Class of 2014 elects class council
By Jenny Che
Published on Friday, October 15, 2010
The Class of 2014 elected Sebastian DeLuca ’14 as the 2014 Class Council president and Andres Ramirez ’14 as vice president on Thursday, according to an e-mail sent out to the Class of 2014 from the council. Freshmen also chose Andrew Longhi ’14 as treasurer and Delos Chang ’14 for secretary, according to the e-mail.
Chang is a member of The Dartmouth Staff.
Seven candidates ran for president this year and seven for vice president, according to Rohail Premjee ’14, one of the two election chairs. There were five students who ran for treasurer, and four who ran for secretary, he said.
“We want to focus on creating programs and activities that encourage the Class of 2014 to get actively involved,” DeLuca said after election results were released.
DeLuca’s campaign platform promoted both short-term and long-term goals, proposing dodgeball tournaments to earn money for the class, lacrosse pinnies for the Class of 2014 and free hot chocolate on the Green.
“We also want to have a stronger class presence and encourage more coordination among the four class councils,” DeLuca said.
Ramirez, who primarily used chalk on campus sidewalks to publicize his campaign, said he was surprised by the election results and looks forward to working closely with both the College administration and with DeLuca to see what the needs of the class are.
Ramirez, who was president of his high school student body for two years, said that his long-term goal is to promote class unity through various inter-cluster activities, including an ice cream social in the coming weeks.
“I want the class to meet the officers, and get to know who they can talk to for suggestions on how we can improve,” Ramirez said.
Longhi congratulated the other candidates and said that he would use all resources available to maintain open communication.
“I’m excited to work with this group of people and run a great year for the [freshmen,]” Longhi said.
Chang said that he wanted to promote more personal interaction between the Council and the rest of the class.
“In the end, my job as secretary is still about the interests of the [freshmen,]” Chang said. “Just like any office, we need to know the class and the people we’re representing.”
DeLuca stressed that he would make sure that the events he promised would happen.
“I just want everybody to know that this Class Council is going to be the most ambitious council that people have seen,” DeLuca said. “Our ideas have been given the go-ahead, and the things that we promised in our campaign have all already been approved by the Collis Center for Student Involvement.”
The four representatives plan to meet Friday to go over their goals for the year, DeLuca said.
“We will compile ideas and establish what is plausible and what we want to cover in the short term,” DeLuca said. “Things that are more ambitious will be held for later so that we have time to organize and know who to contact.”
All four members spoke of the importance of student involvement in Class Council. The Council will also be open to advocacy and policy initiatives, DeLuca said.
“I want to gather as much support as possible to increase the student presence at meetings,” DeLuca said. “It’s easier to have more ’14s so that we have more input and more voices to bounce ideas off of.”