So what exactly does the Dalhousie Student Union do? And why should you be bothered to vote for the executive members? Basically, the DSU aims to represent the 19,000+ diverse students who call Dal home each year. It makes sure societies are operational, provides bursaries and grants to students who require them, operates services such as the food bank and Campus Copy, organizes the Orientation Week events, and acts as a general liaison between the students and the university administration. The DSU also runs organizations like Campus Copy for students’ printing purposes and works to ensure an equal and equitable environment for students in general.
Here’s a rundown on this year’s candidates and their platforms. (For more info, check this Q&A with the candidates on the DSU website.) Educate yourself and make sure you have your say by voting March 10–12.
4th year, Political Science
- Lobby for a tuition freeze.
- Make the campus more accessible.
- Bring more transparency to the potential membership in the Canadian Federation of Students.
- Make the DSU Executive more in touch with the student base.
Economics & Psychology
Instagram & Twitter: @moonie_2020
- Restore the faith and trust of the Student body in the DSU.
- Give equal attention and resources to all Dal campuses.
- Raise awareness for mental health.
3rd year, Management
- Creating a social media channel exclusive for DSU executives with the goal of connecting to the students better.
- Bringing back livestreaming of council meetings.
- Perform internal audits into the DSU
- Create long term goals ranging from 5, 7 and 10 years.
- Review the liquor policy to prevent license suspensions
- Make more communal events such as fine arts and varsity games more accessible for the students
- Better representation for all campuses of Dalhousie.
- Inclusion and representation.
Vice President Student Life
2nd year, Kinesiology
- Unite students through their differences and make the DSU an organization the students can be proud of.
- Greater Accountability
- Student Empowerment
2nd year, Management
- Safety: Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual.
- Inclusivity: Making all students feel comfortable both on and off campus.
- Fun: Big events such as O-week and DalFest, a new set of small events held across the school year, and a novel philosophy of de-politicization and anti-bureaucratic gestures.
- Inclusivity: More inclusion and diversity on campus.
- Athletics: More opportunities for niche athletics.
- Entertainment: Emphasis on Winter and Summer orientations.
VP Academic and External
Marine Biology & Biochemistry
- Better representation, as summed up by his slogan, "Let’s put the Student in Dalhousie Student Union."
VP Finance & Operations
4th year, Social Work
- The only candidate for this positions, and running for reelection.
4th year, Biology & Philosophy
- Creating unity
- Meaningful communication
- Improving access
2nd year, Medical Sciences
Black Community Rep
3rd year, IDS & Political Science
- The only candidate running for this position in 2020.