With Homecoming only a week away, it was time to vote for the Royal Britons. For those of you who might not know, the Royal Britons are a group of three people elected by the students who are leaders on campus. It is a position that is somewhat similar to the Homecoming King and Queen that you might have had in high school. You likely received an email with a list of their names. If you don’t recognize any of the names, you might have no idea who to vote for. You might have just picked some random names, so here’s some information to help you get to know the candidates that you voted for.
Clare Russell is a senior from Dearborn, Michigan. As a communication studies and music double major (with a concentration in voice), she stays pretty busy. In addition to her academics, Russell is also involved in campus organizations, which includes her position as the chief financial officer of Student Senate, the president of the Albion College Choir and as a residential assistant for Ingham and Fiske Halls. Russell decided to go to Albion because the alumni she met talked highly about their educational experience here.
The one item Russell said she can’t live without is music. “It’s been integrated into my life since I was two years old. I cannot imagine life without it,” said Russell.
She is terrified about graduating. When she was a child, Russell wanted to be a Broadway star.
Katie Zinkel is a senior from Birmingham, Michigan. When she was a child, Zinkel wanted to be an author because she loved books and reading. Zinkel is a psychology major and chose to come to Albion because she knew she wanted a smaller scho
ol. She had “an initial gut-feeling that this was a great place.” Zinkel keeps herself busy with positions such as the president of Mort
ar Board, the vice president of Late Night events for Union Board and a volunteer at Kids-N-Stuff.
ing about her impending graduation, Zinkel said, “I am in complete and utter denial of the fact that is happening because I’ve loved Albion more than words can say, and I am already terrified at the concept of leaving this place because it has been my home for the last four years, and I just love it so much that it’s going to be so hard to not come back next Fall.”
Zinkel cannot live without Doritos and Beyonce.
Bobby Budlong is a senior from Canton, Michigan. When Budlong was younger, he thought he wanted to be a firefighter or police officer because he thought it sounded fun. Now Budlong is an athletic training major looking into physical therapy schools. He is a member of several organizations on campus, including the Men’s Soccer team, Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Student Volunteer Bureau. When Budlong was first looking at colleges, playing soccer was a top priority. He chose Albion because he felt more at home here than he did at the other schools he considered. Albion has been great, but Budlong says that he is ready to move on to the next chapter of life.
The one thing Budlong could never live without is his pets. “I am a huge animal lover. And whenever I am home, as long as they are around, I am in a good mood,” said Budlong.
Annie Ford is a senior from Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Ford transferred to Albion from Lansing Community College.
She chose to come to Albion because of the academic program. “I like the smaller class sizes, the sense of community and that I’m able to have a relationship with my professors,” said Ford.
She was originally looking at another school that she wanted to play soccer at, but an injury kept her from being able to play. Soccer is still a large part of Ford’s life, and she can’t imagine life without it. Despite the fact that she said she can’t play soccer at the same competitive level that she used to, she plays intramural soccer here at Albion. She also is the President of Alpha Chi Sigma, the honorary chemistry fraternity, and is a part of Habitat for Humanity, to name a few.
Ford is pre-dental and is a biochemistry major and a cell and molecular biology minor. She is nervous about graduating, but is looking forward to going to dental school. Ford didn’t always want to be a dentist. When she was growing up, Ford wanted to be a veterinarian.
“I wanted to be a vet because I really like animals,” said Ford. “But then I learned that you also have to put dogs down, and I didn’t like that. So then, I wanted to be a dentist because I like going to the dentist.”
Katie Boni is a junior from St. Clair, Michigan. Boni couldn’t live without dogs and books. “I’m obsessed with both,” Boni said.
Her love of books will come in handy when she finds a job in the publishing field. Boni is a double major in communication studies and English. She came to Albion because everyone was very welcoming when she came for a visit, and they made her feel at home before she was a student. Boni is a member of the honorary music fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. She is also a section leader in the British Eighth Marching Band and is editor-in-chief of the Albion Review. Boni is “more nervous than excited” about her senior year because she knows there is a lot she will want to get done.
When Boni was a kid, she said, “I wanted to be a v
et. Then I realized I would have to see animals in pain, and I couldn’t deal with that. So I decided I didn’t want to be a vet anymore.” Boni had a year of where she wanted to be random things before she decided on book publishing.
Katelyn Nolan is a senior from Grandville, Michigan. Nolan transferred to Albion from Grand Rapids Community College in the fall of 2015. Because she has not been at Albion for all that long, Nolan is sad to leave. Albion felt like home to her, so she says that every educational decision was made with the intent to attend Albion. Nolan has accomplished a lot in her short time at Albion. She is president of Student Senate, vice president of the Secular Student Alliance and the chief marketing officer of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Nolan is a communication studies major and a French minor.
The one thing Nolan couldn’t live without is bacon, and when asked why, she said, “No explanation necessary.”
When she was a child, Nolan said she “wanted to be a Tic-Tac taster. Yep. The little minion-shaped mints. I wanted to be the person that approved or vetoed the flavors.”
Morgan Benham is a senior from Marshall. Benham said the one thing she couldn’t live without is her Nikes because they’re all she ever wears. “I’m really into working out and fitness,” said Benham.
She is an Athletic Training major and played volleyball for her first two years at Albion. Benham came to Albion because it felt like home and because of the opportunities, such as playing volleyball, while also pursuing an athletic training major. She is hoping to go to grad school after Albion, and she admits that she is nervous but also very excited about graduating.
Thinking back to when she was a child, Benham said, “I wanted to be a veterinarian for a long time, and then I realized that I’m allergic to cats.” She changed her mind after that.
On campus, Benham is involved with several organizations, such as her position as the vice president of the Student Volunteer Bureau, president of the Athletic Training Club and vice president of Service for Alpha Phi Omega.
Brett Cunningham is a senior from Lake Orion, Michigan. He is a biology major and holds positions in several organizations, including the president of Interfraternity Council, president of the Order of Omega and the head of the Peer Education Program. Cunningham originally chose Albion because of football, but he retired after his first year. When he was a child, Cunningham wanted to be a high school principal so that he could help students prepare for what comes next in their lives.
Now that he is about to graduate, Cunningham said, “It’s a super bitter-sweet moment for me. Over my four years I have really grown to consider Albion my home, and the idea of leaving this place scares me. But on the other hand, I am really excited for what the future holds.”
Cunningham could not live without humor because he thinks people should enjoy life more.
Jodie Bosheers is a junior from Washington, Michigan. She is a math major with an actuarial emphasis and a minor in finance. Bosheers couldn’t live without good company, and she picked Albion because of the people she met when she visited. She liked how they seemed to be concerned with making sure she had a good time. This is an experience that she tries to recreate for prospective students as a tour guide.
Some of her other involvements on campus include being vice president of Programs for Alpha Xi Delta sorority and being a member of the Women’s Basketball Team.
Bosheers can’t pick just one thing she wanted to be when she grew up. Rather, she says that she loved sports and questioning things.
The thing Bosheers is most looking forward to in senior year is to continue growing alongside all peers and all the people who helped make Albion great.
Nia Moreno is a senior from Chicago. She is a French major and a teaching English as a second language minor who is looking forward to graduating so that she can further her career and “not be going to classes anymore.” Moreno
comes from “a long line of educators,” so since she was a child, she wanted to be a teacher. Moreno said teaching is what she always wanted to do.
She chose Albion because she wanted to go to a small school and get a liberal arts education. Moreno says she, “wanted to be somewhere that would help [her] grow as a leader on campus.” She is a member of the Black Student Alliance, Alpha Phi Omega an
d Omicron Delta Kappa, an honorary leadership fraternity.
Moreno couldn’t live without music. “It calms me,” Moreno said. It can always brighten my day and change my outlook on life.”
Now that you know a little bit about the candidates, you can find out who wins at the Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Annie Ford – Katherine Buzan
Bobby Budlong – Katherine Buzan
Morgan Benham – Katherine Buzan
Katie Boni – Kim Ecarius
Clare Russell – Aaron Smit
Katelyn Nolan – Heather Fuchs
Katie Zinkel – Brian Coon
Brett Cunningham – Marisa Miller
Nia Moreno – Angela Panzica
Jodie Bosheers – Bosheers