Staubitz less lonely, VPs picked
By Marshall Bellamy
and Laura Katsirdakis
Next year’s University Students’ Council Board
of Directors has taken shape as council elected four new vice-presidents
in votes decided on the first ballots.
Eric Johanssen, a fourth-year political science student, was
voted in as VP-campus issues over fourth-year media, information
and technoculture student Toben Alexander and fourth-year geography
student Mark Baird, 59-16-24, respectively.
“[There will be] less awareness weeks and more awareness,” Johanssen
said, explaining that his intent is to change the way the campus
issues portfolio operates by taking awareness campaigns out
of the University Community Centre. “A lot of times the
mentality is we put on programming and [the students] come
to us. I want to bring the programming to them.
“I am probably one of the most open and approachable
people you will meet; my door is always open,” Johanssen
said. “I would like to reach more students and fight
for their concerns.”
Fourth-year geography and environmental sciences student Alison
Forbes defeated fourth-year philosophy student Mandy Madill,
fourth-year French and history student Dave Molenhuis and first-year
social science student Rob Testa for VP-education, 62-15-19-2,
“I’m excited for the transition with [current
VP-education Dave Ford],” Forbes said.
“I don’t want to do anything quickly,” she
added, citing the upcoming federal election that will take
up a lot of her time.
The VP-finance position went to fourth-year economics student
Bryan Szemenyei — with 67 votes — over fourth-year
administrative and commercial studies student Clifford Seto’s
“There’s a story behind every number; each tells
the story of an event,” Szemenyei said, explaining his
campaign slogan: “reading a budget is like reading a
good book.” He went on to say that if the USC’s
finances could be compared to a book it would have to be A
Tale of Two Cities because of the two sides to the USC, corporate
“I hope students feel comfortable coming to talk to
me,” Szemenyei said when asked what he would like students
to know about him.
He described next year’s board as “stellar,” adding “each
VP is a perfect [fit for their position].”
“I’m collecting myself, letting it sink in and
then getting right to work,” said fourth-year film student
Giovanni Paola, who defeated fourth-year psychology student
Natasha Collia 70 to 27 to become the new VP-student affairs. “It’s
all about keeping your feet on the ground.”
Paola explained he is looking forward to his transitional
training period. “It’s so much different now; you
have commissioners, you have the Board of Directors, you have
council,” he said.
“I’m absolutely thrilled; the table is set for
next year,” said USC president-elect Nick Staubitz.