In light of our dripping enthusiasm about student government, Bwog sat down with recently-elected CCSC 2018 President Ezra Gontownik to talk shop.
Bwog: So, tell me a little about yourself, or, in other words, let’s reduce your life to a catchy little sound bite?
EG: Catchy little sound bite?
I’m the youngest of six boys; grew up fifteen minutes from here. Three of my older brothers attended the engineering school, so people thought I was on the fast track to engineering. Veered from the path a little bit and applied to the College.
Bwog: Now that you’re elected, what do you want to represent as a political agent? Are you a reformer? An advocate for the people? A bureaucrat?
EG: I’ve been here for about a month now. I’m not here to reform the place; I have to get situated with the place: hear from my fellow classmates what they would like to see changed, see for ourselves what we would like to see change. We are very fortunate in that we’re working with a council that has been incredibly helpful with assisting us with how the formalities work, with how the meetings work. And that has been very beneficial for us.
People should be comfortable coming to us and express what they want. It should never be ‘oh those people are on student council.’ It’s too official. We’re their friends. We’re their classmates. We just happen to represent them on student council. There should be no shyness coming to us and asking for something to change and asking for something new.