Presidential Candidate: Rhett McLeod
1. What is your platform?
As president, I would make the following goals during my time in office:
· Move the withdrawal deadline to the last day of classes.
· Advocate for more funding and resources for students.
· Keep tuition costs down.
· Improve on MRU’s sustainability measures.
· Work towards attaining more effective study space.
· Create more support programs for students.
I believe I can accomplish these goals because they are tangible, realistic, and can be accomplished through hard work, lobbying and engaging students.
I want Mount Royal to be a great experience now and in the future. That’s why I want to make the campus more sustainable and implement a Student Job Support Program.
This program would be dedicated to connecting students with employers after they graduate.
As President, I’m working for the students. I want students to be able to connect with me and share ideas. With your support, we can make meaningful improvements to MRU.
2. What do you think SAMRU’s role is and why do you think it’s important for students?
The Students’ Association is the voice of the students. In all aspects we must have MRU students’ interests at heart, especially lobbying and advocacy. When you’re devoted to getting education, it’s a lot of work. Students attend classes,
study and do assignments, essays, and presentations. On top of that many students have jobs, practicums, families, and many other commitments. That’s why having the Students’ Association to look after students’ interests is vital.
There are people working full-time, dedicated to making sure that students’ interests are being looked after on both a small and large scale. There are many issues that the SA addresses. For instance student loans, mental health,
funding, program cuts and student life. These are just a few. That’s why it’s important to have a say in the direction of the SA. Voting for candidates on the Executive Committee helps in determining where time and effort are focused.
3. What qualifies you to be elected for the position you are running for?
I’ve been a Governor on Students’ Council for the past 3 years. During this time I have gained experience with governance, lobbying, and advocacy. I’ve worked on various committees and am completely comfortable with policy. Also, I
care about the community. I’ve dedicated many years to volunteering in the aboriginal community and was a Student Ambassador on the N.A.P.I. program at U of C. I’ve volunteered at MRU, SAMRU and Cougars events as well. Lastly,
I’m an enthusiastic Mount Royal student. I truly care about MRU and issues important to students. That’s why I’ve worked hard during my time as a student and why I want to continue that as your President. I would utilize this position
to improve upon and add new ideas to the Students’ Association and Mount Royal.