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Brian Gless

Name: Bryan Gless
Major: business administration
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
Year: sophomore
Credentials: 2001 Colonial Cabinet, Student Alumni Society, Program Board political affairs chair

Bryan Gless has planned election parties, radio debates and other politically oriented Program Board events, but now wants to use his experience to take on a leadership role as PB executive vice chair.

“I felt that with my experience, it was my turn to step up and take a leadership role,” he said.

A two-year PB member, Gless said he planned a “West Wing” premier party in the Hippodrome and worked with PB Executive Chair Seth Weinert to bring Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” to campus.

Gless said the PB is graduating almost 10 seniors this year, leaving open leadership positions.

“The Program Board will need people to provide leadership,” he said. “People will need training; we need experienced leadership for that.”

If elected, Gless said he would build relationships with other student groups.

“We want to make co-sponsorship as easy as possible for other organizations,” he said.

Gless said his work with various student groups on campus has given
him an understanding of their troubles receiving funding.

“Rather than just give out money and leave, (I want to) work with them,” Gless said. “The money that we get motivates us to make the most beneficial use of it.”

By working closely with other groups, Gless said the co-sponsorship process will be easier.

Gless said he has worked closely in the PB with Alicia O’Neil, who
runs unopposed for executive chair.

“We’re a great team,” he said.

Gless said past experience in the PB qualifies him for the job.

“Every event I’ve done, (we’ve) used student activity fees to a minimal amount,” he said. “(Every event has had) a small budget, big turnout and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback.”

Next year’s PB would build on everything the executive board accomplished this year, Gless said, including expanding the Web site and working closely with other campus groups.

“We want maximum programming with a minimum budget,” he said. “We’re going to stretch every dollar for what it’s worth.”
-Jennifer Drury contributed to this report.

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