By Meredith Quinlan
During my time on the Student Commission, I have never seen a higher voter turnout or so much energy and excitement surrounding an election. It has been incredible to see the evolution of this student government from my First Year, when the Commission was completely restructured, to now, where the body is finally talking about issues that are important to students and more than 500 students are voting in an election. I would like to say thank you to all of the students that voted last Friday.
As I look ahead, I think about how we, the students, have an entire year to make Kalamazoo College the kind of place where we want to live and learn. We shape the culture, we carry on the traditions, and we teach the new first-years what it means to be a Kalamazoo College student. So what does it mean? What is Kalamazoo College’s culture? What draws us back every year and makes this physical space between Academy and Lovell the place where we choose to spend 4 years? I think these questions are important to think about because at the end of the day, we make Kalamazoo College the type of community we want it to be.
In a few short weeks, our seniors will be graduating. They have certainly left their mark on the College, and have done their part in shaping and leading our school for the last four years. Seniors, I cannot thank you enough for your time, energy, and love that you have dedicated to the school.
For the rest of you, what do you want K to be like next year? It really is up to you to decide what our campus culture will be like. If this sparks ideas or thoughts on what I can do as Student Commission President to strengthen and improve our community, let me know. I welcome the conversation.
Finally, VOTE THIS FRIDAY! There will be two run-off elections for Vice President and Secretary of Public Relations. None of the candidates in these two races won a majority of the vote last Friday, so the top two vote-getters will be going head-to-head. Give me the best!