September 22, 2008

Meet The 2012 Candidtes: Elizabeth Ilechko

Here is our sixth installment of "Meet The Candidates," with our exclusive interview with Elizabeth Ilechko '12.

Mads: What makes you the most qualified candidate for 2012 President?
Elizabeth Ilechko: Though I might not be the most experienced candidate, I know what people want. I've met so many amazing people since I've been here and I want to help them get there points across without overreaching my position or making false promises to my constituents. I'm a realist, and I feel as though I can lead the class of 2012 honestly, but still make this year LYK-O-M-G-SO-MUCH-FUN.

What has been your favorite moment at Vassar so far?
I'd have to say my favorite part was Serenading. Despite the fact that I couldn't see for most of it because I lost my glasses, the madness of running around covered in ketchup and chocolate sauce was probably one of the more exciting things I've done in my life.

What campus issues are most important to you?
I believe the issue of the meal plan is the most important issue at hand, especially for the freshman who will have to endure it for the next four years. However, I don't think that it's something that we personally can overcome; it's the administration who, in the long run, decide what they think is best for the school. More reasonably, (and possibly just as important), I'd like to see the VSA work with the freshman class on the issues revolving around the change of venue of the bookstore. I think it's something not enough of the class of 2012 are aware of. Though the plans are fairly set, I think that the situation has not been presented well enough to the class, and that we should be able to have some kind of say in the way things are going to go.

If voters should know one thing about your platform, what should it be?
The comedian Demetri Martin once said, "You have to be a friend, to have a friend (unless you're really cool, that's a loophole)." But I believe it's possible to be awesome and a friend at the same time, and that's what I'm here to do. I want to know you, I already know many of you, and I think that being a friend is the first way to bond with your classmates. I'm open to meeting anyone, and I think my openness is one of my most redeeming qualities. As your president, I'll be someone who listens to you, and cares what you have to say. You'll never have to worry about finding a person to lean on.

What's something that people might not know about you?
At camp in the summer before 6th grade, I won a screaming contest. So I'm definitely not afraid to voice the opinions of the fantastically fanciful freshman class of 2012.