Campus / News / Student Senate / April 10, 2008

Political Design: Senator Kelsey Kreiling

On an average weeknight, Senator Kelsey Kreiling is most likely busy at work in the costume shop. She frequently spends late nights in the shop absorbed in her Richter funded independent study: “18th Century Costume Design and Construction.” The sophomore photography major intends to study fashion design in New York City within the year.

“I love color,” said Kreiling, “The most important relationship in my life is the one with color.”

Although much of Kreiling’s time is occupied by her passion for design, the Las Vegas native has always participated in an array of activities.

“In high school I did everything,” she said.

Her senior year, Kreiling was Cadet Commander of her ROTC unit and president of her debate team, which was a two-time National Debate State Champion. Outside of school, she was occupied by jobs in retail and filing.

Kreiling’s schedule is no less saturated now. The senator lives in Knox’s Admissions Suite, where she often hosts prospective students. She is also on the Honor Board and Vice President of Public Relations for Tri-Delta.

“I’m trying to pare down a little bit,” said Kreiling, “That’s pared down.”

Kreiling represents District VI in Student Senate. She is on finance committee and campus environment committee.

“I really believe in the power of students to effect change at Knox,” she said, “I think that Senate, while a little misguided this year, can do that.”

Kreiling recognizes a schism in this year’s Student Senate, which, she says, impairs senators’ abilities to make decisions.

“It’s important to have differing opinions as long as they’re informed decisions,” said Kreiling, “Not [decisions] made solely on the basis of ‘this is what I should say.’”

Kreiling said of many Senate debates, “You can almost predict it. People play their parts. People need to determine what they’re standing for on either side of the division.”

Senator Kreiling would like to see Student Senate make a few changes to its budget process.

“Funds to clubs must accurately meet their needs and not just their desires,” Kreiling said.

She recommends that Student Senate issue greater funding to those organizations that actually use up their funding without rollover. Kreiling feels this issue is at the root of many problems at Knox as club activities engage students in campus activities.

Kreiling is not worried about the recent Greek life issue.

“Nothing’s going to change,” she said, “It’s an institution not easily separated from Knox.”

This is Kreiling’s second year as a senator. The sophomore is thankful for Student Senate’s more experienced influences.

“My favorite person on Senate is Graham Troyer-Joy,” said Kreiling, “He always has something interesting and funny to say and he rises above partisan politics.”

Sarah Colangelo


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