Senior Senators

Name: Naila Jahan
Class Year: 2015
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Environmental Economics
Commons: Wonnacott
Involvement: Student Manager at Crossroads Café, Kappa Delta Rho, Project on Creativity & Innovation/MiddCORE, WRMC 91.1FM
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Kayaking on Lake Champlain!
Why you ran for SGA? I have been on the Student Senate for the past two years and it has been a valuable experience for me to sit with a group of my peers who all represent different perspectives and hear everyone's take on an issue or bring up something that I didn't even realize was an issue, while providing my own constituents' stance. I ran again in the hopes of continuing that experience and creating even more discussions and solutions the third time around. 
What do you hope to accomplish this year? As I will be Senior Senator this year, I hope to accomplish something that will really leave a legacy here for the Class of 2015. In addition, I realize that many seniors feel like that because it is their last year, anything SGA does will not have much of an impact on them and I hope that SGA as a body will work quickly enough on our bills so that our seniors, as well as the rest of the school, will experience the benefits of our labor before they leave. 

Name: Kyle Gerstenschlager
Class Year: 2015
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Art History
Commons: Atwater
On-Campus Involvement: Swimming and Diving Team, Beyond the Bubble: Uncovering Vermont SuperBlock
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Exploring new restaurants during Vermont Restaurant Week
Why you ran for SGA? I ran for SGA so that I could meaningfully give back to the student body and no longer be a bystander. 
What do you hope to accomplish this year? I hope that during my tenure as a senior senator I can increase access to PE credit free of charge.

Junior Senators

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Name: Reshma Gogineni
Class Year: 2016
Hometown: Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Major: Neuroscience
Commons: Cook
On-Campus Involvement: Crossroads Café, KDR, Inter-House Council, Cook Commons Council, Neuroscience lab volunteer 
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Eating Vermont maple syrup
Why you ran for SGA? To understand more about the senate's role on campus and how it interacts with the other student organizations on campus to improve student life.  
What do you hope to accomplish this year? To improve the post-study abroad experience of juniors

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Name: Sydney Sanders
Class Year: Class of 2016

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Major: Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology

Commons: Brainerd

On-Campus Involvement: Admissions Tour Guide, Community Friend, MiddView Leader
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Skiing, hiking, apple picking
Why you ran for SGA? As Director of the Environmental Affairs Committee last spring, I found that I really enjoy participating in Student Government at Middlebury.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? I am interested in improving student relationships with Public Safety. I also am excited to work with Taylor on his awesome initiatives.

Sophomore Senators

Name: Karina Toy
Class Year: 2017
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: International Politics and Economics
Minor: Chinese
Commons: Cook
On-Campus Involvement: Student Activities Office Assistant
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Skiing/hiking, depending on the season.
Why you ran for SGA? As one of last year’s First Year Senators, I loved attending Senate meetings and working towards making Middlebury a better school for everyone.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? Start the discussion about the school’s current financial aid policy, which states, “Other types of aid, such as local scholarships, high school awards, subsidies from parents' employers, or National Merit funds will first reduce the work and loan portions of the aid package.  Any amount over the work and loan portions will reduce the grant aid.”

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Name: Steven Medina
Class Year: 2017
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Physics and Theatre (Double)
Commons: Brainerd
On-Campus Involvement: Various plays/musicals, Posse Scholar
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Movies
Why you ran for SGA? I believe that I have characteristics that would allow me to best represent my class.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? On this campus, there are students who are heard more than others because their ideas seem like they can more readily be turned into reality. But there are other students who have unique and unorthodox ideas and proposals that should be given equal weight and consideration. My goal is to represent all the ideas of the Class of 2017.

First Year Senators

Name: Jin Sohn
Class Year: 2018
Hometown: Holbrook, NY
Major: (Intended) International and Global Studies

Commons: Brainerd
On-Campus Involvement: 

Favorite Vermont Pastime: So far in the few weeks I've been here in Vermont, I love going down to Lake Dunmore and taking in the view!
Why you ran for SGA? 
All throughout high school, I was involved with Student Government and have found an interest and joy in the opportunity to help my peers voice their opinions and see it become a reality. As a member of the Senate, I hope to help the Middlebury community through this platform.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? 
As a first-year senator and co-chair of the first-year committee, I hope to work with my fellow senators and committee members in creating a better community between not only the students themselves, but also between the students, administration, and faculty. I am looking forward to this school year.

Name: Christina Brook
Class Year: 2018
Hometown: Kaitaia, New Zealand
Major: (Intended) International Politics and Economics
Minor: (Intended) Anthropology

Commons: Cook
On-Campus Involvement: 

Favorite Vermont Pastime: Watching the sunset over the fall coloured leaves
Why you ran for SGA? 
My interest in SGA was fueled by my concern for the way students could voice their opinions regarding the inner-workings of relevant issues on campus and within this community. I feel that I am a rather friendly and approachable person who enjoys responsibility and organizing events, therefore this seemed like a great position to pursue.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? 
The main issue that I would like to address this year is the way in which freshmen interact with upperclassmen, predominantly regarding discussing major/minor possibilities, academics, student organizations and the like.

Feb Senators

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Name: Michael Brady
Class Year: 2017.5
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Major: International Politics and Economics
Commons: Cook
On-Campus Involvement: Otter Nonsense Players, Juntos, Admissions Tour Guide
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Snowball fights
Why you ran for SGA? I ran for SGA because I want to help make Middlebury a better place. 
What do you hope to accomplish this year? I would like to see the SGA fund more printers across campus, hopefully one in every dorm building. I also hope to see the SGA taking steps to be more approachable to the student body. 

Name: Michael Judy
Class Year: 2015.5
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Commons: Ross
On-Campus Involvement: Dolci, Gamut Room, WRMC
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Swimming outside and grilling with friends
Why you ran for SGA? I think that I am a good representation of the Febs on campus and that I'll be a accurate voice for them in SGA. 
What do you hope to accomplish this year? I'd like to help provide student opinion on Middlebury's proposed dining system.

Atwater Senator

Name: Sophie Vaughan
Class Year: 2017
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Major: Environmental Studies 
Commons: Atwater
On-Campus Involvement: Socially Responsible Investment Club, Research and Investment in Social Equity(RISE), Residential Assistant, Middlebury Alternative Break Trips (MALT)
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Snowshoeing! This past January I fell absolutely in love with snowshoeing (surprising for a CA girl, huh?)! It's rigorous and allowed me to interact viscerally with the beautiful winter ecosystem of Vermont. I culminated my first year as a snowshoeing enthusiast by partaking in the Middlebury Mountain Club (MMC)’s spring break snowshoeing trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire! 
Why you ran for SGA? After being offered a position as an Atwater RA, which also entails participation in Commons Council, I decided to run for Senate to ensure fluid communication between ResLife and SGA. I believe this unique combination will allow me and the Senate to explore questions concerning the Commons’ place at Middlebury. I hope to work to build a positive relationship between these two vital parts of our campus life and promote collaboration and a better understanding of how each can contribute to the effectiveness and success of the other. 
What do you hope to accomplish this year? This year I hope to, in partnership with the other members of the Senate, continue our campus discourse about how the SGA can be better serve student organizations and individual members of the campus community as a conduit for constructive change.

Brainerd Senator

Name: Mohamed Hussein   
Class Year: 2017
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Major: Economics
Commons: Brainerd
On-Campus Involvement: Arabesque, Islamic Society, International Students Organization (ISO), and Dolci.
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Indulging in some Ben & Jerry’s after climbing to the summit of a splendid nearby mountain to enjoy the beauty of Vermont.
Why did you run for SGA? My desire to run for SGA springs from my conviction that the unjustified apathy on our campus must end. Coming from a society where expression of anything other than unquestioning acceptance of a dictator and a hard-line Islamic religious stance prompted accusations of blasphemy, I feel a deep urge to remind students that, in a way, their right to vote is a privilege. Moreover, I ran for SGA to promote a more active role for the Commons in shaping Middlebury’s culture via legislation.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? As Brainerd Commons’ senator, my central theme for this year is a stronger community. Middlebury boasts an incredibly diverse student body culturally, demographically, and academically, yet there seems to be very limited interaction between the different blocks that constitute this diversity. The lack of such interactions detracts from our Middlebury experience, rendering it less enriching and creating a gap between our ideals and reality. I propose to tackle this challenge along two broad fronts: first, by better utilizing the Commons’ intrinsic ability to connect people from different interests by virtue of knowing your roommate, your hall mates, and your dorm mates and, second, by attempting to reduce the alienation between the student body and the college’s staff.

Cook Senator

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Name: Tiff Chang
Class Year: 2017
Hometown: Larkspur, CA
Major: Environmental Economics
Commons: Cook
On-Campus Involvement: Women’s Rugby Team, Cycling Club, RISE, February Outdoor Orientation (FOO), SGA Finance Committee, SGA Environmental Affairs Committee, Concussions Speak
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Drinking maple syrup
Why you ran for SGA? Last year I served on a few committees, bringing senate-approved projects to life or analyzing budgets - but I was never able to create any legislation myself. As a huge fan of Battell, Dean Sutherland and Cook Commons in general, when I saw that the Cook senate position was open, I thought it would be a terrific opportunity to write legislation and bring my own SGA projects to the table.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? 1. Figure out why people aren't running for SGA positions / increase SGA visibility 2. Research opportunities to increase financial aid packages, 3. Revisit Honor Code & AAL, 4. Go/TiFF.

Ross Senator

Name: Zak Fisher
Class Year: 2016
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Major: Political Science
Minor: American Studies
Commons: Ross
On-Campus Involvement: Residential Life, Hillel, Jazz Band, Tour Guiding
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Walking the TAM
Why you ran for SGA? The twenty-first century delivers a fresh and serious set of obstacles problematizing a proper savoring of the human experience. Even in the face of these novel and precarious challenges, Aristotle's words about "the most divine things" originating not individually, but rather collectively-- through the polis-- ring as true as ever. I ran for SGA because I believe that the best good comes from collective action catalyzed by serious and well-intentioned individuals. I have every intention of conducting myself as such an individual.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? I intend to do whatever in my power to work towards a Middlebury which boldly strives to live up to its core values of egalitarianism and justice. I make no hesitation in acknowledging that such work must be done within an uncompromising and candid evaluation of the unavoidable truths of our current cultural paradigm. Three broad endeavors make up the bulk of my legislative focus as we enter into the new school year: 1) Replacing our regressive fine system for traffic tickets and dorm damage with a more egalitarian penance procedure. 2) Working to better the relationship with Public Safety and the student body, particularly in ensuring students find unwavering security in their rights and liberties while interacting with said body. 3) Promoting and creating dynamic and well-utilized performance spaces throughout campus for visual and audible expression.

Wonnacott Senator

Name: Aaron de Toledo
Class Year: 2016
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Economics
Minors: Philosophy and Computer Science
Commons: Wonnacott
On-Campus Involvement: First Year Counselor, Cross Country, Track and Field, SGA Finance Committee, Middlebury High School Cross Country Coach
Favorite Vermont Pastime: Vermont Chili Festival – I was part of the Championship Team this past March with the Middlebury Cross Country Team!
Why you ran for SGA? I am frustrated by student apathy towards student government and I wanted to help change the narrative. 
What do you hope to accomplish this year? There is a large disconnect at Middlebury. Middlebury students care about changing the culture of Middlebury. Middlebury students don't care about student government. I hope to help bridge that gap and show students how the SGA can help them achieve their goals and make Middlebury a better place.