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Angela McInnes | Interrobang | Opinion | October 4th, 2019



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Greetings, readers from the Fanshawe community and beyond. Welcome to a brand new issue of Interrobang.

This week’s issue presents all the necessary information you need about the Fanshawe Student Union’s (FSU) upcoming by-election. In case you didn’t know, this by-election is rather historical. It is the first time a full-time student will be elected to take on the presidential role on a part-time basis.

As I’m sure I’ve said before, taking the presidential seat in addition to full-time studies is a rather large commitment for the candidates to make. Voters must carefully consider who among the running four — Julia Brown, Ben Clements, Amanda Meunier and Keren Nanneti — will be best suited to take on the responsibility. Whoever becomes president must be counted on to represent the student voice in dealings with College administration, the London community, and even the provincial government. This is not something to be taken lightly.

On a positive note, it’s encouraging to see the high amount of student interest in this anomalous event. In addition to the four presidential candidates comes 11 prospective directors to sit on the Student Administrative Council (SAC), the governing body that holds the FSU president to account.

While researching a previous story on the by-election, I discovered that voter turnout for student government elections in Ontario typically peaks at 20 per cent of eligible voters. Perhaps the level of enthusiasm for Fanshawe’s 2019/2020 by-election will see higher numbers in this arena.

Regardless, democracy in general ought to be on students’ brains as the federal election date — Oct. 21 — draws near. We are lucky to exist in a system where our government represents our own choice. Make your voice heard at Fanshawe, and in Canada, by practising your right to vote.

Voting for the next FSU president can be done on Fanshawe Online (FOL) from Oct. 7 to 2 p.m., Oct. 10. Results will be announced in The Out Back Shack that day at 3 p.m.

And so it goes,
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