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women to run for student government — will be held for the first time at SU. The training program was one of Curtis’ most ambitious goals. “After you’ve been in SA to the extent that I have, you take on that image as someone who is a very active member in the community,” Curtis said. “Being able to make a difference and change things…I will always have that experience.” Though Curtis’ presidency is ending soon, she said she has decided to remain an active member of SA when she becomes the representative for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications next semester. “You don’t have to be president to make a difference,” she added. Curtis said her experience in SA has made her understand the organization’s policies and procedures “inside and out.” Because of that, she wants to remain in the assembly so she can serve as a mentor for other members and ease the transition into Gresely’s administration. For a brief time in the summer Curtis said she didn’t want to run for SA president. She said she saw how rough people could be and began to question what might happen if she “put herself out there” as a woman — little did she know that she would face a challenging road ahead as president, which she said included sexism, doubts about her qualifications and an attempted impeachment. The SA cabinet charged Curtis with vio-

lating university regulations by allowing Colin Crowley, former director of public relations, to serve on the cabinet without being enrolled as a student. After a six-hour executive session, the assembly voted against charging her with impeachment. “I don’t think I could have dealt with everything she’s dealt with — the personal attacks, all the horrible things she had to hear, people trying to diminish everything she’s worked so hard for,” said Duane Ford, SA’s vice president. “She pushed through all that and became stronger.” Through witnessing the impeachment process, Ford said both he and Curtis learned the importance of trust. He said he saw that the SA president position was “tough, thankless and vicious,” where people are often “out to get you and bring you down.” Still, during his own presidential campaign, Ford said he looked to Curtis’ ability to handle conf lict when he experienced personal attacks. Despite the setbacks Curtis has experienced, Ford said he’s seen her grow as a president and as a person, adding that she “took hold” of the organization. Grading her final term as a B-plus, Ford said he feels both the assembly and the student body have grown to see her more as a person. “I’m not sure if she changed, or if people just realized,” Ford said. Being one of Curtis’ best friends, Ford said a lot of people judge Curtis off her looks, pageant career or the impeachment. When she was elected, he said it proved that women are capable of holding presidential office in SA. Ford said the little progress that’s been

made is demonstrated by the fact that Curtis still faced stereotypes after reaching the position. Ford described a situation where Curtis spoke to a student on the Quad about the SA presidential elections after she was named president. He said the student told Curtis he thought it was “stupid” that the candidate who won was a woman — not knowing to whom he was actually speaking. “Even when she won, people tried to take it away from her, saying it was just because of her looks, which is something that she can’t control,” Ford said. “That was just sad to see, because it really takes that accomplishment away from you.” PJ Alampi, who ran for SA president against Curtis, said he believes she is one of several female leaders on campus that younger female leaders can look up to. He said Curtis is leaving SA in a position where they can create more change on campus than it could before, as evidenced by an increase in student participation. He said he credits Curtis for dedicating time and effort to further developing SA as an organization that is fully representative of the student body. Alampi, who also served as chief of staff on Curtis’ cabinet, eventually resigned from his position after the assembly voted to keep Curtis in office. Alampi said he didn’t decide to leave because of the assembly’s decision, but because he didn’t align with the direction SA was going. He said he feels Curtis handled the impeachment process well by reaching out to SA members individually

and asking them how she could improve. “I think that was one of the best ways to handle it and I commend her for that,” Alampi said. “The members are the ones who make those calls and Allie spoke directly to them. She really came full circle in dealing with the hearing and coming out of it.” In dealing with the attempted impeachment, Nia Boles, chair of the Student Engagement Committee, said she feels Curtis has set precedence for future leaders in being able to stand their ground. Boles said she would describe Curtis’ presidency in a single word: resiliency. Boles said she has always had a close relationship with Curtis. Curtis served as Boles’ mentor when she first joined SA. When Boles announced her decision to run for vice president alongside Ford, she said Curtis was the first person she told. “She taught me everything I know about SA,” Boles said. “I wouldn’t say ‘when she was my mentor’ because Allie will always be a mentor and sister to me, long after SA.” Ref lecting on her time as president, Curtis said it was a “powerful growing experience.” She said she recognized her faults — sometimes being too passive and letting what others say distract her — but realized that her compassion for others will always be a part of who she is. “I know that I’m always going to be an active voice and stick up for what I think is right,” Curtis said. “I will always be there for other people and that’s what being a president is about.” apalme05@syr.edu

time trial Here’s a brief look at Allie Curtis’ time in the Student Association.

January 2012

Allie Curtis was appointed vice president of SA by thenPresident Dylan Lustig.

January 2013

Curtis was confirmed president of SA’s 57th s=session.

December 2012

April 2013

Curtis beat three challengers to be elected SA president by more than 200 votes. She ran on a platform of increasing student engagement within SA, promoting civic engagement and redefining SA regulations.

October 2013

After cabinet members criticized Curtis for her lack of transparency and accountability, the general assembly voted not to impeach her in a six-hour, closed-door session.

Curtis endorsed Vice President Duane Ford for president of SA’s 58th Session on her private social media. Ford later lost to Boris Gresely by 196 votes.

from left: photo by luke rafferty | video editor, morgan edgecomb | staff photographer, daily orange file photo

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to study startups, said Elizabeth Liddy, the iSchool’s dean. Kaplan was also a mentor and judge for IDEA’s emerging enterprise competition — where student entrepreneurs compete for startup funding — in 2012, Ross said. He added that Kaplan often returns to visit campus and served on the iSchool’s board of advisers from 2006-2012. In addition to AdBrite, Kaplan founded Blippy, a website that allows users to “explore, create and send animated GIF messages,” according to its website. Kaplan founded the website Fandalism, a social network for musicians. The site went live in January 2012 and grew to more than 350,000 members in a few months, according to an April 6, 2012 techcrunch.com article. He also founded DistroKid, which appeals to independent musicians and smaller bands by allowing them to distribute music on websites including Amazon, iTunes and Spotify, Ross said. Liddy said senior administrators, alumni and

a group of students were all responsible for selecting Kaplan as the 2014 convocation speaker. Students were very involved in the selection process, Ross said, with a group of 2014 graduates coming up with a list of candidates to speak at its convocation. Lauren Peters and Kevin Kettell, class marshals for the iSchool, headed the group and made a video pitching Kaplan as the convocation speaker. Ross said there is no typical schedule when it comes to selecting the iSchool’s convocation speaker, adding that the iSchool’s speaker had not been chosen until January for last year’s convocation. “It happens when you find the right person; there’s no set time,” Ross said. He added that they chose Kaplan because he is an entrepreneur who has started up several websites. Ross said Liddy, the iSchool’s dean, met with Kaplan and showed him the students’ video. Kaplan then happily accepted the invitation. Liddy said Kaplan has been successful in his own right and has stayed in touch with the school. “I can’t imagine anyone who would be more appropriate,” she said. cstrange@syr.edu

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monetarily, Rini said. The reasons were that the society received parking tickets while using the honors van; that the van was taken by the society a day before it was registered to use; and that there were no honors students participating in the society. Rini denied the last reason. “Many Honors student groups have used the van over the years and there have never been these kinds of problems – not even a parking ticket,” Salomone and Holzwarth wrote in the email. “Far from the exemplary behavior the Debate Society was told they had to demonstrate, this was sloppy and cavalier in the extreme.” At this point the debate society is going to have to make do with limited resources, said Gan, a junior political science and English and textual studies major. He added that the club is planning on traveling to various competitions with its own personal funds. The American Parliamen-

tary Debate Association is giving the society cheaper registration fees, but the club will feel the consequences of the lost funding as fewer people will be able to travel to the debates on their own personal funds, he said. “I’m not angry at all, I understand the administration has their reasons for this,” Gan said. “I am disappointed with my own failures as a president and I just hope that moving forward our team can recuperate from this loss and that we will be able to be as competitive as we always have.” Salomone and Holzwarth said they would consider the return of the society’s funding for next year if the group reorganizes itself, but that at this time it needs to be recognized that actions have consequences. kacapoda@syr.edu

Why Debate Society lost funding 1. They received parking tickets while using the honors van.

2. They took the van a day before it was registered to the club. 3. There were no honors students in the society.

November 19, 2013  

November 19, 2013

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