TPC: Balancing between work & play

‘What sets a team apart is their ability to understand what it means to be a Queen’s student’

Pat Cooke, ArtSci ’09
Pat Cooke, ArtSci ’09

AMS elections come and go, but there is one thing about Queen’s that doesn’t change. We work hard.
We play hard. When I was first thinking about this year’s AMS election, I thought I would remain unbiased. But after spending more time with Alvin Tedjo, John Paterson and Liz Craig (TPC), I know they are the right choice for next year’s AMS executive and for me. TPC represent more than just three faculties or three issues or themes—they represent the Queen’s lifestyle, the balance needed between work and play.

This is the spirit of Queen’s. Q.LIFE is about life outside of Queen’s. Offering LSAT and MCAT preparation courses at cost means accessibility. Writing the LSATs already costs approximately $300, let alone the cost of a preparation course.

Money aside, it’s about having a chance. Their focus on mental health is part of this paradigm. Their plan to work to reduce the numberof exams required to declare a conflict—changing it from three to two—is directly related to workload. They understand it isn’t always easy. I encountered this situation this past semester with two exams in a span of six hours, which was not an easy feat to accomplish.

Working hard is demanding, exhausting and it’s stressful. TPC is offering a tangible solution to this problem, which affects all students and can really improve our marks, stress levels and sleeping habits during exams. It’s a real answer.

TPC also believes that playing hard, doesn’t always mean partying hard. They believe that the AMS needs to ensure that all students have the opportunity to play hard in a broader learning environment. This means that they will address the need of having a JDUC and PEC in transition and find alternative venues for intramurals and clubs that are not only accessible, but affordable. This balance is necessary.

I believe that TPC will bring balance to the AMS. I know the three individuals on TPC through their respective involvement with Queen’s Student Constables, Queen’s First Aid and The AMS
Pub Services.

I know I can say with certainty they are all disciplined and motivated individuals, and their ideas come from thorough research and thoughtful debate. What sets them apart from the other team are their solutions. There are real problems that face Queen’s students and the AMS. I believe that the team offers answers to these problems will set out to get to the heart of the problem. TPC is willing to work a little harder to get the job done.

AMS elections might come and go, but what sets a team apart is their ability to understand what it means to be a Queen’s student. I know that TPC has done this. On Feb. 6 and 7 come out and vote. And if you believe in working hard and playing hard, vote for Team TPC—Tedjo, Paterson, Craig.

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