Eli Ridder | The Post

Several IGNITE Board of Directors candidates questioned on Monday the campaign rules for student elections at the University of Guelph-Humber that result in the walls near the elevator being covered in posters. 

“I’ve heard complaints from students, and I disliked it personally myself,” Nikki Sandhu said, explaining that “when singular walls are plastered from floor to ceiling with posters, it becomes easier to just ignore the posters.”

“I don’t want students to feel like this is a horse race, with flamboyancy but no substance.”

The Guelph-Humber administration strictly regulates where posters for elections can go at its campus building and Humber College allows for more free reign with posting.

Not all candidates agreed, with Saffiya Lulat pointing out that the rules make it so that the posters are in a “centralized location so the students know where to look”.

Lulat also said that even if the GH administration were to loosen their regulations on where candidates can post, walls would still be “plastered top to bottom”.

Amelia Savoie pointed out that loose regulations at Humber have not resulted in an overcrowding, saying that “it’s less cluttered over there.”

“When you open up more area for posting, it shouldn’t be post as much as you can, Sandhu said in the Post’s digital press pool for Guelph-Humber board candidates.

“Environmentally, it’s unsustainable and visually, it’s draining.”

Lulat said that she had not heard many complaints over the issue.

“I heard compliments about how it’s nice to see people getting involved and having stuff to look at and read on the walls,” she wrote.

Savoie pointed out that it wasn’t a major issue for candidates in the student body’s final decision.

“Honestly, putting posters up won’t make or break your campaign. You do need some up but it’s all about talking with students. The only thing that makes or breaks you is not having a picture or platform online,” Savoie wrote.

‘General posting boards’

Nikki Sandhu said that “general posting boards would be a nice change” for election campaigning in Guelph-Humber.

“I know it’s not an ‘IGNITE’ area to deal with, but it would be nice to propose areas to manage listings for events, elections,” and Sandhu wrote in the press pool.

“I really do feel for clubs and staff that are unable to use the space for three weeks” the Board of Directors candidate continued.

Savoie agreed, saying “I work at [Lakeshore Campus] for FYE and we can’t put any posters up for our events cause [they’re] over powered.”

The conversation came about due to a complaint from one candidate that posters were being torn down by others in a fight for space near the elevator areas where the campaigns are allowed to market.

None of the candidates specifically said whether it was an issue they would follow up on if elected, and candidate Michaela Wong said she would follow up with her comments to a Post inquiry about the issue.

The Post has asked Guelph-Humber vice president candidates and presidential candidates for their say on the posters topic.

More details to follow. Image of the posters on the second floor of the University of Guelph-Humber from the Post. 


Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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