The VP Operations position was created just this year, breaking off from the previous VP Finance and Operations position. The new portfolio will likely include managing the use and coordinating the development of the Shatner building, overseeing the management of SSMU’S business operations including Gerts, Minicourses, and the Student-run Cafeteria (SRC), and operationalizing SSMU’S goals of environmental sustainability.
Anuradha Mallik is currently a floor fellow at Molson residence. She has extensive experience with the Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium and Mcgill Model United Nations (MCMUN) as Chargée D’affaires and Deputé Chargée D’affaire in 2017 and 2016, respectively, and as a Dais Member in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was also a facilitator at last year’s Canadian Conference on Student Leadership and Head of Communications for Water for Life in the 2013-2014 academic year. Talking to The Daily about her experiences working at MCMUN, Anuradha said: “[It] consists of organizing a conference that about 1,500 people attend every year, plus about four hundred staff, so I’ve had a lot of experience with operations, contracts, the works, for […] the venues and every external body that we get involved in the conference.” Mallik is also proficient in French.
Mallik’s platform contains four parts: the Sustainability Policy, Sustainability Cooperation, Building Projects and Proactive Communication, and Revenue Generating Operations. In regards to her portfolio, Mallik wants to put an “emphasis on sustainability.”
Mallik views SSMU as a political actor and believes that “the point of the executive is to represent the voices of the constituents,” as “Mcgill is quite a politically charged environment with a lot of issues.” She hopes to “work with the University Affairs to go through the policy handbook because [...] a lot of them are expiring soon and a lot of them need to be renewed.”
The VP Internal is responsible for communication between SSMU and students and sends out the SSMU listserv. Responsibilities also include the Old Mcgill Yearbook and various events, including the 4Floors Halloween party, Frosh events, and Faculty Olympics.
Koparkar is currently the SSMU Internal Logistics Coordinating and a member of the Students Society Programming Network (SSPN)K as well as having been Molson Hall VP Internalk and an events coordinator for Hercampus. She describes herself as having a “passion for making the Mcgill experience enjoyable and accessible for all students.” She speaks intermediate French.
Koparkar’s main commitments are improving representation of first year students living offcampusk citing their historical lack of engagement in SSMU activities; part of this includes continuing to work with First Year Council (FYC). She is hoping for regular check-ins and to support events planned by and for first year students. She also wants to focus more on smaller events, while continuing to work on large events such as 4Floors and Faculty Olympicsk stating that a more varied events portfolio would “[present] an opportunity for even more of the student body to be included.” Inclusivity is also a large part of her platformk as she mentions “accessibility accommodations [and] event conduct guidelines.” She also hopes for more integration of the SSPN in SSMU and the Mcgill student body at large.
Maya believes that SSMU executives must represent their constituentsk saying that executives “are elected representatives,” and decisions must “reflect the wishes of the student body.” She points to consultation between executives as necessaryk rather than personal beliefs. When asked about how SSMU handled the allegations against David Airdk she said that there “should have been a more hard-line stance.”