As the progressive student voice on the campus of a Catholic university, the idea of reform widely shapes The Gavel’s editorial decision-making. With this in mind, we believe that Nanci Fiore-Chettiar & Chris Marchese are entirely qualified and prepared to lead the student body in the right direction as UGBC president and vice president for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Throughout the UGBC presidential election, the campaigns of Nanci Fiore-Chettiar & Chris Marchese and Lucas Levine & Vance Vergara have vocalized a common belief that UGBC is in desperate need of reform. The student body has seemingly lost its faith in UGBC’s ability to serve the diverse needs of Boston College students, and each candidate hopes for the opportunity to help earn back that faith next year.
We believe that Nanci & Chris embody an identity of reform through a logical and feasible platform that focuses on areas that we care about. Their vision of transparency between students and those in power would provide a refreshing and much-needed change in comparison to the current status quo. Guided by their past experiences as members of UGBC, they have created a succinct, mapped-out timeline of goals while maintaining a tremendous savvy for important social issues that impact every BC student, such as:
- Raising student awareness of issues pertaining to sexual assault through the promotion of Bystander Education training.
- Advocating for AHANA issues by increasing the hiring of AHANA faculty members and providing stronger diversity trainings for faculty and administrators, as well as student leaders.
- Advocating for GLBTQ issues by developing a greater campus-wide understanding of transgender issues at BC and helping to carry out GLC’s “Reaching New Heights” 10-year plan.
- Bridging socioeconomic gaps with a more visible and accessible Monteserrat Coalition.
- Creating and sustaining a mental health campaign.
- Working towards a “greener” campus with a “Taking Green Initiatives Fund” (TGIF).
- Increasing the quality of life for students with disabilities by evaluating campus accessibility.
Wherever you stand on the issues, take advantage of this opportunity to cast your vote as a BC student and stand up for the issues that matter.