September 21, 2008

Meet The 2012 Candidates: Carson Robinson

Here is the second installment of "Meet The Candidates," featuring Carson Robinson '12.

Mads: What makes you the most qualified candidate for 2012 President?

Carson Robinson: I know what the Class President actually does, because I’ve talked to past and current Class Presidents. I think that’s the most important thing, in terms of how effective I will be at accomplishing “official” things, like getting gender neutral housing and wheelchair accessibility. I also have a lot of school spirit, and especially class spirit! I can be a really good symbol for this class. I also have leadership experience, you know, like peer mentoring, activism, TA-ing and all that.

What has been your favorite moment at Vassar so far?Way too hard to choose! Serenading (yes! I know it’s really wasteful and I definitely want to think critically about, but you know it was fun!), Gays of Our Lives, Cushing’s Hot Seat, the rave, Latin Night, it’s all been amazing. And I love my classes to death. They’re so interesting.

What campus issues are most important to you?
Again, I can’t really make up my mind. Gender-neutral housing, financial and physical accessibility, the bookstore, the meal plan, and sustainability are all really important to me. I also have ideas about academics, like interdepartmental integration. What I really care about right now, and this is something that will be solely my responsibility as President, is establishing my class’s presence at this school. It’s not really an issue, but it’s a very relevant task that I really want to take on.

If voters should know one thing about your platform, what should it be?
I want to devote my time to campus life AND academics. They’re both really important. I have pretty much the same platform as everyone else running, except the bookstore. I think some candidates like the bookstore move. I don’t. But it’s about what the class wants, and what the professors want, because they really need us to be able to get our books on time. That’s the most important thing.

What's something that people might not know about you?I was voted “best dancer” in the senior yearbook poll last year. My Student Fellow totally loves that and mentions that every day. The reason I won that is that I was going to be voted “best ass” but they had to take that out. I also wrote a totally killer senior thesis last year, about the relationship between modern physics and Eastern mysticism. My physics teacher actually asked me for a copy, because she was inspired by how I presented the topics of relativity and quantum theory.