New U.G.B.C. Leader Emphasizes Diversity

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Undergraduate Government of Boston College President-elect Christopher Goff '00, whose campaign was marked by a a pro-diversity platform and lime green T-shirts, says he seeks to build a campus community that celebrates difference.

With a campaign theme urging increased regard for the concerns of racial and sexual minorities on campus, Goff and Vice President-elect Alvin Barnett '01, defeated rivals Timothy McCourt '00, and Ferdinando DiFino '00, by a vote of 1,153-791 in UGBC balloting Feb. 17-19.

Goff, a Lynn native majoring in finance in the Carroll School of Management, is executive director of social and cultural issues in the current UGBC Cabinet. Barnett is a psychology major from Garden City, NY, and a former vice-president of the AHANA Leadership Council. They will assume their new offices on April 15.

"Alvin and I believe in Boston College," said Goff in a post-election interview last week. "We love it here. We see our election as an opportunity to build upon what is great about this place."

Goff said the seeming indifference of most students to student government does not mean they do not have strong concerns over University issues.

"Sure, students aren't talking about academic advising when they're out on Friday nights, but if you go into the dorm rooms, they are," said Goff, who pledged to lobby for the creation of a University academic advising center.

UGBC President-elect Christopher Goff '00. (Photo by Lauren Pringle)

"Major issues that need to be addressed include diversity, academic advising and the inclusion of sexual orientation in the notice of non-discrimination," he said. "Those are the big three.

"I believe UGBC has the potential to make a great difference by relaying the interests and concerns of the student body to the administration," he said. "If serious issues are to be talked about, the UGBC has to make some noise."

Goff advocates greater emphasis on diversity at all levels of the University, from freshman orientation to the recruitment of prospective students. "We think multi-culturalism is as important as computer technology to how this place is run," he said.

"This issue is one of people feeling comfortable here," said Goff. "There are AHANA students who have told me they would not encourage their younger brothers or sisters to come here.

"There isn't a 'perfect' school," he said. "But as a community, we should reach out to those who don't feel welcome."

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