Students running for positions on next year’s Yale College Council Executive Board presented their platforms in front of representatives from about a dozen student organizations in Linsly-Chittenden Hall last night.
Although the groups were allowed to make their endorsements following the end of the speeches, many opted not to. Instead, many representatives decided to wait to discuss the issue with the group at a later date before moving forward with endorsements.
“I can’t make the decision myself, so I have to get back to the group and see if they want to endorse,” said Efan Wu ’10, a representative for the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project. “We will probably try to get a decision by this weekend.”
Bradford Williams ’10, who was representing Dwight Hall, followed a similar logic in choosing to wait before endorsing. He said Dwight Hall will make its decision on Sunday, before it releases its weekly newsletter.
“We are looking for someone who is willing to engage us, as well as the New Haven community,” Williams said. “I think it’s important to utilize the resources that the YCC has to allow for more opportunities for students to get involved in community service.”
Not all groups, however, decided to wait. Lynn Wang ’11 of the Chinese American Students Association (CASA) announced that CASA was endorsing Murong Yang ’12 for UOFC chair, Abigail Cheung ’11 for YCC vice president and Jon Wu ’11 for YCC president.
“All of them have had some form of involvement with CASA in the past,” Wang said.
Communication with the student body was a running theme throughout the candidates’ speeches. Most candidates, including both presidential candidates Ryan Beauchamp ’10 and Jon Wu ’11, identified student communication as among their top priorities. Many candidates also stressed how important strong leadership will be next year because of how the YCC will be taking over YSAC’s responsibilities.
In the presidential race, Beauchamp — the current Junior Class Council president — said he is pushing for a bi-weekly community service event that would allow students to get involved in their community without being pressured into joining a group. Beauchamp also said he would advocate for academic minors, gender-neutral housing and sustainable college design.
Wu said although everyone agrees on what issues should be implemented, only he has the experience to tackle those issues most effectively. Having served as the YCC Treasurer this year, he said he is familiar with the way YCC handles issues. Wu also proposed an online forum to concentrate all surveys and comments about student life issues.
Voting will begin at 9 a.m. on April 13 and polls will close at 9 p.m. the next day.