The commencement of yet another term can only mean one thing: it’s time for College Council elections! In this email, you will find the following information:
TO RUN, PLEASE CLICK HERE AND FILL OUT THE INFORMATION REQUESTED ONLINE
Hope to see you on Council!
Max and Adrian, Co-Presidents
With the inevitable end of the summer upon us, we’d like to welcome you all back to campus for this upcoming school year. We’d also like to extend a warm welcome to the incoming Class of 2017! As you prepare for your departure to Williams, we’d like to present you all with an update as to what the Campus has been working on these past few months.
Three years ago, Ifiok Inyang ’11 and Emanuel Yekutiel ’11, CC Co-Presidents ’10-’11 emeriti, proposed that College Council update the student body on a regular basis to ensure that everyone knew what the Council was working on throughout the year; this tradition has continued ever since. Though these emails each contained a ton of useful information, there was no centralized method of disseminating a compilation of all of this information to any student who requested it. In addition, we realized that there was a lot more that goes on at Williams than is released to the student body: we want to change that.
In the following document, you will find the College Council 2013 Mid-Year Report. The following information is included in this document:
It is our hope that this document will be able to serve as a reference guide for anyone interested in reading about some of the items being discussed in the many committees on campus. In addition, each page includes the names of all the students who served on each committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to those students as well. It is our hope that this will help centralize information and provide you with even more information than before.
Please continue to enjoy the little bit of summer that remains and get pumped for another exciting year on campus. As always, we’re here if you need anything, so please contact us at any time!
See you soon!
Max and Adrian, College Council Co-Presidents
Hello from the Purple Valley! Come back soon? It’s awfully quiet on campus without you.
This is just a reminder email that the re-registration deadline for the 2013-14 academic year is Thursday, August 1, 2013. This applies to all groups (subgroups, clubs/organizations, club sports). If you want to:
*Book a space on campus
*Rent college vehicles
*Request funding from College Council
*Exist at Williams
Please submit the form by the aforementioned date. Simply click here and fill out all of the information that it asks for. Failure to do so will result in your group going defunct. Though I would love to spend more time with you re-registering your group and going through that long process again, I think I’d rather go to your events on campus instead. So please, fill it out ASAP and ensure you can put on your events this fall.
(Quick) Important Information:
1. The Purple Key Fair is coming up in about a month (tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 3)! All groups are required to table at this event, so begin any preparatory work needed for it. Show the ’17s how awesome your group is. You’ll hear more from us as we near September. Shoot us an email if you have any questions in the meantime.
2. Emily Dzieciatko ’15, the College Council Treasurer, will send you an email in a few weeks detailing the subgroup allocation process (read: requesting funding for the upcoming year) and the mandatory treasurer training all finance chairs must go through. It’ll be fun, I promise! Be on the look out for that and, again, simply do what the emails say to do to retain your status as an active subgroup and receive funding this year.
3. All groups must attend the Student Organization Summit in the fall. More information on that will be sent your way shortly.
4. Again, update your constitution, including a quick blurb describing what your group does, and submit it with the rest of the form. Let us know if you need help with it.
That’s it! Remember, send your questions, comments, or concerns to Ben Lamb (bjl1), Teddy Onserio (too1), or myself (rac1). Looking forward to reading all of your constitutions and hearing from you soon!
Currently updating our own bylaws for the upcoming year,
Adrian Castro ’14
Student Leadership Intern
1. How do I register a new student group?
Visit the College Council website for detailed information.
2. How do I know my group re-registration has been processed?
You will receive an email soon letting you know!
3. What if my group does not re-register in time?
Unless you contact me to ask for an extension due to an extenuating circumstance (and it’s approved), you will have to register as a new group. Don’t let that happen to you!
4. How do I write a constitution?
Check out the one below!
5. When and how do I sign up for the Purple Key Fair/Student Jamboree?
Keep checking your inbox. You’ll receive more information about this soon!
6. Why so much stuff?
It’ll allow us to let you know what groups exist, what they do on campus, who the leaders are, etc. Plus, it’s cool to see what groups are active year after year for institutional memory’s sake!
As the dust from this past election cycle settles and we all bid farewell to the fun known as midterm season and approach Spring Break (!), the 2013-14 College Council is excited to begin working on the projects that matter to you!
First, Max and I want to thank YOU for the honor of serving as your Co-Presidents this year. We’re so lucky to serve in this capacity and are both excited to work with you, attend your club meetings, cheer you on during your different sporting events, and, with your help, make your Williams experience that much better.
We want this email to serve as a quick introduction! Very soon, you’ll receive an email from us with all of the student-faculty committees that we hope you want to be a part of for the upcoming school year. This school has many different avenues for getting involved and changing Williams for the better; we hope you decide to apply to one, or two, of even seven of them.
Before we end this message, we want to remind you of several ways to keep us “in the know”. You can:
Additionally, we’ve been working hard to implement the new vice presidential structure many of you voted in favor of this past fall. As a reminder, they’re a resource for you too. If you have any questions about a particular issue on campus, please email Max (mdh2) or I (rac1). Or, additionally, email any one of the following CC Officers
We are writing to thank you. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your College Council Co-Presidents.
We are happy to report that the state of the College is strong. This year on Council was marked by change and careful attention to actual demonstrated student need and interest. We listened like we never have before. We took our stewardship of the student body’s money seriously, and as a result, we were able to fund your student organizations more generously, co-sponsor a multitude of all-campus events, and formulate a plan to spend down our cumulative rollover. We knew that the composition of College Council did not adequately reflect the students that it represents, so we restructured it to allow for equal class-year representation, a designated vice president for four specific and pervasive interest areas (academic affairs, student organizations, student affairs, and community and diversity), and the addition of an Assistant Treasurer. This Council prepared for some of the more glamorous work on the issues affecting our community to be done by future Councils, and we are excited for their leadership.
We had tangible changes and improvements to the student experience in mind: providing ACE Concerts with funding for Macklemore; working with Dining Services and our Food Committee student chair, Tyler Sparks, to extend late-night hours and to open Lee After Dark; creating Community Matters, a forum for honest discussions relevant to every Eph; the strengthening and institutionalization of SuperFan; thoughtful and careful work surrounding mental health and campus resources; and many of your Great Ideas. One of our Council’s priorities was focusing on how well we provide for our student organizations—a responsibility that stems from a long history of empowering students to take charge of their own affairs here at the College. This Council has also collaborated with other groups of students engaged in important community-building work to insist that conversations about diversity, inclusion, and community belong and are respected in every corner of this campus.
College Council taught us to balance our LOVE for this place with an ability to look at it critically and to pinpoint precisely where it might improve, or get safer, happier, healthier, or easier. We were fortunate to partner with staff and administrators—particularly, Vice President Klass and Dean Bolton—who are on our side; Williams is better because of relationships like these. We also need to thank and acknowledge all of the members of College Council 2012-2013. We’ll miss our Wednesday nights together, but we can’t wait to see what you get up to, at Williams and in the world.
The long-standing legacy of selfless service to the College is alive and well. Williams students care. It doesn’t matter if you have never been to a meeting in Hopkins basement. What’s important is that you know and trust that CC is working hard and advocating to make your experience better. We believe in College Council and in the work that it does, and in the two thousand of you.
We are all invested in Williams. In the last three and a half years, we’ve been to your events and performances, we’ve cheered for you at your games, and we’ve sat in on your group meetings. We’ve studied next to you in the library and we’ve been part of countless conversations about ways to make this school better. We’ve seen how hard you are working and how much it matters to you. Thank you for making this such a fun and worthwhile place to be. We could not be prouder to have represented you!
We are grateful for your engagement and support this year. Though we are done with this ‘job,’ we are by no means done with this work. We care deeply about this school and this community every day.
Krista and Peter
Thank you for your thoughtful participation in and engagement with these College Council elections. 1,386 of you voted– that’s 65% of the student body– and the results are below. For a complete report of the poll results, follow this link:
Congratulations to the new Council! We are excited for your leadership.
Without further ado, we present your elected representatives!
Max Heninger and Adrian Castro
Vice President of Operations
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice President for Community and Diversity
Vice President for Student Affairs
Erica Moszkowski (spring) and Michael Williams (fall)
Vice President for Student Organizations
Class of 2013 Representatives
Class of 2014 Representatives
Class of 2015 Representatives
Class of 2016 Representatives
Class of 2015 Honorary Degrees
WHY SHOULD I BE ON COLLEGE COUNCIL?
Remember that there are many ways to meaningfully engage with and to effect change in this community. It takes 2,000. Click here to access a comprehensive list of student groups at Williams.
Self-nominations are due by email at 11:59pm on Monday, February 4th. Please send them to runforCollegeCouncil@gmail.com. Candidates may officially begin campaigning at midnight on Tuesday, 2/5, and no sooner. Nominations have a 500-word limit and should include your name, the position for which you are running, relevant experience, and a brief explanation of why you are the best candidate for the position/what you hope to achieve on CC. The elections will be held online, beginning on Thursday, February 14th, and closing on Saturday, February 16th. All students will receive an email with a link to our voting system, and all may vote (including seniors).
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College Council is Williams College’s campus-wide student representative body. CC’s most important functions include giving students a voice regarding campus issues, responsibly and fairly funding over 150 student groups and various campus events and balancing the student body’s $400,000 yearly budget, providing a starting point for student initiatives to improve the campus or College programs, and appointing students to the student-faculty-administration committees. College Council meets weekly on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9pm in Hopkins 001. All meetings are open to the community and students are encouraged to attend. All currently enrolled undergraduate Williams students are eligible to run for CC. These positions are intended to attract engaged and proactive members of the student body who are willing to work hard for positive change (big or small) on this campus. Bottom line: we know you’re busy, but CC promises a manageable, flexible, and fulfilling workload.
POSITIONS FOR SPRING ELECTIONS
2013 Class Representatives (4): Class Representatives for the Class of 2013 shall represent the interests of the Senior Class and the student body at-large, keep their constituents informed of Council proceedings, and serve and actively contribute on at least one committee.
2014 Class Representatives (4): Class Representatives for the Class of 2014 shall represent the interests of the Junior Class and the student body at-large, keep their constituents informed of Council proceedings, and serve and actively contribute on at least one committee.
2015 Class Representatives (4): Class Representatives for the Class of 2015 shall represent the interests of the Sophomore Class, keep their constituents informed of Council proceedings, and serve and actively contribute on at least one committee.
CC ELECTIONS TIMELINE
Sunday, 2/3/13: General Information Session for students interested in College Council (‘walk-in’ style, CC Office, 12 to 3pm)
Monday, 2/4/13: Self-nominations due by 11:59pm to runforCollegeCouncil@gmail.com
Wednesday, 2/6/13: Self-nominations distributed to the student body via email Thursday, 2/7/13: Meet the Candidates (open to the whole campus)
Sunday, 2/10/13: The Record-sponsored CC Presidential Debate (and year-long-position candidates’ speeches) in Baxter Hall
Saturday, 2/16/13: The polls close at 8pm and the results are announced shortly thereafter in Paresky and then by email
Wednesday, 2/20/13: Joint College Council meeting between the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Councils
What’s missing from your college experience? What would make it better? College Council can make any Great Idea happen. There is no idea too small or too big.
Great Ideas are designed to improve some aspect of the student experience at Williams. The rest is up to you! Would you like to make improvements to your dorm or to a student space? Delicious dining dreams? A program that Williams needs? Sample Great Ideas from previous years include: SUPERFAN, the creation of a comprehensive list of student groups at Williams, the purchasing of a colorprinter for the Student Activities Resource Center in Paresky, the Textbook Reserve Program in the libraries, the brand new hot chocolate machine in Whitmans’ (yum!), the Video Game Library in Sawyer, providing free online subscriptions to and hard copies of The New York Times in the student centers, and SophomOrientation.
Tell us how we can best serve you.
Your biggest fans,
Krista Pickett and Peter Skipper
College Council 2012-13
P.S. Money on your mind? College Council is one of many places to secure funding for a project, event, or campus improvement. Email moneyatWilliams@gmail.com with funding-related questions!
Partners in Purple, we write as the semester comes to a close to tell you some of what we think is important to know about the College.
Williams is relentlessly self-reflecting and critical. We live here, we learn here, and we are invested here. Our job as a College Council is to keep this place functional, to support you in your endeavors, and to proactively make Williams work better for you. We are fortunate for an administration, College committees, academic departments, and campus offices that are attuned to our needs. We are your advocates; call on us. CC will bend over backwards for you. We are proud of College Council and the work that it is doing, and we are confident that it is serving you every day.
Read on for some of the specifics. We promise you will discover something that CC has done this semester that makes your experience at Williams a little brighter.
Krista Pickett and Peter Skipper