Author: Ainsley Doell

VUSAC holds bi-annual town hall

On September 28, the bi-annual VUSAC Elections Town Hall took place in the Cat’s Eye Student Lounge, giving students a chance to meet their student government candidates and get to know them, and their platforms

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VUSAC Fall Elections 2017: Michal Leckie, Sustainability Commissioner Candidate

The Strand sat down with Michal Leckie, candidate for Sustainability Commissioner in the 2017 VUSAC fall election, to talk about her campaign and her experience with sustainability at Victoria College.   The Strand: What does sustainability mean to you? Michal Leckie: I think sustainability means limiting our impact on the environment, and making our presence here not detrimental to our home. Sustainable actions would be ones that decrease the harm that we’re causing.   Why are you the ideal candidate for Sustainability Commissioner? I think what’s really important is just that [all the candidates] are present, and we all have great qualities, and I think that the more people who are like that on the commission the better. So I think whoever is leading the commission is less important than who is on it. But the leader does have some impact, and I think that I would be a good leader because I was on the commission last year, so I have a lot of experience with how the commission and Vic works, and how you can make change here. I know of the sort of things we’ve done in the past, and what we’ve tried to change, specifically what worked and what didn’t work. So I think I’m ready this year to use what I learned last year to continue things that worked great, but also change things...

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VUSAC Fall Elections 2017: Nickolas Shyshkin, VPSO Candidate

The Strand sat down with Nickolas Shyshkin, candidate for Vice President Student Organizations in the 2017 VUSAC fall election. This position was left unfilled after the spring elections, and Shyshkin is now running uncontested after first-year, Thomas Siddall withdrew his candidacy on September 26th. The Strand: Can you briefly outline the responsibilities of the VPSO? Nickolas Shyshkin: The VPSO acts as a liaison between the clubs and the levies, as well as VUSAC. They are a voice, on behalf of the clubs and levies, on the VUSAC council and at meetings to represent them there. In the barest of terms. What do you hope to bring to the position? I feel like a lot more can be done with the position itself, in terms of how close and personal previous VPSOs have been with this role. What I want to do with this role is make it more personal rather than just a liaison between two groups. I want to get to know these clubs and levies more as myself, and just really hear them out on what their problems are, what they need, and I really want to deliver on those. I know sometimes that won’t be possible with certain restrictions that might be in place, but I definitely do want to help them out in that regard in the best way that I can and put more...

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What’s Happening Around Campus This Week?

VicXposure First General Meeting + Worskhop September 20, 6:30 PM Cat’s Eye An opportunity to learn about the VicXposure photography club and what they do at UofT, as well as a workshop on camera basics. Photography experts and novices welcome. There will be rental cameras available for use at the workshop.   Hidden Figures: Exploring the Role of Women in STEM September 20, 5:30-8:30 PM MC252 As part of Science Literacy Week, WISE UofT (Women in Science and Engineering) and the Engineering and Computer Science Library are hosting a screening of Hidden Figures, followed by a panel discussion on “exploring the experience of women in technical fields.” Tickets are free and can be reserved online by following the link on the “Hidden Figures: Exploring the Role of Women in STEM” Facebook page.   The Strand’s Open House September 21, 6-8 PM Goldring Student Centre, Room 153 Interested in getting involved Victoria College’s student newspaper? Come get information about writing, copyediting, design, video editing, and more for Volume 60 of The Strand! Free pizza will be provided.   LGBTOUT’s Meet N’ Greet September 25, 7-10 PM Debates Room, Hart House A social to kick off Queer Orientation, an annual week of LGBTQ-focused programming across the UofT campuses. LGBTOUT’s Meet N’ Greet is a safe and inclusive space in which to make connections and socialize with fellow students. Snacks will be...

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