Luke Perry may be known to many on the Shippensburg University campus as the former Student Senate President or one of the students with their picture hanging in the CUB, but Perry has far more to offer other than the title he holds and the portrait that is displayed.
When it comes down to brass tacks, outside of senate, Perry is just like every other undergraduate student at SU: He has hobbies, a challenging major and plenty to look forward to in the coming years once his stay at SU is complete.
Being involved in Student Senate, especially as president, could lead the campus community to believe that Perry must be some sort of government major — wrong. Though his interest in government runs high and his commitment to Student Senate has grown throughout his four years at SU, Perry’s major is biology with a pre-med emphasis.
Perry believes that as a person, he would like to think that he is a very effective leader as well as listener. The thoughts and feelings of Perry’s peers matter dearly to him and when the time is right, he is not afraid to offer his opinion if it is requested.
“I won’t go out of my way to tell you my opinion, but if you ask me my opinion, I’ll give you the truth. I’m honest,” Perry said.
This information goes hand-in-hand with that of Dylan Bensinger, Student Senate Treasurer, who had plenty of good things to pass along about Perry.
“Luke is very fun to work with. His strong personality is well-matched by others in senate, which leads to thoughtful and often heated discussion. I have known Luke since freshman year and he has certainly grown each year to become who he is today,” Bensinger said.
Bensinger also went on to praise Perry for his commitment to SU and his drive to excel in everything he does.
“He is extremely committed and determined,” Bensinger said.
All things aside, outside of the student government in which he indulges himself, Perry enjoys the simpler things in life. He is an avid traveler and outdoorsman, enjoys sports, wrestled for 11 years, sang for nine years through multiple choirs, is an Eagle Scout and is also one of the founding fathers of Phi Sigma Kappa (PSK).
Perry has been involved in Student Senate for four years and was the acting president for one year. Beginning his quest into Student Senate his freshman year, Perry took on the role of Kieffer Hall President and then moved into the position of resident housing association (RHA) president the second half of his freshman year.
Perry is graduating on Saturday and will attend medical school.