Chip McCrimmon – Candidate Profile

RUNNING FOR VPSS

Chip

Ballot blurb:

“Hey everyone! My name is Chip McCrimmon and I am running for Vice President of Student Services! Throughout my four years at Brock I have noticed lots of things that I have wanted to change or make better. For the past two years I have been working on my platform, adding anything that can help benefit the students, and cutting anything that is not possible.

My platform consists of creating a Kickstarter/GoFundMe campaign for the big ticket concerts, adding Transit Tv’s around campus, creating more study space on campus, paving the muddy trail from Zone 2, improving the summer bus pass, and more! If you want to take a quick look at my platform click on this link (https://www.facebook.com/886357658143737/photos/pcb.886778168101686/886777684768401/?type=3&theater). I have the experience and knowledge to get my entire platform done!

If you want leadership vote for Chip! Thank you!”


 

Candidate Interview:

January 27, 2016

To the best of your understanding, what is the role and responsibilities of the Vice President of Student services?

“The Vice-President of Student Services deals with all the fun stuff: Frosh Week, Frost Week, Wellness Week and Homecoming. Wellness week is so important, and as for Homecoming, I’m a former athlete – it’s a massive event for school pride. The VPSS also takes care of Clubs management, which make up a huge part of Brock’s culture. Also, the VPSS hires the most coordinators, meaning there’s a lot of leadership and management.”

Why have you decided to run for the position of VPSS?

“I believe [the position of VPSS] is tailored for me. I’ve been very involved in clubs, I’ve been involved with Zeta Psi, I’ve worked at Aboriginal Student Services; I like the role and atmosphere of the position. The VPSS is just awesome, I’ve always admired all the VPSS’ of the past. Former VPSS, Paul Dermody pushed me very hard [to run] and I think it’d be very rewarding.”

Why do you believe you should be elected as VPSS?

“I should be elected as VPSS because I’ve been involved all of my four years at Brock. This isn’t just a last ditch effort to get involved. The main pillars I’ve been involved in are: sports, clubs and events, everything from Frosh to Wellness Week. Not only do I have a broad knowledge of the position, but I’m also a BUSAC councillor. I have both the ideal political and extra-curricular mind-set of being a Brock University student.”

If you needed to summarize your platform into three main issues at Brock that you believe need to be addressed, what would they be? How do you plan to address these issues?

  1. “Affordable food: Fed Up money is an important aspect of VPSS, specifically, what to do with the money. The referendum was for food accountability and education, food prices, but I believe a portion of the money should go to the SJC for the food bank – helping out students in need. Free breakfasts, but it should also cater to the other aspects of food on campus. The students paid this money, so it should be given back to them.”
  2. “Brock events: One initiative that I want to implement is a new annual tradition, a philanthropy tug of war competition, to help build the Brock community together. It would be a really cool thing and would help create a Brock tradition.”
  3. “Transit: Quite a few students stay in St. Catharines to take spring and summer courses at Brock, but unfortunately there is no system in place for a summer U-Pass. Students have to pay 350$ for a bus pass for just four months, and many of those students, won’t even get to use it for the full time period. It’s a lot of money, which BUSU only reimburses about $50 of, and if you lose the pass, you’re out of luck. It’s a flawed system that I will look to address.”

What services for students do you believe are currently lacking or missing altogether? How will you address these concerns?

“Right now, I think there should be a better way to find out about, and get involved extracurricularly at Brock. GetInvolvedBU is not the best system for dealing with clubs, and that’s something that should be addressed. Without a good system, it makes it harder for clubs to recruit and show off their stuff, especially if they’re not able to get exposure at Vendor Fair. Joining a club is a great way to start to get involved in the Brock community, so one of my main tasks is to make sure that clubs are running efficiently and to the best of their ability. The Clubs website for BUSU should also be touched up, more up to date and informative. Contact information and points of contact are key for clubs to be able to attract new members and grow.”

Is there anything that you would do differently from previous Vice-Presidents of Student Services?

“Honestly, [Cooper] Millard and [Paul] Dermody did amazing jobs. They saw the realization of Alumni Field and the water fountains around campus. My goal is to try to reach the same level of excellence. If I do, I think I would make the voters happy with my accomplishments.”


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