Even though school is just getting started, Student Body President Thalia Anguiano has been working throughout the summer on her goals.
The senior has already achieved one of those goals: getting Drake Public Safety and the Violence Intervention Partner’s hotline numbers listed on the back of student IDs. She worked with Scott Law, Director of Public Safety, and Title IX Coordinator Katie Overberg to accomplish this goal.
Beyond this accomplishment, Anguiano has many more goals in mind.
“I’m looking forward to serving different areas of the student body, whether it be issues on inclusion or stuff going on in admissions,” Anguiano said. “I’m looking forward to working with the different departments and getting an inside perspective on how things work on a day-to-day basis that not a lot of people see.”
Kevin Kane, vice president of student life, is Anguiano’s right hand man.
“The senators that were elected this year are really talented and motivated,” Kane said. “It’s one of the strongest senates we’ve had because each student that was elected ran because they wanted to make a difference.” “They feel they can make a difference rather than running to just have their name up there,” Kane said. “I feel that since we have such a strong and close team that we’ll really be able to get stuff done.
The people around the senate table already have a sense of community and the year hasn’t even started.”
Just like the presidents before her, Anguiano will face the challenge of balancing the workload of her senior year with her role as student body president. She cited this as a challenge she will face, but Kane had plenty of confidence in her.
“I don’t know that I’ve seen a leader like Thalia in my life,” he said. “She’s one of the most inspirational and thoughtful people that I’ve come across, and I’m really excited to be on a team led by her. I think this university is going to do a lot of great things.”
President Marty Martin will be working closely with Anguiano to make sure Drake is meeting the students’ needs and wants. He too has full confidence in her.
“We’ll meet regularly, like I did with Kevin (Maisto), so that I can share with her the things that may not be visible to others yet,” Martin said. “It’s a big role to be student body president, and when you’re in a role like that, inevitably, you’re not going to please everybody. For some, that’s the first time they’ve been in that position where they’ve had that kind of influence, and they have to realize you can’t please everybody.
“Someone’s going to be unhappy, and some are going to be less generous and expressive about their unhappiness than others and you have to deal with that.” Many people seem confident about Anguiano’s ability to lead Drake into a great school year.
“With Thalia leading at the forefront,” Kane said, “I have full confidence in her ability to get things done.”