RUNNING FOR VPSS
Hello Badgers! My name is Nathan C. Chick and I am a 4th year Business Communication student here at Brock. I have been involved with BUSU for 3 years and have held 5 different BUSU jobs, ranging from a cook at your favorite Bar on-campus, to currently working as a Marketing Coordinator for you, the students. Informing the student body of all BUSU events and programs has been my job for the past 3 years and I wish to keep the ball rolling. I have developed a passion for this organization that can be matched by none. From helping organize and execute your favorite O-Week and Frost week events, to talking with students in the halls each and every day, I have been and will continue to be here for the students to make your experience at Brock the best it can be. BUSU is a second home to hundreds of student employees who work hard to provide Brock with the services necessary in everyday life. My goal for VPSS includes carrying over current successful programs within the Student Services department, such as the GB Rise and Grind Promotion and Wellness Wednesdays. Furthermore, with your support I wish to make the 2017-18 school year one that will renovate Union Station for customers and Isaac’s events, Restructure BUSU jobs to create more opportunities for students, as well as provide GB services at the Marilyn I. Walker school of Fine and Performing Arts. These initiatives are both practical and timely for the next school year and keep the VPSS focus on making each day a little better for the most important people at Brock, you the students.
Thank you for your time and consideration, let us work together to improve the 2017-18 school year for all.
To the best of your understanding what is the role and responsibilities of the Vice President of Student Services?
“I’ve been working for BUSU for three now. I’ve held five different jobs and these are positions that reign from working in Union Station, the kitchen at Skybar, Isaac’s, interning for two years on the marketing street team and working one year in the marketing office. The one thing I’ve learned throughout that time and experience is that it changes every year. There’s the core values of the VPSS role, including student involvement, making sure large events like O-Week, Frosh Week and Wellness Week are carried out to the best of its ability to have the students involved. Making sure the time year at Brock isn’t all class and work, that it includes the fun bonding experience. Also being heavily involved with clubs. Making sure clubs are running efficiently and effectively. As well as students support for athletics through Isaacs Army traditionally. That being said, it’s inherent in the successful candidate and their values, and their passion. If I were to be the successful candidate for next year, we’d still maintain an emphasis on the large events. But shifting the focus to each and everyday. Making the small things better.
Why have you decided to run for the position of VPSS?
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been working for BUSU for three years – this has been a long time coming I think. Ever since I started flipping burgers in Skybar kitchen, I wanted to do this, so I’ve been grinding for the last three years, learning every aspect to BUSU. There’s still a lot more to learn, obviously no one can understand every aspect of the organization because it’s so large. I inherently ran this year because I think it was time to change the focus of the VPSS role, and to give students a successful candidate that will come into the position with the knowledge and experience that’s going to take the VPSS roles and BUSU next year from a good year to a great year.
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?
The first one would be freeing up the Isaac’s Army budget. By no means do I want to get rid of Isaac’s Army, I think its a fantastic organization. However, the Isaac’s Army coordinator position is eating up $25,000 of the student budget, that’s approximately $15,000 paying the coordinator and approximately $10,000 running events, swag and so forth. Making sure we can open up that $25,000 to distribute towards other events, to make weekly events better.
Renovating Union Station is my second point. It’s time for a renovation – it’s been awhile since Union Station has had a face lift. Especially the tables and chairs. The tables are wobbly and the chairs aren’t that comfortable – and students pay a lot of money. Union Station is one of the cheapest places to eat, so we have to make sure it’s the most comfortable too. Also, I would like to build a new stage that is wheelchair accessible. There’s a gentlemen in a wheelchair that comes to Isaac’s every Thursday, and can’t access the stage – that’s unacceptable. To people that think it will be too expensive, in no way to I want to tear down the building and build a new one. All this is attainable, so it won’t take to long and we have budgets for that.
My third point would be putting a GB at the downtown and Hamilton campuses. I want to put a coffee stand at each location with the cheapest options for students. There’s a combined approximately 1,000 students between the downtown and Hamilton campus, they are paying BUSU fees’ but can’t access BUSU services, so we need to fix that.”