Ever since the new year, Brock University has been abuzz with political campaigning. As the BUSU elections came to a close only a few weeks ago, determined students are preparing themselves for yet another campaign in the BUSAC elections.
Brock University Student Administrative Council (BUSAC) is comprised of student representatives from all faculties to ensure that students are given an equal political voice on campus. BUSAC operates under the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), though the council is made privy to matters concerning the well-being of the student body at the University.
The number of seats that each faculty has in council depends on the number of students enrolled in the faculty at the beginning of the year; more students equal more seats on council. Some faculties have their representatives acclaimed onto council because of a lack of candidates, whereas students who participate in the elections must do so because of the higher number of candidates competing for a seat on council.
Candidates for the 2015 BUSAC election officially began campaigning on Mar. 16. Most of their week will be spent bringing awareness to the student body about their thoughts on the headlining debate question of the election: “Do you support the transfer from the existing Brock University Students’ Union Strategic Expansion Fund levy in the amount of $200,000 per year over a period of 5 years to Brock University in support of the construction of a new artificial turf facility in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding as presented?”
Much like the BUSU elections, the students that are running for seats on the council are motivated individuals dedicated to bringing students the best possible experience while studying at Brock University. BUSAC is the conduit between the student body and the political landscape on campus.
These students are the ones who will bring the issues of their colleagues and faculties to the table, and it is important to understand who will do the best job on council. The best tool in the arsenal is awareness. As a student, don’t just vote in the upcoming BUSAC elections; take the time to understand who and what you are voting for.
“If Brock students truly care about campus accessibility, affordable prices and services that mean something to them, then it is absolutely critical that they vote in student elections,” said Matt Campbell, current BUSAC member and Faculty of Social Science candidate. “It’s hard to change anything if you do not speak out.”
Keep an eye on your Brock email in order to cast your vote in the BUSAC elections from Mar. 24 to 26. Results will be announced in Isaac’s Bar & Grill on Mar. 26 at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit busu.net/representation/busac