With election day fast approaching (February 12th and 13th for those of you behind the curve), there are three presidential candidates all vying to represent the science student body for the upcoming 2013-2014 year. Use this platform guide to make an informed decision on Tuesday and Wednesday at www.voteusc.ca.
Name: Meghan Bhatia
Meghan is in her 3rd year of an Hon. Specialization in Physiology
Meghan’s platform utilizes a series a smaller and focused goals that seek to improve the quality of the science student experience in many different aspects. Meghan has
divided her platform into 4 subareas. The first deals with the services available to science students, which, amongother things (check out her website www.votemeghan.ca , its pretty awesome) includes instituting a borrow service for laptop and phone chargers, a centralized lost and found area amongst the science buildings, and a Postgraduate & Professional
The second refers to academia amongst the science faculty. She vows to lobby for 24 hour access to the Physics and Astronomy building and reducing academic counselling wait times. The third aspect of Meghan’s platform deals with extracurricular activities and events. This includes attempting to bring in a high profile musician to perform at an SSC event (no, she will not consider Nickelback), and organizing professional photography for all SSC related events. Again, Meghan has many additional points on her platform that were not discussed here, visit her website to see more.
The final division of her platform involves strengthening the relationship between department representatives and students, and increasing awareness of Science Council IMPACT awards.
Name: Gord Locke
Slogan: unLOCK Science’s potential
Gord has served on the SSC for three years.
If there is one thing Gord Locke is, it is upfront and honest. His platform runs on 4 simple promises he plans to keep should he be elected as next year’s SSC president. Gord’s first goal is to bring world renowned astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson (who interestingly happens to be very close friends with this year’s visitee, Bill Nye) to Western for a single or series of seminars emphasizing student interaction. Gord’s second promise involves quadrupling the amount of awards offered to science students by the Science Students’ Council. The admittedly paltry 4 awards currently offered does need a serious step up, and if elected, Gord promises to give these new awards based on distinguishment in the Western community.
Gord’s third assertation is to increase the amount and relevancy of science merchandise (aptly coined, swag) available to not only science students, but to the entire Western student body (ie. our numerous fans).
His final goal is to offer free stapling and fix the consistant problem of dysfunctional staplers in Taylor Library.
Name: Desmond Swamy
(UN)OFFICIAL SLOGAN: #Desforpres
Desmond is in his 4th year of a Double Major in Medical Sciences and Biology
Desmond’s platform, similar to Meghans, is subdivided into 3 categories, the 3R’s:
Research – Involves increasing transparency and accessibility of volunteer opportunities for science students, who admittedly can be clueless to the plethora of positions available to them. Desmond promises to lobby for increased funding for science research as well.
Representation – bringing the lesser known science programs (such as Earth Sciences and Physics) and their benefits, requirements and characteristics to the front of science student body attention. Desmond wishes to push the Science Students’ Council department representatives to chair their own respective sub-committees so they can have more support for their relatively unknown events.
Relationships –Desmond stressed strengthening the relationship between the SSC and Science Soph Team in order to produce more successful events such as the recently passed ‘Unleash your Inner Dark-SCIde’ first year social event. He believes this strengthened relationship will benefit many facets of the academic year, most prominently Orientation Week .