On Sunday, the Classes of 2014 and 2017 elected their class councils for the coming year. Simon Brooks ’14 was voted senior class president with 155 votes and Justin Pearson ’17 was voted first-year president with 191 votes. There was record turnout for both elections, with 74 percent of the Class of 2014 and 82 percent of the Class of 2017 casting votes.

Both presidents stressed class unification as one of their main goals for the coming year. One of Brooks’ first actions as president was to acquire a class list in order to learn the names and faces of all senior class members.

“One of my biggest goals this year is to attempt to unify this class to the best of my abilities, and I think knowing everybody’s name is the first step,” said Brooks.

Since being elected, Pearson has met with the class council as well as an advisor for Student Activities, but has not yet made any proposals.

“We’re waiting on getting the input of candidates who we ran with and ideas from our class,” Pearson wrote in an email to the Orient.

Brooks said he has made four or five proposals, which are still in the process of getting approved.
Both presidents were hesitant to cite the exact activities they planned for the coming year, stressing the importance of spontaneity. 

“I’m coming up with new things that people will hopefully be pleasantly surprised by,” said Brooks.

Pearson would like to plan events in the spirit of Orientation in order to help first years continue meeting new people. Since Orientation ended, he believes “we have lost opportunities to connect, and we want to bring those back without so stringent a schedule,” he wrote.

Both candidates expressed excitement about the coming year.

“I trust this class and they trust us. We can only march forward from here,” wrote Pearson.