Candidate Statement: Ben Gail ’13

1. For what position are you running?

I’m running to be a male Senior Class Prefect.

2. What makes you feel that you are qualified for the position? Please describe any leadership experiences you’ve had, if applicable.

I’m a patient person, an understanding person, and someone who would care about the concerns of others and treat them with consideration. I’m not running for the title, I’m running because I like to resolve conflicts and help my community in any way that I can. I also have a kind face.

3. How do you feel about the Honor Board and what has led you to feel this way?

I think it’s certainly something that separates Harvard-Westlake from the majority of other schools, in a good way. Many schools would be content with systematically punishing any student who’s broken a rule at the discretion of one authority figure on campus. I think our Honor Board is special in that it not only takes every case with seriousness and caution, but it even uses recommendations made by the students themselves, who know how difficult Harvard-Westlake can be and are familiar with the circumstances and temptations which could lead an otherwise upstanding student to violate the honor code. I think something I would like to see is for the Honor Board to be more accessible to students who are interested in it. People tend to see the Honor Board as some sort of secret assembly that occurs behind closed doors, and I’d like to give the student body a better understanding of it so that we can all be familiar with the Honor Board process.

4. Please describe one thing in Harvard-Westlake’s community you would change. Also, how would you use the influence of the position of Junior/Senior Prefect to change our community?

One thing I’d certainly like to build upon is the class participation in matters concerning the Prefect Council. I thought it was an excellent idea, for example, to let the student body give their input on what they would like to see in the Semi-Formal replacement. It was a great start for student involvement, and it’s something I would like to see more of. I’m not necessarily suggesting hassling people with a bunch of forms, demanding their opinion, but I would like to open up more communications between the Prefects and the rest of the students to whoever would be interested in giving their ideas. We have a tremendously creative student body, and it would be a shame if anyone who had any idea for a Prefect Council project couldn’t get their opinion across. It is, after all, everyone’s school, so it only makes sense that everyone should have a voice in whatever matters to them. If elected, I would spend time to keep the rest of the student body informed about the Council’s actions and decision, to the best of my ability in regards to discretion. I would do all I could to respect everyone’s right to know, and to decide, what will happen in our school.