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JAKE NAPIER '09

Major: Public Policy
Minor: Economics
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Favorite Class: Environmental Ethics

Family Ties

My aunt is a trustee and my uncle was an alum. I have a cousin who is an alumna and another who is a student here now. It’s great to have that h3 connection with HWS, but whatever respect or opportunities I’ve received, I’ve absolutely earned.

Brother Jake

As President of Chi Phi, I’m responsible for representing the house and our values of truth, honesty and personal integrity. We’re really connected to the community with annual events, like charity balls and leadership conferences. In the past couple of years, we’ve won the President’s Cup and the E. Bates Block Campus Award at the national conference of Chi Phi fraternity.

Politics Shmolotics

Past Presidents of the Hobart Student Government have come into office with an agenda, but my agenda is the students’ agenda. All of my decisions are based on what the student population wants.

Lunch with the Deans

I have lunch with the Hobart deans every week. Originally, we met to talk about student government business, but it’s turned into a social outing. We have great philosophical debates. It’s amazing how close you can get with the administration. They’re very supportive and never look down at us.

Opening Doors

One of my campus jobs used to be unlocking doors for students who'd lost their keys. I'm also a gym monitor, and it's the best thing I've ever done on campus because it's allowed me to get so close to the staff. Technically, they're my bosses, but they treat me like family.

The Great Outdoors

I’ve caught nearly 20 fish off of the docks at Buzzuto Boathouse, and I love to go hiking at nearby Watkins Glen. I also went on a 30-mile backpacking trip through the Appalachian Trail with the HWS outdoor recreation program.

Student Leader of the Month

It was an honor to be selected as the Student Leader of the Month for March 2007. I put a lot of time and energy into trying to make this campus a better place, so it was nice to see that people appreciate my work.

Governing Social Life

As Vice President of the Inter-Fraternity Council, I work to ensure the strength of the Greek system on campus. All six fraternities really contribute to the social life on campus, and I think social activities are an important part of the college experience.

We’ve Got Spirit!

The Chi Phi brothers have attended every William Smith soccer game this semester. We have our own special banner and cheers and everything. You have to get out and support the Green Machine—they’re playing phenomenally this season.

A New View

I took Environmental Ethics with Professor of Philosophy Rodman King, and it completely changed the way I look at the world. The course was about how important it is to maintain harmony between man and the environment. I’ve learned more from Professor King than any other professor on campus.

Once an Eagle

Before coming to HWS, I attained the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America. My service project was painting murals at a Catholic school in downtown LA.