The Durham College and UOIT Student Association election results are in. DC News reporter Kylie Wazonek has more on this story.
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The Student Association is holding its annual election and if there’s one message you should take from it all it’s this: VOTE!
Voter turnout in the SA election dipped below 10 per cent last year to a jaw-dropping 8. That was when students could vote wherever they liked as long as they had an Internet connection, but that has changed this year and may affect the turnout even more.
The only interaction you may think you have with the SA is attending events they put on throughout the year, but take a look at your tuition invoice and take note of the fees you pay into the organization (they all collectively add up to more than a million dollars).
Video by Shauna McCarthy
It’s been a busy past couple of weeks here on campus with the Student Association elections. Now it is finally time to cast your vote. Hear what candidate Josh Bickle has to say about his hopes to become your future Vice President of College Affairs.
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A job in politics for most people doesn’t last forever. Outgoing Student Association president Amy England is no exception. Her last day on the job is April 30th and she isn’t upset.
“Oh no, I’m looking forward to moving on to the next phase,” said England.
“I basically accomplished almost everything I promised students, except for the student housing.”
Student housing has been for England, and the rest of the SA, a prickly issue throughout her term as president and even going back to previous administrations. In fact housing was one of the reasons England decided to run for the presidency.
England disagreed with former president Fraser McArthur’s handling of the student housing crisis. At the time, a couple years ago, England worked writing press releases for the SA and covering the issue for The Chronicle.
“We had a lot of disagreements on how he was handling certain things versus how I would have handled certain things and I stopped complaining and figured I would try it out,” explained England referring to McArthur. The former journalism student was elected president in early 2008.
But while housing is one problem England feels she didn’t solve, she believes she has done a lot of good in her time. One accomplishment she is particularly proud of is personally helping students when they needed it.
“The biggest thing that I’m proud of is all the students I’ve been able to help,” England said.
“I kept a lot of students from quitting school, giving them different options, helping them with financial aid and making sure that everything was possibly done and all research done to help them stay in school.”
But on a less personal level England is proud of eliminating a $25 fee off of tuition and for helping to secure more student study space in the library’s basement and upping the association’s visibility and profile on campus.
Now at the end, her sights are set on a seat on Oshawa’s city council. England has been listening to the public to find out what they want in a city councillor.
“I’ve had residents call me up and say ‘Are you the Amy England who’s dealt with the student housing issue?’ and I said yes and they said that they wanted to support me in standing up to the bullies at city hall.”
So for England her political career on campus is ending but she hopes a larger career in politics is just beginning. She’s eyeing a provincial post and beyond.
“I would love to be the Tommy Douglas for education and bring free post-secondary education to not only Ontario but all of Canada.”
Listen to the clip to hear what Amy England wants the voters of Oshawa to do.