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Salar Nasehi

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What relevant experience do you have to prepare you for the position?

I’ve been in many different types of grassroots movements throughout McGill, a lot of social causes. When I first started off I was … [involved] with Greenpeace, Organic Campus, Midnight Kitchen, a lot of these types of things. Outside of McGill I’ve been part of so-called community centres which are very informal and very effective, I think. 

I’ve also worked for the last six years at a family restaurant; lots of budgets, human resources, making sure people are doing their job, throwing events, all these types of things.

With SSMU and McGill related things, I’ve been on the periphery of the formal. I’ve been to BoG meetings,  I’ve been to Senate, I’ve sat in on AUS …. I’ve been mostly [an] informal, periphery kind of person and I think I have the experience to be in SSMU because I’ve worked a lot with Joel, who is External of SSMU this year.

What are your thoughts on the Frosh reforms and what do you hope to change next year?

I would like to continue the tradition of diversification…. One thing that I really want to do is diversify events and integrat[e them] within the Montreal community and integration within McGill…. [I want to have] off-residence people come into McGill and feel welcome … because the McGill bubble not only leaves people in the bubble, it also leaves people out of it so it’s a lot to do with popping the McGill bubble.  

And what I mean by diversification of events is … let what Montreal [show what it] has to offer, Montreal has a lot to offer, [such as] … jazz bars, lofts, poetry readings. 

How would you address those who may be more critical of the role you played in the sixth floor occupation?

I find this question to be irrelevant to the position of SSMU VP Internal. I am not an ideologue, and I do not like to be characterized as essentially this or that; I strive to critically assess and question all positions I take, I do not stand by them dogmatically. I will have to let my platform, one of accountability, openness, dialogue, equity, community, and accessibility, speak for itself.

If you could high-five anyone in history, who would you high-five?

Diogenes or Neill Tyson.

Emil Briones

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Emil Briones is a clarinet major who would like to bring four years of experience in student service into next year as the VP University Affairs.  He has served as the Music Senator (present), President of MUSA (2011-2012), VP External of MUSA and SSMU Councillor (2009-2010), and First Year Representative of MUSA (2008-2009).  As the VP UA, he hopes to continue the dialogue on free speech on campus, tuition hikes, and academic issues concerning undergraduate education.  Briones also plans to further open consultation channels and implement research initiatives into action.

Josh Redel

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Josh has had many years of experience leading and developing student life at McGill and wants
to bring a creative, new direction to SSMU. From founding Queer Engineer to developing a
digital signage system for the Engineering Complex, since adopted by Residences, SSMU, and
Faculty of Science, Josh is actively building initiatives to engage and reach out to our diverse
student body. As President of EUS, he has taken the lead in standing up for students’ initiatives
and needs. Josh will champion student space projects, create new branding initiatives for SSMU,
and harness the potential of our student body.

Matt Crawford

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Hey, McGill!

Do you want a progressive voice as your VP University Affairs? A seasoned voice with experience on the McGill Senate and SSMU’s Legislative Council? A voice that will demand better access to Financial Aid for all? A voice that will create new student spaces and more group study areas? Do you want a voice that will make an equitable and safe environment a top priority – a voice that will be there for you when student rights are in danger? Vote Matt Crawford for VP University Affairs, and make your choice the progressive voice!

Raphael Uribe Arango

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Dear McGillians

My name is Raphael Uribe Arango and I am running for the position of SSMU VP External. I am from London, England and I am a U1 student in arts currently studying History.

I have experience on SSMU council, as I am currently the IRC rep to SSMU. I speak French, English and Spanish and a little Russian. I am a passionate and dedicated individual loves whom the McGill community. My aim for the position is to open up forums for all students to come and debate how they would like to be represented to the outside community.  

ASEQ Fee Question “Yes” Committee

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SSMU is holding a referendum to ask students if they support a fee to maintain the current coverage offered by the SSMU Health and Dental Plan. The fee has not been increased since the last student referendum in 2005, although Plan usage and coverage have both increased. Some of the new benefits added to the Plan since 2005 include vision care (eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses), increased vaccination and dental coverage, and tuition insurance. If the fee remains unaltered, students will see a progressive decrease in overall coverage. 

Michael Szpejda

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Hey Everyone,

My name is Michael Szpejda and I’m honoured and excited to be running for SSMU VP Internal. I have been involved in the social well being of McGill students for several years. I was an integral member of the Avicii promotion team as well as member of the SSMU Faculty Olympic Committee. Similarly, I am currently VP Internal of the SUS and also sit on the Orientation Week Working Group, which strives to improve the quality of orientation and its image for all students.  I look forward to continue serving McGill and the students of this great community. 

CKUT Fee Question “Yes” Committee

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days a year, CKUT connects McGill students and community members to a
local and international audience. Through CKUT, McGill students have
access to internships, training, ticket deals, and top-notch
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stations. (For real. Just ask the Montreal Mirror.) Whether you?re a
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Vote YES!!!
lots of luv.

Katie Larson

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Katie Larson has a background both at SSMU as well as at the Faculty Association level, from which she brings an eclectic knowledge of the McGill Community as a whole. Larson is the President of the Music Undergraduate Students’ Association, and was a SSMU Legislative Councilor (2010-2011) where she worked with the VP Clubs&Services on the Interest Group Committee as well as the VP Finance&Operations on the Finance Committee. As VP Internal she is eager to implement proactive improvements in communication, encourage collaboration between Student Associations, and commit to diverse programming to engage all SSMU members.

Claire Michela

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As Recording Secretary of the SSMU Legislative Council, and Vice-President Finance of my departmental association, I have over a year of experience with SSMU and financial organizing. Next year, I will make underused funds (like the green fund) more accessible to students by reaching out to faculties and schools, and consulting SSMU clubs and services directly. Regarding operations, I will implement pay-as-you-go mini courses at Gerts. Also, the new student-run café will be developed through negotiations with McGill. I have watched SSMU in negotiations, and my understanding will make the process efficient. You can count on me!

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