ELECTION MEETING: TODAY (12/2/08) @ 9:00 PM IN BIG ROOM OF THE IC.
My name is James Mao ’12, and I am running to be your SAO Treasurer for the upcoming semester. As treasurer my job will be to make sure all our financial details are in order. This includes staying in the good graces of the Student Budget Committee (SBC), keeping the SAO budget up to date, and making sure the Board is fully aware of our monetary status. I believe I have the inside track as far as meeting the prerequisites to complete these specifications goes. Not insignificant is the fact that the dominant powers in the SBC—Fletcher Coleman and Paul Apollo—reside in my hall, potentially making the funding process that much easier. It doesn’t hurt that I have had experience facing the SBC at their weekly meetings in my time as SAO First-Year Intern this fall semester. Being a First-Year Intern, in fact, has familiarized me with both SAO’s decision-making process and SAO’s (on occasion) lovely board members, which will definitely make communication within and out of the Board incredibly smooth. Most importantly, I have a head for numbers, being an unabashedly avid fan of basketball statistics. This obsession extends to green power as well—I am always aware who owes me money (my roommate, for example, owes me $12) and who I owe money to (I will take care of a Thanksgiving-related $23 debt to a high school friend after I send this platform in). You will be in experienced and capable hands with myself as your SAO Treasurer, and we will never be lacking in money for more SAO love.
As the political chair, I feel that one of my biggest priorities would be to organize the luncheon for students and staff. I have had some experience with the luncheon this year by working with Arthur and Erin on the food run. Also, I’ve had much experience with keeping up the image of an organization. I feel as political chair, I will be able to promote SAO and make sure that it remains in good standing with other organizations. Lastly, as Political Chair, I will actively run the blog. Like, forrealzies.
As a candidate for co-publicity chair, I hope to continue Swarthmore Asian Organization’s awesome level of publicity in the Swarthmore community. In my first semester at Swarthmore, I really appreciated how SAO was very welcoming to freshmen and with the emailing list, I have been consistently updated on interesting upcoming events on and off campus. I want to run for this position because I would like to become more involved in SAO and contribute to SAO’s upcoming plans for next year. SAO’s friendliness and openness are definitely great attributes that I hope to continue and maintain on SAO board. Furthermore, I would like to build upon SAO’s assets and improve the student body’s access to SAO events and meetings. My ideas for expanding SAO’s publicity include posting major events on the reserved students’ digest, updating the SAO board in Parrish every other week, and creating more events on Facebook. Furthermore, I think that there is a degree of mystery surrounding the club for the general student body since the club is closed. As co-publicity chair, I would like to host more open events to encourage more transparency and knowledge of our club; for instance, a Parrish parlor party to both celebrate a holiday (such as Chinese New Year) and increase campus awareness. I also think that my personal attributes facilitate my role as co-publicity chair. I am a very hands-on person who is always receptive to comments, requests, and feedback. While I cannot claim to have a lot of leadership experience here at Swarthmore, I’m definitely willing to learn and work diligently to fulfill my role on SAO board. If I am elected as SAO’s co-publicity chair, I will continue and improve SAO’s publicity and contribute to its overarching vision for the future.
I have been involved with SAO since freshman year, beginning with the Big Sib/Little Sib program. Over time, I wanted to get more involved with the organization and took the initiative to run for secretary last year. Having served on board has definitely enabled me to learn a lot about SAO’s role on campus. Now, I feel a lot more comfortable having had some experience, giving me the confidence to not only follow but also initiate things. Just this year, I was one of the organizers of a speaking workshop for Asian/Asian-American women.
Looking at the charter made me realize that there were some areas I lacked as secretary, so I hope to improve and expand the role I play in the organization if I am elected again. I also think my organizational skill is a plus J
1st Year Intern