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8 The Chronicle February 27 - March 5, 2018 Campus Our community gives blood William McGinn The Chronicle Canadian Blood Services (CBS) visited Oshawa’s DC and UOIT campus recently for its second blood donor clinic this school year. According to Laura Ashton, event coordinator for CBS in Oshawa and Peterborough, 58 people came between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 to donate 450 millilitres of their blood for research and hospital patients. First-time donor Andrew Davis said giving blood wasn’t difficult. “The flu shot is worse than that,” said Andrew Davis after his donation, it being his first time. Travis Bruce, a child and youth care student, donated for a second time. “I found out last time my blood type is O+. That means I’m a universal blood donor, so it’s good to donate,” he said. Connor Hopkins, a fourth-year manufacturing and engineering student, said his roommates are the reason he donated blood. “[My donating] started with a bunch of my roommates. We were going to do it, and if I’m being frank, we’re very competitive with one another. So I was like, ‘well, if you’re going to do it, I’m going to do it.’ So ever since, I’ve returned.” This was his fifth donation. Rampaul Udaipaul, studying forensic science, also was donating for the second time. “I’m donating blood because my grandfather back in would donate blood to a lot of people and I just thought it would be a good idea to do so as well.” Chin-Ting Sherwin, a business and marketing student, wanted to donate when she was 16 but couldn’t because she was a year under the age requirement. When Sherwin heard CBS was arriving on campus, she came from Port Perry to the Oshawa campus to donate blood. She didn’t have classes that day. Anea Siby has donated blood seven times and David Hennessey nine. Siby has a personal connection to the field. She is studying to be a technologist and has a history of helping out at blood donor clinics. “In my high school “[Our Lady Mount Carmel],” she said, “I used to help get the blood services going. We had a health care club, and I would call [the blood services] and organize whole donations.” Hennessey, majoring in kinesiology, said CBS came to his high school and he simply got into the routine. At nine donations, he has Photograph(s) by William McGinn Donating blood at a recent clinic on campus are (from top left to top right) Travis Bruce, Rampaul Udaipaul, David Hennessey, (from bottom left to bottom right) Chin-ting Sherwin, Andrew Davis and Anea Siby. given more than enough blood, according to CBS, to care for a lymphoma patient for seven days. He said he used to hate needles, then got used to it. Every donor got to relax after they were done, enjoying cookies, water, juice, and a chat with others who donated. Watch your back in the parking lot William McGinn The Chronicle Those whose work involves issuing parking tickets have jobs that practically no one appreciates. Some drivers receive tickets after breaking a rule unintentionally. So here’s a reminder to all those parking at Durham College and UOIT - tickets are still a reality and rules remain enforced. At Durham College and UOIT, there are two different sorts of parking tickets, according to Ross Carnwith, manager of ancillary services on campus. “We have gated lots, where you’re given a prox card. It’s like a security card where you just beep and the gate rises. Some of our lots are hangtag, where you leave a hangtag in the rearview mirror.” According to Carnwith, tickets given for not paying for and displaying a hang tag are issued by a company called Precise Parklink. The other kind of ticket is enforced by the City of Oshawa, put in specifically if a driver parks in “a fire route or an accessibility spot.” There are ongoing issues involving parking in the roundabout at the South Village residence. Many cars park in the fire route, especially on Friday and Sunday nights. Drivers are still allowed to stop their cars briefly in the roundabout, as long as a driver stays in the car. If left unattended, the fine equals a $100 ticket enforced by the City of Oshawa. “We as a residence are trying to figure out a better way [than the No Parking signs] because that is the most convenient spot to park, being closest to the door,” said Nicole MacGregor, South Village Residence lead. Carnwith is aware of the South Village roundabout controversy and put together a project on Labour Day when people were moving into the South Village, with students instructing drivers not to park in the roundabout during the school year. Campus Security, which issues tickets, has been ordered to crack down harder on tickets, Carnwith said. He also said security has been looking at tailgating, when one car follows another car and sneaks in or out of a gated lot before the road barrier comes down after the Photograph by William McGinn One of the many displays reminding drivers of the parking regulations of Durham College and UOIT's campus. car in front has paid. If Campus Security notices this, according to Carnwith, the driver will receive an invoice in the mail and a fine. If you are caught tailgating a third time, Carnwith said the vehicle will be towed off grounds. “We’ve towed a few vehicles because of this over the last few years,” he said. "This process started in the summer of 2016." These are not the only possible punishments, either. According to Dominic Willock of Campus Security, parking in a handicap spot can result in a fine as high as $300, and being caught with a fraudulent hang tag can have a fine in the thousands.

Campus February 27 - March 5, 2018 The Chronicle 9 UOIT students elect new leaders New president is Nguyen, voter turnout low Tiago De Oliveira The Chronicle The first president of UOIT’s new Student Union is Jessica Nguyen. Nguyen, a student at UOIT for three years and former president of the Health Science Society, went uncontested in the race for the top job, but under election rules, still had to garner more votes than a ‘none of the above’ option. Due to UOIT Student Union policy she was not acclaimed to the executive position and had to beat a vote of non-confidence, which she did. Nguyen tallied 891 votes, while the non-confidence vote was 232. “For president that is unusual,” said Conner Doherty, the chief returning officer for the UOIT Student Union and is the main administrator of the election. Doherty explained it is the policy of the Student Union not to acclaim someone to the position simply because they’re running unopposed. If Nguyen had lost the election “there would be no president,” Doherty said. In her platform statement Nguyen said she ran for president “because this school has given me so much and what I want to do is give back to you – the students. I feel that it is time for us to work together to build a cohesive community.” This marked the first year for UOIT where the voting process was entirely online. It was also the first election following the split of student government between UOIT and Durham College. Students received an email with instructions of how to vote and who was running. Results of the election were released two days after voting ended, on Feb. 16. Nguyen said it is time for the university “to be placed on the map, and to finally be the UOIT that we are meant to be.” Attempts by the Chronicle to interview Nguyen following the election have gone unanswered. Doherty believes the president position had only one applicant – compared to several candidates for vice-president – because of flexibility. “We at the Student Union tried something different this year for the first time,” said Doherty. “In previous years, both vice-president and the president were full-time positions for one year. This year we have moved the vice-president to be part time during the fall and winter semesters of the school year and full time during the summer semester.” Doherty said this change may explain the lack of interest in the presidential position. The president’s position is full time and pays $20 per hour. Vice-presidents are part time, work up to 10 hours a week and are also paid $20 per hour. Directors work as volunteers and don’t get paid. In the other races, Abel Shimeles won vice-president of downtown, beating a non-confidence vote 779-321. Amr Elziny is the new vice-president of student affairs and Fahad Khalid is the vice-president of student services. The newly-implemented online process was intended to boost voter turnout and get more students involved in their student government, Doherty said. This was not the case. According to Doherty, his year, the turnout was approximately 13.5 per cent, down from last year’s turnout of 16 per cent. Although the process was aimed at being easier and more convenient for students, it didn’t achieve the desired results. Among the UOIT student body, 1,193 students voted. “I did not vote, saw the posters, saw the emails, that’s about it for my commitment unfortunately,” said Gabrielle Caron, a forensic science student at UOIT. “I don’t feel like it would make a big difference and I honestly don’t really care… I’m here for my education.” Colin Léger is a first-year networking and information technology security student at UOIT. He narrowly won his candidacy for Faculty of Business & Information Technology director by a margin of 29 votes. Léger said there’s a noticeable lack of energy or excitement on campus. “Compared to other universities, there doesn’t seem to be much of a school spirit,” said Léger. “I think we really need to unite everyone and have everyone proud of the university and have really good events.” Part of renewing that school spirit would be reinstating E.P. Taylor’s pub, which Léger said is something he wants to do for the campus. One of the more surprising aspects of the election is that someone did in fact lose to a non-confidence vote. The position of Faculty of Science director is currently unfilled because the non-confidence vote won with 346 votes against Rida Warsi, who finished with 301 votes. It is unclear as to how long this position will be unfilled, however UOIT by-laws have a process for acclamation and may select an interim director in the meantime. This is UOIT’s first election since last year’s split with the joint student association with Durham College. Elected executives will take office May 1. Photograph by Tiago De Oliveri Conner Doherty, is chief returning officer of the UOIT student union and administrator of student elections this year.

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