2015 BUSU Elections: Board of Directors candidates

Board of Directors one-year and two-year term

The Board of Directors members are responsible for allocating the money of the corporation, as well as setting and implementing corporation policy and procedures. Executive members have the right to one vote and can be elected as a non-executive chair and Vice chair.

Matt Campbell (one-year term)

1. Why are you running for this position?

I am running for Board of Directors because after a year experience on BUSAC I want to be able to have more influence to have a transparent student union that can bring results for students. I am very dedicated to bring a better campus with affordable food, better transportation and affordable living. I have a thriving desire to help BUSU and want to use this position to fight for the best interests of students. I have represented BUSAC for the past year and know how to get the best things done for students.

2. What experience do you have that makes you an ideal candidate?

For the past year I have served on BUSAC representing the Social Science faculty, during this time I have had the chance to understand how BUSU works. I know the functions of board, and what it does. I feel that this experience makes will allow me to be able to get to work right away to make sure BUSU does the right things to defend students. I also am very people oriented, a good negotiator and will make sure BUSU does its job at all times

3. What are the current major issues at Brock that will need to be addressed during your term, if elected?

As a member of the board the most important issues I want to fight for is to bring more affordable food to campus, make sure that students from Thorold and Niagara Falls get can have a greatly more improved transportation system and to ensure that the cost of living for students is as low as possible, and to invest to improve student life within BUSU. As a board member I will always ensure that BUSU puts student interests first!

4. What is the single most important point of your platform?

The most important part of my platform is to ensure that the board operates to make the cost of living for students as low as possible. I will greatly fight to ensure that this campus brings more affordable food and resources to campus. The cost of living for students can be a struggle, I know first hand! I know the struggles I have endured as a student and want to use my experience to make this campus more friendly for students!

Kelsey Craig (one-year term)

1. Why are you running for this position?

Since I started my journey at Brock, I have wanted to become a force of change, by creating a greater future for others whom will follow me. As a Board of Directors member, it will provide me with the opportunity to have a voice in the decision making process at BUSU, in hopes of providing students with a better future and a higher degree of satisfaction during their time at Brock University. For these reasons, I decided to run in the 2015 BUSU Executive Elections.

2. What experience do you have that makes you an ideal candidate?

Throughout my high school and university career, I have been involved in several clubs and organizations with a variety of interests and objectives; some of my most valuable experiences have been working with World Vision, and Camp Adonai, in both organizations, despite having an active role of leadership, they also taught me about working together as a team and incorporating each other’s ideas and goals for the betterment of the community. In my perspective, my experience has provided me with the skills necessary to be an asset for BUSU and be a successful leader within the Brock community.

3. What are the current major issues at Brock that will need to be addressed during your term, if elected?

My slogan for this campaign is Change by the Buck; my slogan represents a project, which I would like pursue to help individuals save money, and make the university more efficient, I hope to make Brock University more progressive towards eliminating economic wastes and offer new cost effective methods for students. As an example, from past experience, I have witnessed some of my peers struggle, as they were unable to receive the proper nutrition, which they needed due to high food costs or lack of variety for their specific nutritional needs here at Brock University. This is something that I want to change, as a Board member; I would like to look into alternative options for food suppliers, in hopes of reducing the students’ personal cost, and allow them to get proper nutrition for a fair value.

4. What is the single most important point of your platform?

As my slogan for this campaign is Change by the Buck, my promise to Brock students is that I will work hard to reduce their personal costs, eliminating wastes.

Aiden Hibma (one-year term)

1. Why are you running for this position?

Upon the completion of my first year that I truly realized how influential my time as an undergraduate would be in developing the characteristics that would define me in the years to come. This self-realization was quintessential as it opened my eyes to a variety of new possibilities and opportunities that would attribute to the overall satisfaction of my undergraduate career. However, my desire to run was not only to structure a well-organized campaign, but also to stimulate positive change for Brock. A truly fulfilling experience as an undergraduate requires a balance of both academics and extracurricular activities.

2. What experience do you have that makes you an ideal candidate?

Capitalizing on the skills I have developed over my lifetime will not only allow me to become a distinct candidate during the election period, but additionally will showcase that I have all the qualities needed for the position of Board of Directors. The combination of my approachable and transparent outlook on life will create an effective flow of communication between BUSU and the student body.

3. What are the current major issues at Brock that will need to be addressed during your term, if elected?

The major issues that I would address is the promotion of cheap healthy food alternatives and increasing club membership, while simultaneously pushing for new initiatives to be developed. Students need to experience both a standard of academic and extracurricular activities, similar to Brock’s advocacy for both sides of the brain. Both promote a healthy and balanced life style however, in regards to the food options at Brock we are far behind that the norm of healthy living that other universities have successfully established.

4. What is the single most important point of your platform?

The single most important point of my platform is my approachability. I believe by having an approachable face to represent the student body will effectively put an end to any disconnect between BUSU and the students. If elected into office this will allow myself to gauge what the students are expecting from of BUSU, while giving me the ability to address on a regular basis as to what issues the students want to see being brought to the fore front of BUSU.

5. Include any imparting words or campaign slogan:

New Year.
New Face.
New Reform.

Geraldine Rieger (two-year term)

1. Why are you running for this position?

There are many reasons why I am running for the 2015 Executive Elections. To begin, I am running because I want to make sure that the voices of my fellow Brock students are being heard and that their best interests are being kept at heart while addressing sensitive issues. I am running because I know that, if elected, I will be open and accountable for all of the decisions that I will make. Finally, I am highly motivated to bring new ideas to the table and to budget accordingly.

2. What experience do you have that makes you an ideal candidate?

My involvement with the Brock community, including my membership on the Brock Model United Nations, has allowed me to enhance my leadership, communications, and problem solving skills – these are all skills that will serve me well as a Board of Director. I have also developed in-depth knowledge of international relations while participating on the Brock Model UN. Representing Brock University on an international stage has allowed me to develop the skills I need to best represent the students of Brock University, and I intend to do that as your Board of Director.

3. What are the current major issues at Brock that will need to be addressed during your term, if elected?

The current major issues at Brock that I will address during my term, if elected is transportation, Student Debt, Affordable food on campus and Student Representation.

4. What is the single most important point of your platform?

Making sure that the voices of my fellow badgers are being heard and that their best interests are being kept at heart while addressing sensitive issues.

5. Include any imparting words or campaign slogan:

“Let me be your voice of change, Vote Yes for Geraldine”

 

* Candidates’ responses appear as submitted and are limited to 400 words

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