Jacob Linfesty (C'21)
Christopher Urffer (E'19)
Candace Morff (C'19)
Miriam Glickman (E'21)
its 3:37pm and 3/4 of the current 2018 Penn Band Board are getting ready for our Special Election.
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Check out this blog for ~detailed~ notes on the election. Check out past election blogs too! Educate yourself!
3:42pm-"Do you think I can go to the bathroom in my onesie?"-Rendy
4:04pm-Rendy made a rogue (rouge) google doc blog. Not only is he wearing a squirrel onesie, he's also an imposter. #impeach
update it is a flying squirrel onesie
4:47pm, hats are out, couch is in place, we are ready
5:04pm-people are beginning to trickle in.
5:07pm-Adam is reading the rules. What rules? Today we have 4 candidates, to win you must receive 19 votes.
5:08pm Greer barely considers floor nominations.
Miriam is up first!
When she joined band, she didn't think that the Penn Band would be something she really came to alot. She has been listening to the Band spotify playlist and has read the band website lots of times. AS music manager, she has spent SO much time with the copier and realized how much we are all always willing to help. Why should you pick Miriam? She has lots of experience from being secretary of National Honors Society in high school and has experience with google spreadsheets and really wants you to pick her!
Jacob is up! He is also a freshmen. He's found a place here in the band. After, hanging out with the saxes one morning, we joked that we thought he was going to quit the band. Since then, he's really enjoyed being in the band. He really wants to give back to the band. He spoke to Zabryna and she said that the most important opinion is voicing your opinion. He is friends with the other three saxes on board (woohoo) and he thinks he can really voice his opinion well. He can also use excel!
Whoops sorry for the delay-had to run to our video of lovely Candace Morff who sent in a video because she is currently in Berlin!!
Urf thinks that immaculate attendance is extremely important. He has gone to EVERYTHING and went on ALL the roadtrips. He think he is the most qualified candidate for the position of secretary and has a "new level of mastery" from keeping track of the social budget. He has learned from his mentors the importance of book keeping. He does band study now, which means going through a HUGE AMOUNT OF TABS. He thinks its not that much more than his already high level of attendance. *and that is it, shuts laptop*
on to questions!
Renee will be calling Candace because she is in Germany. Greer has asked that we talk among ourselves.
5:21pm Jackie asked, if you talked to previous secretaries what was the biggest take away?
Urf: voice your opinion and management skills
Jacob: the big thing is being with three saxes, is he might need to disagree/agree with us
Miriam: it's a huge time commitment, its not hard, its just alot of work! Its a thankless job, but that's okay
Candace: She spoke with Zabryna, biggest take away being secretary isn't a joke and needs to be taken seriously. Its very important for how the band functions.
Jeanette asks, why are you running now instead of last semester?
Urf: Last semester, he didn't know his schedule before, now he does
Jacob: thought about running, but was worried about overlapping with going abroad, so he made a video about it!
Miriam: Realized it 2 months after elections, she realized she wanted to be on Board and started to talk to other Board members and realized its for her.
Candace: she didn't run last semester that she was going to be abroad.
John San Soucie asks "you are on Board, and you have to go to 3 athletics events in the same day, and our members have other things to do. We have to figure out who can/can't go, how to rely on alumni-how do you approach it?"
Jacob: consider what you can/cannot get to.
Candace: admits its a hard question-choose the event that is the most important. Depends on how many people are able to show up exactly.
Chris Urf: Prioritize the events where you have the most visibility and the most positive visibility. Push everyone to go to everything, but count on people you know are going to show up and push the important ones.
Miriam: Also agrees on visibility. Biggest thing that 3 events is impossible in one day and taking the event that's the least visibility.
Rendy: Me, Rendy and Aaron are all strongly opinated, how will you fit in us?
Jacob: it can be important for a leader, the new secretary doesn't need to have an opinion that super far out there. He thinks its valid sometimes to just support the other people.
Miriam: Is not the strongest opinionated person, but if she has one, she will say it. Sometimes it is more about listening. Follows her gut.
Candace: She was worried about it and talked to Zabryna. She is soft spoken at times, when she sees that people are really passionate she will let them shine. With band problems, it is important to see all sides of the issue and luckily she likes to be the devil's advocate.
Urf: He likes to think of himself as a mediator. He will shut down bad ideas right away.
Koosh-what is the band's purpose?
Urf: thinks we need to bring ENERGY to the campus and for other student groups on campus. We play at NSO! We do it to make people excited!
Jacob: 2 ways to look at it. Being in the band, its a place for us to have fun and its safe-that's the purpose for us. The second is what Urf said, its being at the games and standing! "set the mood for the event"
Miriam: We are the heart and soul of spirit, people see us standing up and get excited with us.
Candace: Personally, the band's mission externally is promote school spirit on campus and represent the school. Internally, the mission is to create a family. Always keep in mind the organization of the school and obligation to perform at events.
Jenna-This is the most important job regarding attendance, how do your semesters look like next semester?
Jacob: Is also on board for Mock Trial. He is coordinating all of the stuff now, but it could be a conflict but most of the work is before September. He thinks he has had good attendance.
Candace: She loves coming to all band events, there are unpredictable things that come up but with some extra planning she can come to more than she already does. She was going to botany from 12-5 on Fridays but now she might.
MiriamL is also in a sorority and in engineering so she takes 4-5 classes. Right now she only has 4.5 classes and her Fridays and Mondays are open!
Urf: I feel obligated to come to everything because he will be holding down the tuba section! He has class 12-4pm all day, that's it!
Renee asks, as former secretary things can get kinda boring. You send forms, emails, etc., what do you think you bring to board that's special?
Candace: She likes to think that she is funny and sees the best in things all the time. She likes to do the same thing over and over again .
Urf: He also does the same thing over and over again with band study. What he brings to board is different than the secretary position. He can convey the needs of the low brass, which is a very diverse position. He can do repetitive tasks really well (just crank up the music).
Miriam: She enjoys repetitive tasks and sees it as relaxing. Miriam is also perky and kinda funny. No matter what happens she can find a way to joke about it.
Jacob: Again he thinks bringing something to board is different than secretary. As a board member, he wants to work on bringing more freshmen to the band. He was only freshmen in the sax section and wants to work on getting specifically freshmen.
Melannie asks, if you don't get elected, will that change anything? For the other 2 freshmen, if you aren't elected will you run again in the fall?
Miriam: She will probably run in the fall and will continue as MM
Jacob: If he isn't elected, he will stay as sax sleader. Next fall, he feels passionately about recruiting freshmen. He does plan on running for board next semester
Urf: He plans on doing everything that he has been doing anyways. He wants to step up dry events in the social sphere.
Candace: She will continue to be LB SL and will miss it if elected.
Matt brings up the ALL SAX BOARD POTENTIAL.
Jacob: He says that past boards have been friends before and it should work. Also he will pledge to learn trumpet if he is elected just like David.
Matt what about getting feedback from other sections?
Jacob: He thinks that at Council meetings we can increase efficiency, and specifically talk about decisions that Board make. Make council meetings more about long term plans. Additionally, just overall getting more feedback.
Ben: list a strength and weakness of how you deal with stress.
Candace: Biggest weakness is that she ignores her stress which doesn't help her at all. When she does deal with it, she contains it within herself and doesn't ruin everyone else's day.
Urf: When Urf is stressed, he gets much more efficient and less goofy. Downside, he lets it build longer than he should.
Jacob: For strength, he stays on top of his work and rarely falls behind. When he does get behind, he just wants to do it his way which can be bad in small groups.
Miriam: As soon as she feels stress, she buckles down and does her work. Get started right away and does work.
Urf really wants to be secretary. He has the skills and attendance. He will enjoy it alot and be here either way.
Candace would do her absolute best. (oh no the phone cut out)
Jacob really has enjoyed this semester and being section leader. He wants to get even more involved!
Miriam really appreciated everything that has happened this year. She will get all of her work done!
5:50pm its time to vote! Woohoo
Greer denies Emily's request to have a second round of voting for Horse's Ass even though the first one wasn't band related.
Renee wants to start story time. She is telling a story.
5:57pm we have moved onto the second round of voting. The candidates remaining are:
Congrats to Chris Urffer on becoming our new secretary!