VP Student External Affairs Candidate: Jesse Beaudin
1. What is your platform?
The cost of education is the number one focus of the VP External. While many believe that that means simply lobbying against the government, I adopt the same philosophy that I teach to all of my chess students: let’s solve our own
problems! Sure, I will lobby against any further damaging cuts to education funding and will not tolerate any more nonsense from this shortsighted government, but in the meantime; we can pursue cost effective ways of keeping dollars
in the pockets of students. By embracing the findings of the Ignite research project, a province-wide study from all educational institutions, it is time to establish a greater number of OERs (Online Educational Resources) as well as
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These opportunities will allow the quality of our MRU education to maintain its’ high level, meanwhile creating ways to keep our book costs and staffing cost-pressures minimized.
2. What do you think SAMRU’s role is and why do you think it’s important for students?
The role of our SAMRU is multifaceted and complex. The important jobs that need to be met with energy and innovativeness are: 1) Protect students from rising educational costs, 2) Provide students with an incredible on-campus
experience, 3) Maintain a strong fiscal position as we manage a Students’ Association valued at over $23 million dollars. Within these roles are great challenges, but even greater benefits and rewards. I believe that our post-secondary
educational experience should be one that we always remember with pride and fondness. By producing top quality graduates, we cultivate the incentive for new students to join our MRU. The resources available in our incredible
Wyckham House are numerous: free breakfasts, over 50 student formed clubs, all members of our MRU society are welcome in the various student centres(Pride Centre, Sustainability Centre, Native Student Centre, and several
more…). I encourage you to join and participate in these great communities!
3. What qualifies you to be elected for the position you are running for?
The reasons that I am the best candidate for this position are numerous. A four year General Science product, I am equipped to analyze data and derive the best methods for success. Having founded the fantastic Chess Club almost four
years ago, I have had the opportunity to work with many other clubs, most of the student centres, and hundreds of students who have been members of this great club: you are invited too! Last year I served as a Students Council
member(along side Seija) and was able to be honoured with the Governor of the year award. When I am in the board room, I am focused, speak loud and clearly, and I am always looking for ways to innovate to improve the quality of
every project. I really hope that you join me in the quest for education preservation, integrity, and the overall amelioration of our SAMRU environment!