Fall 2015 SGA election winners discuss qualifications, plans for year

The results from the Fall 2015 Student Government Association (SGA) elections have been announced for a couple of weeks now, but who are these representatives the student body elected?

Junior Representative Agnes Jallah ‘17, Freshman Representatives Nikia Brown ’19 and Chyna Blackmon ‘19, Commuter Representative Justin Buck ’17 and Freshman Class President Dallas Handy ’19 talked via email to The Chronicle about their goals for this year’s SGA.

Tyler Henthorn ’19 and Natalie Siburt ‘19, representatives of the freshman class, and Commuter Representative YeBon Lee did not respond by publication time.

Handy ran for office “for the simple reason that someone has to do it,” as well as wanting to be a voice for Queens’ athletes in SGA, he said. He believes it to be a learning experience where he hopes to focus on forming unity among his freshman class.  Handy referred to the close relationship he has with his floor mates when explaining the unity he wants for the Class of 2019.  By connecting with his fellow classmates and getting to know everyone though fun freshman events on and off campus, Handy’s goal is to have a great year, he said.

Jallah wanted to make an impact at Queens before graduating, so she decided to run for Junior Class Representative. By doing so, Jallah hopes to “gain the skills set to better serve and advocate for others,” she said. As a representative, she has two goals: to create a safe campus and to provide campus comfort, Jallah said, adding that improving campus comfort can range from housing and taking care of the campus to academic and social needs.  To achieve these goals, Jallah will reach out to the student body through polls, surveys and social media, she said. Jallah wants to effect change within the Queens community, but she said that she also keeps in mind that “Rome was not build in one day.”

As a freshman class representative, Brown wants to “improve the experience of college” and “make sure that the voices of our concerns are heard,” she said.  In high school, she was the assistant secretary of the French Club, and wanted to continue a similar role in college. To better connect with her class as a representative, Brown said she plans on making posters and “remixing hot beats” that express her peers’ concerns.

Being a voice for the freshman class is also a focus point for Blackmon. She wants to make sure that the Class of 2019’s needs and wants are “effectively communicated” to the SGA, Blackmon said.  Throughout high school, she was part of her student government, where she gained leadership, collaborative and communication skills, all of which she will bring to the meetings, she said. Blackmon said she intends to connect and hear what her fellow students want “to make our amazing school even better.”

Commuter Representative Buck said that he wanted to be involved in a leadership role that helped improve his school.  Now that he is representative, there are many ideas he would like to work with SGA on, he said. His top priority is providing more parking for commuter students.  He knows that more parking is a complicated issue, but hopes to see some progress, he said.  Buck also said he hopes to find a location similar to Rex’s Lair for commuter students to congregate and hold events.  Although he is a commuter, Buck said that he will connect with the student body by asking them what improvements they want on campus.  He is also open to the idea of having people send him emails, asking him questions or sharing ideas, he said.

Buck believes that this year’s SGA can make a difference at Queens.

“If we work together and are solution oriented we can achieve a lot this academic year,” he said.

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