Meet the Candidates

President and Vice President

 

Andy Nelson and Michael Paredes

Economics and Chinese '23,

Quantitative Economics and Political Science '22

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My Platform


As Volunteer Network Coordinator, I want to increase visibility for Volunteer Network and the volunteer organizations on campus. I believe that in the past year VN has been able to put on a lot of successful events, even in times of covid, and I want to expand those events going forward to include our volunteer organizations. Promoting volunteerism in a time of social distancing can be hard, but I believe that my three years of experience in VN will lend well to brainstorming and producing creative solutions to pandemic situations.

I have been on the VN team since my first year at St. Olaf. In those three years, I have held the position of first-year representative, program advisor, and financial officer. Besides promoting and connecting students with volunteer opportunities, VN is a funding organization. My current experience as the financial officer would make me the ideal candidate for VN Coordinator, as I have the analytical background needed to make knowledgeable decisions about where our money is going.

Volunteering is something that I am very passionate about, and I know a lot of my fellow Oles are too. Let's expand volunteering visibility on campus and get ourselves involved! Vote Missy for VN!




Meet Missy


Hi, I’m Missy! I’m Junior from Big Lake, MN. At St. Olaf I’m double majoring in Mathematics and Quantitative Economics with concentrations in Statistics & Data Science and Management Studies. Beyond that, I am also the financial officer of Volunteer Network and I play the clarinet in the Norseman Band! Some of my other interests include playing golf, camping, and my Australian Shepard Ole.





ADC Coordinator

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Sandra Chimutsipa

Psychology '23

My Platform


Expanding awareness to empower student action

Hi Oles! I’m excited to be running for PAC Coordinator, and appreciate your support for my candidacy! In many ways, I credit the St. Olaf community and the relationships I’ve formed here with invigorating my passion for political activism, and I would love to spark that same desire to create change in the classes of students coming after me. I admire the work PAC has done in the past with projects like Palestinian Liberation Week and in bringing extremely knowledgeable speakers to campus, and hope to carry out similar projects next year. I also hope to build on what the committee has already done, and take on new projects that I hope will help students to translate their political awareness into concrete action.

Throughout the past year, many issues facing our society like institutionalized racism and white supremacy, ecological destruction, economic inequality, and the inaccessibility of resources like healthcare, have become harder and harder to ignore. Yet many students, especially during the pandemic, have felt increasingly disempowered to take action. I would like for PAC to expand on its current mission to become a site where students can be empowered to take concrete material actions on campus and in their communities toward creating the world they want to see. One community organizer whom I deeply respect and admire likes to say that the first step in becoming a political actor is simply “doing what you can, where you can, when you can”. I believe political awareness shouldn’t just include the “who” and “why” questions, but also address these other three questions. In other words, it should encourage critical thought about the ways our spaces are shaped by oppressive systems and allow space for marginalized groups to share their stories without fear of suppression, but also equip people with the tools to translate their awareness into action that extends beyond the realms of ideas and stories. Along these lines, one of the first projects I would like to undertake with PAC is to expand the Resources section on their website to include easily accessible texts for political education that reach past the boundaries of mainstream American political discourse, and to grow their section of “guidebooks” to include more helpful resources for individuals and groups looking to launch their own forms of political activism.

I also recognize that any political project centered around a desire for justice and liberation needs to be intensely collaborative at all stages. I would like to build more coalitions between PAC and student organizations that are involved in political advocacy, as well as these groups in our surrounding communities, and work to improve communication between SGA and student orgs in general. I would like to invite them to work with PAC on joint efforts of any kind that will help students become more engaged with their group, or to simply share something they have to offer, whether that be a creative work or a new perspective. I would also like to engage the student body more broadly, especially those who might feel disincentivized from speaking up, in a consensus building process about the voices we want to center in our political dialogue, and about the best ways forward to use our power as a collective body of students to make St. Olaf a more inclusive, welcoming, and socially conscious environment. In this way, I would like to strike a balance between raising awareness of issues that are not afforded space in our white-centric, America-centric view of politics, while also making it easier for students to learn more about how to fight for change on issues that directly affect our community.




Meet Matt


Hi! I'm Matt, and I'm excited to be running for PAC Coordinator for 2021-22! I'm a junior student from Upstate New York majoring in Psychology and SOAN and concentrating in Neuroscience. When I'm not completely buried in classwork, I enjoy playing my cello and playing with the Early Music Ensemble on campus, spending as much time as I can outside, visiting cool diners and secondhand shops with my friends, watching my favorite sports teams (the New York Mets and Vancouver Canucks), and annoying people with my love for country music. After college, I plan to attend some kind of graduate school before working in community mental healthcare. I'm also highly passionate about creating change in my local communities and making them more equitable, sustainable, and accessible, in any way I can. I'm part of the CJC here on campus, helped start the Northfield Mutual Aid fund with a few of my friends, and I'm involved with a project in my hometown called the Unbroken Promises Initiative, a project that helps to create black economic empowerment through sustainable farming initiatives.





 

BORSC Coordinator

 
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Fenton Krupp

Computer Science '24

My Platform


Programming to your taste! Meet Sandra Hi everyone! My name is Sandra Chimutsipa and I am running for After Dark Committee Coordinator. I am an international Student from Zimbabwe. I am majoring in Psychology with concentrations in International Relations and Management Studies. I would describe myself as someone who is in love with music, all the different genres. I sing and play acoustic guitar. Currently, my favorite place on campus is the Office of Student Activities on Wednesday because they have popcorn, otherwise it’s the gym. I look forward to interacting with you all. Why am I running for this position?

  • Experience - Being a member of ADC first and later a Coordinator has given me the taste of what it means to coordinate a team as well as plan campus events. This means, next year, we will not be starting from scratch and we will make programming better.
  • Passion - Programming is fun and knowing how the programs we put up will add value to someone’s college experience is an important part of me. More importantly, the interactions with my team and the rest of the student body is a valuable experience.
  • Programming is fun! - As Coordinator, I am constantly connecting with students, which enables me to to listen to the programming needs of students. This position has allowed me to know more people on campus and build relationships with different people at events. Moreover, it has been a pleasure working with my current team and I would like to continue building a team that meets the programming needs of students. I really enjoy the connections I make during events, office hours and I am extending an open invitation to you all, to join my office hours and let’s connect.
What am I looking to work on next year?
  • Increasing late night programming on and off-campus
  • Work to ensure that night life on campus is vibrant and students are not limited to campus but can explore Northfield and the Twin Cities as well
  • Improved Communication and awareness of late night programs on campus
  • Ensure early marketing of events such that everyone is aware of events happening on and off campus on time
  • Increased Student engagement
  • Events on campus are for the student body and it is essential that we get an idea of what kind of events students are looking for. We will have open meetings every month where the student body can bring ideas of events that they would like to see on campus
  • My office hours will be open to everyone and if that does not work with everyone, we can always use email
  • Inclusion
  • My team will be welcoming for people of all races, sexuality, class year and age. We will also welcome different ideas. Basically everyone interested in programming is welcome to join the team
  • Collaboration
  • I plan on working with other programmers in SGA to bring more fun events and activities for the student body







Meet Sandra


I'm Sandra Chimutsipa, a current sophomore majoring in Psychology with concentrations in International Relations and Management Studies. I am an International Student from Zimbabwe, passionate about raising awareness on global issues such as mental health and climate change. On campus, I work at the Admissions Office and I am involved in organizations such as Hostile Terrain 94, KARIBU and ADC. I love music and I listen to different genres, play guitar and sing. Catch me sometime and we can swap playlists:) I am a huge sneaker head and my favorite drink from the cage is a Mango Italian Soda




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DISC Coordinator

 

Linden Hoskins

History '22

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My Platform


I have been on SOC for the past 3 years and I am excited to have another year as coordinator! This is what I hope to complete next school-year: update Club Sports funding bylaws to make the SOC-side of the “agreement” more simple, make the process even easier for people to start clubs on campus by keeping myself accessible, and hopefully streamline the funding process so that we do not make so many “exceptions” in funding, and instead these will already be built into the committee culture. I am eager to spend another year on SGA Exec and hopefully my experience in this role means that I will spend more time getting work done and less time trying to understand this position. Come to me for all of your organizational and funding needs!




Meet Jessica


I am from a city on the shore of Lake Michigan named Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and I came to St. Olaf because I had already followed in my brother's footsteps for the first 18 years of my life and I thought that I might as well extend that another four years. I hope to move to Minneapolis and become a lactation consultant within the next 10 years, and I absolutely love the amount of lakes that Minnesota has because it feels like home to me. I am a huge football fan, including high school, D3, the 2019 NCAA D1 LSU National Championship Team, and finally, the Cincinnati Bengals, but I really do not like being involved in competition of any kind. I *definitely* consider myself much more of an observer than a do-er but I have enjoyed do-ing SGA stuff for the past three years in SOC and on Senate. I paint my nails every Wednesday at 9pm for 2 hours and the other hours of my week are spent thinking about gluten-free food. Huge Sprite person.





Mbuyisile Tlhwaele

Economics '23

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My Platform


As Volunteer Network Coordinator, I want to increase visibility for Volunteer Network and the volunteer organizations on campus. I believe that in the past year VN has been able to put on a lot of successful events, even in times of covid, and I want to expand those events going forward to include our volunteer organizations. Promoting volunteerism in a time of social distancing can be hard, but I believe that my three years of experience in VN will lend well to brainstorming and producing creative solutions to pandemic situations.

I have been on the VN team since my first year at St. Olaf. In those three years, I have held the position of first-year representative, program advisor, and financial officer. Besides promoting and connecting students with volunteer opportunities, VN is a funding organization. My current experience as the financial officer would make me the ideal candidate for VN Coordinator, as I have the analytical background needed to make knowledgeable decisions about where our money is going.

Volunteering is something that I am very passionate about, and I know a lot of my fellow Oles are too. Let's expand volunteering visibility on campus and get ourselves involved! Vote Missy for VN!




Meet Missy


Hi, I’m Missy! I’m Junior from Big Lake, MN. At St. Olaf I’m double majoring in Mathematics and Quantitative Economics with concentrations in Statistics & Data Science and Management Studies. Beyond that, I am also the financial officer of Volunteer Network and I play the clarinet in the Norseman Band! Some of my other interests include playing golf, camping, and my Australian Shepard Ole.





MEC Coordinator

 
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Lily Braafladt

Political Science and French '22

My Platform


As MEC Coordinator, I look forward to prioritizing underrepresented voices in the music industry while also paying attention to students' concerns and musical preferences. I hope to maximize the accessibility of events as well as the diversity of genres of music in order to ensure that all students are able to attend events and be a part of St. Olaf's music community. I will also be working with other students in SGA in order to fix ongoing issues regarding marketing events so that students can more easily stay up to date on when events are happening and how to find more information on them. Most importantly, I would like to hear from students as much as possible so as to better understand how I can use our budget to best serve them.




Meet Lily


My name is Lily and I will be a Senior next year! I am a Political Science and French major, and I also participated in the Great/Western Conversation and Asian Conversation programs at St. Olaf. I am from Duluth, Minnesota and I love hiking and playing frisbee with friends, especially in Northern MN. I really love listening to music and going to concerts, and I have been on MEC since I was a first year. Some of my favorite concerts I've attended have been Maggie Rogers, Vince Staples w/JPEGMAFIA, Toro Y Moi, and Julia Jacklin. I also really enjoy being creative in any way that I can, but especially with watercolor or gouache.





PAC Coordinator

 

Mohamed Yassin

Computer Science '23

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My Platform


Programming to your taste! Meet Sandra Hi everyone! My name is Sandra Chimutsipa and I am running for After Dark Committee Coordinator. I am an international Student from Zimbabwe. I am majoring in Psychology with concentrations in International Relations and Management Studies. I would describe myself as someone who is in love with music, all the different genres. I sing and play acoustic guitar. Currently, my favorite place on campus is the Office of Student Activities on Wednesday because they have popcorn, otherwise it’s the gym. I look forward to interacting with you all. Why am I running for this position?

  • Experience - Being a member of ADC first and later a Coordinator has given me the taste of what it means to coordinate a team as well as plan campus events. This means, next year, we will not be starting from scratch and we will make programming better.
  • Passion - Programming is fun and knowing how the programs we put up will add value to someone’s college experience is an important part of me. More importantly, the interactions with my team and the rest of the student body is a valuable experience.
  • Programming is fun! - As Coordinator, I am constantly connecting with students, which enables me to to listen to the programming needs of students. This position has allowed me to know more people on campus and build relationships with different people at events. Moreover, it has been a pleasure working with my current team and I would like to continue building a team that meets the programming needs of students. I really enjoy the connections I make during events, office hours and I am extending an open invitation to you all, to join my office hours and let’s connect.
What am I looking to work on next year?
  • Increasing late night programming on and off-campus
  • Work to ensure that night life on campus is vibrant and students are not limited to campus but can explore Northfield and the Twin Cities as well
  • Improved Communication and awareness of late night programs on campus
  • Ensure early marketing of events such that everyone is aware of events happening on and off campus on time
  • Increased Student engagement
  • Events on campus are for the student body and it is essential that we get an idea of what kind of events students are looking for. We will have open meetings every month where the student body can bring ideas of events that they would like to see on campus
  • My office hours will be open to everyone and if that does not work with everyone, we can always use email
  • Inclusion
  • My team will be welcoming for people of all races, sexuality, class year and age. We will also welcome different ideas. Basically everyone interested in programming is welcome to join the team
  • Collaboration
  • I plan on working with other programmers in SGA to bring more fun events and activities for the student body







Meet Sandra


I'm Sandra Chimutsipa, a current sophomore majoring in Psychology with concentrations in International Relations and Management Studies. I am an International Student from Zimbabwe, passionate about raising awareness on global issues such as mental health and climate change. On campus, I work at the Admissions Office and I am involved in organizations such as Hostile Terrain 94, KARIBU and ADC. I love music and I listen to different genres, play guitar and sing. Catch me sometime and we can swap playlists:) I am a huge sneaker head and my favorite drink from the cage is a Mango Italian Soda




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Matt Mackenzie

Psychology and SOAN '22

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My Platform


Expanding awareness to empower student action

Hi Oles! I’m excited to be running for PAC Coordinator, and appreciate your support for my candidacy! In many ways, I credit the St. Olaf community and the relationships I’ve formed here with invigorating my passion for political activism, and I would love to spark that same desire to create change in the classes of students coming after me. I admire the work PAC has done in the past with projects like Palestinian Liberation Week and in bringing extremely knowledgeable speakers to campus, and hope to carry out similar projects next year. I also hope to build on what the committee has already done, and take on new projects that I hope will help students to translate their political awareness into concrete action.

Throughout the past year, many issues facing our society like institutionalized racism and white supremacy, ecological destruction, economic inequality, and the inaccessibility of resources like healthcare, have become harder and harder to ignore. Yet many students, especially during the pandemic, have felt increasingly disempowered to take action. I would like for PAC to expand on its current mission to become a site where students can be empowered to take concrete material actions on campus and in their communities toward creating the world they want to see. One community organizer whom I deeply respect and admire likes to say that the first step in becoming a political actor is simply “doing what you can, where you can, when you can”. I believe political awareness shouldn’t just include the “who” and “why” questions, but also address these other three questions. In other words, it should encourage critical thought about the ways our spaces are shaped by oppressive systems and allow space for marginalized groups to share their stories without fear of suppression, but also equip people with the tools to translate their awareness into action that extends beyond the realms of ideas and stories. Along these lines, one of the first projects I would like to undertake with PAC is to expand the Resources section on their website to include easily accessible texts for political education that reach past the boundaries of mainstream American political discourse, and to grow their section of “guidebooks” to include more helpful resources for individuals and groups looking to launch their own forms of political activism.

I also recognize that any political project centered around a desire for justice and liberation needs to be intensely collaborative at all stages. I would like to build more coalitions between PAC and student organizations that are involved in political advocacy, as well as these groups in our surrounding communities, and work to improve communication between SGA and student orgs in general. I would like to invite them to work with PAC on joint efforts of any kind that will help students become more engaged with their group, or to simply share something they have to offer, whether that be a creative work or a new perspective. I would also like to engage the student body more broadly, especially those who might feel disincentivized from speaking up, in a consensus building process about the voices we want to center in our political dialogue, and about the best ways forward to use our power as a collective body of students to make St. Olaf a more inclusive, welcoming, and socially conscious environment. In this way, I would like to strike a balance between raising awareness of issues that are not afforded space in our white-centric, America-centric view of politics, while also making it easier for students to learn more about how to fight for change on issues that directly affect our community.




Meet Matt


Hi! I'm Matt, and I'm excited to be running for PAC Coordinator for 2021-22! I'm a junior student from Upstate New York majoring in Psychology and SOAN and concentrating in Neuroscience. When I'm not completely buried in classwork, I enjoy playing my cello and playing with the Early Music Ensemble on campus, spending as much time as I can outside, visiting cool diners and secondhand shops with my friends, watching my favorite sports teams (the New York Mets and Vancouver Canucks), and annoying people with my love for country music. After college, I plan to attend some kind of graduate school before working in community mental healthcare. I'm also highly passionate about creating change in my local communities and making them more equitable, sustainable, and accessible, in any way I can. I'm part of the CJC here on campus, helped start the Northfield Mutual Aid fund with a few of my friends, and I'm involved with a project in my hometown called the Unbroken Promises Initiative, a project that helps to create black economic empowerment through sustainable farming initiatives.





SAC Coordinator

 
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Zoe Golden

History and Psychology '22

My Platform


As Volunteer Network Coordinator, I want to increase visibility for Volunteer Network and the volunteer organizations on campus. I believe that in the past year VN has been able to put on a lot of successful events, even in times of covid, and I want to expand those events going forward to include our volunteer organizations. Promoting volunteerism in a time of social distancing can be hard, but I believe that my three years of experience in VN will lend well to brainstorming and producing creative solutions to pandemic situations.

I have been on the VN team since my first year at St. Olaf. In those three years, I have held the position of first-year representative, program advisor, and financial officer. Besides promoting and connecting students with volunteer opportunities, VN is a funding organization. My current experience as the financial officer would make me the ideal candidate for VN Coordinator, as I have the analytical background needed to make knowledgeable decisions about where our money is going.

Volunteering is something that I am very passionate about, and I know a lot of my fellow Oles are too. Let's expand volunteering visibility on campus and get ourselves involved! Vote Missy for VN!




Meet Missy


Hi, I’m Missy! I’m Junior from Big Lake, MN. At St. Olaf I’m double majoring in Mathematics and Quantitative Economics with concentrations in Statistics & Data Science and Management Studies. Beyond that, I am also the financial officer of Volunteer Network and I play the clarinet in the Norseman Band! Some of my other interests include playing golf, camping, and my Australian Shepard Ole.





SOC Coordinator

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Jessica Hollister

Nursing and Women's and Gender Studies '22

My Platform


I have been on SOC for the past 3 years and I am excited to have another year as coordinator! This is what I hope to complete next school-year: update Club Sports funding bylaws to make the SOC-side of the “agreement” more simple, make the process even easier for people to start clubs on campus by keeping myself accessible, and hopefully streamline the funding process so that we do not make so many “exceptions” in funding, and instead these will already be built into the committee culture. I am eager to spend another year on SGA Exec and hopefully my experience in this role means that I will spend more time getting work done and less time trying to understand this position. Come to me for all of your organizational and funding needs!




Meet Jessica


I am from a city on the shore of Lake Michigan named Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and I came to St. Olaf because I had already followed in my brother's footsteps for the first 18 years of my life and I thought that I might as well extend that another four years. I hope to move to Minneapolis and become a lactation consultant within the next 10 years, and I absolutely love the amount of lakes that Minnesota has because it feels like home to me. I am a huge football fan, including high school, D3, the 2019 NCAA D1 LSU National Championship Team, and finally, the Cincinnati Bengals, but I really do not like being involved in competition of any kind. I *definitely* consider myself much more of an observer than a do-er but I have enjoyed do-ing SGA stuff for the past three years in SOC and on Senate. I paint my nails every Wednesday at 9pm for 2 hours and the other hours of my week are spent thinking about gluten-free food. Huge Sprite person.





 

VN Coordinator

 

Camille Stich

Psychology with concentrations in Neuroscience and Linguistics '22

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My Platform


I have been on SOC for the past 3 years and I am excited to have another year as coordinator! This is what I hope to complete next school-year: update Club Sports funding bylaws to make the SOC-side of the “agreement” more simple, make the process even easier for people to start clubs on campus by keeping myself accessible, and hopefully streamline the funding process so that we do not make so many “exceptions” in funding, and instead these will already be built into the committee culture. I am eager to spend another year on SGA Exec and hopefully my experience in this role means that I will spend more time getting work done and less time trying to understand this position. Come to me for all of your organizational and funding needs!




Meet Jessica


I am from a city on the shore of Lake Michigan named Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and I came to St. Olaf because I had already followed in my brother's footsteps for the first 18 years of my life and I thought that I might as well extend that another four years. I hope to move to Minneapolis and become a lactation consultant within the next 10 years, and I absolutely love the amount of lakes that Minnesota has because it feels like home to me. I am a huge football fan, including high school, D3, the 2019 NCAA D1 LSU National Championship Team, and finally, the Cincinnati Bengals, but I really do not like being involved in competition of any kind. I *definitely* consider myself much more of an observer than a do-er but I have enjoyed do-ing SGA stuff for the past three years in SOC and on Senate. I paint my nails every Wednesday at 9pm for 2 hours and the other hours of my week are spent thinking about gluten-free food. Huge Sprite person.





Missy Daniels

Mathematics and Quantitative Economics '22

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My Platform


As Volunteer Network Coordinator, I want to increase visibility for Volunteer Network and the volunteer organizations on campus. I believe that in the past year VN has been able to put on a lot of successful events, even in times of covid, and I want to expand those events going forward to include our volunteer organizations. Promoting volunteerism in a time of social distancing can be hard, but I believe that my three years of experience in VN will lend well to brainstorming and producing creative solutions to pandemic situations.

I have been on the VN team since my first year at St. Olaf. In those three years, I have held the position of first-year representative, program advisor, and financial officer. Besides promoting and connecting students with volunteer opportunities, VN is a funding organization. My current experience as the financial officer would make me the ideal candidate for VN Coordinator, as I have the analytical background needed to make knowledgeable decisions about where our money is going.

Volunteering is something that I am very passionate about, and I know a lot of my fellow Oles are too. Let's expand volunteering visibility on campus and get ourselves involved! Vote Missy for VN!




Meet Missy


Hi, I’m Missy! I’m Junior from Big Lake, MN. At St. Olaf I’m double majoring in Mathematics and Quantitative Economics with concentrations in Statistics & Data Science and Management Studies. Beyond that, I am also the financial officer of Volunteer Network and I play the clarinet in the Norseman Band! Some of my other interests include playing golf, camping, and my Australian Shepard Ole.