The experiment of electing underclass presidents is slowly building steam.
The class presidents were elected during the week of Sept. 25, and results were announced a week later. Junior class president Jennifer Ok said, "We're getting a list of names together for student councils. There will be a student council for each class, instead of one council for the entire school as previously thought."
The Council has been slow to evolve, partially due to its unprecedented nature. This is the first year in which underclass officers have been elected. Their role is not yet entirely defined.
First-year class president Christopher Anton said, "It hasn't been done before. This is a testing period."
After their councils are selected, the class presidents will lead them in planning social activities for each class.
"We will come out with a survey after Thanksgiving," said Ok. This survey will give Council an idea of what students want their class's $2,000 spent on. Ideas already expressed by the class presidents include a sleep-over at the Sco, an ice cream social, outside games and a party.
Each president and vice president will invite approximately 15 people from their class - including those candidates who where not elected - to their council. "The council will have an open door policy. We definitely want people there," said Ok.
According to the class officers, class council will not rival Senate as the student government body. There is an inherent difference between Senate and Council. "The purpose of Council is not that of a governing body as Senate's is. It has a social function," Anton said.
"The purpose of Council is to create spirit between the classes," said Ok. "We don't have class unity now."
Copyright © 1998, The Oberlin Review.
Volume 127, Number 8, November 6, 1998
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