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NEWS

Accountability and responsibility make Cassidy BOG-diggity

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

Julie Cassidy can think of nothing more important to do for Western than becoming the next undergraduate student representative on the Board of Governors.

Cassidy, a first-year honours business administration student, said she hopes to bring her ability to communicate and her sense of professionalism to the various members and interests on BOG. “The BOG is not about platforms — it’s about character,” she said.

Currently, Cassidy is the speaker of the University Students’ Council and spent last year as the deputy speaker. She is also the student representative on the Student Services Committee and Orientation Governance Board. “The OGB is kind of like BOG for O-Week — I think it’s a position that’s unique and not a lot of students have [held it],” she noted.

In addition to her USC experience, Cassidy spent two years as a Shinerama soph, a member of the Homecoming staff and the festival of the arts and has held positions on the Huron University College Students’ Council. She spent two years in the political science program before going to the Richard Ivey School of Business.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge — I know it’s an area I can excel in,” Cassidy explained when asked why she is running for the position, adding her desire to represent the students well also motivated her decision.

Cassidy pointed out her experience in various functions on the USC and in other organizations which have shaped her character make her ideal for BOG. “I bring enthusiasm and a sense of responsibility and accountability,” she added.

According to Cassidy, she knows what it is like to be a normal undergraduate student because of her experience as a political science student at Huron for two years. After switching to Ivey for the HBA, Cassidy said she feels she knows what it is like to be in a deregulated program.

The biggest issue Cassidy hopes to address in BOG is the problem of financial aid and she hopes to make Western President Paul Davenport accountable for his statement promising to ensure no one would be turned away from Western for financial reasons.

“I’ve put in a lot of work and research — I believe I would do a good job of it,” Cassidy stated.

 

 

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