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Vallar challenges Kwon for third-year president spot

Kwon seeks class unity, Vallar to improve class council events


“[Low attendance can be] attributed to lack of investment on the class as a whole,” Vallar said.

Current second-year class president Andrew Kwon and fellow second-year Jack Vallar, both College students, will compete to become third-year class president in this week’s student elections.

Kwon said his experience as class council president for the past two years has developed his vision for a stronger, more cohesive Class of 2016.

“[I] want to continue unifying the class, continue running class council [and] continue to serve the class,” Kwon said.

Vallar served Student Council as chair of the Entertainment Committee during his first year, and currently serves as chair of the Social Committee. Vallar hopes to improve attendance at class council events in the coming academic year.

“[Low attendance can be] attributed to lack of investment on the class as a whole,” Vallar said.

Kwon said he hopes to continue his focus on promoting class unity, pointing to his experience planning the second-year dinner series, in which 200 students and 50 faculty talked in small groups over a catered meal as part of that effort this past year.

“[I hope to] continue to innovate and grow as a class [and] learn from past two years,” Kwon said. “[We] don’t have to reinvent the wheel [and] can continue to learn and grow together as a class.”

Vallar said after planning the second-year “Welcome Back Dinner” this year he was inspired to develop new ideas to build class unity, including swimming and golf training sessions. He said he believes a diverse class council can help make such events a success and provide ideas for future events.

“[Class council] should be representative of the class as a whole,” Vallar said. Valler said the under-representation of certain groups, such as international students, prevented the class council from planning excellent events.

Students may vote between this Monday and Thursday at uvavote.com.


Published February 23, 2014 in FP test, News

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