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ASA Fall By-Election 2017: Meet the candidates

ASA Fall By-Election 2017: Meet the candidates

Meet the nine students running in the election

ASA Fall By-Election 2016: Meet the Candidates

The Augustana Students Association’s (ASA) Fall By-elections are scheduled for Oct. 4 and 5. This year, nine candidates are running for various council positions.

Evelyn Mertins – First Year Representative

Evelyn Mertins is a first-year mathematics student from Ferintosh, Alberta.

Why are you running for the ASA?

I’m honestly running for the ASA because I think it will be a good time. It’s a way to meet people, be involved with the school, and gain leadership skills all in one.

What are the key elements of your platform?

My platform mainly focuses on how I advocate and try to help others. I’m the Mom Friend™ and I’ve got your back.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

If I should be elected, my goal is to bring activities to campus that all students will enjoy and find new ways to fund the ASA to keep the good times going.

Damien Reiter – First Year Representative  

Damien Reiter is a first-year biology student from Saskatchewan.

Why are you running for the ASA?

I signed up for because I thought it would it would be fun and I could learn leadership skills that I could apply to my future endeavours. 

What are the key elements of your platform?

My platform consists of that since I haven’t really done anything like this before I have an outside perspective on how things are done and allow the students to have a say on what’s going on rather than a select group of individuals.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

My goal is to make Augustana a better place that is recognized by everyone as the best alternative to large campus atmosphere.

Jennae Matzner – Second Year Representative

Jennae Matzner is a second-year psychology student from Valleyview, Alberta.

Why are you running for the ASA?

Most of my fondest memories during my first year happened through the ASA and their fun events, and I became friends with a few people in the ASA which helped further my decision. During the summer, I decided I wanted to be more involved in my school and community. I figured a great way to do this would be to run for the ASA. I also want to be apart of their team to help make Augustana a better and more fun place to be, and I want to address some of the issues I saw during my first year here.

What are the key elements of your platform?

Some key elements of my platform are addressing mental health awareness and helping with adjustments to the 3/11 schedule.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

If I’m elected, I want to implement more activities like Wellness Week or programs like Unitea to help students who are struggling with mental health issues. Mental health awareness is something close to my heart, and I think it is important to inform and help students about the issue. I want to add permanent wellness week activities and support groups, as mental health and wellness shouldn’t be something only focused on for one week. I want to discuss the option to add more counsellors on campus since the student to counsellor ratio is too imbalanced. Concerning the 3/11 calendar, I want to implement better discussion between students and professors to reach a middle ground for what the 3-week courses should be like. Also, support groups or question periods for the new calendar is something I want to focus on because it’s important for students to be able to adjust to this change, but also be apart of the change. There are many other issues, like sexual assault on campus, that I want to focus on as well.

Tk Mah – Third Year Representative

Tk Mah is a third-year chemistry student from Calgary, Alberta.

Why are you running for the ASA?

I am running for the ASA because I feel that I can be useful to the student body in facilitating conversations between them, student government, and upper leadership at Augustana.

What are the key elements of your platform?

Planning academic and wellness opportunities tailored to senior students and promoting an atmosphere of transparency and open-discussion on these matters.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

Should I be elected, I hope to promote wellness events that are proactive and direct in their approach rather than reactionary. For example, events that allow students to engage one-on-one with their representatives, check-in with them and make their concerns known. Many times, it seems, that we rely on our assumptions about what students want and how best to manage their concerns when the most effective means is usually just to ask them ourselves.

Thomas Arkinstall – Fourth Year Representative

Thomas Arkinstall is a fourth-year economics student from Spruce Grove, Alberta.

Why are you running for the ASA?

I am running because I want to leave this campus having made it a bit of a better place than when I got here. My last three years while attending Augustana have been very positive and enjoyable, so I want to volunteer my time for the ASA to improve our campus for future students.

What are the key elements of your platform?

Working to bring more internship courses for fourth-year students. Educating the student population about mental health, and making sure these services are easy to access for students. Working with the ASA to have on-campus drinking events. Although allowing alcohol on campus for school events is complicated, I believe it will motivate more students to come out and attend the events. Opening a dialogue with department chairs about 3/11. This means listening to the concerns third, and fourth-year students have about the courses being offered during the three-week term, and sharing those concerns with the department chairs accordingly.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

The number one goal I would focus on is bringing more internship courses for students.

Samuel Kohlmann – Off-Campus Representative

Samuel Kohlmann is a fourth-year business economics student from Racine, Wisconsin.  

Why are you running for the ASA?

I’m running for the ASA because I think students deserve a strong voice in university affairs.

What are the key elements of your platform?

My platform is based on accurate student representation, modifying 3-11 with the administration, student club management reform, and two kick-ass off-campus student suppers.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

If elected, my goal is to achieve the things in my platform.

Deborah Etsenake – International Students’ Representative

 Deborah Estenake is a fourth-year computing science student from Nigeria.

Why are you running for the ASA?

I chose to run for the ASA so that I can represent international students within the ASA. I want to be a leader by serving the people.

What are the key elements of your platform?

A key element in my platform will be making a better connection between international students and the ASA. I want to help international students realize what their student association can do for them. I also want international students to have a fun time at university by organizing activities that remind them of home and also organize events that can help them connect with Canadians.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

If I am elected, I will organize a meeting where I can chat with international students and find what troubles that they are facing and what they would want to be done about it. I would also use these meetings to talk about possible activities that they would want to happen on campus. Another goal will be to push forward the program that pairs international students with families from the community of Camrose to give them a feeling of what it is like living in Canada.

Annik Thiering – Aboriginal Students’ Representative

Annik Thiering is a second-year psychology student from Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Why are you running for the ASA?

Running for the ASA seemed like a good idea because it gives me a chance to be more involved with different events, and a chance to improve upon certain aspects of the way Indigenous students are included in decisions.

What are the key elements of your platform?

The three key elements are to improve relations between Indigenous students and other student groups, have more events on campus geared towards cultural awareness, and to have more Indigenous content in various courses.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

One of the main goals is to be able to set up a table once a week in the forum and hand out food or other items, in order to teach people more about the culture. Another is to get professors to at least talk about Treaty 6 when they go through the syllabus, rather than just including the acknowledgement and not discussing it.

Lane Anderson – SU Councillor

Lane Anderson is a third-year business student from Strathmore, Alberta.

Why are you running for the ASA?

I am running for Student’s Union because I feel it is an important position that needs to be represented as it is a vital link to North Campus.

What are the key elements of your platform?

My keys elements of my platform are essentially to make sure that Augustana stays represented in SU and that our voice remains heard with any upcoming issues.

If you should be elected, what are some of your primary goals?

I also want to make sure that the SU does not pass anything that negatively affects Augustana and ideally create things to benefit our school.

Students can vote in the forum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 5. 

Note: Photos supplied by the candidates.

 

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