For her focus on concrete programming ideas and increasing the impact the Student Programming Council (SPC) has on the Emory experience, the Wheel endorses Niyeti Shah for the position of SPC President. Due to her experience, energy and ability to turn her vision and ideas into a reality, Shah is clearly fit for the job.

As the president of a University-wide organization, Shah plans to increase the amount of programming on campus and to reach out to graduate students in order to create events that more fully represent the student body.

Aside from the larger events SPC is responsible for, such as Dooley’s Week and Swoop’s Week events, Shah believes that SPC should reach out to a greater number of students by putting on smaller SPC events throughout the year through partnerships with other student organizations. These small events would be a part of SPC with Love, an initiative that promotes random acts of kindness events that Shah helped create. Shah believes that these smaller events, like bringing King of Pops to campus, setting up a hot chocolate bar and giving out massages in the library, are important ways to engage the student body.

Shah wants to expand SPC’s impact beyond its own events by partnering with other student organizations. She hopes to help promote and finance events that may not otherwise get funded, and we believe that using diverse student organizations will help reach marginalized voices of the Emory community, like graduate students and international students.

We encourage Shah to consider her opponent Michael Nathin’s ideas on making SPC more financially efficient and accountable, potentially using sponsorships from local businesses. This may be one way in which SPC can increase its impact on campus. ​​

Shah’s experience within SPC, where she is currently the special events chair and previously chaired the Think Pink 5K Color Run, makes her a strong candidate for the presidency. As special events chair, she created SPC with Love and implemented a post-exam stress-relieving event with the Medical School. These past accomplishments indicate that she will be able to successfully put on more SPC events throughout the year and reach out to more students. We are convinced that she has the energy and passion necessary to implement her ideas.