Bryant Elections are Heating up; Meet the Presidential Candidates

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Just when you thought election season was over, think again. On March 27th and 28th, Bryant University Student Senate will host their yearly elections for our student government.

They are hard-working and dedicated Bryant leaders who both have proven themselves to be valuable assets to our community. The Archway got to talk to both of the candidates, and here are their spotlights.

Candidate Cassidy Riendeau
Candidate Cassidy Riendeau

Name Cassidy Riendeau
Year Class of 2019
Major/Minor Business Undecided, Minors: Psychology and Communications  

Why should we vote for you?

I believe I would be the most hands-on President the organization has ever had. I would appreciate the opportunity to represent not only the other elected leaders of the Executive board and the Legislative body, but to represent the campus at large. I want to hear what the student body wants and needs on campus, so Senate can actually make a change, FOR the student body, as that is the main goal of the senate in the first place. Idea’s presented at our “fireside event” this current semester, should be put to work such as establishing more student run businesses on campus and updating the residence halls so our students can be proud of the rooms Bryant gives them. I also have the most experience in the President position out of the other candidates, since I was elected president of my high school all four years as well as president all the way back in my middle school. The decision to become involved in student senate was the reason I am the woman I am today. Thanks to senate pushing me to come out of my shell, I can be the extrovert I am, who is willing to listen to the needs of the students. In my opinion, being president is more than the title, the authority, or even the power the position holds, it is truly about making the campus better through every meeting we hold. We are elected for a specific reason- to make a difference. And I believe that THIS year we can make our mark on the university as a student body. I ask for your vote, so WE can make Bryant the best.

What is the platform you are running on?

The one thing I would like to change if given the opportunity to be President of the Student Senate would be making the Senate more approachable. I think the entire student senate should be the organization that goes out with a hands-on approach to find out what the student body is happy with, what we can make better, and make that change. I believe I can make the difference the campus needs as president, and let the positive impact have a waterfall effect throughout the senate and into the student body. The students have strong ideas, proven in the “fireside chat” the senate put on, in which we went out and received feedback from the student body. If given the opportunity, I will make a difference for all students, and I promise to make the senate approachable in order to make that change.

What is one change you can make as President?

I truthfully believe the biggest impact you can make at Bryant is to be a responsible and hands-on dedicated leader that I promise to be. The President of the student body is not a position that should be taken lightly, it comes with a lot of responsibility but holds the room for so much potential growth for the campus. I can make a change through actually listening to the students. I think sometimes leaders forget to remind themselves of why they do what they do. The reason they are put into leadership positions in the first place. Student senate should be a familiar face throughout campus. It should be an organization that welcomes students and takes every request into consideration, in order to serve the student body. In our constitution it states “The Student Government will strive to improve Bryant University for the Student Body”, which I think the next president should try to lead by. I know I can make a difference, but so can your vote. Vote Cassidy Riendeau for president of the Student Senate and let’s make a difference THIS year at Bryant University.  

What makes you different from your other candidates?

I have a tremendous amount of experience being in the position of President, I was voted president all four years in my high school career, and am fully aware of the commitment this position holds. I have a love and passion for this organization and honestly want nothing more than to lead the influential senators into a year of success. I would also be the first women to hold this position in over five years, which was also the last time student senate won the club of the year award. I am the most willing to learn candidate and know I can bring the senate to actually make a noticeable transformation on Bryant’s campus. I believe I am very down to earth and can listen to understand requests from the student body, rather than listen to respond. I know I can make a strong president, and I ask for your vote in support of the 2017-2018 Presidential election.

Any remarks that the voter should know?

Student government has been such an important aspect to my life since I went into middle school in fifth grade. Student government has forced me to come out of my shell as a child and it has remained a key part of my life ever since. This position has made me into the extrovert I believe I am today. This is why this being President means more to me than a title or the “power” it comes with, President is a complete honor. I would appreciate the opportunity to acquire this position and prove my worth to the organization and the campus. I would like to ask for your vote, to represent you, to be a leader for the legislative body, and to be your 2017-2018 President of the Student Senate. Let’s make a difference THIS year Bryant!

Candidate Joseph Rinaldi
Candidate Joseph Rinaldi

Name Joseph Rinaldi
Year Class of 2019
Major/Minor Dual Concentration in Finance and Accounting and a Minor in Political Science

Why should we vote for you?

I have been involved with the Student Senate for two years now. The reason I initially got involved with Senate is my passion for Bryant. I have been serving and representing my fellow students since fifth grade. When I ran to represent the freshman class in Student Senate almost two years ago, I made a promise to be a resource for people on campus. I have stayed true to that promise to this day, and as I often say I am always available via email at jrinaldi1@bryant.edu or on my cell phone at 1 (413) 887-9459.

The reason I ask for your vote is that I believe I am the best candidate to ensure every voice is heard. No issue is too small, no idea too difficult, no day too busy for us to tackle. No matter if you want a printer in the suite village or just need your shower fixed, I will ensure you are connected with the right resources on campus. I truly care about each and every one of my fellow students, and I look forward to an opportunity over the next month to earn your vote.

What is the platform you are running on?

The team I am running with includes some amazing people. Joseph DiModica is a sophomore from the south shore of Boston. After his childhood home burn to the ground, he started a sneaker convention company with his brother at a young age to help make ends meet. He has grown this company, Boston Got Sole, in a successful business. Joey has used his business skills to further the interests of the Student Body this year as a Student Senator. He meets weekly with the Director of Dining Services on campus, and has to lead the charge for better dining options on campus. Harrison Garrett, candidate for Student Government Treasurer from Southington, Connecticut, has served as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Building excellent relationships with administrators such as Provost Sulmasy, Harrison was able to bring back Reading Day for the upcoming semesters. Last but not least is Noah Pease, a freshman Student Senator from Wells, Maine has done a great job fighting for improved conditions in the freshman residence halls this year. His enthusiastic personality will be invaluable, and I am so happy to have freshman representation on the Executive Cabinet!

The fundamental tenant of my platform is experience. Our team, which we are calling 4thePeople, has a collective ten semesters experience on Senate. In my time as Treasurer, I have got to know so many of the amazing student organizations which truly make Bryant a special place. If elected, I will fight for each and every one of them, no matter how big or small.

What is one change you can make as President?

One immediate change I would like to bring to the students in an increase in the number of full-service printers available to them. We have a comprehensive three-step plan for residence hall printers. We have fought hard this year to get a printer on the second floor of Hall 17 for use in the Suite Village. We continue to pursue a printer in the freshman complex, and if elected we look forward to working with a printer in the Townhouse community building.

Another issue which I would like to take on is parking. While the situation has certainly improved in the last year, I look forward to working with the administration to look into further ways to improve student parking on campus.

As President, I would work to ensure we are getting the most out of our Student Involvement Fee. I would continue the work I have done as Treasurer to fight for the events which truly enrich our on-campus experiences.

There are many small, behind the scenes projects that the Senate works on which would be a major part of my Presidency. I big part of this job is getting information out to students. I would like to make more students aware of the ease and responsiveness of submitting a work order (check out tma.bryant.edu) and the availability of some awesome resources on campus such as the Office of Counseling Servers.

What makes you different from your other candidates?

My two years of experience truly sets me apart from other candidates. In my time on Student Senate, I have served on two of our standing committees. I have served as Chair of the Student Services Committee,  the Ways and Means Commission, and Co-Chair of the Rules Committee. I have represented the Student Body on numerous hiring committees and advisory boards. I have had the honor of serving on the Club Sports Council and getting to understand the resources club sports athletes rely on, as well as being a member of the Club Sports budgeting Allocation Committee. I am also the only candidate who has served on the all-important Student Involvement Fee Oversight Board, and helped to set policies for the $1.3 million dollars Student Involvement Fee.

My experience serving as Treasurer has really given me the experience I need to serve as President. While budgeting is not the only role of the Student Senate, it has an undeniable impact on every club and organization on our campus.

Any remarks that the voter should know?


Next year will be a transformational year for our organization. The new Student Government Constitution comes into effect on April 5th with the start of the 2018 term. As the original author of the document which will govern the Student Government, I believe I am the right person to serve during this crucial transition.

Hongsuk
Candidate Hongsuk Ryu

Name: Hongsuk Ryu
Year: Class of 2019
Archway writers were unable to reach Hongsuk for comments regarding the upcoming election.

We wish all the candidates the best of luck!

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