Concordia Could Be Candidate Profiles
Using her experience in finance and management, Concordia Student Union VP Finance candidate Stéphanie Beauregard wants to make Reggie’s Bar profitable.
“Being a regular, I feel as though I have a good understanding of how the bar functions,” said Beauregard.
She said she has already done preliminary research and looked over Concordia’s rules and regulations on Reggie’s.
Beauregard said she wants the union’s decisions to be based on research and that students need to be “properly informed and encouraged to get involved.”
Her job experience includes bookkeeping and accounting. She also worked as a project manager for Crystal Math Music Group for touring bands, such as Metric, The Envy and The Midway State.
Beauregard is currently registered as a sociology student, but she wants to switch over to Management at John Molson School of Business, after two years of taking courses there—enjoying accounting above all.
Currently sitting on the CSU’s Events Committee, she makes it a point to attend as many campus events as possible.
Jonathan Braziller wants to represent you at Loyola as part of Concordia Could Be. He gained experience for the job as co-president of the Applied Human Sciences Student Association—a position in which he says he “learned the true importance of collaboration and accessibility.”
“As a student taking five courses, working 20-30 hours a week and being a part of my student association, I bring to the table a real understanding of what it is to be a part of a true student experience,” he said.
If elected VP Loyola, Braziller plans to grow the CSU presence at Loyola. This means giving students improved access to the Housing and Job Bank, the CSU Legal Info Clinic and the CSU Advocacy Centre. He also wants to improve the Loyola Luncheon, the Loyola version of the People’s Potato.
The key to achieving these goals, he said, is to establish a fully functioning CSU office at Loyola so that more services available downtown are available to all students, regardless of which campus they frequent.
“I believe I embody all [that is needed for the job], and therefore I know deep down what Concordia could be!” he said.
*VP EXTERNAL & MOBILIZATION*
After successfully winning a place on the CSU Council last year, VP External and Mobilization candidate Cameron Monagle said he knows how the union is run, and what aspects of it can be improved.
“The CSU has a history of not being very well-managed and well-run, and I just think it’s really important that we get really good and strong people who will do a great job running it next year, because students deserve to have an efficiently and effectively managed union,” he says.
Originally hailing from the United States, the History major/French minor brings to the table a number of assets through his involvement on campus.
Thus far, he has helped organize the Alternative Spring Break program, worked and lived in the Hingston Hall residence, and been involved with Concordia’s Mob Squad, in addition to his role with the student union and Board of Governors.
“Sitting on the CSU Council, I’ve sort of seen a lot more about how the CSU is run, and it’s something that I’m really passionate about,” said Monagle.
“I believe that the CSU has an incredible role that it can play for improving student life and I think that, moving forward, it’s really important that we have a CSU that represents students better and that is more accessible to students.”
*VP STUDENT LIFE*
Having already experienced life on the CSU after winning a seat in last year’s election, Lina Saigol knows a thing or two about how the student union works, as well as how things can be improved for next year, should she win VP Student Life.
“I believe that the CSU has to be a more supportive element to associations on campus,” she said.
“Having worked on the committee this year, I have that aspect of being able to see how the CSU should be planning things, and that to me is a very supportive role, not trying to take the role of a leadership away from associations or member associations or group that knows its constituents so well.”
Originally from Islamabad, Pakistan, the political science major and self-proclaimed “sports fiend” is in her fourth year and says one of the reasons she is running is because of how the CSU can bring students together.
“I’ve always really loved that idea of having the social aspect in something like the union or an association, because it’s such a great way to get the word out that people are there,” she said.
“It’s such a good way to get exposure and really does link students together, and that’s something I really love to see.”
*VP ACADEMIC & ADVOCACY*
Chuck Wilson, Concordia Student Union VP Academic and Advocacy hopeful, said he’s “really interested in academics” and referred to himself as a “nerd” because of it.
“I love talking about educational policy both with students and with faculty,” said Wilson.
Currently sitting on Senate, Wilson said issues related to academics are on the CSU’s backburner.
“I’m really passionate about education,” Wilson said. “I really want to see it play a big part in the student union’s existence.”
His criticisms also extend to the CSU’s representation and decisions. According to Wilson, most engineering and computer science, as well as John Molson School of Business students, “feel completely alienated” from the CSU.
“Too often their campaigns and rhetoric are solely focused on Arts and Science and Fine Arts students, leaving everyone else feeling completely uninformed,” said the engineering and computer science student. “I think that’s simply unacceptable.”
Having worked for Concordia’s Instructional & Information Technology Services, Wilson said his understanding of learning technologies would be an asset for the union.
“Working for IITS has also given me an insight into what professors and students are looking to get from classroom teaching technology,” he said.
MUSEB N. ABU THURAIA
*VP CLUBS & INTERNAL AFFAIRS*
As the current president of the Muslim Students Association, Museb N. Abu Thuraia feels he has a good grip on what clubs at Concordia really need.
“I know what it is to be a club at Concordia, and I know a lot goes into managing these clubs, but at the same time I know there are deficiencies within the system,” said Abu Thuraia.
One of the main problems he plans to address is that of collaboration and communication between clubs.
“It was really not feasible at all to collaborate with other clubs, given that communication between clubs was very minimal, and even knowledge of other clubs on campus was limited,” said Abu Thuraia.
As a JMSB student majoring in marketing, he also feels that he has an advantage in helping promote clubs and bridging the gaps between club and student.
“My education being marketing gives me an edge in terms of promotions of clubs and marketing different clubs to students and reaching out to people,” he said.
“I’m not in this for dirty politics or the games. I’m here to serve the students and I think I can do a decent job given my experience and my studies.”
As a current member of the Sustainable Action Fund’s Board of Directors, Fine Arts Student Alliance Councillor Iain Meyer-Macaulay feels ready to take on the portfolio of VP Sustainability.
“I was interested in doing the sustainability portfolio because I knew there was a lot of good that could be done there and I wanted to give it a good shot,” said Meyer-Macaulay. “I thought if I could take this role I could be a sort of liaison between the people looking for help and the information that they needed.”
Meyer-Macaulay said he’s gained a lot of experience in his time as a CSU Councillor, and has a good vision for how changes could be made from an executive standpoint.
“It really comes down to the triple bottom line of ‘people, planet, profit,’ and trying to make sure that the things that we engage in, as well as the way that we act, really have to take into consideration the effect that we have on the planet in terms of waste and ecological impact,” said Meyer-Macaulay.
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