Brandeis fall elections: Student Union spotlight

September 25, 2015

Nathan Greess ’19, a graduate of Concord Academy in Massachusetts, is one of two elected Class of 2019 Senators. He plans to major in economics and politics with a possible minors in history and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

On campus, Greess is involved in Brandeis University Students for NARAL and plans to be a part of BADASS, the Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society and Brandeis Democrats. Greess loves to dance and has been doing so for many years.

“To accomplish anything requiring university input, we must have a senator with the ability and skills to advocate for a result rather than promise it,” said Greess. He wants to be a serious and dedicated senator who achieves results. In addition to being a strong advocate for the class of 2019, Greess wants to improve on-campus dining, expand efforts to combat sexual assault on campus and improve safety for students on and off campus.

Kate Kesselman ‘19, a New York City native, is the other Class of 2019 Senator. She is involved in many clubs on campus such as boxing, theater, pottery club and a cappella. In high school, she helped restructure her school’s rubric and grading system.

As senator, Kesselman hopes to “make Brandeis the best it can be.” She has clear goals she wishes to accomplish this year and believes that with time and persistence she can create change.

Hannah Brown ‘19 is the newly elected senator for North Quad. She plans to study international business and International and Global Studies (IGS). From Longview, Texas, Brown plans to become involved in Krav Maga Club, Yoga Club, Model UN, as well as some community service clubs.

Brown has nine goals she plans to achieve as North Quad Senator: high standards for cleanliness and decency, a dorm bonding event, having activities on the lawn and in Polaris Lounge, implementing further sustainability initiatives, the creation of North Quad social media, a complete and accurate representation of North Quad’s interests, fast access to campus resources and information, more social justice initiatives, and supervision for the area’s maintenance. She hopes to serve as someone to talk to for support or advice.

Max Whitmore ’18 is the newly elected Castle Quad Senator. He studies computer science, economics and philosophy. From Wayne, New Jersey, Whitmore runs on the cross country and track teams, is a grader for Calculus 10A, tutors children in math in the greater Waltham area and loves the outdoors.

As Castle Senator, Whitmore wants to work to bridge the gap between the students and the Brandeis faculty and staff. He believes himself to be passionate and empathetic in addition to bleeding “Brandeis blue.”

Abhishek Kulkani ’18 was elected Village senator. Abhishek studies computer science and economics and is a member of ski team, quiz bowl, amnesty and debate team to name a few.

As senator, he is willing to learn about and address all of the varied interests and issues of his fellow residents. He promises to “facilitate discussion on virtually any decision [he is] to make as senator and there by ensure all voices are actually heard.” Kulkani recognizes the diverse group of students that live in the Village and plans to take that into consideration when tackling issues as senator.

Mitchell Beers ’17, of Schroon Lake, New York, is Ridgewood’s senator. He is double majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) and Anthropology. He is the coordinator for Waltham Group Blood Drives and has also been an Orientation Leader. This will be his fourth semester as a senator on campus.

As a representative for Ridgewood, Beers plans to be the chairperson for the Campus Operations Committee through which he plans to advocate for new workout equipment, water fountains, vending machines and game tables throughout campus. He especially looks forward to “promoting the transparency of university actions and creating an inclusive environment for us to grow in, where all voices are heard.”

Sam Krystal ’17, from Woodbridge, CT, is this year’s senator for the off-campus community. He studies HSSP and is a Waltham Group coordinator as well as a sexual assault bystander trainer.

Krystal’s goal as senator is “to better integrate the off-campus community into on-campus life. I would like to figure out better on-to-off-campus transportation options.” He plans to invest his time in providing tangible, helpful programs and events that cater to and are fueled by the interest of the community. Krystal wants to hear all constructive suggestions from his fellow students and encourages his peers to contact him over Facebook so as to make sure their voices are heard.

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