VP In­ter­nal

The McGill Daily - - SSMU Elections -

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. Matthew Mclaugh­lin

The VP In­ter­nal po­si­tion at SSMU is re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning events like Frosh, pub­lish­ing the year­book, and run­ning the weekly list­serv. Matthew Mclaugh­lin, a U0 Man­age­ment stu­dent study­ing Strate­gic Man­age­ment and Urban Sys­tems, is run­ning un­op­posed. He is cur­rently the SSMU Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and the Dou­glas Hall Pres­i­dent, and has also served on a num­ber of other SSMU com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing the Ac­count­abil­ity Com­mit­tee and the Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Com­mit­tee.

Mclaugh­lin’s plat­form fo­cuses on the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of SSMU, em­pha­sis­ing the need for more com­mu­ni­ca­tion. He pro­poses ex­pand­ing the weekly list­serv to ad­di­tional plat­forms like Face­book, Twit­ter, Wechat, and What­sapp. He also aims to make it eas­ier for stu­dents and clubs to sub­mit con­tent to be in­cluded in the list­serv, along with bi­weekly Face­book Live broad­casts in which he’ll ex­plain what the SSMU ex­ecs have been do­ing. Fur­ther­more, he wants to cre­ate town hall ses­sions in which stu­dents will be able to speak to the SSMU ex­ecs face to face, to ask ques­tions and voice con­cerns. Ad­dress­ing the SSMU build­ing clo­sure, Mclaugh­lin says he will send out pe­ri­odic list­servs in­clud­ing up­dates on the con­struc­tion, and im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the re­lo­ca­tion of clubs and ser­vices. Matthew’s plat­form also pro­poses a cen­tral­ized cal­en­dar in which stu­dents would be able to find all events tak­ing place around Mcgill at one lo­ca­tion.

En­dorse­ment: Yes, with reser­va­tions

Matthew Mclaugh­lin shows ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in stu­dent gov­er­nance, team work­ing and group gov­er­nance in gen­eral. His propo­si­tion re­gard­ing the cre­ation of a cam­pus cal­en­dar, and con­crete propo­si­tions re­gard­ing stu­dent in­stances and or­gan­i­sa­tions tra­duce a knowledge of the func­tion­ings of parts of the stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions, that make him mostly fit for the po­si­tion of VP In­ter­nal. The Daily nevertheless main­tains reser­va­tions based on Mclaugh­lin’s lack of ex­pe­ri­ence re­gard­ing the func­tion­ings of SSMU’S leg­isla­tive parts. The Daily also main­tains reser­va­tions on Mclaugh­lin’s si­lence on con­tentious stu­dent is­sues. We worry this si­lence trans­lates a dis­re­gard of the fun­da­men­tally po­lit­i­cal role of a SSMU ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tion, and a buy into the idea that SSMU can be apo­lit­i­cal, an idea we be­lieve sim­ply is er­ro­neous given the in­her­ently po­lit­i­cal na­ture of gov­ern­ing. The Daily en­dorses a Yes, with reser­va­tions.

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