Everyone I know who has met Daniel Acheampong shares the same opinion: Daniel is a really nice guy. He always has a smile and a handshake whenever you run into him, and he’ll always stop to chat no matter how busy he is. Basically, to know the guy is to love him, and that alone means that we can trust him to run an effective, conflict-free Student Union.
But I’d be doing Daniel (and the Brandeis student body) a disservice to attribute his victory simply to his personality. I’d also be wrong, particularly in light of how commanding his vote total was. I’ve never seen anything like the most recent Union election; getting over 50% turnout for the presidential race was far more than I ever thought would be possible, and it speaks to the strength of all four candidates that they were able to motivate so many students to support them. Daniel’s total, however, was particularly impressive. Jason Gray and Andy Hogan each won with around 600 votes, but Daniel was able to get over 900. That has to be some kind of Union record, and you don’t get that kind of campus-wide respect simply because people think you’re nice.
You get it because you took on the most difficult and important job in the Union, the position of Treasurer, and you successfully managed the finances for the entire campus. You get it because you helped to start Live Campus 2009, a nationwide series of concerts with the proceeds going to eliminating poverty. You get it because you somehow managed to find the time to serve as a Roosevelt Fellow as well, going through a difficult application process to serve as a peer academic adviser. Daniel has proven himself a leader in many different areas of the campus community, and his stunning electoral victory is a testament to his diverse, impressive resume.
While I voted and worked for Sahar Massachi in the election, I always had a strong respect for Daniel, and I look forward to working with him to accomplish our shared goals for the campus. The student body provided him with a strong mandate to work for his agenda, and I’m sure he’s eager to jump into action. Congratulations again to Daniel on his swearing in, and good luck on guiding the Union to a successful year.