Here's number four, our interview with Charlie Dobb '12.
Mads: What makes you the most qualified candidate for 2012 President?
Charlie Dobb: I think I've shown through this campaign what qualifies me: determination. I had big ideas for this campaign, and I made them happen. I refused to run another predictable school leadership campaign, full of bad slogans and poorly composed posters punning on current cultural figures. I wanted to run a campaign that appealed to my constituency as adults, and I think I achieved it. The campaign has a website (www.charliedobb.com) and a distinct look and feel, in other words, I had a vision and saw it through. That kind of ability, to execute ideas (particularly the ideas of the class) make me an excellent candidate for president of the class of 2012!
What has been your favorite moment at Vassar so far?
My favorite moment, by far, has been "Gays of Our Lives." It was something small, but in it was the essence of a progressive school, that wasn't afraid to take risks and spit in the face of establishment if it truly saw a value in its rebellion. "Gays of Our Lives" was entertaining, great for inter-grade relationships (I still talk to a number of the panel members everyday in the hallways), and eye-opening on the subject of gender identification and "queer" culture. It served as an example for the freedoms the student body has here at Vassar.
What campus issues are most important to you?
There are really 3 campus issues that I see as pressing: environmental sensitivity, gender-neutral housing, and the extension of a need blind financial aid policy. These are all broad, and I realize that they are widely recognized and discussed, but that makes them no less important. It should be the school's number one priority, beyond ALL things, that every student feel comfortable on campus, and gender-neutral housing and a progressive financial aid program are crucial aspects of this comfort. And the environment is a given, it is every institutions responsibility to take ownership of its carbon footprint and work to change it, on whatever scale it can manage.
If voters should know one thing about your platform, what should it be?
If voter's take nothing else from my platform, it should be that if I'm president the constituency ACTUALLY has a voice. I'm not talking about having office hours, or keeping an open ear, I mean that all members of the class of 2012 will have the opportunity to comment on ALL major policy issues through a wall and/or polls (see charliedobb.com for an idea of what this will look like). It is time to end the tirrany of leaders who "hope" that they're following their constituents wishes and put in place a leader who knows he is!