Reflections from ASB presidents

We have come to another close of another great year.

How wonderful it has been to be your president this year. I have only a few words to leave with you, my dear friends. This year has been a blessing, primarily because of the bonds of friendships I have witnessed sprout upon our campus.

Yes, ASB has done many events that were new and exciting but what truly remained was relationship. I hope you remember that no man or woman is an island. We need each other. Our feelings may get hurt, but we must always remember to set aside pride for the sake of relationship. I pray that we may continue to learn how to live in harmony with the diversity God has richly blessed us with.

It’s not enough to simply be; we must be proactive with unity. May we not classify each other but truly aim to understand our fellow brothers and sister from any walk of life because we would expect the same done to us.

Saying goodbye is a little hard, but here is my final admonition to you as president: “Carry yourselves in such a way that when the people of the world are sitting, you will be standing, and when the people of the world are standing, you will be outstanding, and when the people of the world dare to be outstanding, you will be the standard that begins to change the part of the world that you are in.”

Be great. I love you all.

David Kabanje is a senior studying theology, and outgoing ASB president

Union College family, I’m incredibly honored to serve as your Associated Student Body president for this upcoming school year. As you all know, Union College is a unique place. It’s a source of pride not only for us as students, faculty and staff, but also for our alumni and the entire Lincoln community.

Although many things make Union so special, two always come to mind: family and home.

When you step on Union’s campus, a sense of familiarity and belonging is immediate. This is the feeling of family Union is so good at creating and incorporating into everyday campus life. One of the joys of being part of the Union College family is never having to go far to find a warm smile, even on the coldest day. It always brightens my day when I hear from one of our sister schools how warm and friendly our students are and how that makes it a such a joy to visit our campus.

Naturally, because of the family you develop, Union becomes home. Union is a safe place for students to find themselves and develop into who they really are. Because of this environment and the mentorship provided by the wonderful faculty and staff, every student is enabled to find God’s path. Home is a place of belonging, something everyone can find here.

As ASB President, it's my goal to ensure Union continues to remain a family and everyone feels at home. My job as ASB President is not to go by my own agenda, but to listen to the voices of the students and fight for what we need.

Being the voice and ears of the student body is why I serve, ensuring that every student who attends Union College is able to experience the spirit and community found here. To our incoming and returning students, I look forward to seeing each and every one of you and welcoming you with open arms to what I call home. I truly hope everyone who attends our great school wants to go back to Union again, “the college in the West.”

Anthony Gann is a junior studying business administration, and incoming ASB president