The McGill SSMU Elections are now open and after reviewing this year’s candidates, here are my endorsements:
President: Cathal D. Rooney-Cespedes
Both Presidential candidates received a sanction this year for beginning their campaigning early, which is disappointing to see from the potential leaders of our school. However, I endorse Cathal for SSMU President due to his clear vision for increasing discourse on campus and providing more forums for students to express themselves. One of his priorities is increasing accessibility and student consultation, which is of the utmost concern to students right now considering the large number of incidents that occurred without student involvement (Arch cafe closure, Jobbook, Rez meal plan hikes). In particular, his unique experience, serving as a Model UN delegate for many years, will be sure to give him a leg-up in mediating with many different student groups, the administration and the rest of the SSMU team.
VP Internal: Kady Peterson
I initially supported Kady because she is the only candidate who came into many of my classes to gain support. But even more than her extensive campaigning, she has a lot of experience in student politics, previously involved with the McGill Daily, McGill Athletics and the Education Undergraduate Society. Her plan to diversify the events at McGill is important and will help benefit our student body.
Finance and Operations: Shyam Patel
Shyam’s experience makes him the ideal candidate for this position. His platform includes allowing students more access to student funds, which will be well-received by the many student groups who have difficulties obtaining these funds. He also wants to include more students in many of the great initiatives such as SSMU’s Book Bazaar which will be another added plus for students.
VP University Affairs: Lauren Hudak
Hudak raises two interesting concerns that have fallen off the radar: the high student-faculty ratio and an improvement in student services, in particular health services. This specific platform will hopefully help her make changes in these areas and allow her vision to become a success.
VP Clubs and Services: Monika Fabian
Fabian recognizes that students need more opportunities to engage with their peers and professors outside of the classroom and this should be one of McGill’s main priorities. Although McGill has taken steps to improve student-professor communications, through initiatives such as the new student-professor mentor network, Fabian’s ideas will help McGill focus on learning initiatives outside of the classroom.
Elections are now open at ovs.ssmu.mcgill.ca