ComSoc race uncontested

Team PFK wants to prioritize cross-collaboration between faculties

Team PFK said Commerce students continue to face increasing class sizes.
Team PFK said Commerce students continue to face increasing class sizes.
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Team PFK is campaigning unopposed for Commerce Society executive, but only one team member is currently in Canada.

Vice-president (external) candidate David Koke is fielding questions on campus while presidential candidate Nicola Plummer is in Switzerland and vice-president (internal) candidate Daniel Farewell is in France.

For the third year in a row, there’s only one team running.

Part of team PFK’s platform focuses on promoting cross-collaboration between faculties, as well as developing a planning process to determine how ComSoc bodies can effectively use their resources.

One challenge that Commerce students continue to face, Farewell said, is increasing class sizes.

“The biggest issue on everyone’s mind however is sustaining the tightness of the Commerce community, and calibre of the ComSoc portfolio, as 450-student classes continue to arrive.”

Farewell, Comm ’13, said PFK will address this issue by ensuring that ComSoc maintains a strong sense of community.

Team PFK has approximately eight volunteers on their campaign team, as well as a campaign manager to organize class talks.

The team’s platform includes plans to advertise controversial issues being brought to AMS Assembly with the goal of soliciting feedback from Commerce students.

Farewell has experience both inside and outside ComSoc. In the past, he held the positions of ComSoc intern, director of the ComSoc advisory board and a commerce representative on Senate.

Plummer, Comm ’13, has sat on ComSoc assembly since her first year at Queen’s.

Plummer said she’s running for president because she wants to see ComSoc and the Commerce student body work together. “I want Commerce students to see ComSoc as a resource, something they use to pursue their passions,” she said.

Plummer has also been involved with Queen’s Commerce Initiative Abroad, Queen’s Leadership, Excellence and Development Conference and the Queen’s Wears Green campaign.

Koke, Comm ’13, said collaboration is the biggest part of the team’s platform.

“ComSoc offers a lot of opportunities for students but they are in very focused areas,” he said. “We want to collaborate with the AMS and EngSoc and other faculty societies to identify the opportunities that match the interest of every Commerce student.”

One goal is to to inform students from other societies of career opportunities that branch away from their specific faculties.

According to Koke, these shared resources would benefit all parties.

“ComSoc plays a unique role because a lot of people want to go into the industries that we offer but they are not in Commerce,” he said. “It’s about opening our doors to them.”

Koke currently sits in an elected position as the president of the 2013 Commerce class. He has also been involved with Queen’s Conference on International Business and Queen’s Non-Profit Gateway, a committee that facilitates student engagement with the non-profit sector.

Online voting for the ComSoc elections will take place on Feb. 14 and 15.

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