Communication Officer

President

Simmon Patmore
He/him/his
Philosophy & Economics
Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in becoming the president of Hall council because I want to be involved in the events and community-building that make Mellby the great residence hall that it is.
Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.

This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years.

Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. And Apple has been – well, first of all, one’s very fortunate if you get to work on just one of these in your career.
Apple’s been very fortunate. It’s been able to introduce a few of these into the world.
In 1984, we introduced the Macintosh. It didn’t just change Apple, it changed the whole computer industry.
In 2001, we introduced the first iPod, and… it didn’t just – it didn’t just change the way we all listen to music, it changed the entire music industry.
Well, today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products of this class.

-Steve Jobs, 2007
What programs would you like to see in your hall this year?
Hot cocoa in the winter. Filtered water-bottle fill stations. $1,000/month as a basic income, along with free health care, child care, and homework assistance. We’re gonna make college free, people. We live in troubled times. Our campus is divided. Let’s come together, right now, over me.
#freestumpy

Senator

Treasurer

Danny Barry
He/him/his
Undeclared
Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I have very fond memories of great events thrown in my dorm last year and now I hope to make those great memories for others by being on the council that helps plan them. I’m applying for treasurer specifically because I’ve always really enjoyed numbers and I’ve always felt that I’ve been a practical person and am good at finding elegant solutions on a tight budget.
Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I have some experience as a treasurer for a club sport (water polo) last year and am the treasurer for multiple student groups this year. Also, as someone that grew up in a household where my dad did some work with corporate finance, (while I had limited exposure) I do have some knowledge of handling and attempting to equally distribute a budget for events that try to please everyone.
What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
I’ve always had a great passion for math and have felt that I excel in it. As someone that also very much enjoys Mellby and St. Olaf as a whole, I feel that I have a strong sense of intrinsic motivation to get other people to fully enjoy their experiences too, which would push me to make Mellby (and it’s activities) the best they could possibly be.

Gabriel Smith
He/Him/His
Psychology
Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am excited to jump into a new year, create a great Mellby community through hall events, and make sure our budget does the most it can for you.
Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I was heavily involved in student government and club leadership in high school. I served two consecutive terms as an ASB Executive Officer (A five person council that shared the responsibilities of school president/treasurer etc.) I was treasurer for my school’s Key Club chapter. As well as three term secretary of Point Blank, a student advocacy group, and two term treasure of The Blue Crew, a school spirit organization.
What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
In addition to my previous experience in student government and as a treasurer, I personally use and enjoy a good spreadsheet. It is because of college-search-final.xlsx that I am here at St. Olaf.

Panha Son
he/him/his
Computer Science, Economics
Tell us why you are interested in this position.
I am interested in the position as Treasurer because I am looking for more ways to become actively involved within Mellby, as well as within the St. Olaf community. I enjoy solving problems and finding solutions, and I believe that this position will be a great opportunity to do that!
Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am currently a Junior majoring in Computer Science and Economics, and I believe that all the opportunities that I have had have prepared me enough to be sufficient in planning and implementing budgets. I’ve worked a variety of roles in my past internships, but one thing that has remained constant was working with Excel. A few summers ago, I interned in the Capital Projects division at 3M and helped screen through potential vendors by considering different aspects of their bids and comparing it to the division’s budget using Excel. I am currently working in the Finance Office at St. Olaf, where one of my core duties is to create monthly budget dashboards in Excel to inform the VP’s of St. Olaf’s financial status – although I am not planning the schools budget myself, I certainly understand the difficulty in planning a budget!
What are some skills you possess that would be advantageous for managing hall finances?
Some skills that I possess include my ability to keep things orderly and logical. I find myself to be quite organized, and try my best to make things streamlined and efficient. I am also a fast learner and will take the time to learn something if need be. All of these skills that I’ve listed above are representative of what I believe would be a great Treasurer, and if elected, I would gladly work my hardest to plan out a budget, keep accurate financial records, while satisfying Mellby’s needs.

Inclusivity Advocate

Maxwell J Rubin
Political Science & Mandarin Chinese
Tell us why you are interested in this position.
For the past year, Mellby Hall has been my home at St. Olaf. This is a building that I deeply care about because of its comfortable small size and low noise level, its central location on campus , and its stately architecture. For the past year, I have recognized a void in this building. When I moved here from Homey as a sophomore, I expected the close and tight knit community feel that I had as a freshman at Homey Hall to be present in Mellby. I did not find much of that. Although I have a few friends in Mellby and know several faces, I recognize a calamity in this building – we as a building do not place a high enough value on inclusivity. Inclusivity is so undervalued here that many people who live here do not know their neighbor or even say hello to their neighbor and ask them how their day is going. I am running for this position to make Mellby a closer community, a community where floor neighbors and neighbors from all floors can come together and get to know each other better. This is a building that I hope to call home for three out of my four years at St. Olaf. If I am given the privilege to serve as your inclusivity advocate, I will work to make Mellby a place where neighbors are not strangers.
Tell us what we should know about you, when considering you for this position.
I am a Californian born and raised and moved to Minnesota two years ago to attend St. Olaf. I place a high value on integrity, civility, and initiative. I am a student of government, history, and the world. I have travelled to a vast swath of countries and forty-five states, learning about history, culture, and nature. I am especially interested and invested in state and national politics. Last summer, I interned for former U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen of Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. While working for Congressman Paulsen, I learned a great deal about inclusivity. I answered constituent phone calls, met in person with constituents, and traveled to meet local business managers and workers in the west metro region of the twin cities. One of the biggest lessons I learned from that internship was the value of listening to people even if they do not have the same opinion as you do. If I am elected, I will bring my listening skills to this job. Although I still have work to do, I will do my best to listen to Mellby residents and help them feel at ease here.
How do you intend on encouraging and foster an inclusive environment in your residence hall?
I would intend to listen to the needs and desires of my residents and make sure that residents feel that they are living in an inclusive environment. Since I believe that representative government is a two way street, one way of being inclusive that I would consider is sending out Google polls asking residents what they might want to see in Mellby sponsored events. For example, before a Mellby food event, I would make sure that there are vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten free and vegan options available. As for culture, I would want to make sure that not only one voice is heard. For example, if Mellby is putting on a food for finals event and Hall Council is considering only offering Christmas style food, I would bring up the importance of offering food of other December traditions like Hanaukah. Overall, maintaining communication with residents is key to being a successful and inclusive representative.