On Tuesday, following the announcement that the student body elected Callinder president of SGA, our staff asked the president-elect what comes next.
Q: Was yesterday highly stressful, moderately stressful, or not stressful at all?
A: Definitely stressful. Highly stressful, I’d say. Not primarily because of the results but because I think I was just really excited about the initiatives that we had and being able to work on those initiatives. I didn’t know whether winning or not would change that.
How do you plan to work with Nate and Lena?
Definitely going forward, I think the idea of improving Inside Davidson so that more students can connect would be a wonderful resource in terms of connecting a ton of people on campus. Also, I think that just because Dara and I won doesn’t mean that we won’t rely heavily on Nate and Lena and a lot of their experiences to help shape the vision that I think the whole community wants for campus next year.
What do you think was the difference in the election, if you can pinpoint it at all?
I’d say our platforms. What made the biggest difference was that they both were platforms based on trying to improve Davidson overall, but one was focusing on trying to continue to build and bridge that relationship with the administration that Pablo started, and the other chose to start from the student body and bridge that relationship with the SGA. I think that was the main difference, but ultimately both had the same goal of continuing to build Davidson up. The vision was the same, just different methods to reaching that solution.
When you’re in the SGA office on day one, what are you doing? What’s getting done?
The first thing we’re going to work on is tackling this meal plan.
At Summit. We’re planning on setting up a meeting with Richard Terry [Director of Auxiliary Services] to talk about that. He seems very excited about the opportunity and the potential for such an initiative, considering what Summit is going through. Secondly, we want to work on the EMT service: We have been given information from the town of Davidson that they would be willing to help us cover the cost for the program. So I think tackling those two initiatives and getting them out of the way pretty early would be pretty significant to show campus how serious we are about implementing a lot of those initiatives.
That’s a lot for one day.
Hey, you know, you gotta hustle, right?
More seniors turned out this year than in the last few years. Do you think you brought out the senior vote?
I don’t think so. I think a lot of it just was based off my and Nate’s platform and the fact that it was a unique election in which both candidates’ platforms focused on the same goal but had different approaches to it. We were very perpendicular this year, and I think that’s really what attracted the student body about the election and the debate as well.
What are your plans for the next two weeks before you officially take over? Is there anything on the agenda, or do you just kind of wait until the day comes?
I’ve already started sending emails. I just want to get to tackling the initiatives as quickly as possible – getting in touch with people with the right resources to help achieve those goals so that when students get to campus in the fall it feels as though changes have already been implemented.
What thing are you most looking forward to in office?
The thing I’m looking forward to the most is the potential of bringing SGA meetings back to the Union. I think right now SGA being in Chambers kind of makes it difficult for the student government to connect to the student body as a whole. But if we’re able to successfully bring SGA meetings back to the Union, we can also tackle that issue of rebuilding relationships with students. I also think students would be much more interested and much more able to actively go to SGA meetings because it’s readily available to them in the Union, as opposed to trying to find a room on the third floor of Chambers when it’s dark out.