The annual race for student representation is underway. All five candidates have varying visions for next year’s policy. These individuals are running to be the voice of the students, hear theirs and decide where your support will go this season. The vote for Brantford Campus Council is being held online and in the Student Centre on February 2 and 3. Read below to find out where each candidate stands and how you can get involved.

Jordan Ammendolia

Issues he’ll tackle…

“I’d implement study spaces, reduce paper and increase communication with the Branford Campus Council and students. That’s something we need a real big improvement on.”

One rule he’d implement…

“Why not cut back on our course packs? They’re free for us. Why not try to get them to post them on MyLearningSpace or make it an e-reader pack? Charge the student ten or fifteen dollars and the student can put it on their computer, their smart phones or get an e-reader.”

One rule he’d get rid of…

“If I had to get rid of anything, it would probably be the posters around campus. We do need paper for some things, that’s understandable, but the posters around campus are what our TVs are for. Adding an extra slide to them isn’t that big of a deal. We’d use a lot less money.”

Janell Harris

Issues she’ll tackle…

“[Ensuring] better communication between the student body and student government… Arranging a shuttle bus between Brantford campus and Waterloo campus, because I know a lot of students are going between them and it’s creating strain and stress.”

One rule she’d implement…

“Make students able to get syllabi earlier, so students are aware of what they’re required before they take the course. Giving the student that time before they have to choose it so they don’t feel embarrassed to skip it.”

One rule she’d break…

“Prolong the date for students to drop courses. Some profs have late tests and you don’t know how you’re doing in that course and some students are riding on that grade. This would be helpful to most students.”

Cameron McGregor

Issues he’ll tackle…

“My plan next year is to continue the trend of being a strong advocate for Brantford issues to the board of directors, looking at the issue of parking in the downtown.”

One rule he’d implement…

“I would make a rule that the BCC has to have required office space.”

One rule he’d get rid of…

“I would get rid of being on time. I would remove that from being a rule. It’s always eight-ish or fifteen minutes-ish.”

Trevor Faessler

Issues he’ll tackle…

“Do a study with a professor here at Laurier to make sure that we are meeting the students’ needs, not just what we think the students’ needs are. Really opening up to the students and getting input from all different walks of life, not just the easy opinions.”

One rule he’d implement…

“Differential syllabi for every class.”

One rule he’d get rid of…

“I don’t like that profs can fail you if you don’t go to a lot of classes. I feel like we pay per lecture; if I want to sit at home, that’s our own responsibility.”

Ahmed Minhas

Issues he’ll tackle…

“My aims are to make the campus a safe and diverse campus where students can feel at home and enjoy the university experience to the fullest. Two examples of this are working on issues around the student gym and making connections between students and residents. ”

One rule he’d implement…

“I would make it a crime to treat the local Brantford community in a non-inclusive manner, be it verbally or physically. We’re all human beings here, and we should treat each other with respect.”

One rule he’d break…

“NO MORNING CLASSES! I’ve only ever had one 8:30 morning class, and I’ve went to it only twice. Morning classes suck.”

You can view the candidates’ interview videos here: (http://thesputnik.ca/accounts/19/articles/41430)

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