New BUSAC councillors acclaimed

There will not be an election for student councillors on Brock University’s Student Administrative Council this year. There are two student positions per department on council each year.

Over the next three weeks, The Brock Press will be profiling the new councillors. This week, the Press spoke with the humanities and social science representatives.

Jeff Priest (humanities)

Who are you?

I’m a fourth-year undeclared, working towards my business communication degree.

What are your personal goals this year on BUSAC?

Currently, I do not bring a personal agenda to the table this year, however I think it’s important to promote the humanities as a viable option for students with real world applications.

What do you bring to BUSAC that is unique?

As a fourth-year student I am able to pass on advice and observations based on previous experiences within the university atmosphere. I believe I can make the university experience a positive one for all students here.

If students within your department have issues of concern, how can you help?

I have met with Rosemary Hale, the dean of humanities, and have made arrangements for a link to my e-mail address to be published on the humanities website. Students can reach me at humanitiesrep@yahoo.com

Mehdi Wolf (humanities)

Who are you?

I am currently a fourth-year philosophy major. This is the second time I have been a member of BUSAC representing the faculty of humanities. I am most pleased to be doing so again, with my distinguished colleague, Mr. Priest.

What are your personal goals this year on BUSAC?

I aim to provide students in my department with information about the current activities of BUSAC and how the council can serve the interests of students. I am also hoping to form ideas and plan activities over the next several months in association with both the students and staff,which will serve to raise the stature of humanities in the eyes of all students, both within and outside these disciplines.

What do you bring to BUSAC that is unique?

The members of the council who represent the humanities faculty generally bring to any endeavour such important skills as clear thinking, the ability to abstract and conceptualize quickly, to note relations between seemingly diverse ideas, and to analyze problems from different angles. I will raise issues on BUSAC of philosophical or social import, which my colleagues may not have considered. I hope that through such efforts I will be able to lead my esteemed colleagues towards recognizing the philosophical foundations, which may perhaps be cleverly hidden underneath oft used euphemisms or lengthy policy statements.

If students within your department have issues of concern, how can you help?

The most important way that councillors can help the students of their faculty is to be an additional source of information on the current activities of the council, outside what is printed in The Brock Press. Naturally, if there is a point of concern, particularly for my faculty, or with students in general, I have the duty as a councillor to voice such concerns during the sessions and faithfully report any reply back to the petitioners. I will be making myself available to students in the faculty of humanities as much as my academic responsibilities allow, and those who wish to write to me with their questions are invited to contact me at mehdiw@sympatico.ca or leave a message for me in my box at the BUSU office.

Michael Miller (social science)

Who are you?

I am a second-year political science major. This is my first time being involved within the student council. Although I do not have any experience, I am excited about what I can learn and the skills that I can take with me later on in my career.

What are your personal goals this year on BUSAC?

I would like to become involved as humanly possible, hopefully leading to assisting on committees, to whatever is needed. Since I will be a voice for my constituents, they should be represented to the best of my abilities.

What do you bring to BUSAC that is unique?

With this position, I will be opening myself to many exciting opportunities. My uniqueness is bringing a new way of thinking. I am a very outgoing and opinionated person who finds detailed explanations a priority and will not take no for an answer. Being part of the new generation, I think there are ideas and issues I can bring forth to the student council. I believe I can help build a relationship not just between my fellow council members but with my constituents as well.

If students within your department have issues of concern, how can you help?

In relation to my constituents, the importance of open dialogue between myself and the students I represent is of utmost importance.

(Miller will have a box in the BUSU office for correspondence)

Frances Ryan (social science)

Who are you?

I’m a fourth year business communications student.

What are your personal goals this year on BUSAC?

My personal mandate is to provide a democratic voice for all social science students. As well, I wish to make honest, informed decisions on their behalf.

What do you bring to BUSAC that is unique?

I believe that with my previous experience as the communications student representative here at Brock and while on academic exchange at Glasgow Caledonian University, I can bring a working knowledge of administrative and political bodies, which will help me to make educated decisions on behalf of the students I have the privilege of representing.

If students within your department have issues of concern, how can you help?

Anyone with a concern can reach me via e-mail at: busacssrep@hotmail.com or by leaving me a message at the BUSU office.

— compiled by Alexis McDonald

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