Brooks Kanski, Psi Delta Colony ’12, Elected CUSG Vice-President of External Affairs
Monday, April 11, 2011
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
Brooks Kanski, Psi Delta Colony '12, Elected CUSG Vice-President of External Affairs
As more Chi Psi schools hold elections for student government positions, Chi Psis continue to see great success. Brooks Kanski, Psi Delta Colony '12, was recently elected as University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG) Vice-President of External Affairs for the 2011-2012 school year.
The current #1 for the Psi Delta Colony has been involved in CUSG for just over three years now. Appointed as a member of the Finance Board during his freshman year at Boulder, Brooks was later elected to the Representative Council as a Representative-at-Large in October of 2010. In just one month, he was appointed to Chairman of the Representative Council before running for his current position as VP External Affairs.
CUSG, the largest student government in the nation, is run by three tri-executives with equal oversight of all campus affairs. Brooks explains that his decision to run for VP External Affairs "was a strategic move by our 'party' to allow me to hold dialect and regular conversation with the Colorado media, the various student groups across campus, the Greek community, and the number of other populations we must represent as elected officials. I have great relationships with all of these parties as is so it only makes sense I continue to foster that network.”
Brooks was one of 40 candidates that ran on the INVEST ticket, 15 of which were incumbents. INVEST candidates ran on the platform of improving efficiencies to reduce student fees by $1.05 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, cutting 5% of the overall $36.6 million budget CUSG currently controls. INVEST candidates also held campus safety as a top priority as Boulder has recently experienced a rise in crime.
Kanski says he is most looking forward to overseeing and working directly with Wardenburg Health Center, the on-campus health center, as he finds health care and medical innovation areas of particular professional interest to him. He says that Wardenburg has struggled to remain a top-tier health care provider to students so he anticipates his role in optimizing their performance through his work with their directors.
Also elected with the INVEST ticket was Psi Delta Colony's External Vice President Joe Dinnen, elected as Senator of the Arts and Sciences Student Government as well as the colony's Recruitment Chairman Logan Schultz, elected and Representative of the Arts and Sciences Student Government
Brooks explains "Chi Psi has rooted me stronger within the principles, values, and character I believe got me elected to this position,” adding that, "The Colonists of Psi Delta Colony were terrific in their moral support and volunteerism all of campaign week, and varies leaders of Chi Psi across the country have been in contact with me the past few weeks encouraging our campaigning efforts and our activism as political leaders in the country's largest student government.
He says that the support and mentorship he has received through Chi Psi have been of great importance as he has worked to seek new positions like this one. He adds, "I hope Joe's, Logan's, and my performance continue to prove the caliber of Chi Psi's young undergraduate gentlemen, and we would like to promise the nationwide Brotherhood that we will only bring the best of criticism upon ourselves as Chi Psi Representatives in the country's largest student government.”