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Angela McInnes | Interrobang | Opinion | September 6th, 2019

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Greetings, readers from the Fanshawe community and beyond. Welcome to this week’s issue of Interrobang.

In the wake of a first-time ever absence of a full-time president in the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU), our cover story asks a necessary question: where are our student leaders?

These are uneasy times. With a federal election on the horizon, Canadians are busy contemplating the nation’s future. Provincially, students are trying to cope with the financial strain of a drastically reformed financial aid system. And let’s not forget that globally, the human race may or may not be too late to save the world from climate change.

That’s a lot to think about while managing school and daily life, and it might be easy to dismiss student politics in the grand scheme. But as I worked on reporting a more in-depth overview of the FSU’s tricky situation, I found that interviews with student leaders, past and present, turned up pretty much the same thing – now, more than ever, is the time for students to step up and lead their peers.

Running for a directorial or presidential role in the upcoming by-election means voluntarily representing over 20,000 full-time Fanshawe College students for the year, all while keeping up with your homework. The job is not to be taken lightly. But it is not without its rewards.

As president, you’ll get an inside look at managing non-profits. You’ll build valuable relationships, conduct meetings, develop budgets, and learn how to advocate for the needs of the very group you are a part of.

The role means being the voice of a population that, speaking from experience, has never had it easy; and in this world, having a voice can sometimes be the key difference between victory and defeat.

Okay, enough preaching. Student governance is important because it’s always the seemingly small stuff that ends up making the bigger picture. Please consider running in the by-election, and at the very least please vote during the voting period from October 7 to 10. Go to fsu. ca/elections to learn more about the requirements to run, and visit the FSU’s office at SC1000 for more information.

Got it? Good. Thanks as always for reading Interrobang and keeping yourself informed on the going’s-on of your friendly neighbourhood Fanshawe Student Union. In the words of interim president Julia Brown: “You should care. It’s your money.”

And so it goes,

Angela McInnes
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