KSA By-Election: FACULTY REPRESENTATIVES

The Kwantlen Student Association is holding a by-election to fill several unoccupied positions on Council. Polls will be open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Oct. 17 and 18. Here are the candidates running to represent students of various faculties.

KSA By-Election: FACULTY REPRESENTATIVES


Paula Aguilar

Paula Aguilar, Design student
Running for: Faculty of Design Representative

Why are you running for this position?
I really believe that, as students, we should all be more interested in what’s happening with the school. I [want] to be involved in what the KSA does, what events they bring in for students, and where our money is going.

Why should people vote for you?
I want to see the Design students represented. It has been years since we have had someone from Design in [KSA] Council and I think it is so important, now that we are soon moving into the new building, that we have representation.

What experience would you bring to the position?
I have been part of different committees before, so I do know what being in one entails. I have a lot of experience working with other people and putting the needs of other people ahead of my own.

What would you like to change about student politics if you are elected?
This isn’t something I can answer now. We all think we have an idea of what needs to be changed or what the experience is going to be like, but I think it’s very different when you are actually in it. I want the opportunity to find out how this Council really works so that I can see first hand what it is truly like.

Note: Aguilar’s answers were sent via email on Sept. 29. She is an occasional contributor for The Runner.


Joseph Beland

Joseph Beland, Science and Mathematics student
Running for: Science and Horticulture Representative

Why are you running for this position?
It’s my last year at Kwantlen and I figure this would be a good time to try and give back and help the science students who are coming in.

Why should people vote for you?
I think students should vote for me because I’ve really seen the changes that have been happening in regards to the science department, and I think I have a good idea of what needs to happen to keep students engaged in the culture of Kwantlen.

What experience would you bring to the position?
I’ve got a few years of public speaking and working with younger students and a lot of joint committee meetings outside of Kwantlen, so I think getting ideas across and sort of getting people motivated are things I can do.

What would you like to change about student politics if you are elected?
I really want students to have a lot more information on things that they can do here on campus things that interest them such as small events f competitions that a lot of science departments across that Kwantlen doesn’t really get in on too often and so keeping those students engaged will help them stay here at Kwantlen.


Rabia Khan

Rabia Khan, Biology student
Running for: Science and Horticulture Representative

Why are you running for this position?
I feel like I’d be a really great voice for the students in science. Since I’m already so involved with the events that the science department holds with the students, I just want to be more involved and have that platform to raise awareness about what’s going on in the science side of the school.

Why should people vote for you?
Because I know I will put a lot of effort into what I will do with this position. I feel like I would really bring awareness about what’s actually going on in the school and with the science faculty. I care a lot about what’s happening and with this—I feel like I would gain more of an understanding, and with that understanding, bring that knowledge to the students and see what we can do better in our department and as a university.

What experience would you bring to the position?
I have a lot of experience with the science department. I volunteer at the conventions that we hold a lot of the time. I’ve also been an orientation leader—I have been since I was able to become one and I feel like I can really get along with the students and connect with them on an interpersonal level. Also, talking to instructors as well, I feel like I have experience with being able to build relationships with everyone in the community here.

What would you like to change about student politics if you are elected?
More action taking place. I have realized that there is a little bit of a decline happening in terms of… a lot of people put effort into the KSA, but I feel like there’s also some aspects that are lacking in terms of the work ethic of some of the members of the community.

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