Este­ban Her­pin,

VP Fi­nance Can­di­date

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The VP Fi­nance is re­spon­si­ble for the over­all fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity of SSMU and more specif­i­cally ad­min­is­ters the So­ci­ety’s in­vest­ment fund­ing group. The po­si­tion has been va­cant for two months, since the res­ig­na­tion of Ar­isha Khan on Novem­ber 16, 2017. Fol­low­ing Sarah Ab­delshamy’s with­drawal from the VP Fi­nance by- elec­tion this term, Este­ban Her­pin, a third-year Fi­nance stu­dent and a former mem­ber of the Man­age­ment Un­der­grad­u­ate So­ci­ety’s (MUS) Cor­po­rate Re­la­tions team, re­mains the only can­di­date for the po­si­tion.

On Jan­uary 12, a pub­lic can­di­date Q& A was held, dur­ing which Her­pin an­swered ques­tions from SSMU ex­ec­u­tives and stu­dents. When asked by VP Ex­ter­nal Con­nor Spencer, “What type of re­la­tion­ship do you feel the SSMU ex­ec­u­tive should have with the ad­min­is­tra­tion?” Her­pin men­tionned that SSMU should work with the ad­min­is­tra­tion wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Her­pin was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned with men­tal health on cam­pus, say­ing, “I think that [ men­tal health is­sues on the Mcgill cam­pus are] very in­tense from what I com­pare with other peo­ple in [ dif­fer­ent] parts of the world and Canada, there’s the is­sue of stress.” If elected, Her­pin hopes to im­prove upon men­tal health by ask­ing the Mcgill ad­min­is­tra­tion to have “more data and more sur­veys on how stu­dents feel through­out the se­mes­ter, and [ to use them] more ef­fec­tively.”

Her­pin’s elec­tion plat­form ad­di­tion­ally em­pha­sizes more sup­port for stu­dents strug­gling with men­tal health: he men­tioned the in­ad­e­quate re­sources ded­i­cated to men­tal health, which, ac­cord­ing to Her­pin, amount to $ 0.40 per se­mes­ter per stu­dent. How­ever, re­gard­ing stu­dent fees over­all, Her­pin claimed that he “would like to cut down costs, just in gen­eral.”

Part of Her­pin’s plat­form com­prises in­creased fund­ing for clubs, em­pha­siz­ing op­er­a­tional changes aimed to pro­vide a net ben­e­fit for stu­dents. In the Fall se­mes­ter, the only fund­ing to­wards Cul­ture Shock, a week­long event se­ries that ad­dress is­sues of race, colo­nial­ism, white supremacy, and xeno­pho­bia for stu­dents of colour, was can­celled. Her­pin was not aware that the fund­ing for Cul­ture Shock and its par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion Que­bec Pub­lic In­ter­est GroupMcgill (QPIRG) had been re­moved. How­ever, he re­sponded that he would like to “take meet­ings with those stu­dents” fol­low­ing a ques­tion on ac­ces­si­bil­ity for racial­ized stu­dents dur­ing the Q& A.

Other as­pects of Her­pin’s plat­form in­clude fi­nan­cial trans­parency and in­vest­ment. The elec­tion re­sults will be an­nounced on Jan­uary 18 af­ter a three- day polling pe­riod.

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