Skinny ties and gold watches: An interview with Patrick O’Connor

Grand Central sat down with Patrick O’Connor, student body vice president, to talk about his job and his style. He has served on the Executive Council of SGA for three years, and was recently elected as VP in April. The Croswell native is currently completing his degree in Biomedical Science.

GC: What do you do as vice president?

PO:  As VP, I handle the internal affairs of the organization.  That spans from room reservations and grade release forms to helping resolve conflict between members.  I also plan on taking on a project working with the Graduate Student Union during my term, as well as updating SGA’s Bylaws.


GC: Why did you want to become vice president?

PO: SGA has been a huge part of my life here at CMU.  This will be my fourth year in the organization, and in that time I’ve seen ways in which it could be run more professionally and effectively.  Me running for VP was my way of giving my time, knowledge, and leadership to improve the organization that has given so much to me.


GC: Who are your style icons?

PO: Adam Levine and Cole Mohr.

GC: What is your favorite fashion item?

PO: My black mid-length pea coat.


GC: How would you describe your personal style?

PO: Softcore hipster.


GC: How long does it take you to get ready?

PO: Depends on how many times I hit snooze in the morning.  Sometimes as little as 10 minutes, sometimes up to 45 minutes.


GC: What are your favorite accessories?

PO: My skinny ties.

GC: What would you say your style motto is?

PO: Layer and wear at least one “statement piece” per outfit.


GC: Do you have a favorite brand or store?

PO: Topman or H&M.


GC: What is your dream luxury item?

PO: A nice gold watch and a nice silver watch.


GC: How does your job affect your style?

PO: Being the VP, I find myself having to dress more professionally than I normally would.

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Student Government Association vice president Patrick O’Connor poses for fashion photo showcases his entire outfit on Monday, October 21, 2013. (Photo | Christiana Kurtz)