December 15, 2018

Featured Friar: Chris Campanelli ’19

posted on: Thursday October 4, 2018

Nicholas Crenshaw ’20/TheCowl

A Look Inside the Life of PC’s Student Body President

by Micaela Freeman ’20

News Staff

Politics are hard to handle, especially as a senior in college governing the entire student body.

Chris Campanelli ‘19, Providence College’s 69th student congress executive president, has a lot on his plate, including classes, leading meetings, and being the liaison between the administration and the student body.

Campanelli is also a Global Ambassador to the International Studies Office and a member of various political and service organizations.

With confidence and poise, Campanelli is sure that his new responsibility will not only top his college experience but also help students be confident in PC’s administration.

Campanelli shared what is included in his life as president, and said he is confident in his abilities for the rest of the school year. “Internally, I ensure that our various committees and classes are creating legislation, planning events, and doing the best to represent the needs of the student body.”

Campanelli’s involvement on campus began his freshman year as a member of the freshman student congress. He was a class of 2019 representative and committee member.

His early involvement in multiple social and academic scenes allowed him to flourish, both as president and as an individual.

Campanelli explained what his role as student body president entails, “I am one of the main connections between the administration and the student body, which includes sitting on various Board of Trustees committees like the Student Affairs and Strategic Planning Committee, where we discuss issues facing the students and plan for the future of Providence College.” 

Over the next two semesters, Campanelli will hold executive power alongside the rest of Student Congress and discuss PC’s progress with Acting President Father Sicard, O.P.

When asked what day-to-day responsibilities look like, he answered, “Myself and the rest of my Executive Board have weekly meetings with the Dean of Students, and I meet once a month with President Father Sicard again to share concerns and positive acknowledgements and to receive important updates.”

“While being President is a tough job, it is extremely rewarding. Along the way seeing the change and the passion our student leaders bring to Student Congress and campus is uplifting for the future of Providence College but also for our country,” said Campanelli.

As a political science major, Campanelli’s position on campus seems fitting. Along with his insertion into the College’s political scene, he is also interested in sociology.

As the main source of communication for the student body, his minor in sociology allows him to study accurate and efficient ways to be the best executive leader he can be.

Campanelli said he is grateful for the opportunity Student Congress has given him, and that he looks forward to the rest of the year. 

The future for Campanelli looks bright. “After college, I plan to work in the politics or public relations field and hope to attend law school in Washington, D.C.,” Campanelli said about his future plans.

Come May, he hopes to carry his experience as student body president with him to law school and into the future.

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