By Caitlyn Maltese
Elm Staff Writer
On March 3, Washington College’s Student Government Association announced their new leaders: President Taylor J. Frey and Vice President Jaclyn Gibbons. “I would like to thank everyone for their support in this election,” said Frey on his campaign Facebook page. “I am so excited to move forward as a College and in SGA in the coming year. I will get to work advocating for student-first policies.”
Frey is a sophomore majoring in political science and American studies. Gibbons is a junior majoring in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience. She is minoring in justice, law and society. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and a member of WC’s women varsity rowing team.
Frey’s student-first priorities focus on student tuition cost, living conditions, school pride, and campus service. Frey plans on advocating the financial needs of students in order to ensure that a WC education is no longer “a debt sentence.”
He plans to fight for both safe and healthy living conditions for students. “If it is not acceptable for a renter, it is not acceptable for a student,” he said during his Facebook campaign. He is also going to try to “work with local government directly and restructure the Secretary of Service position to emphasize a greater respect for students on and off campus.”
Gibbons has been involved with SGA since her freshman year. During her term she hopes to streamline communication between the organization and its constituents by sending out weekly emails about current events and work to increase collaboration between secretaries.
During both candidates’ campaigns, their names and platforms became common knowledge to WC students, but, other than candidate for SGA office, who are they? The Elm decided to ask the winners a couple questions.
What’s your favorite place on campus?
TF: The library terrace is one of my favorite places on our campus. The terrace is a great place to study and get together with friends and the view there is beautiful year-round.
JG: My favorite place on campus is the boathouse. It’s my second home on campus, and I spend the majority of my time each week down there.
Why did you choose Washington College?
TF: Washington College is a premier liberal arts institution with a storied history and an exciting future— I chose WC because I loved our small, tight-knit community and all the opportunities available to students at this institution.
JG: I chose Washington College first for crew but I was also drawn in by the beautiful campus, strong academics, amazing location, and the small, close-knit community.
What’s your favorite WC tradition?
TF: Birthday Ball and the Cardboard Boat Race during Fall Family Weekend are some of my favorite WC traditions. I treasure the moments when we all come together as one campus and one WC family.
JG: My favorite WC tradition is Parents’ Weekend and Crab Feast. I love having my friends, family, and alumni all together and going to crab feast to support the Phi Delta Theta’s raise money for their philanthropy. It’s a great way to bring the campus community together.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What is your career goal?
TF: My passion is the pursuit of public service. I would like to spend my career helping others and advocating responsible public policy.
JG: In 10 years, I hope to have a stable job and be living somewhere I love. As for my career goals, those are still a bit up for debate.
Who is your role model?
TF: My grandfather taught me the importance of loyalty, service and hard work, and he serves as my role model every day.
JG: My role model is Jacqueline Kennedy.
What movie, no matter how many times you have seen it, do you have to watch when it is on?
TF: Some movies just keep you coming back— I love “The American President,” “Hitch,” “Independence Day,” and “The Princess Bride.”
JG: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Casablanca.”
What’s the one television show you watch religiously?
TF: While I love “House of Cards,” my heart is really with shows like “The West Wing,” “The Newsroom,” and “Brothers and Sisters.” I am also a big “Game of Thrones” fan.
What book do you think everyone should read?
TF: Everyone should read Dumschott’s history of Washington College. We have to know where we come from to know where we are going – understanding the unique history of our ‘little college that could’ is essential to moving forward as an institution.
JG: I don’t have just one book that everyone should read, but I think everyone should find something they’re passionate about and read up on it. Reading is a great way to escape from reality for a bit, relax after a long day, or learn more about the things that interest you. I’m currently reading “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown and it’s an amazing story about the group of young men who won the 1936 Olympic Games for rowing in Nazi Germany. So far, it’s really informative and since it is historically based, it makes for a much more fascinating and inspiring story.
What were you doing the last time you looked at a clock and realized you lost all track of time?
TF: I was working with Washington College Habitat for Humanity on homes in Florida. It is easy to lose track of time when you are with a tight-knit family of folks from WC trying to make a difference.
JG: The last time I lost track of time, I was at the beach with one of my best friends. We were hanging out and crabbing and laying out in the sun and the next thing we knew it was almost 5 or 6 p.m. and we’d been there all day. It was one of my favorite memories from this summer.