Team CHR Wins AMS Election, Nick Day named Queen's Rector
The team known to voters as “CHR” has won this year’s AMS elections. The incoming executive includes new President Safiah Chowdhury, Vice-President Operations Ben Hartley, and Vice-President University Affairs Chris Rudnicki.
CHR’s platform consists of a number of popular initiatives. They’d like to see Homecoming brought back in 2011 as a university-sanctioned event exclusively for Queen’s students and alumni. Other goals include an equitable AMS that includes kosher and halal food options in AMS-run food outlets, consolidated student services, and increased support for Queen’s athletes. CHR also hopes to facilitate an all-candidates mayoral debate on campus the week prior to the municipal election.
Safiah Chowdhury is a politics and development studies student originally from Scarborough, Ontario. She is currently the vice-chair of the Queen’s University Muslim Students’ Association (QUMSA) and serves as AMS human rights deputy of the Social Issues Commission (SIC). She has worked for the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project and was a Gael during orientation week.
Ben Hartley is a fourth-year politics student from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is pursuing a career in international public policy, and currently serves as a student director on the AMS Board of Directors and works as a research assistant at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at the Queen’s School of Public Policy.
Chris Rudnicki is a third-year philosophy student from Ottawa, Ontario. He currently serves as the AMS clubs manager. He was an orientation coordinator last fall after being a Queen’s Gael in second year. He also worked on the CARE committee, which raises money for Cystic Fibrosis research while helping to introduce new Queen’s students to Kingston.
In other election news, Nick Day is the new Queen’s University rector. A fourth-year politics and philosophy student, he plans to start working toward a master’s degree at Queen’s in the fall. A member of the rowing team, he is also involved in Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG).
Mr. Day’s platform centres on three main initiatives – equity, TA training, and finance. He plans to organize a visiting lecture series on race and equality issues; have all TAs undergo anti-oppression training and be appropriately prepared for the responsibilities of leadership in the classroom; and create a process of student feedback to the Queen’s administration and the Board of Trustees so that budget cuts, tuition increases, and program cutbacks are minimized.