MCRC Election Coverage

Main Campus Residents’ Council (MCRC) executive candidates Team CYS are hoping to pick up where they left off.

Running unopposed, Team CYS consists of incumbent President Robyn Courtney, ArtSci ’10, vice-president (residence affairs) candidate David Yoon, ArtSci ’12, and incumbent Vice-President (Discipline) Edward Schiavon, ArtSci ’10. Courtney and Schiavon are both running for re-election, while running mate Yoon is new to MCRC. All three have lived in residence for the entirety of their time at Queen’s.

Courtney said another year in office would allow her to continue the projects she began this year, such as expanding MCRC’s responsibilities to include services.

“We’ve really built this foundation of what we’ve done so far,” she said. “Another year in office would give us the opportunity to expand on that. … One thing we’ve really been missing this year is services.”

Courtney said plans are underway for MCRC to incorporate as a non-profit business as of May 1.

“It’ll make things easier when we’re expanding into services. … It’ll take a lot of liability off the executive.”

Another project Team CYS wants to implement is an expansion of the residents’ extranet site to give residents the option to post they courses they’re taking. Extranet is a network within the internet that has been secured from outside users. Courtney said the change would make it easier for residents to find classmates to study and attend classes with.

Schiavon said his main focus this year was introducing the clean-up sanction, a new disciplinary action in which residents pick up garbage and recyclables around campus and in residence halls as a form of punishment.

“We use that as an educational sanction,” he said.

Schiavon said he’s also used his time in office to restock residence front desks with new materials such as sports equipment and board games for residents to borrow, an endeavour he plans to continue if re-elected.

Newcomer Yoon said he decided to get involved with MCRC as a way to give back to the University.

“I found an opportunity to work toward improving the community.”

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