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Come by Cambridge Common this Friday


I’m planning to hang out at Cambridge Common Friday from around 3:00 to 5:00.  Nothing formal, just hanging out and talking to people.  I hope you’ll drop by to share any questions or thoughts you have about my candidacy, Student Government . . . or anything else.

Please note, as much as I might like to, I can’t buy you drinks at this event.  That would violate the campaign rules, and I don’t know anyone that paid attention in election law to get me out of trouble.

Facebook group


Someone was kind enough to make a Facebook group in support of my candidacy.  If you are interested, you can find it here:

Be sure to invite your friends!


Candidate Statement – Jennifer Dein for Vice President


I am also supporting Jennifer Dein for Vice President.  She has been one of the most involved Student Government Representatives over the last year, and I think she would make an excellent VP.  Below is her candidate statement.



Jennifer Dein ‘11

My name is Jennifer Dein and I want to be Vice President of Student Government because I’m excited about all that HLS has to offer and the role that we, as students, can play in its development. As Vice President, I would work to make sure that every one us loves this school, is excited to be here, and – amidst all of the briefing and subciting and reading – enjoys each and every minute.

While I, of course, have ideas to improve the Student Government agenda, I believe that your ideas – and my responses to them – are far more significant. I want to be Vice President because I want to represent you. And I have a track record of doing so. As a Section 7 representative, I have responded immediately to requests and ideas from my classmates. I can promise that I will respond to every email, every phone call, and every casual suggestion. I am approachable. I am friendly. And I really care about your ideas and improving your experience.

During my first year as a member of Student Government, I have taken advantage of almost every opportunity to make significant contributions.

· I was a co-chair of the Student Faculty Lunch Program, which matches students to have lunch with professors. The program was a great success.

· I helped to organize the candy table on the day the 1Ls received their grades.

· I helped to acquire a new microwave for the tunnels.

· I have helped at multiple Hark Pub nights and am currently helping to plan a 1L Mixer themed Hark Pub.

Next year, I will also be working on the Journal of Legislation and participating in the Friendship Circle, a mentoring program for teenagers with disabilities.

So what can I bring to Student Government? A fresh new energy, genuine excitement, and pride in our student body. And what can I bring to you personally? Whatever it is that you care about. Tell me what you want from HLS, and I will do everything in my power to see that it gets accomplished.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me (, find me on Facebook, or give me a call (610) 306-7309.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Jennifer Dein

Candidate Statement – Brian Aune for President


Brian Aune ‘10

My name is Brian Aune and I am running for Student Government President.  I know that everyone at this school is incredibly busy, so in the interest of not wasting your time, I will attempt to keep this statement concise.  There are three reasons I hope you will vote for me.

1.  If you talk with anyone on the Student Government, I think they would agree that I was the driving force behind much of what the organization accomplished this year.

For the past year, I have been the Student Advocate.  In that role I have seen every email that comes in to the Student Government, sent nearly every one that has gone out, and been in charge of the blog.  Outlined below is some of what I’ve accomplished in that role.

  • When the new grading system was announced, I created the email to 2Ls to solicit their views on how it should apply to them.

o Compiled the feedback and, along with David Kessler, presented it to Dean Kagan.

  • When OCS was considering starting OCI earlier next year, I created the email to all the students to solicit their views.

o Compiled the feedback, and presented it to Assistant Dean Mark Weber.

  • Based on student input, I advocated for and got changes at Hemenway that included getting one of the squash courts back and increasing the availability of free sweat towels.
  • Arranged for News@law to list the next day’s upcoming events in addition to the current day’s events, so that students can better plan for early morning events.
  • Arranged to have classes taped on Election Day
  • I worked extensively with Restaurant Associates and the Administration to get:

o Harkness Commons to reopen for basic service from 2:30 – 5:00 PM

o Toasters for the free Monday bagels

o A second microwave in the tunnels

o Improved vegetarian options and labeling

o Improved consistency of options at coffee stations, e.g. tea, hot chocolate, soy milk.

o And of course…Heinz instead of Hunts ketchup!

  • Via email and blog comments, I solicited concerns and questions about Exam4 and presented the feedback to the Registrar.
  • Composed all of the Unofficial Course Evaluations

2. I have a reputation for diplomacy. I have already forged strong working relationships with Dean Kagan, Dean Cosgrove, Mark Weber, Leslie Sutton-Smith, and others.

3.  I am excited to continue my involvement with the Student Government so that next year it will continue to play an integral role in representing student views and opinions, and to increase involvement in other areas.  Some of what I think the Student Government can do next year:

· We will need to work closely with the new dean to ensure that the student voice is represented and to maintain all the great things that have been done under Dean Kagan.

· Work with ITS to improve myPlan and myHLS and make them more integrated.

· The Student Government can and should have more events of an academic, community interest, or even purely social interest.

I could say a lot more, but have tried to err on the side of brevity.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email or Gchat me at or call me at 808.783.5610.

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