2 The Chronicle February 13 - 19, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus BACK of the FRONT DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT, and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras Art on Campus! Photograph by Cassidy McMullen Chris Cote, a third year advanced fine arts student, working on painting in one of DC's art studios on the Oshawa campus. Photograph by Cassidy McMullen Amy Johnston, a third year advanced fine arts student, sculpting a rat for her thesis show at the end of the semester. Dragons coming to DC CBC's Dragons' Den is coming to DC looking for entrepreneurs to audition. Wednesday, Feb. 28, auditions take place on the Oshawa campus 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Services Building in room SSB 116. Follow the Chronicle on Twitter @DCUOITChronicle
Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca February 13 - 19, 2018 The Chronicle 3 A fresh start: DC Students Inc. John Cook The Chronicle Durham College students might not be too familiar with the acronym DCSI. Not yet, that is. Student leadership at Durham College Student’s Inc. (DCSI), DC’s new, independent student association is hoping the upcoming election, along with events to promote engagement, is going to change that. Following the separation of the joint DC-UOIT Student Association last year, students at the college have been represented by DCSI, while university students have their own organization, UOIT Student Union, or USU. According to its website, DCSI serves multiple functions, including advocating for students’ rights, providing a range of support services for students, and engaging students to “become part of the college culture.” Peter Garrett and Naqi Hyder are the current co-directors of DCSI. Garret is a graduate of DC’s paralegal program, while Hyder is a current student in the college’s paramedic program. However, unlike previous student association leaders, neither were elected to their posts. Due to a series of incidents and obstacles, DC’s regularly scheduled student election was cancelled at the last minute last March, leaving some confusion over who would be at the helm of the new student union. Both got into their current positions by applying for a summer job with DC last year. Their duties were to assist in the Aly Beach, Cassidy McMullen and Kirsten Jerry The Chronicle A new era of student politics is underway at Durham College. The Durham College (DC) student association, now called DC Students Inc. (DCSI), is holding its first independent election Feb. 20 to March 2. DCSI was created after the DC and UOIT Student Association split last year. “This is your first election to for all of you to take control of your own student association, your own services, your own events,” says Peter Garrett, DCSI’s director and transition manager. After the election, DCSI will have a new president, two new vice-presidents and eight new directors, representing each of the DC schools. The winners will serve a one year term, May 1 to April 30, 2019. As part of the general election the student representative for the Durham College Board of Governors will also be decided. The Board of Governors is responsible for strategic planning budget approval. Nominees for both elections will be on the same online ballot so students only have Naqi Hyder, co-director of the new DC Students Inc. creation of a new student union, and lay a framework for how DCSI would be run. “Originally it was a four-month contract. We had to put together a plan to represent the students during the transition,” said Garrett. “Once the negotiations reached a certain point, myself and Naqi put forward an option to the school that we’d be willing to stay on, and all parties involved agreed.” By September, DCSI will have its first elected representatives, according to DCSI. The nomination process for interested candidates began Feb. 12, with the voting to commence later this month. to vote once. Anyone interested in running must register between Monday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb 16. Students can pick up the nomination packages on Feb. 12. To be eligible, a student must be a full-time DC student, be enrolled and participating in a program, paid their student fees by the end of the period and be in “good academic standing.” Good academic standing means having a GPA of 2.0 or more and not being on academic probation. Garrett stresses before students consider running they should know the differences between the positions. If students have any questions, they should seek clarification. “We’re happy to sit down and talk about the responsibilities of any role with the students. So, if you are looking into these roles and you want clarification, reach out and reach out sooner rather than later,” says Garrett. One former student who campaigned for vice-president of college affairs in the 2015 election says it was difficult. “Exhausting would probably be the biggest emotions that I had. It’s draining to be a contender,” says Zach Leveque-Wilson, a former marketing and advertising student. “I took basically a week off school and I was out campaigning and talking to people probably eight to twelve hours a day,” he says. In Leveque-Wilson’s experience, there is a lot of scrutiny and campaigns can sometimes involve slander and even vandalism. “You kind have to have, almost an aloofness about your own image,” says Leveque-Wilson. He experienced times when Photograph by John Cook people took things out of context. He was accused of “not believing in fun” because he thought school events should look for local entertainment instead of using more costly, American acts. Garrett wants to assure students this upcoming election will be clean. “There’s no harassment or abuse allowed…Keep it clean and respectful,” says Garrett. Holding an election this year is critical for DCSI. As the association is in its infancy, failing to hold an election for two consecutive years would severely damage student trust, said Hyder. “As long as we can have students that are engaging and voting for the person they think should represent them, I think our job here is done,” said Hyder. Although he was appointed to his current position, Hyder said he plans to run for a leadership position in next year’s SA. “For me it’s not about winning,” said Hyder. “If students come out and vote for who they want to represent them, whether it’s me or not, I’m happy and my job here is done.” He says his favourite part of the job has been listening to students and the range of issues that affect them. He says the DCSI office on the second floor of the Student Centre is always open to hear comments from students, whether positive or not. “I’m a student myself so I completely understand what students are going through,” said Hyder. “But if they were to tell us about those issues, it makes our job easier.” There have been a few bumps for the new student union at DC, most notably a lack of awareness. While leadership has been setting a foundation for DCSI on things such as budget items, the code of ethics, and staffing the office, many students still don’t seem to know much about DCSI. Last week, DCSI was in the Pit to ask students to follow the organization’s official social media handles. Flyers with information on the election have been circulating around the campus for at least a week. “We did not begin operations in September with a marketing department,” said Garrett. “So it was myself and Naqi that established everything we could to maintain the services like outreach, Riot Radio, the health plan [and so on.]” Jonathan Franz is the new digital marketing manager for DCSI. He was brought on at the start of the winter semester, and hopes his experience as volunteer coordinator for Riot Radio will help bring DCSI’s message to students. He is working on a redesign of the association’s website, improving social media engagement, and helping organize events and information tables, all with student engagement in mind. “The main thing right now is elections,” said Franz. “And getting students in to run for positions as executives or on the board of directors.” Any students who are interested in running for a position in next year’s DCSI leadership can visit the website, or stop by their office for more information. Nominations close Friday, Feb. 16. Here's how to enter DC student election Peter Garrett, co-director of the new DC Students Inc. Photograph by Cassidy McMullen There is a meeting with the current DCSI directors on Feb. 20 that all nominees must attend or they cannot run, says Garrett. The meeting teaches nominees how to campaign. Campaigning begins Feb. 21 and ends March 2. The voting period is Feb. 26 to March 2. Results will be announced March 8.