RUNNING FOR VPSS
You’ve probably seen me change the coffee pots of pour your BJ at GB! My name is Joyce Khouzam and I am in my third year of my math (con-ed) undergrad. I was born in Egypt and moved to Mississauga before I started elementary school. I LOVE Brock and I want all of our students to love Brock too! Students are some of the busiest people you will encounter and that’s why it’s important that they have a strong support system. At Brock, we work hard, but we also play hard! If I become VPSS I hope to be able to allow students to play even harder! I will bring bigger O-week events, more opportunities for wellness and more readily available necessities to the students. I only love my Brock and my mama, I’m sorry. #thechoiceisjoyce
- To the best of your understanding, what is the role and responsibilities of the VPSS?
“Being a VPSS means working alongside students to make sure that their lives are easier. Whether that’s supporting clubs or organizing Isaacs’s nights; being VPSS means putting the students first. It’s not just the social aspect of being a student either, allowing Badgers to have access to things like emergency school supplies in case they forgot theirs at home, or putting in more outlets and charging stations around the school is essential too. Any discomfort or anxiety I can lower within the student population means I’m doing my job right. Badgers work hard and play hard, so vote for a VPSS that will work hard for you and play hard with you.”
- Why have you decided to run for the position of VPSS?
“Going to [the University of] Waterloo my first year then [transferring] to Brock has showed me just how important community is. I have been a part of BUSU since my first year, working at General Brock. Working there has allowed me to make lifelong friends and has honestly changed my university experience for the better. I have seen all that BUSU can do, and I am passionate about making everyone else’s university experience as great as mine has been.”
- Why do you believe you should be elected VPSS?
“Being a part of BUSU since my first year has allowed me to get familiar with the people that work there, and also the atmosphere in the office. Already being a part of BUSU makes me have high expectations for myself in terms of what I want to bring to the students. Chris Green told us “there is very little we can’t do” and it is that sort of mentality that gets me excited about improving ever student’s Brock experience. I am an organized, hard worker who knows how hard it is to be a student. Having someone with a work hard play hard mentality allows you to get the most out of your university experience. These next couple of years will fly by, don’t let them go without making the most out of them, and let me help you do that.”
- 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?
“My main goal as VPSS would be to improve students’ lives. Adding more outlets, charging stations, microwaves and study spots are easy, low cost ways to make sure students are more comfortable while on campus, allowing them to feel happier and more relaxed in general. Posting classroom schedules outside of rooms so students can study in them when they’re not in use is almost free, and allows less congestion in the library and fishbowl so more students can have access to those places. On that note, posting bus schedules in bus shelters to allow students to see where there bus is picking them up and what time it is coming. Many students have the app, but if your phone dies or you don’t have internet for any reason this is a convenient way of making sure you don’t miss your bus. A safe ride program is also crucial for our students. There are no buses after 8:00 p.m. on weekends so students have to cab or Uber home, costing them money that in reality they shouldn’t have to pay. The shuttle buses that run during exam time should be extended to a year-round occurrence as students have clubs, team practices and group projects that they need to work on over the weekend. Finally, more student mental health and wellness initiatives need to be implemented. Training courses like how to deal with anxiety and mindfulness should be accessible to students. Also, the issue of food insecurity has become a big problem in our school over the past couple of years. Our Food First program needs more support in order to ensure everyone at our school is not wondering where there next meal is coming from.”