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As ASOC vice president of financial affairs and president, respectively, Garinkol and Lesure have advocated for shared governance in the decision-making process at Occidental.

Meaningful Dialogues Seniors Micol Garinkol and Jacques Lesure bring new energy to the table in conversations with senior administrators as they work to awaken interest in the potential of student government

36 OCCIDENTAL MAGAZINE

WINTER 2019

In November 2015, less than three months into her first semester at Oxy, Micol Garinkol ’19 joined hundreds of her fellow students in occupying the Arthur G. Coons Administrative Center—a five-day demonstration that sought a variety of curricular, budgetary, and operational changes, including more student say in the affairs of the College. “When I first got to campus, there was an ethos of mistrust among the students toward the administration, and vice versa,” says Garinkol, a politics major from Boston. “The administration was far less engaged or interested in even hearing us out, or running a student-centered ship.” Today, Garinkol says, there’s a decidedly different climate on campus: “Now more than ever, I think the administration has a better ear toward students.” As vice president of financial affairs for Associated Students of Occidental College, Garinkol has helped lead student government to reassert its voice on campus, working

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