Whitemore's got more
for Board of Governors
By Paolo Zinatelli
Brian Whitmore wants to be your next student representative
on the Board of Governors.
Whitmore, a third-year scholars electives student with a focus
on international relations, sees being on BOG as a good experience,
considering he would like to eventually end up in the political
He was a vice-president on the Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence
council last year and is a member of various clubs on campus,
including the model United Nations, the history club and the
French club. Additionally, Whitmore has been a soph for the
past two years, including one year as a Saugeen soph and this
past year as an off-campus soph.
“I believe I can make a difference on campus,” Whitmore
said, when asked why he is running for the position.
Whitmore said he brings a sense of activism to the job. “I’m
not necessarily part of the student establishment,” he
said, adding character does matter and when you make a commitment
and an obligation to something, “you do it to the full
According to Whitmore, this means he can bring a different
mind-set to BOG. “I bring a new [way] of thinking. Critical
thinking.” He said he would not go into the job with
any sort of bias, except for that in favour of student interests.
Whitmore said he is not afraid to raise controversial issues. “I
believe I could do a good job,” he said. If elected,
Whitmore said he would represent students to the best of his
abilities. He added he can stand his ground on the issues at
hand and it is important as a representative to speak up when
the time comes.
One of the things he would like to see done for Western or
any university for that matter, is to reach out to the local
school boards. Whitmore wants to make sure students coming
to university have the skills to be successful.
Also, Whitmore would like to raise more issues regarding
diversity on campus. He said he wants to ensure minority
and low income students have the ability to come to university. “[This
means] making sure we get money from the government and alumni
[for financial aid],” he said. This would allow disadvantaged
students the opportunity to go to university, he added.
Whitmore explained his mind-set, will and commitment are
what sets him apart and will allow him to do a good job on
will and determination will set me apart.”