By Matt Olson
On Friday, October 18, the first-year class of 2017 elected their officers for the 2013-2014 academic year. These students are Jimmy Yun, Audrey Hunt and Margaret Girton. These three students will sit on Student Forum for the year and represent the first-year class.
Yun, who will serve as president of the class, said “My campaign platform was fairly simple, I promised to listen to anyone’s problems, concerns, is- sues or comments regarding their time at Union and to work to building a strong foundation for the next four years.” Yun enjoys playing video games with his friends, reading, rugby and writing. “I hope to be published at some point before I graduate college,” he remarked.
The three students will participate on Student Forum, whose objectives are “to oversee the operations of all student clubs and organizations.” Yun stated that his objectives are to “get bigger cups to West and planning more events for the freshmen class to get to know each other.”
Yun is planning on becoming a double major in economics and history. He planned on running for a position because “I simply love Union College and I love to serve my community. I have been doing student government for a long time prior to coming to Union and thoroughly enjoyed it. I cannot wait to contribute to the vibrant student life.”
For Girton, who will be serving as the class of 2017 secretary and treasurer, the decision to run for a class position was motivated by the desire to make everyone love Union. “I ran for office because I absolutely love Union and I want to make sure that everyone loves it as much as I do,” she said. “I was a member of student government during high school so I know I possess the qualities and skills of a strong leader.”
Girton hails from Wayne, Pa. and has not yet declared a major, but is interested in American studies and political science. Her mission is to “listen to my peers and ensure that this year and the next four are the best years of our lives.”
Hunt, who will be serving as the class of 2017 vice president, is in the Leadership in Medicine program at Union. Her main focus on running was to create a friendly environment among first-years. “This year I hope to create a friendly freshmen environment as well as a new communication system for students and the campus,” she said. “I ran for office to bring the wants and needs of the greater student body into action.”
Their first Student Forum meeting was held yesterday. Over the course of the academic year, the three representatives will serve as the voice of the first-year class.