Meet the 2012-2013 SGA e-board
As the academic school year comes to a close, many on-campus clubs and organizations begin to transition in newly elected officers for next year. The Student Government Association, or SGA, is no exception to this annual occurrence. With Paul DiBlasi and Brian Gelok officially winning the student body president and executive vice president positions, a wide array of executive board positions and other elected spots were left to be filled, and with new SGA administrations come new student leaders that represent the student body. Meet some of the 2012-2013 SGA board.
Meet Luis Castillo, the Vice President of Club Affairs.
Major/minor, and year of graduation: "I am a Criminal Justice and Spanish double major. I plan on graduating during the May 2013 ceremonies."
Nickname: "I have been called Louis, little Spanish man, baby Jesus, Puertorican (though I am of Dominican descent), and I am the self-proclaimed 'Spanish hurricane.'"
Why he got involved in SGA: "I was my high school's student body president and knew that before I left Marist, I had to get involved in SGA."
Looking ahead: "I plan on making all clubs have transparent communication with the college."
Secret weapon in the office: "I do not bite around the bushes. I am straight to the point. I will put you in your place when need be. Plus, if I have to find a student, I will. I do not like waiting."
Favorite thing to do in the SGA office: "Probably listening in on other people's conversations. Other than that, making sure that people that ask questions about clubs get the right answers."
Fun fact: "Latin music is my favorite. I love sports, and I love to dance and I am very outgoing."
Meet Lauren Carrozza, the Vice President of Student Programming.
Major/minor, and year of graduation: "I am a business administration major with an emphasis in marketing and a double minor in communication studies and Italian. I'm graduating in 2014."
Why she got involved in SGA/SPC: "I have been a general member in SPC since I came to Marist. In the spring of my freshman year, I joined the executive board of SPC as publicity officer. This past March, I transitioned to president. I love being in SPC and how involved it has allowed me to be my first two years at Marist, and I am especially excited to now be a part of Student Government. The main reason that I decided to take on this position was because I truly love my school and my responsibility for the majority of the on-campus programming."
Looking ahead: "This upcoming academic year, I hope to work with the rest of the DiBlasi administration to enhance everyone's experience here at Marist. I want to know the opinions of students, what they want to change about our school and what they expect of us in the future."
Secret weapon in the office: "Pressure. I need to be under pressure to get things done, and I need deadlines."
Favorite thing to do in the SGA office: "I actually get homework done in the office a lot of the time. It's a nice change of scenery from the library or my room, and there are always people in there to keep me company. I also like to waste time and make posters or decorate the office. Most recently I made lovely labels for the SPC mailboxes instead of doing work."
Fun fact: "I love Dunkin' Donuts coffee. At home I go there several times a week (sometimes more than once a day) and I really wish there was one closer to Marist! My favorite drink there is the caramel almond iced latte, and you have to ask for extra almond syrup. That makes it so much better."
Meet Jane Tracy, the Senate Speaker.
Major/minor, and year of graduation: "I am an English major with a concentration in writing and secondary education. I have minors in psychology and creative writing. My year of graduation is 2014."
Why she got involved in SGA: "I first got involved in SGA back in the beginning of my freshman year as a junior senator. I heard about the position through a few friends and thought it would be a great way to learn more about what students want at Marist. From there, I ran for a seat in the senate because I felt I could represent and be the voice for student concerns."
Looking ahead: "I hope to run an amazing senate team for next year! I believe my team and I can work effectively on a variety of committees and projects that will bring positive change to the Marist community."
Secret weapon in the office: "My newfound ability to ask for help. When you work as a team, it's important to know that there are other people there who are always willing to lend a helping hand. If I worked on everything by myself without any help, I don't think I would get nearly as much done."
Favorite thing to do in the SGA office: "In the SGA office, I truly enjoy answering students' questions and hearing their concerns. I absolutely love when a student comes into the office with something to say."
Pranks in the office: "Personally, I've never pulled a prank on anyone in the office, but I know a certain class president who enjoys taking apart my Senate speaker gavel and leaving it in pieces in my mailbox."
Meet Steve Sabato, the Director of Communications.
Major/minor, and year of graduation: "I am a communications major with an emphasis in sports communication and I have a minor in business. I am a member of the class of 2013."
Why he got involved in SGA: "Mostly because [Paul and Brian] asked me to. They wanted an effective liaison between SGA and communicating to the school and clubs between different means and media outlets. It felt appropriate to go after because I felt qualified. Sometimes, people want to go after people who can do things and get the job done, even if they were not involved in government before. It makes the selection and my job based on merit, not previous experience."
Looking ahead: "We're looking to be more active on social media sites. We're dipping our feet into the water with Facebook and Twitter. We're looking into doing a 'Twitter Q&A' during my office hours in which people can Tweet their questions at us and we answer them. We are also looking to expand the newsletter. I also plan on utilizing and making a connection between SGA, The Circle, MCTV and the WMAR. We want to make it a more approachable relationship and there should be no wall between the media and SGA."
Secret weapon in the office: "I am very strategic. I know how to think strategically."
Favorite thing to do in the SGA office: "Coexist with my teammates. I enjoy hanging out with my friends while making progress. Being in the office faciliates thought and progress--One of the great reasons as to why you should pick people that can do great things."
Pranks in the office: "On Andrew Paulsen's last day, we sticky-noted his entire desk."
Meet Garrin Marchetti, a Resident Senator.
Major/minor, and year of graduation: "I am a double major in journalism and sports communication. I also have a writing minor. I am a part of the class of 2014."
Nickname: "Gar-Bear and GM."
Why he got involved in SGA: "I have a lot of friends involved in SGA and I saw how worthwhile it was to be involved in it. I was able to see what a difference people in SGA can make and I wanted to get involved in that."
Looking ahead: "I am reaching out to people in the community and I am putting an emphasis on reach out to different people. I am looking forward to being a voice for the students. I am excited to help students realize that they too can make a difference and become involved."
Secret weapon in the office: "I would have to say being a part of a lot of different organizations and knowing a lot of different people is my secret weapon. I am able to find out a lot of the different needs and wants of the students on campus. My biggest strength is diversity and bringing out different opinions and ideas."
Favorite thing to do in the SGA office: "I like to get my work done. Everyone is focused on their work. I get more work done in the SGA office than in my room!"
Fun fact: "I went to the same high school as our student body president Paul DiBlasi. We both went to St. John's Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts."
Meet Courtney Lawlor, the Vice President of Student Life.
Major/minor, and year of graduation: "I am a secondary education and English major with a psychology minor. I am a member of the class of 2015."
Nickname: "Court, Courts, C-Law and Lawlz."
Why she got involved in SGA: "I joined SGA because I wanted to be involved right away on campus. SGA is a passion of mine, and I knew I wanted to jump right into it. As for my new title, I wanted to be vice president because it has the potential to be such an important role in SGA. There is so much that can be done to boost residential life and what it means to be a Marist student."
Looking ahead: "I am looking forward to building on the activities that have become traditions. I also am looking forward to making my own legacy and new traditions with the help of the people I surround myself with in this job."
Secret weapon in the office: "My connections to administrators and how I feel confident in approaching them. I also know a lot of people and feel comfortable reaching out to them."
Favorite thing to do in the SGA office: "Talking to Meaghan Neary, making new friends, and getting work done."
Pranks in the office: "I was not directly involved, but I remember watching one take place. One time, there was a live lobster in the fridge that we wanted Andrew Paulsen to find...".
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