************************** * President (1 position): ************************** 1. Arjang Hassibi 21 ---------------------- Alireza Shirvani 20 ************************** * Board (4 positions): ************************** 1. Alireza Shirvani 36 (20+16) 2. Maryam Fazel 31 3. Ali Reza Alemozafar 30 4. Tina Kashef 26 ---------------------- Mohammad Sadeghi 14 ***************************** * Ombudsperson (1 position): ***************************** 1. Kaveh Hosseini 17 ---------------------- Dara Ghahremani 16 Kambiz Kaviani 9
The new board begins its term in September 2000.
Please send your votes for 1 president, 4 board members, and 1 ombudsperson to Azita (email@example.com)
See the PSA Constitution for information about officers and their responsibilities.
When I came to Stanford last year, I had no idea about PSA. Of course as usual I made a couple of pre-assumptions about it with my "Huge" self-proclaimed-experience (I'm sure you don't want to hear about them). The interesting thing is that it was completely different from what I had in mind. I was expecting something formal which you really do not enjoy being around, but you are somehow forced to do, like some of those family "Did-bazdids" back home, your school afternoon activities, or that awful summer trip which your parents took you, when you really wanted to stay home.
Anyways, for me PSA was a new experience. Its events were a chance to learn more, talk to interesting people, and the bottom-line was to have a nice break when I really thought "Saramshooloogeh" and I'm not enjoying life that much. It might sound simple, but for me, it was really a big deal. Seeing friendly faces, sharing with other people your daily life, seeing a nice movie, and maybe listening to some senior students suggestions was not all, but a big portion of what I'll remember about my first year in Stanford.
I'm running for PSA Presidency (actually walking) because, first of all, I like it. Second is that I really like to be a part of PSA because it's challenging, and I feel there is a lot which I can contribute. Yes, I know, I just came from Iran, and I'm fresh here. I seriously do not know where the end of University Avenue goes to, but be sure that I know a lot about Iran, and Persian culture.
My plans for PSA are really simple, maybe not doable, but simple. Try to make Stanford a more home-like place for all of its members. I know that the Iranians here really differ in background, families, and interests (specially the last one), but I believe they all have the right to ask PSA for what they really like. I'm talking about any possible activity that members are interested in. It might be poetry, sports, helping new students and new families to know the place, and many other examples which all of us must decide on.
I strongly believe that PSA has done a great job already, and we are able to make it even better.
I have been involved with PSA from the very early stage of my journey at Stanford. I have helped organize some events and of course, attended all of them. Going through all these experiences, I well understand how difficult but wonderful it is to serve as a gardener of this ever growing tree, the shade of which we all cherish.
Often, several PSA board members work in different areas in parallel to achieve a certain target PSA is pursuing. The role of president, the authorized representative, of PSA is to organize and harmonize these activities and should possess the vision to do so. The president is the link between PSA and the university and other organizations on and off campus. S/he is also legally responsible for all of the activities of PSA.
I can contribute to PSA because I am serious and determined in all the tasks I pursue. I have thoroughly thought about the responsibility I am going to accept and I am ready and determined to take on the job. My determination, three years experience with PSA and Stanford administration and my passion toward persian literature and art are the factors from which PSA can benefit.
This year, PSA had a fantastic year. I enjoyed the cultural emphasis and the events with the focus on music and literature. We will continue this emphasis. The poetry night will be extended to a quarterly event, and we will try to go beyond the surface of the persian poetry, and try to interpret and understand it. At the same time, while maintaining our great annual ski trip, we will organize other outdoor events. We will try to have guest speakers to give lectures on persian history, culture, literature and art. Successful Iranian professionals will also be invited. As tentative plans, I have thought of organizing a persian painting exhibition and also have a persian calligraphy class. These plans will be pursued if enough enthusiasm exists among the members, as is the case with any other event. My proposal for next year activities can be viewed here.
And I talked about passion, and passion it is, that makes me step forward.
I am running for the PSA board b/c I want to help plan various activities that I think would be to the best interest of the Iranian community here at Stanford. I want to try to get us involved in sports, either for fun or competition, as in intramural sports. Aside from that, I want to help in any way possible towards making next years club as cool as this years.
PSA, a young and new student organization that I joined in 1995 when I arrived at Stanford, has come a long way since then to become one of the most active and widely known student groups on campus. My admiration and respect for what PSA stands for, my appreciation for the efforts of people who made it possible, my desire to help keeping it strong, and my hopes for its further growth in future are the reasons I decided to run for PSA board membership -- reasons that, eventually, overshadowed my concerns about the time restrictions I would face next year as I get closer to graduation.
I am well acquainted with PSA through my long-term contact with the organization, and helping out with various events. As for the future, I'd like to help continue current popular events such as the movie series, the annual ski trip, parties, etc., plus focus on bringing distinguished speakers and performers to the campus. Another suggestion is to try to have more contact with other student groups, by holding joint events, for example.
Also, recent discussions with several current PSA officers have provided me with a clearer picture of PSA's organizational status and its future needs, which I'd like to take some time to focus on as a board member. As PSA grows in size and in scope, we will need to increase the communication between members and the board to insure a broader range of interests are served through PSA activities. We will have to find ways to encourage wider member participation, and to maintain a higher interest and involvement level among members in order to guarantee a continuous momentum from each year's board to the next. My hope is to able to contribute to this aspect of PSA as well, with the help of other elected officers, and the advice of past board members.
Thank you for your attention.
This year, I've seen how important member feedback is in guiding the direction of PSA. If grievances should come up among the membership, as ombudsperson, I would like to be easily accessable to them so that their concerns are constructively channelled to the board's attention.
After all these years living away from Iran, I find it miraculous to be part of such a unique community and to have inherited such a rich culture. From the very first days in Stanford, I was overwhelmed by the intensity of the moments shared with the wonderful people I met thanks to PSA.
PSA has given me a lot! It all started with a simple letter I received in my admission packet while still in France and I had no idea that I was going to a place to meet a bunch of people who would continuously move, inspire and amaze me! What I have lived through PSA is among the strongest things I have experienced in life. There have been parties, concerts, ski trips, poetry night, BBQ's, sport events, cinema series, lectures and so many other things that are simply impossible to describe with words. Some words would help though : brotherhood, solidarity, love, friendship, imagination, sense of belonging, sense of fun, passion, caring, availability, dependability...and what brings it all together is Iran, the Persian language and the rich culture and history we all would miss much more without PSA.
The following paragraphs weren't in the original statement. They were inspired by the amazing meeting we had on Monday.
At Monday's election meeting, around 25 people came to hear the candidates' statements. At the beginning of the meeting, there was only one candidate for the Board. At the end of the meeting, we had three more candidates, plus those running for both President and Board member. During the meeting, beautiful ideas were exchanged and critical issues were identified that will reshape the future of the PSA.
Many people expressed apprehension at the level of work that seems to be expected from a Board member. THIS APPREHENSION IS A MISUNDERSTANDING! Firstly, the Board members are volunteers which act out of their own passion; there is no obligation to fulfill any particular level of effort. Secondly, the PSA's continued growth will need resources beyond the capacity of five student Board members.
This situation is the result of two fundamental problems where a transformation is needed for the survival and the future growth of the PSA. These problems are:
1. A lack of communication between the Board and its members. 2. A lack of member participation in PSA's achievements and activities.
It seems that the role of the Board should be more of coordinating member energy to create PSA events and activities reflective of the memberships interests. We all have big hopes and dreams for what the PSA can become. This is where you, dear members, can make a difference. This unique organization is YOUR PSA. It will be what YOU MAKE IT.
The PSA has come a long way. It is one of the most respected student organizations at Stanford and is often held in exemplary esteem. There's so much we can ALL be proud of.
These issues seemed very important to me for the future of the PSA, so I thought I would share them with you. Whether I'll have enough votes to be next year's Ombudsperson or not, I'd like to gather at least 8 people to propose an amendment to the constitution in order to redefine the role of the Ombudsperson. It turns out that most people have NO IDEA of the job of the Ombudsperson.
I can see tremendous potentials in rethinking the job of the Ombudsperson. I think we should add to the Ombudsperson's responsabilities, the task of treating the two problems I stated above. I'm sure this would create synergies between the membership and the Board never seen before.
Thank you for your interest in what has been and will be YOUR PSA.