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Unpacking the SRC Alliance Ticket

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Round 2 of Aunt Grapey explains the SRC elections! Next up, we have a chat with the candidates on the Alliance ticket. So, hold onto your horses, here we go:

Jenni Zoue – Faculty of Business and Economics Undergraduate Representative

Who are you?

Hey I’m Jenni Zoue. With my free time, I like to enjoy a karaoke session with some soju and friends. I am also a regular of levels 3 & 4 at the Library and can be found diligently working every so often. I’m running for the position of Academic Senate FBE Student rep and SRC Faculty of Business and Economics Undergraduate Rep under the Alliance ticket.

What degree are you studying?

Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics and Statistics

If elected, what aspects of university life do you intend to improve?

If elected I would like to fix the ACST 201 and other unfair units which require assignments which the required learning outcomes are taught within 48 hours of the due date and I will also advocate more generally for considerate deadlines within the FBE, which can be deadly when combined with studying a full-time load. I would also like to see increased internship opportunities, which can be the difference in getting that dream job.

How will you do this?

I will do this through working with the appropriate members of Academic Senate to ensure that changes are made to the units which have clear learning outcomes that are taught too late. Advocating for Deadlines which correspond to the general study load of the FBE department can help spread out the load of full-time students and that can be done through communication with the Faculty of Business and Economics. With the SRC, I will push for activation of more engaged student events within our community to promote and enrich internship opportunities for students seeking graduate or PACE level jobs.

In your opinion, what are some potential challenges for the incoming SRC?

A Potential Challenge for the Incoming SRC is teamwork. I think any good body is driven by a motivation to work together and that drive makes them ultimately more effective and useful. If the Incoming SRC does not take it upon themselves to take time to get to know and learn about the other members it may face difficulties in working as a body voicing the best student interests.

UK Gautam – International Representative

Who are you?

Hi, I’m UK Gautam. I really enjoy the social aspects of university and live in the village. As a frequent of the UBar and Ranch, I love to have a good party with friends whenever studies aren’t a pressing matter. I’m running for International Representative on the Alliance Ticket.

What degree are you studying?

Bachelor of Business Administration

If elected, what aspects of university life do you intend to improve?

I am a strong believer that social life greatly affects student output and can sour or make a university experience. If elected I would like to begin by improving the way our clubs and societies engage and would like to help promote more positive interactions with students. As an international candidate, I also believe that the Opal card system needs to be reformed and that international students have as much of a right to concession fees as domestic students do. We do the same work and make the same sacrifices- it’s just the right thing to do.

How will you do this?

If it is the case that I am elected, I will begin by working with university club leaders and collaborate on a strategy that will engage and reach out to the student body more. As with concession Opal cards, I will begin with formulating a strategy with the SRC and will then work to get members of relevant government on board, those who could be responsible for its realisation.

In your opinion, what are some potential challenges for the incoming SRC?

I believe that a big challenge that faces the SRC is the ability to engage the student body with their work. There needs to be effective and regular communication with the student body, who’s fees we are tasked with spending.

Jayden Whaites – Science and Engineering Undergrad Representative

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Jayden Whaites, as a first year at Macquarie, I live in the village and have had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting and fun people while being on campus. I’m still finding my favorite place on campus, but I’m gravitating towards the UBar. I’m running for Science and Engineering Undergrad as part of the Alliance Ticket.

What degree are you studying?

Bachelor of Software Engineering with a Bachelor of Arts.

If elected, what aspects of university life do you intend to improve?

If elected; I would like to help see a mentoring program for STEM students come about, improve Wi-Fi coverage around campus and remove dead zones, and would also like see Free printing for Engineering students who are paying a small fortune in paper and ink let alone course fees.

How will you do this?

The STEM mentoring in program has a lot of potential to become a lot better than what it is, and I feel like uniting with the students who are on faculty board can lead to a more united front on this issue. There used to be a policy regarding printing for engineering and computing students which gave us a quota of printed sheets every week due to the units we were doing and the amount of on paper assignments they required us to do, I will look to revise this policy and provide the students who are dishing out a fortune to pass a unit something to look forward to.

In your opinion, what are some potential challenges for the incoming SRC?

In my opinion, I feel like some of the challenges the SRC can run into is learning how to manage the work – life balance which is required of a student representative. As Students who represent a large portion of students on campus, Representatives are held accountable for not attending meeting and being able to accurately represent those people. Without a good work – life balance I feel like some candidates may become stressed and not complete their jobs to their best abilities.

Francisco Gutierrez running for Business and Economics Postgraduate Representative and Muhammad Shabbir running for Arts Postgraduate Representative did not issue responses to Grapeshot’s questions.

So, now you know some of the faces behind the pink flyers all around campus. Happy voting!