Eli Ridder | The Post
IGNITE presidential candidate Allisa Lim took an early lead in campaigning by being the first to get up posters.
Lim worked with a partner to put up hundreds of campaign posters on the North Campus, at both Humber and Guelph-Humber on Tuesday night.
Currently, Lim is the vice president for Lakeshore Campus, but wants to take the top spot.
More coverage to follow. Image of Lim’s posters on Wednesday morning from the Post. ■
Khosla wins IGNITE presidency, other results announced
IGNITE announced the election winners from Lakeshore Campus on Friday evening.
Eli Ridder, Melissa Lopez | The Avro Post
Humber College student Monica Khosla won the presidency of IGNITE for the next school year, officials announced at the Lakeshore Campus on Friday evening, along with twelve other election winners.
Ms. Khosla won with 4,070 ballots, with Allisa Lim coming in second at 3,956. There was 463 abstentions on the presidential ballot.
This means that president-designate Monica Khosla won 47.94 per cent of the overall vote and runner-up Allisa Lim took 46.60 per cent in a tight race.
Maheen Nazim became the vice president-designate of Guelph-Humber with 412 votes, over 100 points ahead of the second place candidate, Rose Bonello, who got 297 ballots in favour.
Graham Budgeon was elected vice president of Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus with 1194 votes in favour, a full 405 votes ahead of candidate Joshua Devenport.
Jeremy Largo Afonso, who campaigned most notably on re-opening the Linx bar at North, won the vice presidency for his campus with 1557.
Kevin Siery and Saffiya Lulat were elected to represent Guelph-Humber at the Board of Directors, just votes apart from each other.
Mr. Siery was highest ranked board candidate at 204 votes in favour, and Ms. Lulat came a close second place at 201 ballots in favour.
Margarita Bader, Nisha Haroon, and Christian Semerjian won the board seats to represent Lakeshore Campus.
Tashornna Simpson, Rohit Sharma, Shayan Shakil and Parth Amin won the slots for North Campus.
Current President Maja Jocson said the elections turnout was the largest ever for IGNITE at 8,489 student ballots over the course of the voting week.
IGNITE’s new president, Monica Khosla told The Post she is overwhelmed with the results and already feels the pressure of her new role.
“It’s excitement but like now there’s this weight on me because I know how much of a good job the past president did, so I just feel like I have really big shoes to fill.”
Khosla’s campaign revolved around bringing a more intimate interaction between students and IGNITE. Her main strategy to gain the student’s trust was by including students of all ages.
“I talked to them [students] at different times of the day cause at different times of the day you have different types of students,” Khosla told the Post.
“Their needs and wants are going to be different and we need to make sure that we’re advocating for all the students.”
This year’s elections had the largest voting turnout with over 8,000 students that submitted their ballots, an increase in comparison to last year’s elections.
Khosla thinks the reason behind this is due to the candidates.
“Last year, even though I was running I didn’t feel like there was as much going on, I noticed that all of the candidates this year were incredibly passionate about what they were advocating for and it showed,” explains Khosla.
“It got people excited and made them aware I think the thing was is we had very strong candidates and we had people that were already very involved with the student community so they had a lot of relationships but they also expanded which is why a lot of us got so many votes.”
One of Khosla’s goals as president, is to bring a more prominent presence of IGNITE to Guelph-Humber.
“There needs to be a lot more awareness at Guelph Humber,” says Khosla.
“They [GH students] are part of our community and I have felt like they have been left out …we need to bring all of our events and if not at least bring a lot more exposure.”
- Maheen Nazim – GH
- Graham Budgeon – Lakeshore
- Jeremy Largo Afonso – North
Board of Directors, GH
- Kevin Siery
- Saffiya Lulat
Board of Directors, North
- Tashornna Simpson
- Rohit Sharma
- Shayan Shakil
- Parth Amin
Board of Directors, Lakeshore
- Margarita Bader
- Nisha Haroon
- Christian Semerjian
More details to follow. ■
Campus election results release at 5 p.m.
Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Thirteen of the 33 candidates across three campuses vying for student leadership positions at IGNITE will be announced as the designate for the position they won when officials give the results on Friday at 5 p.m. on Lakeshore Campus.
There are multiple leadership positions up for grabs including the president, various vice presidents and multiple Board of Directors seats.
The Avro Post will be at Humber College Lakeshore Campus for the announcement coming at 5 p.m. in the K Building.
The election period started late last month at the beginning of reading week, with candidates pasting up posters at the University of Guelph-Humber and the multiple Humber College campuses.
An elections forum at Guelph-Humber dove into the platforms of the candidates campaigning to represent the university at IGNITE.
More details to follow. Image of Lakeshore Campus from previous files. ■
Board candidates in favor of transit pass
Four University of Guelph-Humber Board of Directors candidates are in favor of the proposed discounted transit pass for post-secondary students that could be offered to schools as early as next week.
Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Four University of Guelph-Humber Board of Directors candidates said on Wednesday they are in favor of the proposed discounted transit pass for post-secondary students that could be offered to schools as early as next week.
The Toronto Transit Commission is set to consider the “U-Pass” next week, a plan that would have students share the cost of a semester transit card among the tuition of full-time students at a cost of $280, resulting in a guaranteed profit for the city company.
Raakeve Gunasekaram, Saffiya Lulat, Amelia Savoie and Nikke Sandhu all told The Avro Post via the digital press pool on Wednesday afternoon that they were in favor of having the pass, which would spread the cost over student tuition for schools that opt in.
The Academic Reform Group released a statement in favor of transparency over the transit program late on Wednesday.
The student group also requested that the University of Guelph-Humber, Humber College and IGNITE Student Life release any information they may have on potentially joining the program should it be activated.
It is unclear at this point whether Guelph-Humber or Humber College would opt into the so-called “U-Pass” and who would make that decision, however, Ryerson University’s student newspaper reported that Humber was “interested”.
Elected IGNITE Student Life officials did not respond to a Post inquiry made two weeks ago on whether Humber College was indeed looking to get involved in the discounted pass.
More details to follow. Image of the campaign posters from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post. ■
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