you in dealings with the administration, alumni, and trustees. The President is a connector, a resource, and a pace setter, but above all, your #1 advocate.

I have experience being your advocate. In fact, every semester in the last three years I’ve represented you in roles as diverse as Senate’s representative to the Budget Committee, a student representative to the Board of Trustees, and the Junior Class President. I have developed trusting relationships with everyone from CMC administrators to alumni & trustees. These relationships will enable me to be extremely effective in negotiating in your interest. I can be diplomatic when the situation calls for it, but I am not afraid of stepping on a few toes if that is what's necessary to best represent you.

Come to Snack this Tuesday to here about…

A Stipend? No Thank You. Did you know that ASCMC pays its president $7,000 every year using your money? I think that’s ridiculous too. I will donate that entire stipend right back to ASCMC and permanently reduce it for future years.

Endowment, Anyone?

Think that launching an ASCMC endowment can’t be done? Want to raise more money than all previous donations to ASCMC combined? I’m way ahead of you.

ASCMC 2.0

The 21st century? Yea, we’re a little late. Sorry for partying.

Yours always,

Connor Barclay

If you have questions or just want to chat, email me at cbarclay13@cmc.edu or call me at 253-732-5795. I would love to hear from you.

· Vice President ·

Miles Bird

CMC,

It would appear that I am running for office uncontested, and therefore I am your de-facto ASCMC Vice President. Let me tell you a bit about myself, and why The Most Interesting Man in the World thinks I am the best person for the job.

My name is Miles Bird, and I am a junior History major at CMC. I like reading, kicking it with my brilliant friends, spur of the moment adventuring, and playing ping-pong. This is my first year back on campus following a yearlong leave of absence from the college after my sophomore year. I took time off school to pursue opportunities and interests that I would not otherwise have been able to do, and spent my time in Mongolia, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, and Brazil pursuing an entrepreneurial venture, studying languages, martial arts, and backpacking. It was a great year, but I have been all around the world and there isn’t a place like Claremont anywhere else. I love this place, and it is good to be back.

Having not served as an elected official of ASCMC previously, coupled with my professional experience, I bring an external and business-minded perspective to the table. ASCMC is a great service organization, but it is not a well-run business. Steps have been taken in the right direction this year to turn ASCMC into a more effective platform for student-initiated change at our college, but there is a lot to be done. I plan to use Senate, strong relationships with administrators, and other on-campus resources, most importantly the initiative of fellow students, to achieve this end. I will leverage my flexible role as Vice President to assist my fellow executive board members on their own projects.

Looking forward to a great spring and year ahead.

Miles