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Meet the candidates: 2007

The M.O.T.I.V.A.T.E. Ticket

President: Lawrence King
During the last four years at St. John’s, King has been involved in various activities on campus. “I currently serve on this year’s executive board as the treasurer, as well as having served in the past as the budget chair,” he said. “I’ve also been a representative of the College of Pharmacy and I’ve served on various committees such as the Concert Committee, School Spirit Committee, and the President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee.
“This year I have helped rebuild many of the connections between government and the Department of Student Life. If elected President, I think that I would be able to have an extremely smooth transition, leading into a very successful year.”

Vice President: Michael Perez
Perez has been involved in LASO, the Latin American Students Organization.
“I’m running for SGI Vice President because I feel the organization can make a very positive impact on students and their experience here at St. John’s University,” he said. ” SGI has the tools to affect what goes on here at the University and with my experience and hard work, I feel I am more than qualified to work with students and administration in order to make SGI better and to make life here at St. John’s the best it can be.”

Secretary: Alishka Long
Long, a junior hospitality management major, is involved with the Women and Leadership program, CSA, and Haraya.
“I felt that the M.O.T.I.V.A.T.E ticket possessed all the qualities that I would look for in Student Government,” she said.

Treasurer: Dana Lezama
Dana Lezama, is junior majoring in risk management and insurance and has been a member of SGI for two years.
“I have strived for fairness and just incentives being appropriated to the organizations which work tirelessly on behalf of their members,” she said.
“If I am elected to the position of treasurer for 2007-2008, I will work assiduously to ensure that organizations progress to and maintain a higher standard of effective programming, through greater collaborations with other groups and departments; inspiring a result that reflects something greater for the students of St. John’s.”

The ‘Make it Happen’ Ticket

President: Diana Lounsbury
Lounsbury has held the positions of Freshman Representative, Sophomore Senator, and Academic Affairs Committee Chairperson. She was elected as Secretary of Student Government as a freshman, making her the first freshman in the history of Student Government to sit on the executive board. “My executive board and I are running to make a difference and to increase the integrity of this great organization,” she said.

Vice President: Kimberly Cai
Cai, a junior Psychology major and Women’s Studies minor, is running for secretary on the “Make it Happen” ticket. According to her biography on the St. John’s Web site, Kimberly stated, “I definitely support the changes made in the “Make it Happen” ticket, where the vice president will direct the senators who will be managing some of the committee chairs.”
“I would like to change the SGI atmosphere by increasing the pride and ownership of one’s position in SGI. SGI should be the focal point of the campus.”

Secretary: April Kelly
Kelly is a co-chair of the school spirit committee, a representative for St. John’s College, and she is president of Carey Hall Council. She is also involved in Vital II, RCIA, and Big Sisters.April Kelly, a sophomore Sociology major, is running for secretary on the Make it Happen ticket.
“Secretary is a very important E-board member because she informs the Representatives and Chair members and keeps them up to date,” she said. “During my current year in Student Government, I have had the chance to witness and observe how a secretary should act and not act and I hope to do an outstanding job of filling this position next year.”

Treasurer: Benjamin Blum
Blum, a junior history major, is involved with Mock Trial and the Jewish Students Association. He was also the co-chair of the Academic Committee for the 2006-2007 academic year.
“I would like to improve upon the quality of Student Government,” he said. “I think that we should be held accountable to students, and we should make Student Government more transparent. I want to make sure that the money is well spent.”

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