Darin Bartholomew is the recent winner of Temple Student Government’s (TSG) 2013-14 election. Darin will serve as president of TSG with his running mates, Sonia Galiber and Cree Moore, serving as vice presidents.
Darin had always thought about running for office, and when Temple President Neil Theobald spoke at a January TSG meeting about the university’s enhanced financial literacy initiative, Darin decided it was time to step up. “I think with student leaders supporting this initiative we could make big progress,” he said. “It’s what I want the conversation to be about.” Darin said he’d like to see progress with student loan reduction and an increase in the number of students graduating within four years. To do this, his team plans to advocate for more summer and online classes, an easier credit-transfer system and a more effective priority-registration system.
The other major project for Darin and his Temple United team is working to have Owl Cards compatible with SEPTA’s forthcoming contactless payment system to make it easier for students to pay for mass transit.
In addition to his TSG position, Darin interns with U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, is an active member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and is the interim executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of State-Related Schools (PASS), which represents Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities and campaigns on behalf of their student bodies.
Name: Darin Bartholomew
Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Personal motto: “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”-Bill Gates
How to spot you on campus: I’m either in the TSG office or in Alter. Nine times out of 10 I’m wearing a black T-shirt.
Morning ritual: I wake up, grab my phone and check my personal and professional/organization social media accounts, check email and then look at my calendar for the day. That’s usually when I realize I spent too much time on Facebook and I’m late for something.
My friends think I’m: Far smarter than I really am. I’d like to think that they consider me to be funny, but only they could answer that one.
On your mind: I’m incredibly excited to get started on Temple Student Government initiatives and transitioning into my new role.
Farthest you’ve traveled: Florida
Favorite Philly spot: There are so many. I love the sports complex, and as a nerd I have to also mention Independence Mall, the Franklin Institute and the Constitution Center.
Food truck craving: I don’t really have a favorite truck. I like the ones I go to, but I’m at Plaza Pizza far too much, so they deserve a mention. Maybe that’s a good answer for “how to spot me on campus.”
Good reads: I read the Wall Street Journal cover to cover every night but as far as books go: Paul Allen, Idea Man -Paul Allen; The Road Ahead -Bill Gates; Steve Jobs -Walter Isaacson; Winners Never Cheat -Jon Huntsman Sr.; The Road to Prosperity -Patrick Toomey. Currently I’m reading Toomey’s Triumph by Harold Gullan of Temple University Press.
Can’t miss TV: The Apprentice, Catfish, Beavis and Butthead, Larry Kudlow on CNBC, NBC Nightly News. I spend most of the day watching CNBC.
Best class ever: I would have to say the intro to MIS course that I had with Carey O’Donnell simply because I just changed my major to MIS and that class assured me that I made a great choice.
Most treasured possession: I have a lot, but one of them is a signed poster from the Herman Cain “College Truth Tour” event that I played a pivotal role in organizing last semester.
Greatest fear: I don’t like to let people down or fall short of expectations.
Post-graduation plans: I really don’t know. Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking back.” I just make the right decisions in the present and let that set my future.
Your Fox Star: The whole MIS Department and AIS SPO. I love being a part of both. It seems like both groups are always striving to be the best, and I love being a part of that kind of atmosphere. I truly do get excited when a new MIS Department rating comes out and shows how awesome our program is.
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