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Molenuis: bringing local experience to the USC

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

Dave Molenhuis would like to bring his experience working in the London community and apply it to the job of University Students’ Council president. “I believe I am the only candidate who knows exactly what [the students] want and who knows how to give it to [them] — I have experience and genuine concern for student interests.”

Molenhuis cites his work with community groups such as the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice, the Council of Canadians London chapter and the London and District Labour Council’s youth committee as valuable assets. He also explained he has experience on campus as a residence soph and an off-campus soph for Saugeen-Maitland Hall.

“My platform is called the student agenda; it is three-planked,” he said. “I will be using the existing lobby groups to present the students’ concerns to the government,” he said, explaining that the first point is focused on accessibility.

The second point concerns diversity at Western. Molenhuis explained that he will address this by reprioritizing the club system, changing the volunteer system and facilitating connections between organizations in the Western London communities to increase volunteerism in the community. “With a renewed volunteer service that reaches out to the London community, we could definitely overcome [the country club] label.

“[The third point involves] community over corporate presence,” he said. “[Corporations] are picking up the slack from chronic underfunding from the government,” he said, adding clubs should be prominent in the University Community Centre, not corporate representatives.

Some of Molenhuis’ other ideas include integrating TV Western and the media, information and technoculture program, and integrating the UWO Public Interest Research Group with faculty on campus.

Molenhuis said he does not shy away from his affiliation with the New Democratic Party, but added, “I don’t think partisan politics has any place in student government, because we’re all students and we all want the same things.”



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