Baker-Thomas Ticket Wins Student Election

Baker-Thomas Ticket Wins Student Election

New president and VP look to strengthen town-gown relationship

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

Juniors Adam Baker and Orville Thomas, experienced student leaders who hope to increase the level of communication between Boston College students, administrators and neighbors, are the University's new undergraduate president and vice-president.


Newly elected UGBC President Adam Baker (right) and Vice-President Orville Thomas. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
The Baker-Thomas ticket defeated the team of juniors Michael Cormack and Patrick Kenney, 638 votes to 613, in the Undergraduate Government of Boston College election held earlier this month. The duo will assume office on Monday, April 15.

Baker and Thomas have both served in the UGBC Senate and hold positions in the outgoing administration of President Amanda Jack '02 and Vice President Richard Moriarty '02.

With the months of planning and campaigning over, Baker and Thomas say they are ready to work on several projects they hope will result in broadening discussion at BC. Their goals include the development of UGBC's on-line presence, increasing support for academic advising, improving the student body's relationship with the city of Newton and enhancing racial and ethnic diversity at BC.

"We want to start by improving ugbc.org and getting students to start looking at it to keep in touch with what's going on," said Baker, a political science and theology major from Middlebury, Conn. He said renovation of the Web site is just a "first step" in keeping students attuned to the undergraduate government.

The pair has plans in place to increase the number of people who work on the site and hope to include such features as a BC version of Internet marketplace E-Bay, evaluations of off-campus housing and on-line voting in UGBC elections.

Baker and Thomas say academic advising at Boston College needs to be improved and advocate reforms such as the development of an academic advising center.

"Academic advising and peer advising are so important to students and it's something that needs to be fixed," said Thomas, a political science and economics major from Redondo Beach, Calif.

Another focus of the Baker-Thomas administration will be the BC-Newton relationship. The pair hopes to have a student representative at Newton municipal meetings and is considering a voter registration drive next fall so that students can have adequate representation in the city's government.

"Newton has a direct impact on the future of our student center and we want to have a say in that," said Baker. "Our voice is going unheard in Newton."

The new administration also hopes to promote diversity training for faculty, and will lobby for changes in the core curriculum that encourage more study of different cultures. Baker and Thomas also plan to work more closely with the AHANA Leadership Council, among other plans.

Baker and Thomas said that part of their appeal to voters was the extra legwork they put into their campaign, visiting the dorm rooms of every freshman, sophomore and junior living on Main and Newton campuses.

Said Thomas, "It was definitely worth it and I think it showed a lot of people that we really want to hear from them."

 

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