Hey Dems! Welcome back for another Member Monday. With elections for the 2018-2019 academic year coming up, we will be featuring more Dems who are on our current Executive Board starting with our president! Meet Ashley Fishwick, a senior from West Chester, Ohio studying English Pre-Law and Political Science. She is most passionate about women’s issues, gun control, voting rights, and criminal justice reform, especially concerning the death penalty. Ashley is currently the president of OU College Democrats, an undergraduate associate for the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, an Access to Justice Intern for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity on campus. She recently traveled to Israel as a part of the Caravan for Democracy trip through the Jewish National Fund. After graduation, Ashley will be going back to Cincinnati to work as the Deputy Finance Director for Aftab Pureval’s congressional campaign in Ohio’s 1st District.
My name is Andy Price and I’m from Columbus, Ohio. I am a senior majoring in Political Science with minors in Economics and Military Science. I am especially passionate about economic issues, but also about giving everyone in this great country the opportunity to succeed through their own hard work. I’m proud to have served as OUCD’s Communications Director for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. I’ve also been a campaign intern for both Ed FitzGerald for Governor in 2014, and Ted Strickland for Senate in 2016. In addition, I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the Athens County Democratic Central Committee since my sophomore year of college. I also previously served in the Ohio University Student Senate where I was the first independent candidate to win in several years. Outside of Dems I am currently a cadet for the Bobcat Battalion, OU’s Army ROTC, and have been enlisted in the Ohio National Guard since 2014. This summer I will be attending an economic conference in Prague, Czech Republic. In May I will be graduating and commissioning as an Engineer Officer. I can honestly say that I will never forget the many amazing adventures I’ve had because of Ohio University College Democrats.
Hey everyone! Welcome back for another Member Monday. Meet Billie Frank, a senior studying Political Science with certificates in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Law, Justice and Culture. Billie is from Galion, Ohio but originally hails from the West Coast. She is passionate about women’s rights, civil rights and overall living in a society that is fair, just, that gives all of the citizens equal rights and opportunities. She is currently serving on OU Dems as the Fundraising Chair. Beyond OU Dems Billie is involved in Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-law Fraternity, and the Women’s Center Mentoring Program on campus. Billie is looking forward to studying abroad in Northern Ireland during spring break, and is hoping to obtain a job campaigning for the Democratic Party after graduation.
Meet Benjamin Andrew Carman, a freshman from Alliance, Ohio studying Computer Science and Mathematics in the Honors Tutorial College! Issues Ben is passionate about include: equality regardless of gender, color, or class, gun control, redistricting reform, universal healthcare, and criminal justice reform including the abolishment of capital punishment. Ben has seen the importance of criminal justice reform through his four years of community service at the Stark County Family Court. Having been a part of countless juvenile cases, he has seen the effectiveness of second chances, individualized sentencing, and the prioritization of rehabilitation over retribution. Outside of his involvement in OUCD, Ben is also an intern on Student Senate where he serves on the University Life Commission. Additionally, Ben is a member of the Singing Men of Ohio and University Singers and is a saxophonist too. As an Eagle Scout passionate about progressive issues, Ben is incredibly excited to continue his involvement in the Athens community through College Democrats and otherwise.
I am honored to be the featured Dem for this week. My name is Anthony Eliopoulos☺ I’m from Lorain, OH. I’m double majoring in Political Science Pre-Law and Journalism: Strategic Communication. I care most about everyone getting a fair shot in life to be happy, and I see public service as an opportunity for me to make that impact. Some “cool” things I’ve done: I’m currently the Communications Director for the College Democrats of Ohio. I just got back from a mission trip to Israel. Last summer I interned for Congressman G. K. Butterfield in Washington, D.C. and also Senator Sherrod Brown in Columbus. Outside of being in Dems, I enlisted in the infantry for the Ohio National Guard and am a contracted Cadet in the U.S. Army hoping to branch military intelligence. That about sums up my life! Thank you again.
Hey fellow Dems! We are kicking off the start of winter break with another Member Monday, which gives you a chance to get to know one of our members a little bit better.
Meet Bailey Williams, a sophomore from Troy, Ohio studying Economics in the Honors Tutorial College! Bailey is the Membership Director for the OU College Democrats, which means he is responsible for keeping membership and retention rates high, as well as increasing diversity. Issues he is passionate about include voter rights, criminal justice reform, and income inequality. In addition to being in the Honors Tutorial College, Bailey is a member of the Templeton Scholars Program for minority undergraduates who excel in and outside of classroom while demonstrating citizenship through leadership and community service. Outside of his activities with the College Democrats, Bailey is conducting research on the correlation between photo identification laws and lower minority voter turnout in the state of South Carolina. This is a common tool used by conservative state legislators to limit minority voter turnout, since those groups tend to vote for the Democratic Party. South Carolina is just one of many states to enact these discriminatory laws since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was gutted by the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case in 2013. Bailey is fighting to establish voter protections for these vulnerable groups of people.
This is the first post in our bi-weekly series Member Monday, which will feature our members and all the awesome things they do!
For our first Member Monday, meet Hannah Burke, a junior from Lakewood, Ohio studying Political Science! Issues Hannah is passionate about are women’s rights, healthcare, wealth inequality and many more. Along with being a College Democrat, she is also the Women’s Affairs Commissioner of Student Senate. Earlier this semester, Hannah and her commission wrote a resolution which states that every year Senate will allocate a portion of their budget ($1,850) to fund a program called Take a Tampon, Leave a Tampon. This program was started in 2016 by the Period Project and puts tampons and pads in university bathrooms. This program will include eight bathrooms on campus six women’s bathrooms, and 2 gender-neutral. Ohio University became the first university in Ohio to institutionalize a program of its kind. Currently, Hannah and other Student Senate members are working on lighting on campus. This has become a major concern for many following several assaults on campus in places that have very poor lighting.