Three on the ballot for EngSoc election

EngSoc presidential candidates take a break during a debate.
EngSoc presidential candidates take a break during a debate.

For three engineers the race is not to the top of the grease pole, but to the presidential seat of the Engineering Society (EngSoc).

“It is great to see three people interested in this position,” said Chris Zabaneh, current Engsoc president. “The average is usually two.”

Dave Monteith, Devon Stopps and John Connor Langford, all Sci ’07, are vying to be elected the next EngSoc president.

“It’s a very demanding job,” Zabaneh said. “EngSoc is growing, and come next year, the president will have the responsibility of sitting on the committee that will pick the new Dean of Applied Science.” This decision will shape engineering at Queen’s for the next five to 10 years, he said.

Monteith, Stopps and Langford began campaigning Jan. 16.

Monteith said he wants to increase help the Society produce more measurable results.

“[I want to] embrace and move our culture of bonding forward, and focus on how EngSoc is running internally,” he said.

Stopps said he hopes to encourage his fellow students to become more involved.

“I’d like to get everyone more involved in the decision process,” Stopps said, “and bring more issues to student attention.”

Langford said he will focus on promoting the good the Engineering Society does for Queen’s and for the Kingston community.

“EngSoc is a fantastic organization,” Langford said. “We have a lot to be proud of, and I’d like to show that we’re a positive and active force.”

Wednesday marked the last day of campaigning, so Monteith, Stopps and Langford took to the stage of Clark Hall to declare, for the last time, the reasons why they should be elected EngSoc president.

All three candidates have been actively involved within the Society as well as within the Queen’s community.

Monteith has experience as an EngSoc events director, a member of the EngWeek committee, and an events rep for ’07 executive.

Stopps has been an Engnet manager and a designer for the QPID website, and has taken on various leadership roles within the University.

Langford has gained experience through his role on EngSoc as VP (Student Development), through his time on the ethics commission and through chairing various committees within the Society.

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