First-year senator candidate bios

Josh Goodman

Nathan Abrams
Why I am running for ASWC Senator: The main reason I am running is that I want to contribute to the Whitman community and get involved; I feel like I have good ideas, but more importantly, I have a strong work ethic and a desire to help improve Whitman.
Why first-years should vote for me: I am hard-working (I was valedictorian in my high school and I worked in a salmon cannery this summer where I worked 17 hour days for every day of the week), I care about giving back to the community (I volunteered for two summers at Harborview Hospital, in Seattle, and helped run a program for mentally disabled children to play soccer), and was president of NHS in high school (which had 350 members at my school).
What I would do if elected: First, I love Whitman and I definitely do not see any major problems here; that said, I would really like to see more green energy sources introduced onto the campus (I think that the recently added solar panels are awesome and Whitman should really build on that foundation); I would also like to get some great bands (Blind Pilot!) to come to campus, while making sure the college stays financially sound.
Favorite Disney princess: Snow White

Calvin Atkins
Why I am running for ASWC Senator: I am running for ASWC senator to represent the class of 2013 and to enact the change that my fellow students desire (such as increased sustainability on campus, toilet seat covers in residence halls, etc.)
Why first-years should vote for me: My passion is leadership therefore I will be completely dedicated to my senate position and to serving as your voice in student government.
What I would do if elected: If elected senator I will open up multiple avenues of communication between myself and the freshman class where they can submit ideas, concerns, etc. to myself and I will take these requests to committee and do everything I can to make them reality.
Favorite childhood television show: Recess

Alex Brott
Why I am running for ASWC Senator: I am running for ASWC Senator so that I can voice the concerns and needs of the freshman class, get to know better the students and campus, and positively change OUR home for the next four years.
Why first-years should vote for me: Students should vote for me not only for my solid background in leadership and peer relations, but my generally pragmatic, organized, positive and passionate nature.
What I would do if elected: While my primary actions if elected will be based on what students find most pressing, some tangible goals include working with groups on campus to provide composting, procuring either a printer for the Jewett Lounge (like in Anderson) or a color printer in the library and working with the Whitman Events Board and ASWC to bring one major musical group to campus rather than three smaller ones.
Most embarrassing moment: Pulled over by a cop while dressed up for a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Paul Hamilton-Pennell
Why I am running for ASWC Senator: I am running for ASWC Senate so I can participate first-hand in making decisions that directly affect our experience here at Whitman and make a positive contribution to the greater Whitman community.
Why first-years should vote for me: I approach issues in unconventional ways and offer unique solutions.
What I would do if elected: I am excited to begin addressing issues as they arise; I have no immediate agenda.
Favorite Disney princess: Jasmine

Autumn Knutson
Why I am running for ASWC Senator: I am running to be an ASWC senator because I am enthralled by diversity and feel a strong sense of community when I represent people with ideas and interests that I would otherwise not have the opportunity to understand.
Why first-years should vote for me: I believe that I deserve the vote of the first-years because I will pursue my position as a senator very strongly throughout the entire year, rather than just election times, with the goal of making the class of 2013 a distinguished class that improved upon the already exceptional community of Whitman and the surrounding areas.
What I would do if elected: If elected senator I plan on pursuing my role through understanding of my constituents outside the meetings and seeking rapport where they feel most comfortable, such as dorm rooms, various club’s meetings, or even encounters while watching athletics or eating at the dining hall.
Fictional character I’m most like: Strawberry Shortcake

Devin Kuh
Why I am running for ASWC Senator: I am running for ASWC senator in order to be a voice for the class of 2013 and help make Whitman the best that it can be.
Why first-years should vote for me: You should vote for me because I’m not running to get my own agenda accomplished; I’m running to make your voices heard.
What I would do if elected: I plan to be a liaison between the class 2013, ASWC and Whitman College Administration.
One word self-description: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Hugh Parker
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