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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. 

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 TVMcGill.com 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.

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