responsibility make Cassidy BOG-diggity
By Marshall Bellamy
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
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.