Andrew Stoddard ’14
It’s that time of year again. The months of March and April are a time of transition. As senior student leaders step down from their positions to prepare for graduation, new underclassmen leaders step up to take their place. That is exactly what happened the week prior to spring break when the Hampden-Sydney student body went online to choose which of their peers would lead them during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Two of the four student government positions were uncontested, with only one student candidate each. The first, chairman of the College Activities Committee (CAC), was won by Stephen Nausbaum ’14. Nausbaum has been a member of the CAC since his freshman year. On March 4, at a well-attended student election debate in Snyder Gymnasium in the Kirk Athletic Center, Nausbaum was asked why he ran for chairman of CAC, to which he responded that “during my tenure on CAC, I have gained a knowledge of how things work, and I think that there is both room for improvement and things that we should continue.”
The other uncontested race was for the position of chairmen of the venerable institution known as the Student Court. The sole candidate was Brandon Long ’14, a three-year member of the Honor Court. Long ran for the position because “the Honor Code distinguishes H-SC from other colleges and universities, and a good opportunity to uphold the honor code and traditions at H-SC.”
According to Long, the biggest problem facing the student body right now is “fire violations. We’ve had a lot of trouble with that, [especially] with students tampering with smoke detectors.” As Student Court Chairman, Long hopes to continue “speeding up the process of getting investigations done and getting people through the justice system by adding more investigators,” a process started by Long’s predecessor, Alex Cartwright ’13.
There also two other elections with more than one candidate for the students to choose from. The election for Secretary-Treasurer was between Newton Ray ’14 and Damien Sharp ’15, with the latter ultimately winning the office. Sharp ran for Secretary-Treasurer because “I saw some issues in the way money was distributed this past year. I’m not attacking Seth [Wagner ’14], but I think that clubs get funds and don’t do anything.” Sharp also believes that the student government as a whole could improve on “transparency [and] getting more of our students involved in the process of student government.” As the newly elected Secretary-Treasurer, Sharp wants to “get the opinions of students on where they think funds should be allocated [as well as] see long-term plans for student clubs and organizations on how they plan to use funds.”
By far the mostly hotly contested race was the one for top spot in student government, Student Body President. Four rising seniors put their hat in the ring for Student Body President: Baker Allen, Matt Eckess, Matt Kanne, and Justin Pugh. All four candidates campaigned furiously, going back and forth in the debate and putting posters up all over campus. In the end though, it was Pugh, a member of the soccer team, who will be representing our student body as its President for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Not only was there great attendance at the debate, but there was also a staggering 67% voter turnout. James “Bluefield” Lilly ’14, Elections and Surveys Chairman, commented that it was “the highest turnout I’ve seen at a debate [and] for an election.
Editor’s Note: Gentlemen, this issue of the Tiger is my last as Editor-in-Chief. It has been an honor serving as the head of Hampden-Sydney’s student newspaper for the past year. I will continue to be on staff in a lesser capacity. As for the Editor-In-Chief position, that will be assumed by Parker Dunaway ’15, our current Associate Editor, for the 2013-2014 academic year.