Robineau for USC: a ‘personal touch’
By Dan Perry
Fourth-year sociology student Kathy Robineau has two reasons
why you should elect her as the next University Students’ Council
“Experience and personality. I’m the only candidate
who has the experience to do this job, and I have the fun and
outgoing, charismatic personality that people want to see in
their USC president,” she said.
“I’ve been on the USC two years as a social science
councillor; I served as senator-at-large, which allowed me
to deal with the education portfolio. Most recently, I was
Charity Ball Commissioner. I’ve also served on various
committees, so I’ve kind of gotten a feel for how things
work on all sides of the USC,” she said, adding she has
also been a social science and Shinerama soph.
Robineau’s platform includes a plan to find more employment
opportunities for Western graduates in London, a new speaker
series and a framework through which to get more student feedback.
She has already set the wheels in motion on student surveys,
which she hopes to implement in the same way as professor evaluations.
“I’ve already talked to Roma Harris (Western’s
vice-provost and registrar), who has said it’s doable.
It’s supposed to, year after year, direct the board’s
initiatives so that they’re doing exactly what the students
want,” she said.
Robineau said she plans to devise a communications plan for
the USC. “[It would] strengthen the link between the
USC and its constituent councils [with] specific ideas, specific
rules [and] procedures for getting information out.”
She commended this year’s council for its work with
volunteers. “Soliciting volunteers has been huge, [but]
we just don’t have places for them to get involved — I’d
like to see that fixed. We’re missing the link between
the database and the opportunity for them to get involved.
“I kind of think the USC is missing that personal touch,” Robineau
said, adding its a problem she proposes to remedy through her
campaign. “I’m going to try to meet as many students
as I can in the next two weeks, and try to solicit as much
feedback from them as possible for for the next year.”