2011 CSA Elections: A student's guide

Monday, March 7, 2011

  • The CSA election campaign week runs March 7-11

    The CSA election campaign week runs March 7-11

Written by Greg Beneteau

Candidates and groups participating in the 2011 Central Student Association elections will make their cases to their peers this week.

Undergraduate students at the University of Guelph will have until Friday to review campaign promises, visit Facebook accounts and admire posters as part  of the official campaign period for Commssioners and at-large seats on the CSA Board of Directors.

Registered undergraduate students will receive an electronic ballot through their uguelph email accounts next Monday. Polling stations will also be set up across campus.

All undergraduates are eligible to vote for a new Executive Committee - the five paid commissioners   responsible for executing major portfolios and reporting the the CSA Board of Directors.

Voters will also cast ballots on two referendum questions. Interhall Council and the Centre for New Students are among the groups that have endorsed a proposal to make incoming U of G students pay a one-time of fee $58 for Orientation Week programming, which would offset costs for events like the Pep Rally, eliminate user fees associated certain events and fund a free concert.

The Guelph chapter of World University Services of Canada (WUSC) is also pushing to increase funding for their Student Refugee Program from $1.15 to $1.86 per semester (an increase of $0.71). WUSC currently sponsors two refugee students per year, helping to pay for travel and resettlement in Canada, living costs, and educational costs for 12 month. The fee increase would allow WUSC to sponsor an additional student per year and create a contingency fund for special or emergency expenses.

Additionally, students in the College of Arts, College of Biological Sciences and College of Social and Applied Human Sciences will have the opportunity to select two representatives to serve a one-year term on the CSA Board of Directors.

The other four colleges - the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences, Ontarion Veterinary College, Ontario Agriculture College and College of Management and Economics - had no candidates step forward.

As per CSA Bylaws, the board will attempt to fill those seats again during bi-election next fall, according to Media and Promotions Manager Amy Calder.

The CSA has arranged an all-day candidates forum on Thursday, March 10 in the University Center Courtyard.

As part of the campaign, thecannon gave each candidate the opportunity to answer some questions about their candidacy in video and written format.

Candidate statements and video interviews are available at the links below.


CSA Board of Directors - At Large seats

College of Arts (2 seats)

Lalonde, Jodie

Vigneux, Sylvie


College of Biological Sciences (2 seats)

Gallina, Jason

Ma, Kinnison

Park, Jihee


College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (2 seats)

Bronson, Amy

Miller, Peter

Thomson, Christina


CSA Executive Commitee

Academic and University Affairs (1 seat)

Bond, Benjamin

Carter, Jessica

Garvie, Drew

Zaki, Ali


Communications and Corporate Affairs (1 seat)

Ramsay, Lauren

Rolle, Yonae


External Affairs (1 seat)

Jackson, Demetria

Karey-McKenna, Shaun

Straathof, Martin


Human Resources and Operations (1 seat)

Ofori-Darko, Joshua


Local Affairs (1 seat)

Alton, Derek

Nguyen, David


Referendum Questions:

University of Guelph Orientation Fee:

"Do you agree to an Orientation Week fee of $58 that is charged only to new, semester-one students and increases annually at the rate of inflation, for the purposes of eliminating most O-Week user fees, providing the cost of six meals per student, offering a concert, improving the quality of the week and reducing corporate sponsorship?"


World University Service of Canada (WUSC) fee increase:

"Do you support an increase of the WUSC student fee from $1.15 to $1.86 per semester for both part-time and full-time students indexed to the cost of living? "


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