Team BACK takes CESA

Abbey Cressman, Elisabeth Beard and Gladys Kong win executive election

Team BACK, the only team that ran for the Concurrent Education Student Association (CESA) executive, won a vote of confidence Wednesday night.

Team BACK consists of Abbey Cressman, presidential candidate, Elisabeth Beard, vice-presidential (internal) candidate, and Gladys Kong, vice-presidential (external) candidate. All three are ConEd ’15 and have served on CESA Council for the past academic year.

Cressman is Queen’s Conference on Education Chair, Beard is events director and Kong is treasurer.

The team’s platform focused on generating greater student involvement in CESA Council.

In their platform, they promised a “how-to” book to encourage students to attend Council meetings, financial transparency as they re-evaluated the use of the recently increased student fee and an education speaker series that will connect students with education professionals.

All three were visibly excited about their win. Beard called it “kind of surreal”.

Cressman said she was most excited to start transitioning.

“I really just want to get that backbone knowledge, so that we can really build something out of it and really make it into our own,” she said.

Kong added she’s looking forward to working with the rest of CESA Council.

“On top of that, Extended Council is hiring, so we’re looking forward to whoever’s going to come out for that because there are a ton of opportunities … and a lot of ideas that are floating out there, so we want to pursue those as well,” she added.

- Chloe Sobel

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