By Darrin Camilleri, President of Student Commission
Here we are again on this fair Arcadian Hill for the 180th school year. Over these many years, things have changed considerably at the College, but one thing has always remained the same: the Student Commission President’s address at the beginning of each term. I am humbled and excited to have this opportunity this year.
Starting today, my administration promises to you a fundamental shift in the way Student Commission business is done. We are ushering in a new era of accessibility, transparency, and accountability.
To do that, we are piloting several programs this quarter. First, we are starting public financing of our elections. For the first-year election on Thursday, candidates are limited to $15 from Student Commission that can be used at the Copy Center. Second, we are working on a Student Commission fellowship program that will be open to anyone on campus who wants to work more closely with our committees, but who will not have the responsibility of voting. Finally, I will be hosting the first ever President’s Advisory Council to hear direct feedback from campus leaders on a regular basis. These changes will open up the Commission, and I’m very excited to see the ways that we can work together as a community.
However, these projects are not the only ones that we will be working on. In collaboration with the Provost and the President, we will continue to provide feedback on the hiring of the Mellon Fellow for Ethnic Studies. Additionally, once the process starts, we will have a hand in the search for a new executive director for the Arcus Center. Finally, we will be there every step of the way as we start the public phase of the Campaign for Kalamazoo College.
Expect and demand your Student Commission to be proactive and transformative this year. If you have any concerns, please let us know and we will work to find you a resolution. This job is never easy, but it is my promise to you that I will be a fighter for your best interests. I hope you’ll join me in that fight.
Go Hornets. Lux Esto,
Student Commission meets Mondays at 9pm in Hicks 111. Meetings are open to the public.