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Natalie Talmi – VP Internal

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As you know, there are going be some major changes happening to Frosh next year. How do you feel about these changes, how do you feel that they’ve been handled by Tom Fabian, the current VP Internal?

If they’re done correctly, which I feel I could do, then they could be amazing.   I think the new schedule is really great in that it really embraces student independence.  But I don’t think [Fabian] is being nearly as vocal or as involved in getting faculty societies involved in the decision-making.  He hasn’t formed an opinion or stood up for student independence, which I think is really important.


The VP Internal position is often criticized as being nothing more than party planner. Do you see the role as more than that?

I absolutely do. One major way that it is is that the VP internal should be there to represent clubs, societies, students on campus. One of my ideas is to get clubs more involved in the planning of events. Being there for support and promotion of student-run initiatives is a major goal that is sometimes overlooked.


That being said, do you have an ideas for new events?

I don’t know if it would be possible to really coordinate this, but I would love to have the clubs and societies run … a big field day. It would be sort of like Street Fest, but more interactive.  


Another challenge often faced by the VP internal stems from McGill’s location. How do you engage students in SSMU events when your competition is the city of Montreal?

 I don’t see the city of Montreal as a competition, I see it as amazing, and you can work with that. Why not embrace [it] and spread more people into the community?  


If you had a hot tub time machine and could travel back to any time or place in history and high-five one person, who would it be and why?

Rosalind Franklin, the woman who got kind of screwed out of her Nobel Prize.  She’s helped [Francis Crick and James Watson] with [the discovery of] DNA.  She was a scientist back in a day when there weren’t a lot of female scientists and she didn’t try and use her femininity to get help from people, she tried to really try to find facts on her own. 

Kady Paterson – VP Internal

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The VP internal gets criticized a lot for just being a party planner, would you agree with that assessment or do you see a bigger role and if so what else?

Well, I definitely agree with the criticism of it being too often a party planner, because I think that is largely what it is now, which is a problem, no question. My actual intent in internalizing the internal portfolio would be to just relate more to the faculties and actually try to build campus community. Break down apathy and create more engagement on campus. Engage politically, engage socially, engage with more students, and actually do something aside from just studying.

Frosh is going to be changing next year, how do you feel about the changes and how the process to change and accommodate SSMU to the changes has been going on right now?

The process has been good, I’ve had the opportunity to work fairly closely on it, I do work for the first year office, so it’s currently my job to recruit people and convince them that this is actually a good idea. I think it’s a step in the right direction in that it is a more inclusive event, it’s not just the crazy Frosh party that it can be, so I think that by having people be Discover McGill tour leaders, academic advising leaders, as well as being Frosh party leaders, it gives people the chance to actually make friends and remember who they met more than a week afterwards.

If you could accomplish one thing next year, what would it be?

Getting orientation off the ground and making sure that it is something people want and people are interested in, we’re trying to use it as a spring-board both at the administration level and at the SSMU level, to start engaging through the entire year, so having that actually work, and having people be pleased about the event, and see the advantages. It will also help build relationships with the Milton-Parc community, so having a successful Orientation Week, and getting people behind that idea and in support of how it works.


If you were a drink what would you be?

I’d probably be an Old Fashioned because has a lot of parts to it, it’s not something that you can just get thrown together, it’s something that actually has a lot of parts that make it a tasty drink and it’s also something that has passed the test of time as far as mixed drinks can go.

Todd Plummer – VP Internal

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How do you feel about the changes to Frosh?

I believe it’s too soon to take a stand on how we feel about Frosh, but I am totally in favour of how this year we are working more closely with the administration. I’m working hard to keep the parts of Frosh that we like alive.


In general, would you say that open dialogue is a big part of your platform?  

Yes, with the administration. In all aspects.


Anything else that you’re especially going to promote?

I hope to foster a sense of community among the students. I feel like this year’s VP internal has done a fairly good job of catering to a small section of the student body, but I look forward to engaging with the smaller cultural groups on campus, the faculty associations, working more with Athletics, and especially working with people from Montreal that still live at home.

Tom has an excellent relationship with SPIN, his events planning committee, and that’s really crucial. But I think he’s stepped on the toes of faculty associations a few times.   


Do you have any ideas for new events?

I want to make a permanent student art gallery happen somewhere on campus. I’d also like to do some off-campus events to engage the people that live at home.  


How do you plan to engage students when your competition is Montreal?

By working with off-campus bars and organizing cultural events off campus.


What are your strengths?

I bring a lot of experience to the table, working on small events, working on large events, completely conceptualizing events on my own and making them happen, like AUS Charity Week.  

I’m really good at damage control. I came into AUS Frosh right before it [ran a large deficit] and tried to minimize the damage, and also was an AUS exec. this year with our whole tax situation and financial situation. I’m really good at negotiating with the administration, and I think that’s something I bring to the table that the other candidates don’t.

As much as this is a job, I don’t see it as a nine to five thing. I see it as signing up to do this 24/7. If it means working 20-hour days, I will. I have an idea of the amount of dedication it takes. 

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?

Natalie Talmi

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Hey McGill! My priority as your VP Internal is maintaining student independence. My goal is to encourage more involvement from the McGill community at large. I am passionate about integrating clubs and organizations into the planning process. Why not have Midnight Kitchen cater events? Or the Film Society help organize Movies in the Park? My passion for student life stems from my involvement with Frosh as a Science Coordinator and my position on the Orientation Working Group, which has spent the year developing a new integrated Frosh. I am committed to promoting sustainability in events and life on campus.

Salut McGill! Ma priorité en tant que future VP Interne est de maintenir l’autonomie des étudiants. Je veux encourager la participation de l’ensemble de la communauté universitaire. Pourquoi ne pas engager Midnight Kitchen comme traiteur pour les évènements étudiants? Ou engager la Société Cinématographique pour organiser Movies in the Park? Ma passion pour la vie étudiante provient de ma participation au Frosh en tant que coordonnateur science ainsi que mon poste avec le Orientation Working Group, qui a développer le nouveau Frosh intégré. Je suis aussi dévouée à la promotion de la durabilité environnementale dans la vie scolaire à McGill.

Shyam Patel

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After serving as Funding Coordinator, I have attained important skill sets needed to represent the many clubs, services, faculty associations and students on campus. My main goal is to make SSMU funds more accessible and available. Funding has been limited and my experience will allow me to best represent groups. Students heavily rely on the funds and the Society comes first. Increasing student involvement under this portfolio is also lacking. Students need to be involved with the investment portfolio, Gerts operations, Mini Courses, and the Book Bazaar’s online launch. 

Choose experience. Put students first. VOTE PATEL!

Après avoir œuvré en tant que « Funding Coordinator », j’ai acquis plusieurs outils nécessaires pour représenter différent clubs, services offerts, associations spécifiques aux facultés et la population étudiante en général. Mon premier objectif est d’augmenter la disponibilité et l’accessibilité des fonds de l’AÉUM. Les étudiants sont très dépendants du financement et leurs intérêts sont prioritaires. Le niveau d’implication des étudiants est d’ailleurs très bas. Ils ont besoin de participer davantage dans le portfolio d’investissements, Gerts, des Mini Courses, et du lancement du « Book Bazaar » en ligne.Choisissez l’expérience. Donnez la priorité aux étudiants. VOTEZ PATEL!

Christina Sfeir

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I’m Christina Sfeir. I have experience in organizing the majority of SSMU events that were held this year, specifically Faculty Olympics. My platform stands on four main goals. 1. The improvement of existing events. 2.Communication, for example, making Get Ready McGill a branded name. 3. Environmental initiatives, having a green roof on top of Shatner. 4. Lastly, creating a variety of events, such as a speaker series. I have an adaptable, friendly personality. I am dedicated, hardworking and creative. I have the motivation and initiative to make your 2011/2012 an amazing year. Vote Christina Sfeir, the BEST you’ll ever have.

Evan Jolicoeur

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I am currently in my 3rd year of a BScN program. Throughout the years, I have been an active member, in a number of diverse organizations including political, student bodies, environmental organizations and have sat on committees and advisory boards. Currently I am the Vice-President CNSA (Canadian Nursing Student Association) on the McGill Nursing Undergraduate Society, I also sit on the Board of Directors of CNSA as Quebec Regional Director. I plan to represent all the Schools and departments within the Faculty of Medicine. I will be the professional student voice on issues that matter to us on Senate.

Je suis présentement dans mon troisième année dans le programme de BScN. À travers les années, j’était impliqué dans divers organizations incluant des groupes politiques, conceils d’etudiant(e)s, environnementaux, et j’étais aussi membres sur des committées. Présentement je suis le Vice-Président de l’AEIC (Association des Étudiant(e)s Infirmier(ère)s du Canada), et je suis membre du Conseil d’Administration comme Directeur Régionale du Quebec. Comme sénateur j’espère représenté tout les Écoles et department dans la Faculté de Médecine. Je serais le voix d’étudiant professionel sur les problèmes qui sont important pour nous, sur le Sénat.

Ian Clarke

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Hi all,

My name is Ian Clarke and Ill be your Law Senator barring a stunning come-from-behind victory for None of the Above. Although I am sure that I will use my discretion appropriately, Ill strive to keep the LSA informed with all Senate activities and act according to LSA directive. The long-term goal is to add Law Senator responsibilities under the LSA VP-External portfolio to ensure a) a coherent message given to all external bodies, and b) for law students, through the arm of the LSA, to have more control as to what Senator is saying.

Todd Plummer

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McGill needs a better sense of community. It is time for our events to cater to all students, to build rapport with university administration, and to foster a sense of McGill identity. Being AUS VP External has given me a broad range of experiences. As VP Internal, I will sponsor a guest-speakers series, a student art gallery, off-campus events for those who live at home, and more. Sustainability, financial responsibility, and equity must be priorities for all SSMU events. I will work closely with faculty associations and student groups to create a calendar of events that is exciting and inclusive. 

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