Symsyk's trippin' out
By Becky Somerville
As University Students' Council VP-student affairs Meghan Symsyk prepares to flee her position she reflects on a flight that was not free of turbulence and is not over yet.
The most significant problem for Symsyk materialized when the university administration announced the limitation of Sophs living in residence for the 1998/99 school year.
The announcement was unforeseen and forced Symsyk to dedicate a significant amount of her time to restructuring orientation week for next year. "These decisions weren't expected and it took me away from other projects," she said. Through negotiations with administration Symsyk was triumphant in securing one Soph per floor living in residence for next year.
Symsyk persevered and felt she succeeded in the various tasks such as programming for orientation week, homecoming, charity events and the Fine Arts Festival.
"We saved orientation [week] in the context that students know it," she said in reference to maintaining student involvement and balancing the academic goals of administration.
Symsyk deemed herself a problem-solver with a lot of work to do but not enough hours in the day to do it. Such things as a lacking budget or deficient resources were always obstacles for her to overcome. "While the events are fun, I deal with all the shit."
Promotion of events also posed a problem for Symsyk as she found it difficult to break away from the office to get the word out to the student body.
"If I had to do it all again I'd focus more on promotion and getting information to students," she said.
Despite the hard work and long hours, Symsyk seemed to shed a positive light on her VP experience. "I had really, really good people to work with this year," she said.
The composition of a co-ed board of directors, as opposed to last year's all-male panel, offered a diversity of backgrounds and opinions which worked well together, Symsyk said.
Between organizing the year-end party and then hopefully emerging into the entertainment industry, Symsyk plans to take some time to relax.
"I think I'll chill out for a while, but not too long or I'll get bored."