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CGI Presidential Elections: an Interview with Mabel Harriman-Smith

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!


6 thoughts on “CGI Presidential Elections: an Interview with Mabel Harriman-Smith

  1. Mabel is a good leader and listener, very organized, I think she would make a great CGI president

    Posted by Conor Kennedy | February 13, 2012, 4:38 pm
  2. I don’t remember the presidential campaigns ever being this intense, the whole election is on a different level than past years. That being said, Mabel and Hayden are the dynamic duo that CGI needs to stay productive and interact with the community.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2012, 9:24 pm
  3. Mabel was disappointing at the debates today. A lot of what she said were just key words to grab the listener, no real substance. Words such as “enthusiasm” and “transparency”. She better prove herself before the election, because while I went into the debates today ready to want to vote for her, I left unable to say that I can.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012, 4:03 pm
  4. Mabel is a very enthusiastic member of CGI, but one may pay mind to the argument that She has laid down no real plans for how she wishes to increase CGI communication aside from the creation of an internet guru like position in the cabinet if elected, not paying attention to the fact that many Institute students are not part of facebook or even check their e-mail. Her resume has not provided any specific examples of successfully organized events, aside from volunteering with Venetta, which many other members of the arts department can boast of. Thinking back to trips to Vanetta’s or benefits to the soup kitchen that she has supported, only one can be called to mind where her actions as co-chair alerted us to our appointment to volunteer more than a week before hand, in which case, many still had previous engagements due to the lack of choice the department was given in scheduling.
    I do hope that she can support her platform more thoroughly, Mabel has the right initiative and ideas, the student body just needs to be assured that a plan is in place for how she may achieve the goals of her ticket.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012, 10:40 pm
  5. Mabel was okay in the debate today. There was nothing wrong with her answers, but I know she can do a lot better. She and Hayden would be a great team, but she needs to work on capturing the crowd’s attention a little more.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012, 11:03 pm
  6. mabel is too modest and that’s hurting her campaign. if it wasn’t for her the arts department would get absolutely nothing done, but in debate she said that she didnt want to take credit away from them. really that department owes more to her than she does to them, the problem is that she’s too humble to say so.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012, 2:23 pm

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