Hi everyone. I’m Eman Ali and I’m here at the Tecumseh Lounge in the SCC bringing you live updates on the RSU election debate
Tweet me @_emanali to join the conversation
The debate is set to begin in one minute. But it looks like it might start a little later.
Chairs are being added to accommodate the full house.
The debate's format: Candidates will be speaking in alphabetical order by last name, and they have three minutes to answer the questions
Only Ryerson students are allowed to ask questions.
Today we will be hearing from two parties that are running in the election: Unite Ryerson and Transform RU
Executive candidates for Unite Ryerson are:
VP Education-Zidane Mohamed,
VP Operations-Drew Silverthorn,
VP Student Life-Ali Moeng,
and VP Equity-Anuija Jeeva
Executive candidates of Transform RU:
VP Education- Cormac McGee
VP Operations-Obaid Ullah Babar
VP Student Life and events-Harman Singh
and VP Equity-Rabia Idrees
Candidates for VP Student life, Ali Moeng and Harman Singh are seated at the front.
Moeng: "I will introducing an online portal to book rooms to see what rooms are available."
Moeng: says he cares about students and that's why he's with Unite Ryesron.
Singh: plans to bring his global perspective into Ryerson.
Plans to include a 48-hour repsonse time to RSU student groups.
He plans on creating a student leadership retreat.
He plans to incorporate all student groups on the events calendar and plans to have a bigger budget for Student groups
The session is now going to a five minute pizza break. #RSUDebate
The lights have gone out in the room
We're now moving on to question period for the VP student life candidates. #RSUDebate
First question: What would you do to engage commuter students in RSU events?
Singh: He says he plans to organize events earlier to accommodate students.
Moeng says we need to look into the timing of events. He also says we need to find different ways to reach out to students.
Q: What will candidates do to create networking events, and not just event like "open mic nights"
Singh: He says he will plan events thats are across not just Ryerson, but different universities.
Moeng says he plans to sponsor events that are planned by other clubs.
Q: What experience do you have on campus?
The next candidates for VP operation are coming up: Obaid Ullah(TransformRU), Joshua D'Cruz(Independent) and Drew Silverthorn(Unite Ryerson)
Drew Silverthorn received a standing ovation by a few members of the audience.
First question for the VP of operations candidates:If you are elected how do you plan to utilize funds to accommodate resources to help all students (not just a selected few), ensure minimal waste and increase operational efficiency?
D'Cruz says we can take the $400,000 the RSU currently pays for metropasses and use it towards something else. Says he plans on introducing bylaws.
Silverthorn says we need to engage students in the budget making process. He also says students can choose to opt out of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).
Ullah says he's not 100% sure on how the operations are run right now. Says he would sit with the CFS to accommodate students more effectively.
Q: How would you balance budget books and where else would you find alternative funding?
Silverthorn says he thinks it's something that needs to be collaborated with other executives. He would like to introduce membership incentives for student groups in addition to a solid base amount that all groups should receive.
Ullah says he would use the RSU's previous executives to build from their previous initiatives. "We can accomplish things as a team," he says.
Q: What is your knowledge of the current RSU services and why are they important?