Consistent with his term as a senator, new ASNIC President Benaiah Cheevers is very interested in getting students more involved on campus.
“What motivated me initially to get involved in student government, was how much NIC has impacted me throughout my life,” Cheevers said. “As a student I saw all the services that NIC provides and I wanted to get involved in student leadership and help out.
Cheevers has projects of his own in mind for his term as president, and is intending to propose the writing of a grant for a greenhouse as part of Roots, a community garden program to take place on campus.
Cheevers said he would also like to see a “bring your own mug” program at the new coffee shop in the Student Union Building.
The program would involve passing out free reusable coffee mugs for students to use. Participating students would also receive a discount.
“I started thinking, ‘what’s really motivating me to run for president?” Cheevers said. “I think overall what motivated me was not only my desire to help out and serve like I had initially wanted, but I now have a deeper understanding of how the college works overall.”
Cheevers said the recreation center proposal will see continuation through his term.
Out-going ASNIC president Christopher Deane and Cheevers have begun meeting with architects in preparation for an upcoming board of trustees meeting.
Cheevers was elected by student vote over Azra Avdagic at a slim margin of nearly one percent.
Cheevers intends to maintain his presidency until Spring 2014, his intended graduation date.