Volume 94, Issue 25

Friday, October 13, 2000


Fanshawe asks for $5 million

Mt. Trudeau re-naming draws critics

Degrees now available online

London slots mark first year

As Prime Minister Lackner, I would...

Parker brings well-rounded resume to the BOG table

Fortin for BOG and Justice for students

Planet Me

Parker brings well-rounded resume to the BOG table

By Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

Knowledge, experience and professionalism are what a Board of Governor's student representative needs, said BOG candidate Melissa Parker, who feels she has all three.

A third-year medical school student, Parker is one of seven candidates running for the student representative position on BOG, to be voted for on Oct. 18 and 19.

"I've been around for a while," Parker stated, explaining she has already completed an undergraduate and masters degree and is currently in her eighth year of post-secondary education. "I'm able to draw on my experience to represent students from a wide variety of backgrounds."

Parker said her extensive experience includes three years as a residence don during her undergraduate career at the University of Guelph, as well as considerable involvement with Western's Senate, the University Students' Council and other student groups. She has sat on Senate this year and is the current chair of the student caucus on governance, she stated.

Asked why she has chosen this point in her career to run for BOG, Parker said she did not want to rush into running before accumulating several years of university governance experience.

"I now feel like I have the experience and I have the preparation and the skills to represent students well at that level," she said.

Along with experience, Parker sees professionalism as a crucial attribute for BOG candidates.

She said while outspokenness and radicalism can be useful in some university political positions, BOG demands a certain professional approach.

"Unless you are respected and behave in a professional manner and are considered as a peer, then your ideas and arguments are simply going to be disregarded," she said.

Parker said it is also vital that a BOG representative have a comprehensive knowledge of the issues that matter to undergraduates.

She cited orientation, the double cohort and funding issues as areas in which she is particularly well-versed. "I think that I'm certainly up to speed in terms of dealing with those kinds of issues," she said.

Parker said her strong attendance record at USC and Senate meetings offers convincing proof of her commitment to student politics. "I've attended virtually all of those [USC] meetings; I've missed maybe one or two when I had exams," she said, adding she has not missed a single Senate meeting.

"My job effectively would be to ensure that undergraduate concerns are not going to be steamrolled at the level of the Board of Governors," Parker said in closing, "It is the highest level of decision making here on campus."

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