Sophomore Caucus: Wilson Lin and Ethan Khosh

The Spectator reviews the platforms of the Sophomore Caucus candidates, electing to endorse the Lin-Khosh ticket.

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By Eliza Oppenheimer

RECORD: The pair has limited experience in student government. Lin had led club activities in middle school while Khosh does not have any notable leadership experience.

CAMPAIGN: Lin and Khosh have an active Facebook page and an Instagram account where they share details about their platform. However, Lin and Khosh seem to lack significant chemistry, though it is important to note that the interview was over Zoom.

PLATFORM: With their tenets of trust, teamwork, and transparency, the Lin-Khosh ticket emphasizes the importance of feedback and cohesion to unite the student body. However, their student-oriented policies of academic help and periodic check-ins seem to be redundant with existing organizations in place.

Wilson Lin and Ethan Khosh are a new pair in the world of student government. Built on their three tenets of trust, teamwork, and transparency, the Lin-Khosh platform aims to forge a seamless connection between the student body and the administration, believing that the current caucus needs a “fresh face.” As Lin is a remote learner and Khosh is blended, they believe that they can implement the best of both worlds under their leadership.

Lin and Khosh plan to unite the student body by prioritizing in-person meetings and streaming them over Zoom for those remote while hosting remote ones as well. The team recognizes that much of the freshman body has never physically stepped into the Stuyvesant building, thus creating a disconnect. To address this, they propose holding events to familiarize students with their building and “hall monitors,” where upperclassmen will serve as “guides” to help students navigate through the school. Regarding the “hall monitors” proposal, it is unlikely that upperclassmen would willingly stand in the hallways as ready guides for lost students, especially when underclassmen can ask upperclassmen that happen to walk by anyway. Lin recognized this and suggested creating maps instead, but this idea is still in its beginning stages and lacks fleshed-out planning.

From game and movie nights to bake sales and holiday specials, Lin and Khosh presented a variety of plausible ideas that would help the student body bond and have fun. They also took into consideration the mental health issues among the student body through their “Mindful Moments” idea, where students would be given designated times to destress through methods like meditation, stress balls, and screaming. However, it remains unclear as to how they would implement this policy. Additionally, many of their event ideas have already been implemented by previous caucuses. Though well-intentioned, their ideas lack practicality that may hinder their ability to lead with ambition. A lack of originality that is evident in some other policies is most apparent in their proposed academic help and periodic check-ins idea, which are redundant with the existing AIS and ARISTA tutoring and guidance check-ins, respectively.

Assuming office at this tumultuous time will require more than a plan. Leading the Sophomore Caucus demands experience—something the team does not have much of. Lin and Khosh also lacked chemistry during their interview, sometimes presenting conflicting solutions to certain problems, such as how they plan to familiarize remote students with the Stuyvesant building. Though their platform is cohesive and detailed, The Spectator ultimately does not endorse this ticket.