By Harold Crawford, Staff Writer
Chadwich Ysaye Ellis, Jr. better known as Ysaye Ellis, senior, media studies, is a senator for the Student Government Association. He serves on the Information Technology and Physical Facilities, Space, and the General Services committees.
He is active in other student groups on campus as well. He is the Events Coordinator of the Associated Black Collegians, member of Sab, and Vice President SEMPA. He is on the road to being inducted in National Society of Leadership and Success. Ellis said, “Put yourself around people you want to be like.”
Ellis chose the University of Missouri-St. Louis for the media studies program. He said, “When I first toured here, I saw the radio station and said ‘yes, this is the campus for me.’”
Currently, he hosts a show “Saye in the Kitchen” on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 a.m. on The U radio. The show plays the top 40 of hip-hop and R&B. He said, “The reason I created my show was to have an outlet where I could express myself… I focus on informing the UMSL community of what’s happening on campus and what’s going on in the world. There is no greater feeling than to know that you are the best source of information.”
Ellis had a brother who attended UMSL and showed him how he could make a difference on campus. He said, “I joined SGA to make a difference and to be a light for upcoming students so they can see you don’t have to be a certain type of person, nor do you have to be cut for a specific kind of cloth.”
There have been challenges that Ellis has faced. Ellis said, “Through it all, honestly, the things that keep me motivated are seeing my actions I make actually help others on campus. Through all the frustrations and all the hard work, it’s worth it to see it actually make difference. The interaction with chancellor and organizations on UMSL campus make a big difference for me personally.”
Ellis ran for Vice President against Sammi Risius, junior, media studies, in the spring. “…[S]he won, but I was definitely in support. I’m here to support. It’s all about making UMSL better. We are all fighting the same fight.
Losing the Vice President position did not stop Ellis from being involved in campus. He encourages students to know why they run for an SGA position. “Know your why, stay consistent and don’t quit. Quitters walk alone.”