Your Last Minute Guide to the RSU Elections

 

This year, the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is allowing students to take part in the election online. Voting will close today at 4:00pm. For those of you who don’t know how to vote or what the election is all about, here is a quick guide:

How to vote:

1. First, go to my.ryerson.ca and log into your account.

2. Once you are directed to the home page, you will see a box that says, “participate”. You can then click on, “RSU winter election 2016”.

3. You will be able to vote for the following executive positions: President, Vice-President Education, Vice-President Equity, Vice-President Operations, and Vice President Student Life and events.

4. There will also be an option for you to vote for your faculty’s student representative who will sit on the Board of Directors.

Description of each position according to the RSU by-laws:

http://www.rsuonline.ca/upload_image/RSU_Bylaws_Amended_Version.pdf:

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the activities sponsored by the RSU and generally supervises financial operations. The Board of Directors works along side the executive team and can hold discussions regarding specific faculty issues.

Executive Committee

The candidates running for the following positions are either running independently or as part of a slate.

The President

The President signs off on all decisions, chairs meetings, liaises between staff and the Board of Directors, manages RSU affairs, and is the spokesperson for the RSU, to name a few.

The Vice-President Operations

Like the President, the VP of Operations is a signing officer. They act as the treasurer of the executive committee.

The Vice President Education

The VP of Education voices academic issues to university administration and develops political campaigns related to these issues.

The Vice President Student Life and Events

The VP Student Life and Events coordinates RSU events, and assists student groups, course unions and events and entertainment committees.

The Vice President Equity

The VP of Equity voices issues on equity and sustainability to university administration and develops campaigns based on these issues. They are also responsible for RSU community services.

Slates

RU Connected http://www.ruconnected.ca

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Their goal is to connect students with the resources they need to achieve their goals at Ryerson. They want to provide students with more space, transparency, services, advocacy, and improve campus life. Rumana Fardaush, VP Student Life and Events candidate, said she reached out to other student leaders from a variety of programs and years who also wanted to make a difference in the Ryerson community, thus creating RU Connected.

She said they have gotten positive feedback on their proposed accountability cafés. Students would be able to discuss topics like the mandatory membership fee that goes to the RSU. “They should be entitled to question where this money is going and why it’s going there,” Fardaush said. She said students also reacted positively toward their proposed portable charger rental program.

Impact [http://impactru.ca]

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Impact was formed by student leaders from different faculties. Will Fraser, FCAD Director candidate said that their platform focuses on four main subjects which are welcome to student feedback.

These subjects include transit, mental health, experiential learning, and access to education. “We didn’t want to just say, ‘this is what we are going to do’ because at the end of the day that might not have been what the average student wanted us to do,” Fraser said. Their vision is to understand the needs and wants of a Ryerson Student.

Rhino Party [http://ruserious.xyz]

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To see a full list of candidates, click here.

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