Molenuis: bringing local experience to the USC
By Laura Katsirdakis
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.”