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Presidential Candidates




Hello fellow Capers,

My name is Brandon Ellis and I am a second year political science student here at Cape Breton University.

For two years, I have been councillor for the School of Arts & Community Studies with our Students’ Union. I volunteered with multiple committees and was elected Pro-Tem Accountability Chair and Secretary. I have been a society president and a Senator with the university.

My name is Brennan Boudreau, current Vice President of the CBU Students’ Union (CBUSU), and I am running to represent you as President of the CBUSU! For those who are interested, here’s my platform. 1 in 5 students suffer from mental health issues during their studies, and frankly we’re not doing enough to help those individuals. So, I promise to implement CBU’s first Mental Health Plan! Currently, we are paying too much for our Health Plan, I promise to change that! Thirdly, 30% of our students are international students, and I feel that we need a program put in place that welcomes them to Cape Breton University better! Last, a great and vibrant social life is key in improving your university experience. After a year of experience, I know which events work and which don’t. I promise to keep great Friday Night events all year long. I also know that a concert is possible if we try and book it early in the summer, if that’s what students want! Those are the basic ideas I came up with, however after talking to students I came to realize that those promises are not enough. So here’s what else I’m going to do: Install the Blue Light Emergency System for a safer campus. Advocate for more parking and better snow removal. Advocate for longer Cafeteria hours and better food. Demand campus internet/residence improvements! On Tuesday and Wednesday, Vote Brennan Boudreau as your next CBUSU President! Go CAPERS Go!

I have recently announced my candidacy for the presidency of the CBU Students’ Union. I first gained an interest in public service during the 2012 CBRM Municipal Election, where I was in fact a candidate. I ran in that election for many of the same reasons that I am running in this one, the biggest one being that I feel a change is desperately needed. We have seen a decline in student life this year and a decline in services that are important to students. Now is a time where we can move forward. We can create policies that will benefit the students of CBU.

In that time, I have seen both what our union does well and what needs to change. With your support I will put my experience to work as President. House Councils The idea has floated around the university for years, individual residences need representatives, organizing activities and representing students on campus to the union and university.

Sexual Assault Policy, Prevention, & Advocacy Another issue which has demanded attention. This We can take a more pro-active approach on sexual policy should be drafted with the Women’s Centre. assault prevention, we can create an international The union must make access to information and students’ centre, we can also work towards a better ongoing awareness priorities. Discussion of the transit system for those students who use the bus policy will involve partners in the university and regularly. community to ensure it is meaningful and lasting. I’m willing to go to the university and to the municipality to fight for the issues that are important to you. Recently, I was part of a team that was able to go to the municipality and advocate for the creation of a youth council in the CBRM, and we were able to achieve that. Vote Brandon Ellis on February 11th and 12th for effective representation that is willing to work for you!

Ride Sharing While advocacy for better bussing and parking should continue, new ways of dealing with the problem of transit need to be pursued. The union should build a carpooling program to ease transit, help the environment, and build a vibrant CBU community. Question Period Too often is the election the last time we see our representatives. Students should be able to question their union during a Question Period at the end of each meeting. Council meetings need to be in a more open space and streamed to the screens the union owns. Your Candidate for President, Ben McNutt

Vice-Presidential Candidates election and this article are not about me, they are about the issues that affect us all. This election is really about you!

power to address them. All candidates who are running are honorable people who take your concerns to heart. I truly believe that we as a community can work together to overcome the problems we face. My only request during this election is that you vote for who represents you best. Thank You!

Too often in campaigns, those of us who are running get so caught up in winning that we forget who and what we are running for. I must admit that I, too, am guilty, and for this I sincerely apologize.


I have to admit that I am rather uncomfortable writing something that is only for self-praise. This

It’s important that we remember why we run for these positions. I am not running simply to have a title, or to have another item on my resume. I chose to run because I love my university; I love my fellow students, professors, and staff. Sadly, however, I feel problems are coming forth that could hurt us as a community. The key problem is a sort of cynicism; we feel unheard, left out, and silenced in the decision making process. I want you all to know that as long as I am around, you don’t need to be cynical. You will have an outlet for your concerns, and I’ll do everything in my

Student Representative Council Candidates Cape Breton University Students’ Union Students’ Representative Council (SRC). Originally from Listuguj First Nation, Que., Sherry joins the CBU community as a mature student eager to get involved in student life at CBU, especially in her new role on the SRC.


First-year student, Sherry Condo is pleased to be this year’s Aboriginal representative for the

ideas and suggestions that are representative of the Aboriginal student body, increase cultural understanding amongst all students and raise awareness about Unama’ki College,” she says. “Our culture is important. Through education we will keep it strong.”

The Bachelor of Arts Community Studies student takes great pride in representing the Aboriginal student body on SRC. “Accepting the role, it gives me great honour knowing I have support and trust from the Unama’ki College students from surrounding areas including Eskasoni, Membertou, and Chapel Island,” she says. As the Aboriginal Student Representative, her role is to represent all Aboriginal students, address shared concerns and to inform her peers of events, initiatives and opportunities at CBU. “I hope my term on SRC inspires others, as I’d like to see more Aboriginal students sit on SRC in the future. I am hoping to bring to the table

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