Over the past week, Brock University Student Administration Council (BUSAC) candidates have been preparing to launch their campaigns for this year’s fall by-election.
Each school year, the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) hosts three elections for undergraduate students to select their representation on the BUSU Board of Directors, the Brock University Students’ Administrative Council (BUSAC) and the executive team. Students also vote on approving referendums and BUSU’s internal legislative documents.
BUSAC is a branch of the elected student government within BUSU. BUSAC is a faculty based electoral body that governs over decisions such as by-laws, club funding, capital requests, political policies, elections and has many committees that do great work across a number of spectrum’s that BUSU oversees.
To accomplish this, BUSAC operates by having voting members from different faculties across campus. Additionally, there is a Hamilton campus representative, a Board of Directors representative, a Marilyn I. Walker representative, as well as the Business Student Association (BSA) president and an International Student Association (ISA) representative. There are also a number of Student at Large (SAL) positions which are open to any faculty.
Within BUSAC there are a number of committees dedicated to managing different things: The Clubs Policy Committee; Appeals Committee; Finance, Planning and Sustainability Committee; Governance, Elections and Nominating Committee and Referenda and Quality Assurance Committee.
Campaigning for the 2019/20 fall by-elections officially began on Monday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m. and will run until Thursday, November 7 at 9:00 p.m. when voting closes. Students will be able to vote for candidates from Tuesday, November 5 to November 7 via a link that will be sent to Brock emails.
There are six seats available in this year’s by-election. One SAL, one Faculty of Education representative, one extra faculty representative, one Hamilton campus representative, one Marilyn I. Walker School representative and one ISA representative.
At its very core, BUSAC exists to ensure that student voices are not only heard, but also taken into account when decisions are being made about the school and its governance. This is important for students who want to have a say in the changes that happen on campus, changes that impact the everyday lives of students across Brock University. BUSAC creates opportunities for students to help further the quality and experience that other students like them have throughout their time at Brock. Students are encouraged to take into account all candidates’ characteristics and ability to properly represent them when making decisions on who to vote for.
While nominations are now closed for BUSAC and the BUSU executive elections will not take place until February of 2020, students who want to get involved with BUSU and student government elections are still able to volunteer.
Students interested in volunteering with the BUSU advocacy and elections team are encouraged to visit brockbusu.ca/government/elections. Follow The Brock Press on social media @brockpress and brockpress.com for the most up-to-date information about student government elections.