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Reflections From the SRC Office

What I’ve learned about community, leadership, and change Earlier this year, sitting in Darren’s office, I was told that people who partake in student government never leave. A vision flashed before my eyes: me, in birkenstocks, now with glasses and significantly more stress lines, working at Quest, still advocating for student engagement and representation. For a brief moment it didn’t seem too bad. I mean, Darren does it, and he’s basically a superhero-I could dig that. Not to mention that, because the administration of Quest works on a much longer time scale than the students do (around five years to accomplish most changes), I would finally be able to do everything I wanted to do over my meager two years on the SRC. Flash forward to March 2018 and I no longer dig it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Quest (for all its faults), our community, and especially the SRC. The team this year have been the best I could have asked for. I have learned so much from each of my teammates, and …

Hot or Not February 2018

If you missed it, no need to worry! Hot or not offers a comprehensive review to the best (and worst) new trends of spring 2018. Making your own pizza Our vote: HOT Homemade pizza was a common theme around campus this month. Our very own president George Iwama was even seen making pizza at a floor event in Ossa! So grab some dough, sauce, cheese and your leftover veggies and hop on this bandwagon. The sun makes a comeback! Our vote: HOT You guessed it! The sun is back in business this spring bringing a whole new set of fresh trends (see the following) Sandals WITHOUT socks Our vote: HOT Let your toes drink sweet freedom. Floor Reps Our vote: HOT Coffee before class? Crumby Mondays? Harry Potter trolley? Movie night in Whistler?  Floor reps are taking the spotlight this spring. The new SRC Our vote: HOT Is quite literally in this spring. Voting is also HOT in 2018. Bar soap in the shower Our vote: NOT There is no point in having so many …

Broke-in Broke-on Mountain

“Dude, no I can’t do that I’m so broke,” “Dude, me too, let’s just go.” “Dude, I’m so broke urgh,” These are some quotes I picked up the other day after realizing how often I hear and use the word “broke.” Here, on this beautiful, stolen, white mountain, lives a “broke-ass” community of students. Let us explore the word broke. Google defines “broke” as, “ having completely run out of money, meaning no checking account, cash, insurance, credit card, family or help.” Whether you flash your wallet at me showing your last dollar bill or tell me to check out the “rich kids’” cars because yours is a “piece of shit” and you could “never afford a nice-ass car,” so you can make sure I know you are really broke, I assure you this: you may have an empty wallet or a shitty car, but that is different from being unable to get financial help when you need it. What does it mean when your parents have money and a home? It’s a different story …

Student Representative Council Executive Elections

It’s time to vote! As you might have already been instructed by the elections committee, your peers, and current SRC members to vote, this piece allows for a quick insight into who is currently running for the three SRC executive positions: President, Vice-President, and Minister of Finance. Okong’o Kinyanjui is running for President, Ava Swanson for Vice-President, and Morgan Baskin for Minister of Finance. All three candidates are running unopposed but have come forward as a block with united vision and goals. There are three core pillars which are central to their described vision for the 2018-2019 SRC (should they be elected): ADVOCACY, ACCOUNTABILITY, REPRESENTATION. Among the general topics of student representation, respect, and voice, there exists the need for the foundation of a clear and formalized vision for committee constitution, power of members, and role of committee to develop effective and trusting relationships between the various stakeholders—namely, the students, faculty, staff, executive, and Board. The vision of ensuring students are heard and included in discussions is one that is necessary but also one the …

Top 10 Strategies to Impersonate a “Normal” University Student

Our glorious university provides us with many privileges and countless possibilities compared to the students from their ‘basic’ universities. Yet when one descends from their mountain tops to the commoners, one can find oneself in a pickle: how to impersonate a “normal” university student. Due to our revolutionary thinking and teachings, we have transcended common understanding. To avoid potential suspicion, we provide you with some essential advice on how to pretend to be a completely normal university student and keep our university environment safe from the unworthy. Do not forget to blink We are trained to absorb information from all of our senses, and beyond. Hours of night training in the art of staring at dank memes can impede our blinking ability. We understand that closing our eyes for a fraction of a second could cause us to miss valuable information, as any information deserves to be accepted equally amongst all our senses, but commoners do not understand that. They do not think that auditory and olfactory information are as important as visual information, hence …