College/Year: Timothy Dwight ’04
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Major: History and Philosophy
Andrew Allison says that the Yale College Council is not living up to its potential as a representative body. His campaign for president involves a five-point platform — food, activities, policy reform, the environment and YCC reform.
Allison, who ran for the same position last year, hopes to help the YCC engage other groups on campus and help them by using the YCC’s extensive resources.
“I think we’ve done a lot of great things this year, but not nearly enough, and we can do a lot more in terms of issues and activities,” Allison said.
Allison said he wants to open the dining halls during orientation in September and increase the flexibility of the meal plan by increasing hours and adding new stores to the Flex dollars program. He said is also interested in addressing the concerns of Food from the Earth, which advocates the use of organic foods.
He also hopes to hold more activities during the year than just the customary Spring Fling and Winter Ball events. As activities chairman this fall, Allison worked on the creation of the Mr. and Mrs. Harvard Pageant and organized the Spring Fling surveys that allowed students to express their opinions about possible bands.
“I’m already in the process of booking a fall concert, and I should have that hopefully booked by the time we leave school this semester,” he said.
This year Allison worked with the Yale Student Environmental Coalition to encourage the University to create a sustainability policy detailing the University’s policy on everything environmental, from recycling to the construction of new buildings. He said he wants to continue to work with environmental groups on campus next year.
“I promise a YCC responsive to students’ concerns and dedicated to improving their Yale experience,” he said.