A Fresh Start for the College’s First-Years


Connie Morales
STAFF WRITER

FIRST-YEAR CLASS COUNCIL

ELECTION RESULTS

President................................................Genesis Gil
Vice-President.................................Sam Johnson
Treasurer.......................................Christian Turner

First-year students found their seats within Stauffer Hall and turned their attention to three presidential hopefuls. 

The candidates were Zayne Repp, Genesis Gil and Nick Segura (pictured below). Monday, Sept. 26 marked the2016 First-Year Class Council (FCC) Elections debate.


The polls opened Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. on Orgsync for students to submit their votes for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Candidates for Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary ran unopposed but still needed 51% of the first-year votes to be elected.

When asked about the social environment for first-years, all potential presidents agreed that they want to promote a stronger sense of community amongst the students. 

Repp hoped to hold events that are “fairly small-scale in a very intimate personal setting” to encourage others to get more involved. 

Gil agreed with Repp’s event ideas. “I came here to Whittier wanting to be in a small class where I get to know everybody and just kind of get that family feeling,” Gil said. She believes some ways to accomplish her goals for bonding would be to host movie nights or small dinners for good conversations. 

Segura hoped to create a more welcoming atmosphere in the residence halls. “A lot of commuters don’t feel welcome walking into a [dorm] lounge,” Segura said.

The running candidates also shared the changes they would like to make to our campus over the next four years. “I see a lot of clear spaces on the walls and I don’t see murals,” Gil said. She thinks that these walls can be better utilized by giving anyone interested in art an opportunity to showcase their work.

After several conversations in the ASWC Senate meetings about gym hours, the first-year presidential candidates acknowledged students’ problems with the limited gym hours. “I would like to see either the opening of a dedicated athletic facility for non-athletes or a clearing in the schedule of our current gym.” Segura believes that everyone should have access to this resource.

Within an hour of closing the polls, Gil was elected FCC President alongside Vice-President Sam Johnson, Treasurer Christian Turner and Secretary Isabella Zonni.