Here is the first installment of "Meet the Candidates" for the 2012 elections. We'll be putting up exclusive interviews with all of the presidential candidates before voting begins tomorrow night.
Michael Mestitz '12 answered some questions for us via email.
Mads: What makes you the most qualified candidate for 2012 President?
Michael Mestitz: I have loads of experience from high school- Judiciary Board, sports captain, paper editor, thespian president, and a member of the Student Interaction Committee. And, although I of course recognize that college is worlds different, that's still indicative of an ability to organize, communicate, advocate, and lead. In addition, I've already been familiarizing myself with the VSA system- this evening was the second VSA council that I've sat in on, and I attended the Meal Plan Forum earlier this week. I love to meet and talk with people, and I'd be honored to keep doing what I did at my old school: represent my peers!
What has been your favorite moment at Vassar so far?
I've loved just meeting all the students here! Like a lot of people, I was drawn to Vassar in part for its intelligent, quirky student body, and in high school I made an effort to find those people and spend time with them. Here, it's like, "Woah! EVERYONE'S the smart, quirky kid!" It's great. If I had to choose a specific moment, I think it might be the Brewer Games, or maybe going over to my professor's house for a play reading. So quintesentially "Small Liberal Arts College!"
What campus issues are most important to you?
I think the meal plan has been getting a lot of exposure, and I think that there's plenty of opportunity for improvement. That said, a great deal of work is already being dedicated to that issue, so I'd love to see some of the other issues put forward: gender-neutral housing, sustainability on campus, and financial aid improvement, to touch on a few issues that cropped up in the debates this evening.
If voters should know one thing about your platform, what should it be?
I'm the person who can listen to your voices, go out and get your opinions, then go to VSA Council every Sunday and stand up and speak to the desires of the class. "The class president" isn't about being some grand paragon; it's about being a liason between your grade and the Council, and I know that I can be a persuasive and approachable representative of the class of 2012. It's weird double-edged sword: to be friendly and approachable, and to be determined, pursuasive, and outspoken. I can handle the paradox.
What's something that people might not know about you?
Well, people can probably figure this one out, but I'm a total nerd. I love reading and discussion, and I'm pretty great at Mario Kart and Super Smash Brothers. I never managed Halo: the camera and turning and targeting... It doesn't work out well.