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Campus Celebrity: Evert Fowle – SGA President

Running a political campaign requires a large amount of commitment and determination. Now, try running a campaign half a world away from your target audience. Meet Evert Fowle, a Government major who is abroad in Vietnam and was recently elected as SGA President for the 2013-2014 school year!

Name: Evert Fowle
Hometown: Vassalboro, Maine
Class Year: 2014
Major: Government
 
We know you're currently abroad in Vietnam. How did you go about campaigning overseas?
At first it was very stressful running a campaign from abroad. I've run a couple campaigns before and was always able to coordinate everything from posters to speeches on my own. Being on the other side of the world made this impossible though, which made me fairly nervous. Luckily, I have some absolutely amazing friends and supporters on campus who were offering to help me before I even announced I was running. Every poster that went up was someone who believed in my campaign. I can't thank them enough.  
How did you feel about Ted Steinberg, president of the class of 2016, representing you as he delivered your speech? Honored. I had the pleasure of working with Ted in the fall and was astounded by his work ethic. He is more dedicated to improving our campus than any freshmen I've met.  There is no one I would rather have as my Vice President. 
 
How did you find out about the results of the election?
Our SATA program was climbing a mountain in the middle of the Vietnamese rainforest when the election polls closed. Surprisingly, 3G service was fairly spotty.  We had to do some minor rock climbing to get one bar of service. I patiently waited for my facebook to load.  I had one new message from Ali Rossi, Chief of Communications, that simply said "You Won". The 14 Conn students I was with cheered and I breathed a deep sigh of relief. It was a surreal moment; one which I will not forget for a very long time. 
 
 
What are your biggest plans as the schools president in  2013-2014? 
I ran my campaign with one pledge, "Protecting Shared Governance". I plan on doing this by increasing SGA's presence in both academic and social settings. Once SGA has a better understanding of what we as students want we will be able to present a united front to administration. I believe a unified student voice is the strongest one. I also plan on continuing SGA's Anti-Vandalism Initiative because vandalism sucks.    
 
How do you see the class of 2014 contributing to Conn's legacy?
I think the Class of 2014  will be remembered as a class that always went big and had a great time doing it. Let's go out with a bang Seniors!
 
What is the biggest challenge you think you'll face as a leader of the student body?
Making sure I represent the combined voice of the students and not simply a segment of it. It's very easy to only listen to the voices in SGA, but a good leader must seek out other opinions to make sure SGA is representative of the entire campus.  
 
 
What led you to get involved in student government?
Freshmen year my Housefellow told me about SGA and how every dorm had a senator. I thought it was a good way for a freshmen to get involved  so I ran on a whim. Their I met Nate Cornell, SGA President 2010-2011, who showed me the ropes and inspired me to stay involved in SGA.  I am where I am today because of his help. 
 
 
Please tell us, how is Vietnam treating you?
It is a fantastic experience! We have traveled all over South East Asia and seen so many stunning things. Every day brings a new adventure. I highly recommend this trip to any rising Sophomore, it is a life changing experience. 
 
 
We've missed you! - What do you miss the most from Conn?
My friends, tollhouse pie, and FIFA '13. Although, I still talk to my friends on skype and facebook, so I guess mostly FIFA and tollhouse pie.
 

 

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