Why you should vote?
February, in one way, is the start to a new year for Brock University Students’ Union. The month brings the annual executive elections, which allows the student body to elect its 2018-19 BUSU executives. These elections bring forth student’s election a creative force, policy-maker and platform that will directly affect the lives of student’s during their time at Brock University and beyond.
Over the last few years, BUSU executive elections have continuously broken voter turnout records. February 2017 saw 32.3 per cent of Brock student’s vote, which was a record, and October’s by-elections topped that by 33.2 per cent.
Students can easily cast their votes for the elections, by logging into their Brock student e-mail, where links to a ballot will be sent. Students will have three-days to cast their ballot, which should only take a few minutes of their time – it is encouraged to read each candidates platform points, so an educated vote is made.
These elections hold a lot of responsibility to each student at Brock, as every student is a member of BUSU. Previous elections have included topics such as transit, affordable food, affordable education, student services and event offerings – this year funding for the Student Justice Centre and for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group are up for voting and can have an impact not only on student fees, but also the future of these student groups.
Next week, when you vote for Senate, Director of the BUSU Board of Directors, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Vice President of External Affairs, Vice President of Student Services and the BUSU President, you’re not just choosing who will fill the position, you’re shaping the future of the student experience at Brock University for years to come.
Oversees the entire students’ union and its operations. The president is involved in nearly everything that happens at BUSU.
Statement from outgoing President, Faisal Hejazi: Firstly, I would like to congratulate all candidates that have stepped up and put their name on a ballot for any of the four positions. This is an exciting time as we get prepared for yet another executive election. The individuals that come out victorious will have the absolute honour and privilege to represent the best students in all of Canada. Even though these elections can get very competitive, I would like to remind candidates to appreciate and respect one another as everyone running is doing so because he/she feels that they can represent Brock students to the best of their ability. The role of President is intricate and multidimensional. The President will serve as the spokesperson and Chief Executive Officer for the Brock University Students’ Union. The President will serve as the liaison between BUSU, the Brock University Senate, Board of Trustees, Administration, and Faculty Association. This elected individual will also maintain reasonable contact with post-secondary institutions, businesses and other external organizations. The President serves as a signing officer, member of the Board of Directors, BUSAC and more.
Vice-President, Student Services:
Oversees the planning and execution of major events throughout the year including O-Week, Frost Week, Wellness Week and many others. Oversees the management of our 100+ student clubs on campus. Essentially, their main focus is to make your time at Brock as memorable as possible.
Statement from outgoing VPSS, Maddy Wassinik: The VPSS role is a position made for someone that wants to create a better, more fun experience for Brock students. It’s important to make sure you’re involved in all areas of campus [life], from clubs and athletics to O-Week and everyday student life. A big part of this role is seeing areas that can be improved for the student experience, and working hard to make a change in those areas. Sometimes this just means going around and asking students about what they’d like to see change or be added on campus! To get there, the VPSS candidates will have to work long hours during elections in order to get their passion expressed to students, and then work even more if they are elected into this position.
Vice-President, External Affairs:
Represents the student voice on all levels of government through advocacy and lobbying efforts. More specifically, their time is divided between working with our provincial and federal advocacy groups, like the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, in conjunction with fostering relationships with local politicians and community stakeholders.
Statement from outgoing VPEA, Nadia Bathish: This year as VPEA was an absolute pleasure and I’m so grateful to have been granted the opportunity to serve the Brock students. In working towards fulfilling promises, everyday tasks, and new interests, I was exposed to things few get to experience and through this I was able to grow and develop in ways that aren’t possible anywhere else. To everyone running for this position, best of luck! This opportunity truly is a privilege that I will continue to be thankful for.
Vice-President, Finance & Administration:
Act as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for BUSU and provide oversight to the Health and Dental Plan as well as the Universal Buss Pass. Handles the internal affairs on campus and sit as a member the University Senate, which is responsible for establishing and maintaining such faculties, schools, institutes, departments, chairs, and courses.
Statement from outgoing VPFA, Aidan Hibma: Candidates, when you are creating a platform, find gaps in services within the Brock community that speak to as many Badgers as possible. If you are elected you are going to represent upwards of 18,000 undergraduate students and it is important that you make decisions that are in the best interests of the majority of students as BUSU only has so much money in the annual budget. Furthermore, if you are an introvert, remember that you will ultimately have to leave your shell, and when you are speaking with potential voters just think the worst thing they can say is “no I don’t have time right now.” Never be scared of rejection or failure, being someone who is speaking from the stance of losing my first executive election it will only act to solidify your dedication to the Brock community, and the Badgers that make this place what it is.
|February 5||Campaign period begins for all Candidates|
|February 6||First Candidates Debate – Plaza 600F@ 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|February 8||Second Candidates Debate – Market Hall@ 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|February 9||Third Candidates Debate – Decew Dining Hall@ 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|February 12||Final Candidates Debate – Isaac’s Bar & Grill@ 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|February 13||Voting begins online via Brocku.ca e-mail|
|February 15||· Campaign period closes for all candidates· Last day to vote via Brocku.ca e-mail|