TNL favours attainability

Bridge linking the Queen’s Centre and JDUC among platform points

Left to right: Liam Faught, Nicola Plummer and Troy Sherman comprise team TNL.
Left to right: Liam Faught, Nicola Plummer and Troy Sherman comprise team TNL.

Troy Sherman, Nicola Plummer and Liam Faught, the candidates behind TNL, are running on a self-described feasible platform, with a focus on informing and advocating for students.

Faught, ArtSci ’14, is the current AMS commissioner of internal affairs, and has spent the year working closely with Sherman, ArtSci ’14, current municipal affairs commissioner.

Plummer, Comm ’13, has extensive involvement in the Commerce Society, of which she is now president. She’s the first executive candidate from the ComSoc to run for AMS executive in five years.

“Win or lose, I hope that other students in the student body see that just because you’re not an Arts and Science student, the AMS is [still] a service for you,” vice-president of operations candidate Plummer said.

Attainability was important to the team in crafting their platform, Plummer said.

“We made sure we could do it before we wrote it down,” she said.

Many of their ideas involve lobbying for change and empowering students.

“Nothing is impossible,” Plummer said. “You just need to keep trying harder.”

Their platform ideas are grouped into four “focus areas”: opportunities, advocacy, accountability and accessibility.

“We built from the ground up,” vice-president of university affairs candidate Faught said. “We started talking about our platform points first and then started to realize that all of these points can fit under themes that are very important to us as individuals and should be important to the AMS.”

TNL plans to build a bridge between the JDUC and the Queen’s Centre using funds from the $1.2 million dollar JDUC Renovation Fund.

They hope it will create an easier, safer route for students to cross from one building to the other. A proposed new lounge area outside of the Tricolour Outlet and CoGro Express will also increase traffic between the buildings, they said.

Academic ventures in their platform include lobbying for a personal interest credit, which will allow students to take courses outside of their departments on a pass or fail basis. This is meant to encourage students who may be intimidated by courses in other areas of study, who would take them without fearing academic repercussions. Connecting with students is important to TNL, and social media is a major tool the team wishes to utilize; they hope to launch an AMS app, which will provide students with access to various student services and information all in one place, should they be elected.

Each member believes they each bring something different to the team and complement each other.

“We clicked, and that for me was the biggest thing—you have to have good team chemistry,” presidential candidate Sherman said. “You want to make sure you can work together and be friends together and we’ve done a very good job at that.”

The team members said they understand how the AMS works and will easily adapt to their new roles, should they be elected.

“You do it because you feel, genuinely, you have something else to offer. You do it for the society,” Sherman said. “You have the ideals, hopes and dreams of the student body at heart and it’s you job to voice them and advocate for them and find different solutions.”

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