Senior Survey

The members of the senior delegation ponder their roles on ASWC, their impending graduations, and their olfactory preferences.

Tim Reed

Major: Philosophy

Favorite Smell: Lodgepole pines in the Sierra Nevada

Dream spring break location: Skiing in CanadaSenior Senator Tim Reed

What he hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: Reforming campaign election by-laws, advocating for more transparency in the financial aid process, and working on ways to facilitate student-to-student academic collaboration.

The best class he’s taken at Whitman: Political Economy of Women

What he looks forward to about graduating: Living in New York City!

Corinne Vandagriff

Major: Gender Studies (Politics minor)

Favorite Smell: Lavender or rose

Dream spring break location: Being back in the baySenior Senator Corinne Vandagriff

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: My number one goal is to create a resource book for students who are having a crisis that is affecting them academically, so they can have those resources laid out from a student perspective. For example, this would include getting classes excused if you need to leave campus, how to take an incomplete, tips for talking to professors about these things, etc.

The best class she’s taken at Whitman: Necropower and the Politics of Violence because it gave me thinking tools that I use almost everyday to try and understand all the violence in our world. For example, I felt like I had a lot more analytical tools to think about Ferguson this summer because of it.

What she looks forward to about graduating: Ideally, less homework and being in a city.

Serena Runyan

Major: History (Chinese minor)

Favorite Smell: Tomato plants after it’s rained in the summer

Dream spring break location: Well, I’m going on the Urban Education Spring Break Service trip to Portland this spring break, so right now that’s my dream location. Not only do I love Portland but I’m really excited to get in different classrooms and gain skills that I can bring back to Edison Elementary, where I work. I’ve also heard Indonesia is pretty wonderful. Senior Senator Serena Runyan

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: Since this is my first year on ASWC,  I’ve spent a lot of my time just figuring out what exactly my role is… my platform was based on increased student representation/tenure input, more experiential learning opportunities for campus groups, and sustainable commitment to campus diversity, largely focusing on pan-African/Middle Eastern presence. In light of that, I think I’d like to focus on strengthening the Middle Eastern presence on campus, whether that’s guest speakers or somehow increasing the availability of Middle East studies classes. There’s a weird lack of options there, and especially after studying abroad in Israel, I feel that dearth. There is so much going on in the Middle East that people are not necessarily unaware of or have a very limited background about them. Being on Finance Committee allows me to allocate funds to student groups for the experiential learning I hope to increase.

The best class she’s taken at Whitman: Professor Schmitz’s 1960s seminar because Schmitz is a really good educator, and I’ve just really enjoyed the topic. Learning about the different social movements of the 1960’s and about American history in general, allows me to better understand the society I live in today. It’s really cool to be able to look from your class reading to your own life and see very direct connections, reverberations and consequences.

What she looks forward to about graduating: …Yikes. Well, I’m looking forward to being self-sustaining, as in living on what I earn. That’s definitely appealing. I’m also excited about having a million possibilities to choose from, though that’s also really stressful. Mostly I think I’m ready to start acting on the education and training I’ve received at Whitman. I’m ready to put myself to use and see what I can give.

Nate Higby

Major: Sociology

Favorite Smell: Yankee Candle’s “Under the Palms” scent

Dream spring break location: Enchantment Lake in the CascadesOmbudsman Nate Higby

What he hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: To use my position as senior senator to increase transparency between the EC and the senate body as well as to minimize any division between the two. I also hope to work on improving the care at the health center.

The best class he’s taken at Whitman: The Rhetoric of Civil Rights with Heather Hayes because the professor was awesome and the subject material was very relevant to our current lives.

What he looks forward to about graduating: Having time to read a book for fun.

Junior Jams

The members of the junior senator delegation reveal their deepest secrets… or at least a window into their musical/literary preferences and their goals for ASWC.

Gillian Friedman

Major: Race and Ethnic Studies

Her current favorite song: September by Earth, Wind, and Fire

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: I hope to always have an open ear to student’s concerns. I also hope to advocate for specific issues, such as increased student input in tenure decisions

The last book she read for fun: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Her guilty pleasure: Chocolate chip cookies

Nick Hochfeld

Major: PoliticsJunior Senator Nick

His current favorite song: I Turn My Camera On by Spoon

What he hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: Help students improve their access to school services, increase Whitman’s dedication to all types of diversity, and to strengthen the relationship between ASWC and the rest of the student body.

The last book he read for fun: Paper Towns by John Green

His guilty pleasure: Long walks on the beach and a good joke.

Marciela Sanchez-Garcia

Major: Politics

Her current favorite song: Daydreamin’ by Lupe Fiasco

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this semester: Since I am only a junior senator for the fall semester, I plan to support the FG/WC group on campus by advocating for the transitional program.

The last book she read for fun: Calvin and Hobbes: The Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson.

Her guilty pleasure: Eating lots of chocolate!

Olivia Hagel

Major: Politics

Her current favorite song: All You Can Do by Watsky ft. Jimetta RoseJunior Senator Olivia Hagel

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: I really just want to adequately serve the students I represent during my time in ASWC. For me, that means bringing up issues that students have voiced to me and balancing my own opinion, the opinion of other juniors and what I think will be best for the students and school when voting on issues in ASWC.

The last book she read for fun: Inferno by Dan Brown

Her guilty pleasure: I would live off Goldfish if I could. I love them and I have to stop myself from buying them every time I’m at the store or I’m pretty sure I would turn orange.