Staubitz to reach out and listen
By Marshall Bellamy
If there is one thing fourth-year biology and geology student
Nick Staubitz can say about himself as a candidate for University
Students’ Council president, it is that he wants to reach
out and listen.
“The reason I’m running is because I really think
the USC is the best way to reach out to the students,” he
Staubitz, this year’s science head soph, has served
on the Saugeen-Maitland Residence Council in various capacities
since his first year and currently sits on the Science Student
Council and the USC.
He also points out that he is different from the other candidates
because of his charisma and desire for the USC to engage Western
students and properly represent them. “I want to give
the USC a human side.”
Staubitz’ campaign platform is made up of five points,
which he said is represented by the five stars that grace his
campaign team shirts. The first point looks to empower USC
councillors by gauging student opinion through surveys and
focus groups. “Ask them what they want to see change,” he
The next three points are continuing the restructuring of
the club system, reviewing the USC’s Strategic Plan and
developing closer ties to the London community.
Rounding out his platform is the fifth point, which promises
to strengthen the Student Caucus on Governance with USC backing
to lobby the university administration more effectively.
“I like the fact the USC did one of those things where ‘I
changed someone’s life,’” Staubitz noted,
referring to the move by the USC and the World University Service
of Canada to “adopt” a student refugee.
He explained one of the weaknesses of the USC is lack of council
members attending meetings, adding the absence of councillors
at USC meetings does little to open the lines of communication
between the USC and students.
Staubitz added that the role of the USC president is to open
dialogue with the student population, which he will highlight
in his election campaign. “I want to hear what you have
to say, and I want to listen.”