Team GAS: Looking for involvement

MCRC executive candidates looking to keep discipline system peer based

MCRC executive candidate team GAS believes that, if elected, their experience within the residence system will prove to be their greatest asset.

“I’ve lived in residence all three years that I’ve been here at Queen’s. I started off as a floor rep in second year. I then ran as president for Leggett in third year and was successful,” said presidential candidate Robyn Gregory.

Gregory, ArtSci, ‘10 said she hopes that her time in residence has equipped her to enhance the first year experience for the majority of students who call residence home.

“I see MCRC as a great organization for students to get involved in. With my experience dealing with the University, I feel it’s a great way that I can make an impact on first year students who are just entering the residence system.”

Gregory said her team would take a student centered approach to its governing style, if it was to be elected into office.

“We want to make sure that students are getting what they want. We want to make sure that the needs are being met for all students who are living in residence. It’s not up to us to decide what the residents want; it’s up to us to meet the needs of the student body we would represent.”

Vice-president (residence life) candidate Jake Axelrod said his involvement in the residence system began in first year.

“Last year, I was the executive intern for the vice-president (discipline) for MCRC. This year, I was elected as house president for Lower Victoria Hall. “

Axelrod said he feels that, although MCRC is often overlooked, it should by no means be taken for granted.

“MCRC is sometimes an undervalued and underappreciated organization. We all have lived in residences during our entire time here at Queen’s. As such, I think it’s important that its executive represent their body well.”

Axelrod said his team is campaigning on two promises.

“Our major platform promises are more student involvement and openness among residences,” he said. “Students need to know how their money is being spent. We need to make sure that what MCRC follows the desires of its constituents. We want to have some level of transparency.”

Vice-president (discipline) candidate Edward Schiavon said he was attracted to discipline system early in his academic career. He is currently a discipline facilitator, a position he has held since last year.

“This is my third year in residence. Ever since I came here I was interested in the discipline system here in the residences,” he said. “I figured after three years of being involved here, I would give back and contribute by running for this position.”

Schiavon, ArtSci ’10, said he wants to ensure that the MCRC’s discipline system remain student run.

“We want to keep it peer based. We want to keep discipline non-academic. We don’t believe misdemeanors should have any affect on their academic record. We don’t believe that the two are related.”

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