Monday, January 1, 2007
I’m running because I want to serve the students that make this university the only place I want to be. Students voices need to be better heard and I want to make that happen. I’ve watched American universities skyrocket in price and decline in quality. I want to work hard to make sure our school doesn’t head that way.
What are your priorities for next year?
My priorities for next year would be several fold:
- Continuation of the campaign for lower or NO tuition fees and a high quality education.
- Better introduction of the CSA to students during Orientation
- Creating more dialogue between students, CSA, and the community.
- Wider array of advertising for the Annual General Meeting and General Members Meeting.
- On-campus farmers market.
- Improving late night bus service
- Getting draft beer at the Bullring
- Online notes exchange
Who is your daddy and what does he do?
Maybe my father is a retired CIA operative living under a false identity and always looking over his shoulder. Maybe he’s a rich socialite that has sway over business and politics. Or maybe he’s just a guy that’s worked hard every day of his life. You can pick which ever you like best.
What’s the best thing to ever happen to you in Guelph?
Meeting people and becoming good friends. Hanging around the first floor of the Albion, cooking dinner in the South Student Lounge, going to concerts and shows around the city, eating at Gryph’s to watch the game. All of which brought me closer to my friends and that’s the most important thing in my life.
What innovative ideas do you have to communicate what the CSA does?
I’d like to put all motions being discussed at the CSA Board online three days prior to board meetings so that students can know what is going to be decided on beforehand, not after everything’s been decided. Also, I want to continue helping the CSA work with other campus groups, for example, having film screenings at Sunday Cinema in conjunction with on-campus groups or noon hour concerts to promote campaigns like Skip-A-Meal or International Development Week. Also, I would make information about the CSA’s activities more accessible through thecannon.ca and by improving csaonline.ca.
What creative strengths would you bring to this position?
- the Peak.
- several publications in the United States
- University of Guelph
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- Western Illinois University (two classes)
- Sustainable Development Conference
- Environmental Science Symposium
- Various other CSA events (set up, photos, audio, video)
I have a background in social sciences, journalism, politics, and internationalism. I have lots of perspective about students and universities even just by seeing the differences between the three institutions I‘ve attended.
What do you feel is the most important message that the CSA Communications Commissioner should be getting across to students and the community?
To the students:
The CSA Executive works for you. The Executive is here to represent you and to help you.
To the greater Guelph community:
We, the students, are part of this community. This campus has the power to change Guelph for the better and that potential can be utilized or squandered.
What CSA services do you feel need more exposure, and how do you plan to accomplish this?
Did you know that the CSA provides advocacy and can help you out if you’re having problems with a landlord, professor, or finances in school? Did you know that the CSA runs The Bullring, the Legal Resource Room, thecannon.ca, Safe Walk? I want to inform students of these services and to make sure every person knows their rights and how to get the help they need.
Speaking of communicating, have you ever painted the cannon and what did it say?
I painted the cannon when I was in first year. We painted it to actually look like a cannon. No one got to see the fruit of our labour since, of course, it got repainted later that night.
Anything else that you wanted to add?
I am an international student and due to tuition increases, Guelph is too expensive for me to attend grad school here. Tuition and fees would be somewhere around $22,000 per year! This is reality for international students and it could very well become the reality for Canadian students as well. Education is a right for Canadians, accessible high quality education benefits everyone: the student, the community and the nation. I will fight for this right because it’s not going to be given. I will work to make sure that we’re heard not just on February 7th but all year long.
I love Guelph, I love this campus and I love this city. It is a great place but nothing is ever perfect. With some hard work we can make this place better for everyone. I have worked hard at every job I’ve ever had and I will work hard for you, the students of Guelph. I will do everything I can to make your voice heard. Website