Checking your Vitals

This week, the Pulse checks the vitals of Tom Bethany, the USG senator for Rodgers Hall.

What is your official title and what do you do? I am the Senator from Rodgers and I have been working on a couple of things like the USG archive, city relations and other fun things.

What does your job entail? Talking to constituents, going to Rodgers Hall Council meetings and just being open to what other people have to say. I try to make sure that the voice of the students is heard.

What is your favorite part of the job? Definitely working with other USG senators, We’re a good bunch.

What is your major? Political science with a new minor in history.

What have you been working on this semester? We are still working with the bookstore on the sweatshop labor issue and the archive is nice and neat and well labeled. We created a City/Community Relations Board to improve relations with the city and that has been going well. I am also involved with Dance Marathon. Its does a lot of good for the kids and it’s an amazing experience and the line dance of course.

What do you like to do with your free time? I like to swim and hang out with my good friends.

Who are some of your favorite musical artists? Fallout Boy, The Format, Say Anything, but I’ve been going through a Kanye West phase, I’m not gonna lie.

What in your past has prepared you to be a USG Senator? Nothing really. Hall Council last year I suppose. Sometimes you just randomly join things and see if it works and it totally did. USG is amazing.

What do you plan on doing for a career? Why are you majoring in political science? I plan on going to law school. I’m a political science major because I like government and just being involved.

Do you want to eventually practice law, or become a politician? I’m too honest for politics but I might be a lawyer.

What is it that you like about law? The ability to create change. I’m used to complaining a lot until things get done, so it’s a natural fit.

Where are you from, and what are your plans for the summer? I am from Cleveland. For the Summer, I’m staying here and working for Summer Conference Programs and taking some classes.

What are summer conference programs? There are conferences that come here over the summer and use the facilities. We make sure they have a great stay.

What is unique about you? Two of my friends started a Facebook group called “Tomas Bethany is out of control.” The group is about my clumsiness.

If you could be a tree what kind of tree would you be? A tree that had a lot squirrels. They’re fun to watch. Or maybe a Maple. Hopefully a Maple with squirrels.

What does USG have coming up for next year, and are you planning to be involved? Absolutely, USG will tackle any issue that students bring up. Students shouldn’t rely on us to know what needs to be changed; students need to bring issues to our attention so we can help them.

What are you planning on running for next year? At Large senator. I would represent the whole campus