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Tom Zheng

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Please note that Tom Zheng has received a sanction for putting up unapproved posters.

As someone who truly wants to use this opportunity to make a difference, I speak to you from the heart. I don’t believe in the rumor that “there is less help available in university” nor am I content with the fact that “lower year students are distant from what the school has to offer” I dare to dream of a day when we are no longer frustrated with the limited number of academic advisers and students can truly find help whenever they need. I dare to act upon it, and I need your help. We can make it happen.

Raphael A Dumas

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Raphael Dumas is a U3 Civil Engineering student. His path through McGill has given him a taste of 4 faculties and 3 different programs. In none of them did he find a chance to get his hands dirty through Applied Student Research. His primary goal is to increase accessibility to projects so that Engineers and all undergrads can get credit for research that interests them. If you’ve read his recent letter in the Daily, he’s also big on integrity and consultation, so he is open to forwarding ideas engineering undergrads might have. He is also bilingual, see below.

Né d’une Française et un Sud-Africain à Kingston, Raphael Dumas est un étudiant en 4e année de génie civile. Son trajet lui a permis de prendre connaissance de 4 facultés et 3 programmes différents. Par contre, nul ne lui a donné la chance de recevoir crédit pour des projets de recherches personels. Il aimerait augmenter l’accessibilité à la création de ses projets pour les ingénieurs et tous les autres sous-grad. Le Fonds des Projets de Durabilité (SPF) est une bonne début, mais il veut faire continuer de promouvoir une culture de durabilité et de recherche étudiante appliquée sur le campus.

Lauren Hudak

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“My name is Lauren Hudak and I am running for VP University Affairs. As your VP, I will continue to push for greater student representation within athletics; for an improvement in student services, particularly within health services and student aid; and for more stimulating learning environments by lowering the student-to-faculty ratio. Given this position’s demanding nature, I will use my extensive SSMU experience as the former Speaker of Council and current Science Representative in order to efficiently work in an impartial manner, to effectively represent my constituents, and to embark on practical initiatives. Vote Lauren Hudak for VP University Affairs!”

“Je m’appelle Lauren Hudak, et je suis candidate à la position de VP aux affaires universitaires. Je continuerais à encourager : une plus grande représentation étudiante au sein de McGill athlétiques, une amélioration des services offerts aux étudiants, particulièrement les services liés à l’assistance financière ; et en réduisant la proportion des étudiants face aux professeurs, créer un environnement d’apprentissage plus stimulant. Étant donné la nature du poste, j’utiliserais mon expérience de présidente du conseil à l’AÉUM, et de représentant de la faculté des Sciences, pour travailler de manière efficace, impartiale, en représentant les électeurs, pour m’engager dans des projets!”

Usman Bin Shahid

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Being a SSMU Rep for the current year I have learned how things in SSMU work. Following on my same mandate as last year as SSMU Rep I wish to further the effort for more student involvement/consultation and representation. I have so far worked in students interest trying my best to voice their voices. I wish to do the same as Engineering Senator next year. 

I hope I can count on you to vote the best man.

Cathal Rooney-Cespedes

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Please note that Cathal D. Rooney-Cespedes has been sanctioned for having a campaign website online before the campaign period. 

The function of the Students’ Society is to provide excellence in service, representation, and leadership for undergraduate students, and that is exactly what I plan to do. Student politics has been dominated by too frequent debates of us versus them, right versus wrong, and a combative mentality that I am simply incapable of performing. As President, I will perform my duties by coupling my passion for student life with real pragmatism, and by recognizing that as a community of students, we hold more than strength in numbers – we also have a wealth of knowledge. Let’s put it to work.

La fonction de l’Association des Etudiants est de représenter, de diriger, et de rendre service aux étudiants de premier cycle, et voilà exactement ce que je prévois. La direction des étudiants a été trop fréquemment dominée par la polémique de nous contre eux, de justice contre abus, et une mentalité combattante qui n’est pas la mienne. En tant que Président, j’entrerai en fonction par joindre ma passion pour la vie universitaire avec pragmatisme, et par reconnaître, qu’en tant que communauté d’étudiants, nous pourrons l’emporter non par le nombre mais par la diversité de nos connaissances. Essayons d’y parvenir ensemble!

Billi Wun

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Billi is the incumbent SUS VP Finance and member of the Executive Committee and General Council. He has served on multiple senate committees and has been a voice for students for the past three years. If elected, he will push for lecture recordings in all classes, advocate for policies that encourage fair and transparent marking rubrics and the creation of a science student lounge. As a former SSMU Councillor, Pharmacology President, MCHAM President and current President of the SSMU Volunteer Service, Billi is the candidate with the indispensable skills and experience needed to be a strong voice on senate.

Emily Yee Clare

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As VP University-Affairs, I will provide holistic, innovative solutions to student issues across all levels of McGill governance. My experience working with both McGill’s administration and SSMU will ensure that students have strong representation at the negotiating table. I will foster a culture of school spirit and community by promoting student public art on campus and improving support to international students. Furthermore, I will work to ensure accessible education, by advocating for increased number of work study positions and representing students against proposed tuition hikes.

Let’s keep McGill accountable to its commitment to being a ‘Student-Centred University’: VOTE Emily Clare.

En tant que vice-présidente aux affaires universitaires, je m’engage à fournir des solutions englobantes et innovatrices aux problématiques étudiantes à tous les niveaux de gouvernance de l’université. Ayant déjà travaillé avec l’administration de McGill et à l’AÉUM, je vais m’assurer que la population étudiante puisse bénéficier d’une représentation forte à la table des négociations. Finalement, je vais oeuvrer pour assurer l’accès à l’éducation en m’opposant aux hausses des frais de scolarité, tout en améliorant les services aux étudiants internationaux.

Assurez-vous que McGill maintienne son engagement envers la population étudiante : VOTEZ Emily Clare

Maggie Knight

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Please note that Maggie Knight has been sanctioned for contacting campus groups prior to the opening of the campaign period. 

Hello! I’m Maggie, a BASc Environment & Economics student from Victoria, BC. With over 3 years’ SSMU experience as Councillor and Environment Commissioner, I know SSMU inside-out. As a leader within many campus groups, I also know SSMU outside-in. I want to lead a friendlier SSMU where every student has a voice. I’ll fight tuition hikes, increase accountability and accessibility with better communications, spearhead consultation on the big issues through a series of strategic summits, strengthen direct democracy, create a unified Sustainability Strategy, and streamline SSMU’s cumbersome legislation and policies. GET REAL: leadership, consultation, sustainability, experience. Vote Knight for President!

Salut! Je m’appelle Maggie et je suis étudiante au BASc. Grâce à mes trois ans d’expérience en tant qu’élue et commissaire à l’environnement de l’AÉUM, je connais notre asso de A à Z. J’ai l’intention d’être à la tête d’une asso étudiante où chaque membre a voix au chapitre. Je m’opposerai aux hausses de frais de scolarité; je mènerai des consultations sur les grands enjeux à l’aide de sommets stratégiques; et je renforcerai la démocratie directe. POUR DU VRAI TRAVAIL: du leadership, une démocratie forte, une asso verte et une candidate d’expérience, votez Maggie Knight à la Présidence!

Stefan Prokopetz

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Please note that Stefan Zuba Prokopetz has received a sanction for putting up unapproved posters.

The position of VP Finance & Operations requires an analytical individual with a unique and diverse set of financial, accounting, and strategizing skills, coupled with strong motivation and exceptional organization. If elected, I plan on devoting myself to creating sound budgets for all SSMU departments, allowing all 19 SSMU services to continue running for all students that seek their benefits next fiscal year. As a finance major with a concentration in accounting, I feel confident in my abilities to sustain and improve Gerts’ recent profitability and look forward to overseeing the transformation of our beloved bar with this summer’s renovations.

Referendum Questions

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Council-Initiated Questions:

Referendum Regarding the Ambassador Fee

Whereas, Students have chosen to create a fund to help subsidize participants in extra-curricular and academic competitions and conferences since 2010; 


Whereas, The fee is subject to renewal this year;

Whereas, Participation in extra-curricular and academic competitions and conferences is an asset to the members of the SSMU and to the SSMU itself;

Whereas, The fee continues to promote and permit the participation of groups on campus in such competitions and conferences;

1) Do you agree to renew and increase to $2.00 per semester (for full-time and part-time students) the opt-outable Ambassador Fee;

2) The Ambassador Fee shall be set to expire in January 2014 

3) The allocation of this fee is to be decided by the SSMU Funding Committee.


Referendum Regarding Midnight Kitchen Fee Increase

Whereas, The Midnight Kitchen reliably provides a balanced and complete lunch on a pas-as-youcan basis to an average of one hundred and fifty students every weekday;

Whereas, Without the proposed 1$ increase, the Midnight Kitchen levy will be terminated and Midnight Kitchen will be unable to continue operations;

Whereas, The Midnight Kitchen fee levy has not increased since the fee began in 2007;

Whereas, Midnight Kitchen has expanded its operations to provide catering services for other McGill student groups and community groups;

Whereas, Midnight Kitchen has been in operation since 2002, and the kitchen has begun to need costly repairs and replacement of old equipment;

Whereas, Purchasing new equipment will enable Midnight Kitchen to boost both the quality and quantity of its lunches;

Whereas, The closure of Architecture Café and other independent food services on campus has increased the number of people frequenting Midnight Kitchen by approximately 25% to 50% since last year;

Whereas, In agreement with the SSMU and the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), Midnight Kitchen has moved to renovate SSMU Room 302 into a comfortable relaxation and study space for the use of Midnight Kitchen, with the exception of Friday afternoon from 12h00 to 14h00 when the space will be reserved for the exclusive use of the MSA;


Resolved, That the student levy for the Midnight Kitchen, payable and fully opt-outable by members of the Students Society of McGill University (SSMU), be raised to $2.25 in order to increase capacity for daily servings; and

Resolved, That the increased student levy will be in effect from the start of the semester in Fall 2011 up until the end of the semester in Winter 2014. 


Referendum Question Regarding Referral Services Fee Renewal

Whereas, The SSMU operates a service called Nightline;

Whereas, The SSMU operates a service called Queer McGill;

Whereas, The SSMU operates a service called the Union for Gender Empowerment;

Whereas, These three services are essential, in that they create supportive environments and provide 

invaluable resources to the McGill community and to the Montreal community at large;

Whereas, These three services have been funded since 2006 by the opt-outable Referral Services Fee of $1.75 per student per semester;

Whereas, This fee has been divided as follows: from every $1.75, $1.00 to Queer McGill, $0.40 to Nightline, and $0.35 to the Union for Gender Empowerment; therefore be it

Resolved, That the SSMU shall renew the opt-outable Referral Services Fee of $1.75 per student per semester;

Resolved, That this fee levy shall be in effect from the 2011-2012 academic year through the 2014-2015 academic year;

Resolved, That the revenue from this fee shall continue to be divided as follows: from every $1.75, $1.00 to Queer McGill, $0.40 to Nightline, and $0.35 to the Union for Gender Empowerment. 


Student-Initiated Questions:

Question Regarding TVMcGill Fee Renewal


Whereas TVMcGill is the only video media production service at McGill University that provides filming and editing services for the McGill community to publicize and promote the interests of the McGill community

Whereas TVMcGill is the only student-run film and television production service at McGill University dedicated to providing resources and training for the McGill community to gain valuable hands-on experience in media/audio-visual production

Whereas TVMcGill is dedicated to providing news and entertainment for the McGill community by covering a wide range of student events including campus life, student elections, and its own original content through the website and various closed circuit televisions across campus

Whereas TVMcGill wishes to continue to improve the invaluable services and opportunities it offers the McGill community and expand to impact more people in it

Whereas the current budget for TVMcGill encumbers its ability to improve as a video content production service for the McGill community due to the substantial costs associated with acquiring and maintaining adequate equipment for video content production

Be it resolved that TVMcGill student television fee is renewed by an opt-outable student levy for all full-time and part-time undergraduate students studying at the downtown campus for the amount of $0.10 per student per credit per semester, for the next five academic years starting from the Fall 2011 semester up to and including the Winter 2016 semester. 


Question Regarding the Creation of a Fee for the McGill International Student Network

Whereas MISN’s mandate is to welcome new and existing international students to McGill and help them integrate into life in Montreal

Whereas MISN organizes a wide range of fun events and trips that appeal not only to the international and exchange student population but to the entire student body at McGill

Whereas MISN is the largest service under SSMU

Whereas MISN receives no funding from any other body at McGill and thus has to run events and trips at cost, which seriously hampers its potential as a service for international students.

Do you agree to a $0.50 opt-outable fee from Fall 2011-Fall 2015 in order to help MISN better fund its activities and serve the student population to the best of its ability?

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