Non-CGIers may not know that during period 2 on the third floor, a CGI student body of around 250 debate domestic and foreign issues, plan community events through various departments, and operate under their own government and constitution. This Tuesday, CGI will begin the process of electing a new President and Vice President for the 2012 – 2013 school year, kicking off the campaigns with the first round of debates. To help inform you, The Bull has given each presidential candidate (there are currently four Facebook officiated) an equal opportunity to answer questions about themselves and their candidacy.
Our second presidential candidate is Mabel Harriman-Smith, class of 2013.
Tell The Bull a little bit about yourself. I’m desperate for your vote. Just kidding (a little). I’m a junior who’s interested in writing, government, political science, and debate and loves swimming and sarcasm.
Why are you running for CGI President? I honestly think that CGI is one of the best things in this school, it’s changed the way I work as a student and I want to bring these benefits to all of CGI’s members by getting them as involved as possible in what we’re going as a body.
Why did you join CGI? I actually didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I first joined. I thought it was just going to be government-focused English and history classes with an elective thrown in, I joined for the academic part of it. I totally wasn’t expecting the serous government structure, which has come to be my favorite part now.
What contributions have you made to CGI in the past two years? Last year in the Arts Department I worked with Venetta Davis and the Missionaries of God Soup Kitchen in Dover, NJ, and this year that has expanded into the CGI-wide cause of helping the hungry. I was also very involved in planning my department’s art show last year, and now as the co-chair I’m helping to totally rework it into a whole new event.
If elected, what would be your objectives? What you be your #1 priority? Our main focus is increasing enthusiasm and involvement. Hayden and I have felt that by putting a lot into CGI, we have gotten a lot out of it, and we want as many students as possible to feel those same benefits. We have many more specific points that you can find on our Facebook group or hear about in the debate, but the main point of most of those is increasing enthusiasm. GET PUMPED CGI!
If you had the power, what would you change to improve CGI? More open communication and less confusion, more direct action bills, more inter-department cooperation, and more Montclair community involvement.
What clubs are you active in? The Model UN/Congress Club and the Debate Club.
Do you play any sports? I’m on the school swim team as well as a club swim team at the YMCA.
What do you do in your free time? Go on walks, watch The Daily Show, go into New York City, doodle, and play guitar.
What is your favorite book, movie and food? Catcher in the Rye, Life is Beautiful, and pineapple.
What is your #1 pet peeve? Garbage.
What do you like best about MHS? CGI of course!