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Laskowiecki-Todora hopes to bridge gap with faculty // The Observer

Juniors Joe Laskowiecki and Collin Todora, respectively president and vice president of the Holy Cross Student Government Association (SGA), want to strengthen the community of Holy Cross as well as its ties to the community of the three campuses.

Laskowiecki said one of the things that makes the ticket unique is the diversity of their backgrounds. They feel that because of this they can contribute something to each department from an academic and social point of view.

Laskowiecki, born and raised in Chicago, is a major company with minors in communications and marketing. He was resident assistant for Anselm Hall this year and is also responsible for intramural sports at Holy Cross.

Todora is from Port Arthur, Texas, and majors in biology with minors in math and computer science. He is on the Holy Cross golf team and teaches math and computer science.

Their ticket “wants to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard” within the Holy Cross community, Laskowiecki said.

“My biggest goal is to try to integrate Holy Cross more into the tri-campus community. But I also want to give that inner feeling to the students of Holy Cross that I can be proud to represent the college and be proud to say that they went to Holy Cross College,” Laskowiecki said.

Laskowiecki and Todora both said they value the success of individual students not only in the present moment but also in the future beyond their time at Holy Cross.

“I want college courses to prepare them as best they can for future success,” Laskowiecki said. “So no matter how we can go about it, whether it’s from a course or whether it’s listening to people and what they want to do, I think that’s where the most of our applications will come from our larger platform.”

Todora said they also hoped to alleviate some of the stress for faculty and alumni. “I know there’s stress with students coming in asking questions and stuff like that, that [faculty] can’t fill, so we would kind of be that buffer, in between, to help alleviate some of the stress that they would have,” Todora said.

Laskowiecki and Todora are also passionate about building connections between faculty and students. “We want student concerns to be heard,” Laskowiecki said.

Todora said their first priority would be to develop a sense of communication with Holy Cross students. Specifically, they want students to know that they are available to help them.

“I know, since I’ve been a math tutor, a lot of students don’t really like going to see the teacher because they feel a bit intimidated. So it’s kind of nice to have a student they can talk to and connect with,” Todora said. “Developing that initial connection between the students and us would probably be a pretty good primary goal in our case.”

Laskowiecki said he wants to be available as someone to talk to when students have problems with professors. “I know some people don’t want to draw attention to themselves,” Laskowiecki said. “But if we could be that stepping stone to the next level, to raise their concerns and have them heard, I think that’s our biggest goal.”

However, they also have aspirations that go beyond academics and the classroom. “Personally, I would also like to further develop the public meetings that we have just started to hold this year. We started this last semester and I think that can be really beneficial, especially if we start having a better show or more people show up,” Laskowiecki said.

Laskowiecki mentioned that they, of course, wanted to listen to student suggestions as well.

“I’ve heard of guys who live in the South [Hall] say, ‘Hey, can we get a vending machine in here somehow?’ It may be expensive, but people would like it. Even though we have one in the North [Hall] and South, I’m sure they will bring more income to the school and people will benefit too,” Laskowiecki said.

Laskowiecki said that ultimately they wanted to leave their mark and make a change. “I want to be able to say like, ‘Hey, we were president,'” he said, “‘and that’s what we did at the end of the year.'”

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