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BSG Candidacy Statements

May 5, 2023

This piece represents the opinion of the author .

Candidate for 2025 Class President

Alejandro Ramos ’25:

Hey y’all, it was an awesome year serving you as your vice president. I hope to have the privilege to serve you all as your class president next year. It was so great to host events for all of you and make your lives on campus a little more interesting—from free donuts to ice-skating to Scoops ‘N Stems to café coupons and so much more. If you enjoyed all these things, or even just one of them, then why not vote for me as your class president, so we can continue to have these amazing events and more? I plan on keeping these great events going and making them as accessible and inclusive as possible for anyone to enjoy. I want to make sure you all know that if you ever have any concerns or ideas you’d like to see, talk to me and I will always do my best to implement them or advocate for them on your behalf.

Candidates for 2026 Class President

Chase Lenk ’26:

Hello, Class of 2026! After one year of experience as your president, I seek your support again. This year, our class has shown more enthusiasm for events than any other class year. It has amazed staff how early we show up and how much time we dedicate to events. I hope to capitalize on our participatory spirit to further enrich our engagement with Bowdoin. I will also continue my Bowdoin Student Government Academic Affairs Committee activism, where I have answered your academic policy questions and channeled your demands into action. My platform includes:

  • Building on my experience this year streamlining the Class Council event-planning process with events like the First Year Formal, the Class of 2026 Band Night, Pub Karaoke Nights and Earth Day Plant-Potting, to repeat this year’s successful events and add new ones, like Class of 2026 Quad Day or Pool Day!
  • Collaborating with other Student Organizations to promote their clubs’ activities and support performances by members of the Class of 2026!
  • Encouraging turnout at sports events with athletes from our class with giveaways and food!
  • Continuing to work with the Academic Affairs Department to make course syllabi available to students during course registration, along with other issues.
  • Any other issues or events the class suggests!

Timothy Ignacio ’26:

Hey guys! My name is Timothy Ignacio, and I am running to be your president!

One of the first things people ask me when they find out I’m from Hawaii is, “How different is it compared to Bowdoin?” Superior food and weather aside, one thing I truly miss is the Aloha Spirit. To a tourist, “aloha” means nothing more than a salutation, but the true essence of “aloha” transcends linguistic definition. At its core, “aloha” is love, vitality, compassion, gratitude and so much more. As your president, I hope to foster the type of environment that allows each and everyone of you to experience it.

Some things I’d like to focus on during my prospective term:

  • Re-evaluating the current methods of mandatory diversity and inclusion training.
  • Fully utilizing a class Instagram account that will post updates on class events and reminders, uplift accomplishments of 2026 class members, etc. and will be open to submissions!
  • Working with College House committee leaders to ensure success in events, create unity amongst the houses and cultivate a fun social scene for both sophomores and incoming first years.
  • Hooking you guys up with fun concerts, merch and parties, obvi!

Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy. Aloha!

Candidate for 2026 Class Vice President

Kaya Patel ’26:

Hello, Class of 2026! I have loved serving as your class programming director over the past year, and I would be honored to continue serving our class as next year’s vice president. From the First Year Formal to karaoke nights in the Pub to our Earth Day Celebration table, I introduced many new events for first years that have never been done before. I hope to build on the programming experience that I’ve gained and bring new events to campus, like live outdoor concerts featuring sophomore bands and class paint nights in the pub. I would also like to collaborate with other student organizations to host class fundraisers, fairs and other similar events to highlight the diverse array of passions and interests within our class. However, future programming does not need to be limited to campus, and I hope to partner with more restaurants and local businesses in Brunswick next year to engage with the town community. For example, the council could host a salsa dance night at Maíz or create a food festival representing different cuisines on Maine Street. Beyond my own ideas, I hope to continue getting suggestions and feedback from all of you because my job is to carry out your ideas and wishes for our sophomore year!

Candidate for 2026 Class Treasurer

Maxwell Payne ’26:

Hi, Class of 2026. My name is Maxwell Payne, and I’m running to be your next treasurer. You might feel that you never see or interact with student government, but they do more and are more important than you realize. As treasurer, I would be able to shape the goals of our class and the student body as a whole. If you want to see more events and activities that everyone can take part in and enjoy, then exercise your ability to vote in this election and choose the candidate you want to represent you. You should not stop there, though: as treasurer I will listen to and seek out people’s opinions and ideas to make sure that we take the best path forward. As class president in high school, I was responsible for keeping track of finances and making sure my class used our money efficiently and purposefully. Here at Bowdoin I am involved in many different clubs and serve as the vice president of the Model U.N. club. I am prepared and excited to be your treasurer, and I hope I’m given the opportunity to do so.

These statements were provided by BSG President Susu Gharib ’23 to the Orient for publication. All statements are the intellectual property of the person indicated above. Kaya Patel is a member of the Bowdoin Orient.


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