Classes elect their student government presidents
Beach parties, ice cream nights, snowball fights, and camping on the quad are some class events that could soon be hitting the Bowdoin social scene if the newest group of class presidents has its way.
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) Vice President of Student Government Affairs Dan Schuberth '06 ran the election.
"I am pleased with the fall elections," he said. "I believe that strong leadership has been chosen as a result of these elections, and now it is up to the candidates to fulfill their promises as the year unfolds."
Ivan Lucuk '04 was elected president of the senior class.
"[Students'] ideas will dictate what we do as a senior class," he said. "I will make sure things get done."
The junior class re-elected incumbent Peter Hastings '05.
"Instead of doing a few large things, I'm looking to do some smaller things because of the diversity of the class," Hastings said.
Reflecting requests from last year, he said, this year's activities for the junior class may include ice cream nights during finals, movie nights, barbeques, bowling, and beach parties.
Evan Fensterstock '06 won the presidential election for the sophomore class. He was unavailable for comment at press time.
Schuberth said that most of the attention was placed on the first-year races that generally have more competition.
He said that there were "seven great candidates running for president."
Deray McKesson '07 won the first-year election for the presidency, and sees himself as part of the team of first-year officers.
"The crux of my campaign was the idea of shared leadership," he said.
McKesson wants to focus on helping the class work with the Brunswick community, make the most of the diversity of the first-year class, and have fun in the process.
"My focus now is building the foundation," he said. "The
leadership doesn't have a master blueprint for success."
BSG President Jason Hafler '04 said that, as in past years, BSG responded with a warning. They normally do not disqualify candidates from the race for a first offense.
Although BSG officials are happy with the way the elections went, Schuberth does have some worries.
"I am concerned with the lack of competition in some of the upper class races," he said. "It is particularly disturbing to me because a lack of healthy competition leads to low voter turnout, which serves to propagate a cycle of disinterest in student government."
Schuberth hopes to increase the competition during the spring elections for other BSG positions. He is looking to try new forms of advertising to encourage people to run for office.
"Hell, even hang up one of those massive bed sheets," he said.