IGNITE candidates campaign for students’ votes

Mar 5, 2018 | Campus News

Kasie DaSilva and Christina Mulherin

Every student council’s goals should revolve around the students,  and the candidates for the IGNITE election weren’t short on that.

There were many different concerns brought up that revolved around accessibility, transparency, and communication at the IGNITE North campus candidate forum on Monday but every group agreed on one thing – there needs to be better communication with the students to meet their needs.

The main event of the forum was when IGNITE presidential candidates Allisa Lim and Monica Khosla hit the stage. Both shared their thoughts on how they want to communicate better with students.

Lim, the current vice president of Lakeshore campus, had her menstrual hygiene kit pilot project come to life this year, and hopes to expand it should she become president.

“The aim is that I want to support students when it comes to finances,” she said. “Sometimes we’re living on our own as well, and we forget to purchase these products for ourselves, and that’s how I want to lead this project going forward.”

Khosla who has worked with First Year Experience (FYE) in the past, is focusing her campaign on student’s having accessibility throughout the campuses.

“I will fight so that all Humber campuses, as well as Guelph-Humber, will accommodate the accessibility of our diverse student body,” Khosla said. “I will do the best I can to make this a bbarrier-freecampus.”

The North campus vice president candidates featured Jason Hyatt, Jeremy Afonso and Kuljeet Singh.

Hyatt has been already talking to PRESTO and the TTC about get a PRESTO machine installed on campus, as he said that it is what Humber students need.

One of Afonso’s main plans if he is elected is to create a plan that would help and benefit students if there was to be a strike again.

“I want to revise guidelines, so that students don’t have to suffer the penalty of not being able to finish tests, assignments, quizzes or reports during their time in the strike and making sure they get everything done on time,” he said.

Meanwhile, Singh’s platform focuses more on international students, saying that he wants to help with the hurdles that they face when coming to Humber, especially the language barriers.

The four North campus board of director candidates in attendance were Md Asaduzzaman, Shayan Shakil, Tashornna Simpson and Ehinomen Idialu. They each spoke on their platforms and what differences they want to see in the upcoming year

Voting will open the week of March 12 to March 16, when the polls will close and winners will be announced.