STUDENTS’ COUNCIL ELECTION

STUDENTS’ COUNCIL ELECTION

2021-2022 Students’ Council Election Results are in 

Results become official at 4:00 p.m. on Monday October 18, 2021, pending any appeal(s).

There are still opportunities to be part of students’ council

There are still six vacant positions available on Students’ Council. If you are interested in applying, please fill out and submit the application below.

Meet your new students’ council

Program of studies: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

My name is Nhi, and I am a sophomore studying Computer Science at MacEwan. I believe running for Student Council is a perfect opportunity to be the voice most needed of the students and be involved in the community that houses my passion. I seek to elevate students’ experiences and bring out the power of students when we unite.

During this campaign, I hope to spread SAMU’s mission, promote equity, and ensure that every student gets access to the university’s greatest resources. All my effort will channel toward creating a better, easier university life.

Hello, my name is Joseph A. La Torre, and I am currently in the Bachelor of Commerce program and looking to switch to the Bachelor of Arts program. If you’re like me, I was unsure what to study at first, but in my third year, I finally knew what to do with my university career; part of that was running for Student Council. In a post covid university atmosphere, I think there is an opportunity to introduce new ideas to help current students and new students.

My main goal is to bring awareness to students of the various resources offered by SAMU and MacEwan students can benefit from, like clubs, events, extracurricular activities, etc. Not to mention, our university is within walking distance of numerous amenities. Other than being a devout academic student, I like work out, read and binge Netflix shows. Thank you all for your consideration! 

Hi, I’m Gabriel! I’m hoping to get into law school with a major in political science and an economics minor. I’ve gotten to know a lot of students after coming to MacEwan, and that allowed me to get a more informed perspective on the impacts of all the tragedies from 2020. After hearing about all the adversities my friends and peers went through, I’ve realized that none of those problems have been fully addressed, especially regarding mental health and stress issues. I’ve always been passionate about making a genuine, positive difference, so I’m deciding to run for a Councillor position. I intend to advocate for efforts geared towards mental health support, financial stress alleviation, and inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance programs. I believe that my experiences as a VP for the FentaNIL Project and as the President of the Investment Club will assist with my goals. Thank you!

Program of Studies: Bachelor of Commerce

My name is Freja Aura Cartujano. I have lived in 3 different countries. Along the way, I have learned to appreciate places, peoples, and their cultures. I am an international student: double majoring in accounting and legal studies, an ambassador, a first-year mentor, and a committee chair for MacEwan Rotaract. Contradictory to my roles, I am an introvert, but it will not prevent me from chasing various opportunities. The peak in my curiosity always fascinates me, whether it’s getting to know a person, how the stock market works, or understanding the injustices locally/around the world. With my limited resources, I do my best to contribute to these injustices and develop mindful awareness by donating, volunteering, and learning. Regarding the student council, I want to share my perspectives, bring light to minor details that may not pertain to inclusion, and best of all, provide growth to my knowledge. 

Hello! My name is Elaine Tran (she/her), and I am running to be re-elected as one of your student councillors! I am a final year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Honours Sociology with a minor in Political Science. Since the beginning of my time at MacEwan University, I have been involved with the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) in numerous ways, including on committees, student groups, and finally as a student councillor. My governance journey began when I was appointed onto Students’ Council in May 2020 and continued with my successful election in October 2020. As a Student Councillor, I have been a strong advocate. If re-elected, I aim to advocate for accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion on Students’ Council; promote an enhanced understanding of student engagement and governance; and continue to support initiatives to address campus sexual violence. Thank you for your consideration and support!

I’m studying film in Communication Studies as an Open Studies student. Prior to this, I was on the Graduate Student Association (GSA) Council at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). There, I was part of the Student Advocacy Committee (SAC) and the Budget, Finance, and Judiciary Committee. As part of SAC, I helped students understand what their rights were at the university and made them aware of resources (academic, financial, food, medical, etc.) available to them both on and off campus. Recently, I came back to my hometown of Edmonton to spend more time with my father. Even though I’m here, because of my in-depth knowledge of the subject, the President of the GSA council at UNR has asked me to give a Zoom presentation to the GSA on student rights and the resources available to them. I wish to continue my student advocacy work here on MacEwan’s Council.

Bachelor’s of Commerce

Hello fellow students, my name is Alem Tesfay, and I’m re-running for student council this year. Throughout this year, I had the privilege of being in three committees which include the: Audit committee, the Health and Dental committee, and the leadership and review committee. Although this pandemic has had a noticeable impact on our university experience, I believe student engagement is still more important than ever. I’m currently in my third year in my studies, and being apart from various student groups has positively affected how I approach my academics. You have probably seen me on different MacEwan social media platforms promoting resources students can utilize. Outside of academics, I enjoy watching anime, playing chess, and riding my various micro-mobility rides. If I get re-elected for the student council, I will continue to work hard to advocate for student engagement.

Program of studies: Bachelor of Science

 Hi, I’m Abby Beka, a second-year science student and hopefully your future student council member. If these unprecedented times have taught me anything, it is that 1. we can accomplish tremendous things together, and 2. a feeling of community is invaluable. I aim to reinvent what community means at MacEwan by addressing the concerns and wishes of the student body and pushing for ways to maximize inclusivity. I am passionate about raising awareness of the severity of mental health. I promise to advocate for more charitable events towards mental health funding for our students so that everyone can receive support if needed.  I hope to uncover the diverse communities at MacEwan by hosting events that celebrate our unique cultures and encourage students to share and learn more about each other. Most importantly, I promise to be your voice if you choose to let me do so.

About Students’ Council:

The Students’ Council is the highest governing body of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) and consists of 14 elected members of the student body. SAMU runs a number of services, organizes student events like Fall Fest and the Speaker Series and lobbies on behalf of MacEwan students. Students’ Council approves bylaws and writes the policies that govern the activities of SAMU, they also ensure expectations have been met.

Essentially, the Students’ Council speaks on behalf of MacEwan students, and helps to make sure your concerns are being addressed and that your university experience is the best it can be. So get involved! And have your voice heard at the highest level of SAMU.

About Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee consists of five student executives who work to help SAMU achieve its goals, ensure the success of the organization’s projects and advocate on behalf of MacEwan Students. They develop and implement their own initiatives, which are inspired by you and aimed at making changes both on, and off, campus. Executives are elected in the winter semester of each year and work full-time with SAMU for the duration of their terms. Each member of the Executive must advise the Executive Committee and Students’ Council on their particular portfolio.

2021 – 2022 Chief Returning Officer
Monica Brzak

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SAMU Programs aim to provide students with activities and opportunities to learn about wellbeing, as well as raising awareness about various resources available to students, both in and outside the MacEwan community.

Our mission is to provide ongoing and one-off programming with the direct aim to improve the long-term wellbeing of MacEwan students and their community.

SAMU Programs consist of the Student Refugee Program (SRP), StressLess, Sustainability, SAMU Cares, and Artworks. SAMU Programs also runs a variety of other programming and interactive campaigns, blog posts, hands out wellness bags, and organizes activities that fall under two umbrellas of focus – Wellbeing and Community.

Please note, all SAMU programming is subject to change as we respond to updates and guidelines for COVID-19.

Programs Manager
norteym@macewan.ca

Community Assistant
SAcommunity@macewan.ca

Wellbeing Assistant
SAwellbeing@macewan.ca

Stress is a common and normal issue for a student to experience. It can be the result of any number of problems.

Signs of stress can be physical, emotional, or behavioural. Some common symptoms of feeling stressed include:

Sleep problems
Irritability
Headaches
Anxiety
Indecisiveness
Stress is the result of an imbalance between demands and coping strategies. When the demands placed on us are greater than our ability to cope with them, we experience stress.

The key to handling stress is to regain balance by increasing our coping strategies to deal with the demands. When we look at coping, we want to be doing things that are both external and internal. It is essential to develop a strong social system, break up your routine, take care of your body, and ask for help when needed.

Stress is a common and normal issue for a student to experience. It can be the result of any number of problems.

Signs of stress can be physical, emotional, or behavioural. Some common symptoms of feeling stressed include:

Sleep problems
Irritability
Headaches
Anxiety
Indecisiveness
Stress is the result of an imbalance between demands and coping strategies. When the demands placed on us are greater than our ability to cope with them, we experience stress.

The key to handling stress is to regain balance by increasing our coping strategies to deal with the demands. When we look at coping, we want to be doing things that are both external and internal. It is essential to develop a strong social system, break up your routine, take care of your body, and ask for help when needed.

Stress is a common and normal issue for a student to experience. It can be the result of any number of problems.

Signs of stress can be physical, emotional, or behavioural. Some common symptoms of feeling stressed include:

Sleep problems
Irritability
Headaches
Anxiety
Indecisiveness
Stress is the result of an imbalance between demands and coping strategies. When the demands placed on us are greater than our ability to cope with them, we experience stress.

The key to handling stress is to regain balance by increasing our coping strategies to deal with the demands. When we look at coping, we want to be doing things that are both external and internal. It is essential to develop a strong social system, break up your routine, take care of your body, and ask for help when needed.

Stress is a common and normal issue for a student to experience. It can be the result of any number of problems.

Signs of stress can be physical, emotional, or behavioural. Some common symptoms of feeling stressed include:

Sleep problems
Irritability
Headaches
Anxiety
Indecisiveness
Stress is the result of an imbalance between demands and coping strategies. When the demands placed on us are greater than our ability to cope with them, we experience stress.

The key to handling stress is to regain balance by increasing our coping strategies to deal with the demands. When we look at coping, we want to be doing things that are both external and internal. It is essential to develop a strong social system, break up your routine, take care of your body, and ask for help when needed.

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Jane Smith | Third Year, Political Science

Student Refugee Program

Each term, $2.50 of your student fees goes towards supporting SAMU’s Student Refugee Program (SRP). Working with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), SRP funds the tuition and housing of a refugee student for four years. With the help of a local committee group made up of students and staff, SAMU ensures all the sponsored student’s needs are met throughout their time at MacEwan.

Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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