RUNNING FOR VPEA
My Dear Fellow Badgers, There are many issues at hand to which confrontation can be no longer delayed. In other words, there is no more time to waste in being passive and hoping things will solve themselves. This is why action – precise, directed, intended action is needed. My fellow Badgers, after being here for 7 years, and working on issue of food prices for 6 years, I have decided to (yet again) attempt….to at least seriously begin to confront some of the most prominent issues for Students at Brock. As Vice President of External Affairs, I am responsible for advocating for students’ voice. Yet I plan to go above and beyond just simply advocating. I have plans. I plan to deliver. Here are 4 of the issues I thought needed to be confronted:
1. Food Affordability
2. Free Online Text Books
3. Campus Culture for Mental Health
4. Raise the Percentage of Students Who Vote.
I don’t claim to have the perfect plan, but I guarantee that if one route doesn’t lead to the desired outcome, I WILL find another way. Please put me in a position to help us.
- To the best of your understanding, what is the role and responsibilities of the VPEA?
“The Role of VPEA is none other than Advocacy. This not only requires organizations within Brock such as BUSU but also organizations external to BUSU such as the federal and provincial governments as well as NGO’s.”
- Why have you decided to run for the position of VPEA?
“Last year I ran for president. Many times I get asked why I am running for Vice-President [of External Affairs] this year. It was very difficult to make this decision but I remembered what Einstein said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” And so to get in to the system to begin to make some seriously overdue changes, I’ve decided to run for a different position than I did last year.”
- Why do you believe you should be elected VPEA?
“It takes more than a good policy writer to have the honour of being an advocate for students. You need to be able to make accurate observations, more importantly you need to be a good listener and most importantly, you need to work from the heart. I am sure at least most of us know…Fighting for one’s own beliefs without being dismayed in the face of challenge is hard enough, how much harder it is to stride for beliefs in of an entire community such as Brock University in the face of the inevitable challenges that will come. Beliefs that include: The food prices being too expensive, the text-books being too expensive, and being charged for things we don’t even know because only about 30 per cent of the population votes. I’ve been here for seven years, I know what students want, and for their sake, I am not backing down. You want to know what I will do, what I am all about.”
- 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. Food prices.
I plan to work on this with administration like I have been for the last six years. And make sure that not only food prices are out, but that there is no longer a monopolistic food service provider. We’ve researched other universities for successful models and will continue to do so until a successful model is materialized at Brock.
- Text Book cost.
Work with OUSA to increase the funding given to e-campus Ontario from the provincial government. OUSA has successfully obtained about $1 million from the provincial government. We will push for more funding. Additionally, we will bring speakers at Brock to educate professors about OER’s to help smooth the transition.
- Mental Health.
Humans are social beings. I plan to build mental resilience within students but promoting a more social and united culture at Brock via biweekly campfires, better club funding and begin the process for a football team.”
- If elected what would you do differently from past VPEA’s?
“Deliver, and deliver well. I’ve been at Brock for seven years, fighting for food affordability for six. I won’t back down. I am here to deliver, but first you have to put me in.”