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New ideas, Jag'nab it

By Anton Vidgen
Gazette Staff

With experience, energy and enthusiasm, Jagjit “Jag” Saini believes he is the best candidate to be the next student representative on the Board of Governors.

A third-year biology and environmental science student, Saini has held positions with the Glenmore Apartment Residents’ Council, the Sikh Students’ Association and Western’s combat jujitsu club, all of which he said have given him valuable knowledge in dealing with others. “From [my] past experience, I realized I can do much more [by] running for BOG,” Saini said.

His roommate is also a current graduate student member of BOG, giving what Saini said is important insight into the inner workings of the university’s top decision-making body. “I do know a lot more of what’s going on behind the scenes as a result of my association with him,” he said.

According to Saini, being steadfast and persistent with your opinions and ideas qualifies one to be an effective member of BOG. “Even though it might sound very tough, if you are persistent [with] it, you get things done,” he remarked. “With new ideas you have to be creative and persistent.”

Saini said he supports many initiatives already taken up by BOG, such as multi-year budgeting and the creation of a new job centre at Western. “A lot of things I’d like to see done are being done,” he said. “[But] one of the things I’ve wanted to see changed is to have a better career recruitment centre.”

He also said BOG’s efforts to keep tuition low are commendable and he supports trying to keep tuition at bay. “I’m quite impressed with the issues that BOG is dealing with right now,” he added.

Since Western President Paul Davenport arrived on the scene, Saini said Western’s national profile has increased considerably, something that needs to continue with BOG’s assistance. “Your degree is worth more when the standard and reputation of the school is higher,” Saini said.

Overall, Saini said he has what it takes to be the newest BOG member. “I am aware of a lot of stuff happening on campus that a lot of students don’t know,” he said. “I think I can do a great job at the job with my experience and bringing fresh ideas and a different look at things.”



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