CougarTrail is back online!!!!!

Hey Guys,

After stressing out about CougarTrail going down yesterday, it is finally back up.  Voting will continue on CougarTrail an additional hour after 5 PM tonight for every hour it was down yesterday during voting hours.  I encourage everyone to vote, whether you plan on voting for me, one of my opponents, or not even voting for someone for Secretary.  I’m going to leave you with the how to steps on voting once again:
1. Log on to CougarTrail
2. Once inside CougarTrail, go to the College Menu
3. Select SGA Election System
4. Once inside, click on SGA Spring 2009 Election and make your selections

All enrolled students can vote. Seniors too!

Thanks to all those who have supported me and hopefully the election results will come out sooner rather than later.


The Polls have Opened!

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you know that polls for the SGA Election have officially opened.  I encourage everyone to vote, whether you plan on voting for me or not.  Democracy is a system based around the idea that the greatest number of people will vote for the best candidate and I have confidence that the voters will make a decision on this, whether this is me or not won’t be known until voting is over.  I have another page that explains how to vote, but I want to explain for you on here as well how to vote.

1. Go to and log on.
2. Once inside CougarTrail, go to the College Menu
3. Select SGA Election System
4. Once inside, click on SGA Spring 2009 Election and make your selections.

Thanks for Reading

Ross Kressel

The Truth Behind all Positions in SGA

There are many who may argue with me about this, but there is one thing that I must admit about Student Government.  Student Government is something that we should all be honored to be a part of as well as understand that we are here not to serve our own agendas, but listen to the needs, wants, desires, how ever you wish to put it of the Student Body.

Sure, I am running to be the next SGA Secretary, but not for a title, not for money, and not for something to put on my resume, but to represent the interests of all college organizations.  The organizations at the college are something that really makes us special.  We have such a wide variety of organizations that put on a wide variety of programs, whether it is the Gay-Straight Alliance helping put on the AIDS Fashion Show earlier in the year, ACM’s LAN parties throughout the year, AID’s consistent co-sponsorship of events, and so many more.  I want to see organizations like these thrive and as Secretary, I think I would be the best person to ensure that organizations put on the best programs possible.

I wanted CofC to be great and got your vote in 08, on Wednesday and Thursday, I want you to be a boss and vote for Ross.


And the Campaign Continues

I’ve been on the campaign trail for a couple days and I have come to one harsh reality.  I feel like students just don’t really care about Student Government at CofC.  I want to make that change by making SGA a more liked organization that does things that people are happy about.  The point of this entry is truely to ask how can SGA change to better itself?

I need your thoughts and opinions, so I can try and make improvements based on exactly what the student body wants.  Please comment on this entry with your thoughts!




More on the Campaign Trail

After realizing that I can have more than one sheet banner for my campaign (yeah, I am a genius like that), so I finally decided to hang up my sheet banner over on the gate at the entrance to Cougar Mall. I put some fliers up around campus on some bulletin boards, but I am yet to get anything stamped by Reslife to put up in dorms. Hopefully that will be happening soon, so look for my awesome fliers.

Anyways, things seem to going pretty well. I have some speeches coming up which I am really excited about. Look out for me around campus and say hi!


And We’re Off

12:01 yesterday came quicker than I ever could have imagined.  There is already a facebook group, this blog, and a separate website promoting “Ross for SGA Secretary”.  Over the next week, I will be chronicoling to you my experiences on the campaign trail.  Between my speaches to various on campus organiations to, to the candidate forum, to various other things.

I have posted very little actual paper campaign literature as of so far, because weather forcasts suggest there will be rain in the coming days.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about my campaign or the college as a whole, please never hesitate to contact me either by phone or email.  Both are listed on this blog, on my facebook, and on my campaign website.

Oh yeah, and last but not least, Remember to Vote Kressel for SGA Secretary March 18th and 19th!

Some Humor

Well, last entry was pretty deep, so I thought it might be fun to post a little something funny, so here goes nothing.

It was either late August or early September, and me and my friend Narzahni were walking down by the market.  It was one of the first times I had been down there with anyone other than my parents.  It was nice out, with the sun starting to set.  Outside of some of the candy shops stood various candy vendors.  One offered me a sample, and I said to her trying not to be offensive,”I’m sorry, I am allergic to almonds.”  The woman replied smiling,”Sir, these are pecan clusters.”  We continued to walk faster and started cracking up….so yeah, not allergic to almonds or pecans, I am just really dumb.

There is a lot more to come in the next couple days, so I hope everyone is ready!

What is my future?

It wasn’t long ago I looked at my life and realized how great I have it.  My parents are happily married, my parents both have jobs, my little sister seems happy, and I am happily attending college and enjoying every minute of it.  As much as I would like to think that the same is true for the rest of my peers, I know it isn’t and this realization can be a bit upsetting.  What is worse?  Looking ahead at what I have to do to match the success of my family.

My family came to America before WWI from Russia on ships through Ellis Island carrying little more than the clothing on their backs.  They sacrificed for the future of my family, living uncomfortably on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, squeezed into a tiny apartment, barely making ends meet.  Today, things are different, a candy bar has at the grocery store has become a “sacrifice” when in reality, we must all remind ourselves how lucky and blessed we are.  We are living in a world that not only has advanced far past the street carts my great-great grandfather sold from.  My family rose from generations of tailors living in shetls, oppressed by the czar.  It makes me wonder what my great-grandfather Samuel Gohd would say if he saw my family.  What would he say about my father’s job, a consultant working in an industry that didn’t really exist when he was alive.

It may not seem obvious, but this all serves a purpose in my story.  I am the son of a baby boomer, making me “unlikely” to surpass the success of my father according to so many sources.  If this is true, I will be the first in my family since arriving in America to not improve the standard of living for their family, which is really a strange thing to imagine.  One day, I could be an attorney, successful living the American dream, but in reality, I wouldn’t be living my dream.  It is scary, the goal is to surpass dad, but that bar may just be too high for me.  Yet again, I won’t know until I try, so here goes nothing.