Most albums have one or two great singles, and the rest is filler music.
In designing the platform, we’ve gone for Beyonce’s Lemonade.
Each point can stand strong on its own, but all come together as a cohesive theme.Our platform is designed to invest in a diverse range of student ideas and communities.
We are about collaboration and innovation. We are Better Together.
Everything here is necessary, though some wins will come faster than others. All our ideas are practical, and will produce tangible results for students.
Our union can be even better, but only if we work together
Time for students at McMaster to have reliable, uninterrupted access to WiFi. on campus.
We will expand the services offered by McMaster Farmstand, and Mac Bread Bin to deliver healthy, affordable food, and student-friendly recipes to students’ doorstep.
The MSU will hire students to support their neighbours through community building initiatives, crisis support, and peer support for off-campus students.
We will bring together McMaster Engineering Society - Phase One, University Technology Services, the Student Success Centre, the Campus Store and Lyons New Media Centre.
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Q: Where is the funding coming from to expand CLAY to a full year service?
After studying the MSU Operating budget, we are looking to reallocate funds from proven inefficient sources. We have seen first hand during Welcome Week, for example, that swag bags aren’t valued beyond the water bottles. Taking a look at the price and cost of specific and inefficient spending is one way this initiative could be funded.
Additionally, we are looking to use outside sponsors and grants to help alleviate costs. The beautiful thing about working in collaboration with already existing groups, initiatives and charities is that expenses can be shared.
Q: What will happen to student financial literacy after Welcome Week?
The MSU will collaborate with Mac’s Money Center and the Student Success Center to host programming specifically to help students understand important skills like budgeting for life savings, taxes and pension plans. These programs will also help students understand the timeline they will need to follow in order to pay off their student loans. Mac’s Money Center holds workshops throughout the school year on everything from credit to debt, as well as offer counselling services on money management, to all full time and graduate students.
Q: What improvements will you be making to MSU CLAY?
Drop-out rates among young people in Hamilton are far higher than rates across Ontario. We hope to engage McMaster youth to reduce these dropout rates, and clubs are an excellent way to do so. There are many MSU clubs who pride themselves in the engagement of youth in the city of Hamilton on and off the McMaster campus. The MSU Clubs department is home to 200+ student groups who advocate for their fellow students and younger peers.
The work that Creating Leadership Among Students (CLAY) does is so important in empowering future generations. However, it is important that we serve the youth who are underprivileged as well. Expanding CLAY to a full-year service ensures underrepresented students are supported by mentors in recreational, academic and social contexts.
The end goal is to make CLAY much more meaningful by expanding to year-round and socio-economically diverse engagement.
Q: What are the geographic boundaries of eligibility for Good Food delivery?
This would be dependent on the response we get from the students. We would need to gauge the level of interest for students to determine specific zones for delivery. Initially, the service would be geared towards the student neighbourhoods around McMaster. If we saw interest in students living further away, we would need to reevaluate.
Q:Who pays for the boxes to be used at La Piazza?
We know, based on our consultations with hospitality that there are currently three hundred green food boxes sitting in storage, waiting to be used. Our goal is to take the resources we already have and use them more effectively. With the buy-in from these boxes, we could invest new revenue into purchasing more and expanding the service.
Q: Will there be a subsidy for those students who cannot afford the $5 green box?
The price of a box will be a built-in cost for first year students. In their first year, students living in residence typically buy most of their food on campus, using their meal card. Disposable containers from Centro come with a fee of 10 cents per container. Using a green box, students pay off the cost of their green box after 50 meals, and from then on begin to save money.
First year students who live off-campus would receive a green box in their welcome package at our Off-Campus Welcome Day. However, we recognize that they are not required to buy a meal card. As such they would be given the option to opt-out of the green box program.
However, this would be inadvisable. As students graduate or find that they are no longer using the green box, they will be able to return the green box to receive their $5 initial fee in return. In essence, this $5 becomes a deposit, to finance the continuance of the program. This reduces waste and incentivizes the return of the boxes. To keep track of students with green boxes, a registry will be made and updated as green boxes are bought and returned. Consequently, off-campus students still stand to save money from this program.
Q: Who will deliver the Good Food Delivery boxes?
As part of our Good Food Delivery program, we would like to create more student jobs within the MSU. Delivery would occur one day of the month, and would be a great source of extra income for students hired. This also creates opportunities for students to engage with the MSU and MSU Services.
Q: How can we make wifi better?
Progress has already been made within UTS towards this end. A need for improvement of WiFi services has been identified. Financially, UTS has already allocated the funds necessary for upgrading network services. What remains is to determine which areas of campus will be prioritized for upgrades. For more information on this and the rest of the report, please refer to the link below.
Upon consultation with a member of the Technical Round Table, a committee of senior IT staff on campus, we know that there are many members of TRT that would welcome a closer working partnership with students, and specifically with the MSU. We are already in the process of building a closer working and consultation relationship with the people at UTS in charge of upgrades.
Pauline Taggart currently represents student concerns on TRT; with the new restructuring of IT services, we would like to push for more. We will advocate for a student-held position within the new system of boards and committees, in the position where they would be most effective. As the new form of IT services on campus is as of yet unknown, this position has yet to be determined.
Q: Do you have the permission of other candidates to release platform points for M.S.You? How will one point be chosen from all the platform points?
When this election is over in two weeks, candidates’ ideas are still publicly available. We hope to honour those who worked hard and committed themselves as candidates by collecting and compiling these ideas for students to vote on. Similar to the process for picking the top choice for the Student Life Enhancement Fund (SLEF), feasible options are provided to students and they are asked to rank the ideas they like the most. This will be done through an, readily available poll on the MSU website. The platform points would be posted here, and students would have the opportunity to vote on those issues which matter most to them.
Q: What consultation did you do to develop your accessibility point?
A: First and foremost, while designing our campaign we wanted to reach out to as many students as possible. We wanted to broaden the scope of accessibility conversations on campus to encompass past, present, and future work.
Since September, we have consulted with the President of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students to inform our accessibility platform point.. The president of this organization has done a lot of work on and off-campus advocating for student accessibility.
We also consulted with religious and cultural clubs for background information and knowledge about students’ needs. If any club feels that their voice has been neglected, we would be more than happy to hear and share your concerns on our platform.