BOG candidate Yach looking to represent
By Dan Perry
Jennifer Yach, a fifth-year student at Western working on
two degrees - a professional law and engineering degree and
another in applied math - has dealt with the Board of Governors
before and says this is why you should vote for her.
Yach has a myriad of experiences she feels will help her in
the new post, if elected; she spent two years as Essex Hall
residence soph and has been a tutor at Western in each of her
five years. Currently, Yach is an engineering faculty councillor
for the University Students' Council and sits on the USC's
Yach also cited her successful appeal to BOG of last year's
dental plan referendum as valid experience. "[BOG] is
a forum where a student can be heard; I had a positive experience
with the reception I received. I realized if you do bring issues
to the BOG, they will be considered," she said.
According to Yach, work ethic makes for an especially good
student representative. "When I pushed the BOG on the
dental plan, it [took] about a month of solid research and
talking to the proper sources. If important issues are properly
researched, I think the BOG would be more inclined to consider
them," she said.
The major concerns Yach wants addressed revolve around student
fees, as she listed deregulated tuition, ancillary fees and
the "excessive" $119 fee to use the University Community
Centre among the fees that need investigation.
She also mentioned the representation of students in professional
programs, saying the value for money they receive from their
USC representation was inadequate. "Older students have
different needs than other undergrads do," she said, adding
she thought there should be a separate representational body
for students in professional programs or a reconsideration
of the service the USC provides.
Her reason for running? "It goes back to why I ran for
the USC in the first place," she said. "Because students
pay such a large amount of money, with tuition, ancillary and
the USC fees, I wanted to see their interests protected.
"I have the experience and the commitment to be the voice
of the undergraduate students on the BOG," she said.