SSMU ELEC­TIONS 2018

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The SSMU Pres­i­dent is the leader of the SSMU ex­ec­u­tive team, in ad­di­tion to be­ing a key player in in­ter­ac­tions with the ad­min­is­tra­tion. The Pres­i­dent is the only un­der­grad­u­ate rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Board of Gov­er­nors, and sits on Se­nate. The Pres­i­dent is also re­spon­si­ble for the main­te­nance of SSMU’S gov­ern­ing doc­u­ments and the en­force­ment of its Con­sti­tu­tion and In­ter­nal Reg­u­la­tions. Fur­ther­more, the Pres­i­dent is tasked with sup­port­ing the rest of the ex­ec­u­tive team as need arises. Corinne Bul­ger

Bul­ger is a U2 Gen­der, Sex­u­al­ity, and Fem­i­nist Stud­ies ma­jor with a mi­nor in In­dige­nous Stud­ies at Mcgill. She is cur­rently an Arts Un­der­grad­u­ate So­ci­ety (AUS) Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Floor Fel­low at New Res­i­dence Hall, as well as a for­mer Rez Life Co­or­di­na­tor. As an AUS Rep­re­sen­ta­tive she has had to sit in on the AUS and SSMU Coun­cil meet­ings, which have con­trib­uted to her ex­pe­ri­ence in gov­er­nance. Her in­volve­ment with res­i­dence life has both trained her in event plan­ning and es­tab­lished an un­der­stand­ing of the sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment nec­es­sary for the in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tions within the SSMU Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil.

Her plat­form re­volves around three as­pects: cre­at­ing a com­mu­nity space in the af­ter­math of the SSMU build­ing clo­sure, eval­u­at­ing the progress of cer­tain projects such as the Our Turn Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Pol­icy and the Mil­ton-parc Re­la­tions, and lastly, in­creas­ing the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of gov­er­nance prac­tices such as vot­ing, ref­er­en­dums, and the Gen­eral As­sem­bly. Bul­ger stated that the trans­parency of gov­ern­ing doc­u­ments and the trans­la­tion of some of th­ese doc­u­ments, such as the SSMU Con­sti­tu­tion into French, are also as­pects which she wants to fo­cus on.

Bul­ger con­veyed a con­cern to­wards the amount of priv­i­leged can­di­dates run­ning for ex­ec­u­tive roles and ex­presses her de­sire to make “our gov­ern­ing bod­ies more in­clu­sive.” In terms of gov­er­nance re­form, she cited the man­date to the AUS re­for­ma­tion on their hir­ing prac­tices as a source of in­spi­ra­tion to base this de­sire off of. The man­date strongly en­cour­ages marginal­ized groups to apply for ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions.

Bul­ger states that her long-term goals as Pres­i­dent in­clude cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment and fo­cus­ing on team­work and em­pa­thy be­tween dif­fer­ent ex­ec­u­tives on SSMU. She em­pha­sizes the ne­ces­sity for strong and close re­la­tion­ships be­tween the ex­ec­u­tives of SSMU in or­der to in­crease the over­all em­pa­thy of the SSMU Ex­ec­u­tive Board.

Tre Mans­do­er­fer

Mans­do­er­fer is a U3 stu­dent ma­jor­ing in Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing. He is an En­gi­neer­ing Univer­sity So­ci­ety (EUS) Sen­a­tor as well as a for­mer EUS SSMU Rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Mans­do­er­fer’s plat­form fo­cuses on three as­pects: re­build­ing fac­ulty re­la­tion­ships, en­gag­ing cur­rent stu­dent con­cerns, and fo­cus­ing ad­vo­cacy on stu­dent needs.

As Sen­a­tor he sat on the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil for the past two years, and he ex­plains how he has wit­nessed ap­a­thy from most fac­ul­ties on the coun­cil. He cites the im­peach­ment of the Man­age­ment Pres­i­dent over the past two years as well as the lack of in­volve­ment of EUS within SSMU. He em­pha­sises his hopes to strengthen in­ter-fac­ulty re­la­tion­ships. He also de­scribes the lack of in­volve­ment in the Round Ta­bles, say­ing that only four out of the five pres­i­dents at­tended. In or­der to in­crease at­ten­dance, he ex­presses a wish to reach out to fac­ulty pres­i­dents and es­tab­lish a more per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with them.

In re­gards to en­gag­ing cur­rent stu­dent con­cerns, Mans­do­er­fer wants to re­form the struc­ture of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly (GA) as well as the Board of Di­rec­tors. He pro­poses a low­er­ing of quo­rum in the GA be­cause he does not be­lieve that high turnout should only oc­cur for as­sem­blies ad­dress­ing is­sues stu­dents are most pas­sion­ate about such as the Boy­cott, Di­vest, Sanc­tion (BDS) cam­paign. In the past, Mans­do­er­fer has ex­pressed his be­lief that SSMU should re­main rel­a­tively apo­lit­i­cal about “ex­ter­nal” is­sues. He would also like to make the Chair of the Board of Di­rec­tors a non-vot­ing mem­ber as it is un­demo­cratic and he would like to in­vite two alumni rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the Board in or­der to strengthen its struc­ture.

Over­all, Mans­do­er­fer’s plat­form stresses a ded­i­ca­tion to­wards in­volve­ment and rep­re­sen­ta­tion of all fac­ul­ties in SSMU as well as a cam­paign re­volv­ing around “restor[ing] faith in the stu­dent so­ci­ety.”

En­dorse­ment: Corinne Bul­ger, with reser­va­tions

Both can­di­dates, Bul­ger and Mans­do­er­fer, demon­strate ex­ten­sive in­volve­ment in re­spec­tive Fac­ulty rep­re­sen­ta­tion at SSMU and an un­der­stand­ing of stu­dent pol­i­tics. How­ever, Bul­ger demon­strates a more stream­lined plan as a Pres­i­dent, as she draws on her ex­pe­ri­ence with stu­dent en­gage­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tive work, both through her in­ten­sive in­volve­ment in Res­i­dence Life and as an Arts Un­der­grad­u­ate So­ci­ety (AUS) rep­re­sen­ta­tive to SSMU. While Mans­do­er­fer’s ex­pe­ri­ence also speaks to his work, his plat­form only fo­cuses on is­sues that per­tain to stu­dent in­volve­ment and fails to pro­vide a con­sis­tent frame­work that is aligned with the Pres­i­dent port­fo­lio.

Bul­ger’s plat­form high­lights her ded­i­ca­tion to ad­vo­cacy for in­creased stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in govern­ment, but fails to pro­pose a con­crete so­lu­tion to SSMU’S in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity. Bul­ger ex­presses her in­ten­tion to fol­low through on SSMU’S more pos­i­tive ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing work with the Mil­ton Parc com­mu­nity and Gen­der Neu­tral lan­guage in SSMU leg­is­la­tion. How­ever, Bul­ger only com­mits her­self to ad­dress­ing the in­ad­e­quacy of SSMU gov­er­nance and its re­la­tion to stu­dent body rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and thus fails to take a stand on sig­nif­i­cant po­lit­i­cal de­bates, like the SSMU- AVEQ af­fil­i­a­tion ques­tion. Her goals re­gard­ing gov­er­nance re­form, while ad­mirable, are not con­cretely out­lined at this time.

As she presents a hope­ful can­di­date, the Daily en­dorses Bul­ger, with reser­va­tions.

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